Heather wears many hats as Associate General Counsel of Unison, a fast-growing company innovating in the residential real estate finance space. In addition to driving Unison's regulatory strategy, she supports the marketing, growth, and strategy teams in everything from product development to developing marketing creative. Heather also founded and chairs Vingolf, Unison's employee resource group that focuses on career development for women at Unison through policy building, substantive training, and culture building. In 2018 she took a six month sabbatical to ride a motorcycle around the world with her husband.
Samantha leads a team of legal and compliance experts who serve TriNet in commercial, strategic and immigration matters, as well as with employee benefits compliance and administration. She is a trusted thought leader in the areas of diversity & inclusion, workplace benefits, gender gap mitigation and the shared economy.
Samantha joined TriNet in 2016 as Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining TriNet she was at Oracle Corporation where she was managing counsel for Oracle’s Corporate, Securities & Acquisitions Legal Team. She also served Oracle’s interests on the board of directors of Oracle’s publicly held subsidiaries in India and Japan.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in creative arts and laws from Wollongong University, as well as a master of laws in communication and technology law from the University of New South Wales. Samantha is admitted to practice law in both California and New South Wales, Australia.
Candice Petty joined Tesla, Inc. as Senior Employment Counsel in November 2018, bringing 15 years of experience as both in-house and outside counsel. At Tesla, she provides advice and counsel on every aspect of labor and employment law, and manages employment litigation ranging from single plaintiff charges to class action litigation.
Prior to Tesla, she was the Director of Litigation for 24 Hour Fitness, a national fitness chain based in the SF Bay Area, where she managed and led strategy on all litigation against the company and supervised all aspects of case management. Candice has extensive experience advising on complex wage and hour issues arising from both exempt and non-exempt workforces, as well as navigating discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints at the state and national level.
In her spare time, Candice volunteers as the Executive Director of the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization focused on criminal justice reform. Candice received her law degree from Stanford Law School in 2004, and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001.
Steve Hoffman brings 20 years of insights as advisor to changes and corporate lawyer at the University of California and for startups and accelerators, including on committees within the Stanford-Mit Vlab and the Cleantech Open. Raised by a single mother and educator during his teenage years, he developed into an eighteen year old HR Director (US Division) in the Fortune 500 company of TENNECO. After four years in that role then successfully sold the division, and he went on to earned his BA in Political Science and Communications from Northwestern University; and his JD in Law from Georgetown University. Steve is passionate about sharing insights and opportunities. He is a guest lecturer at universities and still a public speaker within HR circles like SHRM NCHRA.
Doug Riegelhuth is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at TriNet, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). He has been a member of the TriNet Legal team since 2011, and was previously a partner at a law firm. Not including his 3 years at UCLA Law School, Doug has over 25 years of legal experience, the vast majority of it in employment law.At TriNet, he leads attorneys and others who drive compliance and best practices across a wide range of areas in the business. In addition, he is also transitioning back into a leadership role in the claims/litigation area of the business, where he focused his energy during his first few years at TriNet. Doug is active in the PEO industry, having been a member of the industry association’s Legal Advisory Council for years, and he enjoys speaking at conferences, like this one.
Minh Hoang Merchant, Associate General Counsel, joined Myriad (NASDAQ: MYGN), a molecular diagnostics healthcare company, in July 2018. She serves as Head of Litigation, Employment, and Head of Legal for Myriad AutoImmune, Inc. Prior to her current role, Ms. Merchant served as Associate General Counsel at Counsyl, Inc., since September 2016 and was Chief Counsel at McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 5 company and the largest pharmaceutical distributor in the nation. Ms. Merchant has been practicing law for two decades, graduating from UCLA School of Law in 1998, and has spent the entirety of her in-house career in life sciences.
Meena Polich is the Director of Legal at GitHub. Prior to working in this role, she worked at Cisco Systems as a Corporate Counsel. Meena acquired her Law Degree at the Santa Clara University School of Law.
Sylvia is the Chief Investment Officer at Ellevest, a technology-enabled investment platform redefining investing for women. In this role, she is responsible for developing the investment strategies, portfolios, and proprietary algorithms that drive Ellevest’s investment recommendations.
Prior to joining Ellevest, Sylvia was a founding member of the investments team at Financial Engines, L.L.C. one of the first successful digital advisors. She worked to develop scalable, robust investment processes to manage over $14B in AUM for over 200,000+ client accounts during her tenure.
In 2010, Sylvia co-founded the boutique RIA firm SimplySmart Asset Management, serving individual investors with fully customized global investment solutions. Her financial services experience also includes portfolio management positions at Charles Schwab Investment Management, where she was director of equity quantitative research, and at the Boston Company, where she managed over $500 million in institutional fixed-income assets.
Sylvia serves on the Board of Trustees at Grinnell College, where she serves on the Finance Committee and the investment Committee that oversees the College’s $2B endowment.
Sylvia earned a B.S. in applied mathematics and computer science from Brown University and a Ph.D. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University. Her doctoral dissertation on investor behavior and social interaction was one of the first in the field of behavioral finance.
Su-Jin Lee is Vice President and General Counsel of POPSUGAR Inc., a global media and technology company headquartered in San Francisco, where she is responsible for all legal affairs of the company. POPSUGAR businesses include lifestyle media publisher POPSUGAR, quarterly subscription box POPSUGAR Must Have, makeup line Beauty by POPSUGAR and the POPSUGAR Collection at Kohl's. She previously served as the Associate General Counsel for Flurry, Inc., an analytics and advertising service for mobile app publishers and advertisers (acquired by Yahoo!) and legal counsel at Mattel, Inc. Su-Jin has advised private and public technology companies and venture capital firms in the US and EU since she began her career as a corporate/securities attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto. She earned a B.A. and M.A in Sociology from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Su-Jin serves on the Board of the Center for Youth Development through Law and the advisory board of the Hastings Center for Business Law. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.
Sara Quinto-Seibert is Senior Regulatory Counsel at Affirm, Inc.She works cross-functionally with various business teams by providing legal advice on U.S. and Canadian consumer protection regulations for the development of new, innovative and honest financial products for consumers.Prior to joining Affirm, Sara was Assistant General Counsel at Solar Mosaic, Inc.During her time at Mosaic, Sara provided legal and business advice to build out Mosaic’s solar loan and home improvement loan products.She also assisted in strengthening Mosaic’s operations and servicing functions.
Before going in house in 2017, Sara was an Associate at Severson & Werson.While at Severson, Sara represented and provided legal advice to various financial institutions.In 2016, Sara served as second chair for a jury trial and obtained a full defense verdict for a big financial institution.
Sara received her J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law and B.A. from U.C. Berkeley.Sara is also a San Francisco native.
Diane Gabl Kratz is an IAM 300 World's Leading IP Strategist. She is currently Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Seagate Technology's headquarters in Cupertino, California. A USPTO-registered patent attorney with CIPP/US privacy certification, she manages all aspects of the patent portfolios for the Consumer Products and Media business units, advising on strategy, prosecution, litigation, and IP-related transactions. She also leads Seagate’s global trademark portfolio, developing strategy across 100 countries and combatting counterfeits.
A four-time Super Lawyers Rising Star, Diane was previously in private practice at the Silicon Valley offices of international law firms Morrison & Foerster LLP and Sidley Austin LLP. There, she focused on IP litigation in industries such as semiconductors, software, telecom, consumer electronics, and medical devices.
A well-regarded speaker, Diane regularly presents at conferences throughout the United States. She has been featured as a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Management Science & Engineering Department, the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and the Practising Law Institute (PLI). Diane received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University.
Neela is a seasoned attorney with over twenty years’ experience in regulatory law, corporate transactions, autonomous vehicles, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. Currently, she is with Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving car project. At Waymo, Neela oversees a team of attorneys responsible for product counseling and providing regulatory advice on the newly developing industries of autonomous vehicles, autonomous trucking, and transportation as a service.
Prior to joining Waymo, Neela served in various roles of increasing responsibility at top healthcare companies, including Blue Shield of California, CVS Caremark, and Genentech, and Proteus Digital Healrh. She was also in private practice with Gardner, Carton & Douglas (now Drinker Biddle) in Washington, DC.
Neela has a Bachelor of Arts in International Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, and a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.
Neela currently lives in the Bay Area, with her husband, two kids, and an energetic dog.
Amanda Morgan resolves complex litigation and commercial disputes for DLA Piper clients, focusing on business competition and the protection of business assets.
Amanda has experience representing and advising clients in commercial litigation, arbitration and pre-litigation disputes, involving unfair competition, protection of intellectual property and other business assets, class actions, financial services, contracts, real estate, fraud and fraudulent conveyance, business torts and corporate governance and partnership disputes.
Amanda has represented clients as plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, and in arbitration, including banks and financial services firms, insurance carriers and brokers, private equity fund portfolio companies, public and private corporations in technology, telecommunications and fashion industries, technology start-ups and emerging companies, partnerships and limited liability companies and individuals.
Amanda has extensive experience representing clients in corporate raiding and employee mobility cases, as well as in business competition disputes between competitors following the sale or acquisition of a business.
Jennifer C. Cheng, Ph.D., J.D.: Dr. Cheng is a founder and CEO of PTM Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing antibody treatments for inflammatory bowel disease. Previously, Dr. Cheng was vice president and general counsel at Adverum Biotechnologies since 2015, where she was responsible for the legal function and building out the legal team. Dr. Cheng was a patent counsel with Allergan, where she was responsible for developing and implementing patent strategy. She also served as the senior patent counsel for MAP Pharmaceuticals until it was acquired by Allergan in 2013. Previously, Dr. Cheng was the manager of intellectual property for Solazyme, Inc. and a patent counsel at Raven Biotechnologies. Dr. Cheng began her career at Genentech as a research associate. She received a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a Ph.D. in tumor cell biology and molecular medicine from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Tara Stauduhar heads up the legal department for Navis LLC, a software and services company and a part of Cargotec Corporation, a provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain. Tara is responsible for collaborating with and advising all parts of the business on intellectual property, contracts, data privacy, data security, trade sanctions compliance and ethics and compliance matters.
Before starting her legal career, Tara worked in the entertainment industry mixing sound for live bands, engineering recordings in studios, dialogue and sound effects editing, and sound design for films in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. It was while working for Francis Ford Coppola that Tara decided her next venture would include attending law school and becoming a lawyer. She has loved her second career ever since.
Associate General Counsel of ABM Industries Incorporated, a Fortune 500 publicly traded company that is the leading facilities management provider ranked top 3 in the world, with over $6B in annual revenues and 130,000 employees. Senior Legal Executive with 20+ years of experience handling all legal matters across the board and advising C-level executives within a wide range of industry groups: Business & Industry, Aviation, Technology & Manufacturing, Education, Technical Solutions, and Healthcare. Deep expertise in structuring, drafting, and negotiating a high volume of multi-million-dollar contracts in the areas of sales, licensing, marketing, professional services, NDA, consulting, SaaS, partnership, and vendor agreements. Instrumental in mitigating risks, building organizational capacity, and driving business optimization.
Marla Sofer is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Jemstep, a B2B2C digital advice platform focused on helping Americans invest to achieve their financial goals. Before diving into Fintech in 2015, Marla led institutional partnerships at BlackRock and J.P. Morgan quantified in billions of dollars. She has been a champion of gender diversity, founded two employee women’s networks, and served as a non-profit leader dedicated to social justice.
Angela Williams is the Program Manager for Global Product Policy, Trust & Safety, at Google. Prior to working in this role, she was the company Lead on Global Vendor Ops Strategy, gTech. Angela acquired her Law Degree from Howard University.
Anne M. Cappella is a partner in Weil’s Silicon Valley office, where she focuses on patent counseling and litigation involving complex and cutting-edge technologies.
Ms. Cappella has a uniquely diverse intellectual property counseling practice, which includes advising clients on pre-litigation patent strategies, technical aspects of patent licensing arrangements, patent acquisitions, and intellectual property due diligence for M&A transactions.
Clients also call on Ms. Cappella to oversee and lead the most technical aspects of patent litigations, including performing technical analysis to ensure solid claim construction, infringement, and validity arguments; overseeing technical experts and interacting with company engineers; and managing post-grant strategy and proceedings. Ms. Cappella has extensive experience representing clients in high-stakes multi-patent and multi-district litigations, as well as trade secret actions. She litigates in federal courts and arbitration proceedings, and has particularly deep experience before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Ms. Cappella uses her strong technical background, including a B.S. in electrical engineering with minors in computer science and mathematics and prior work experience as an engineer and consultant for IBM, to advise clients on a diverse range of technology. She has represented smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers in proceedings involving data encoding, memory, multi-touch, WiFi, GPS, data synchronization, 3G/LTE cellular data modulation, and digital camera technologies. She also has represented other technology-focused clients in proceedings involving wireless, integrated circuit design, memory, Ethernet and DSL technology, and semiconductor processing and packaging. Some of Ms. Cappella’s representative clients include leading smartphone manufacturers, Microsoft, Intel, Amkor, and T-Mobile, among others.
Ms. Cappella is widely regarded as a leader in the field. In 2014 and 2017, Ms. Cappella was named to the Daily Journal’s list of the Top Women Lawyers in California. The publication, which recognizes the 100 most accomplished women lawyers in the state, noted that “Cappella uses her background as an electrical engineer and a love for complicated technology to help her clients fend off patent infringement claims.” Since 2016 Ms. Cappella has been recognized as a recommended lawyer for patent litigation by Legal 500. She also has been included in The Recorder’s list of the top Women Leaders in Law and was named a “2016 Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Ms. Cappella is actively involved in a number of initiatives aimed at bettering the careers of women lawyers. She is a member of the Firm’s global Women@Weil leadership board, a Firm affinity group that focuses on supporting women lawyers. Ms. Cappella also is a formal mentor to several senior women associates, and a regular participant in women law student and engineer mentoring programs.
Sinead Kelly is a partner in the Firm's Compensation practice. She advises on US executive compensation and global equity and has practiced in the compensation field for over 13 years. She regularly publishes articles and blogs on compensation-related topics, including in the Corporate Taxation Journal and Law 360, and is a contributing author to Lexis Practice Advisor and a founder of the Firm’s Compensation Connection blog. She is also a frequent speaker and commentator on executive compensation and global equity topics, in venues including the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, the Society for Corporate Governance, the Certified Equity Professional Symposium, the Global Equity Organization, and Agenda magazine. She has been recognized by Legal 500 as a leading lawyer for Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits.
Eugenia (Buzogly) Bergantz is the Sr. Director of Legal, Corporate Development, and Data Protection Officer at Druva - cloud data management, protection, and backup software company. In her current role Eugenia manages a lean legal department of four to provide exceptional support to all global functions. As the first legal hire at Druva Eugenia has worked extensively on building out all legal functions within the organization - from contract management and negotiations to corporate governance, data privacy, compliance, employment, and intellectual property. Eugenia has worked extensively in matters involving complex commercial transactions, corporate development, and compliance with international and U.S. data privacy regulations. In her capacity as the Data Protection Officer, she has developed, runs, and manages the global privacy program. As a Corporate Development lead Eugenia works on M&A strategy that accelerates Druva's product and global markets expansion.
Eugenia earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University, where she was the founder and the president of the Privacy Law Student Organization and achieved the High-Tech Certificate, Corporate Specialization with honors. Eugenia earned her B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from University of California, Berkeley. She is admitted to practice in California and holds CIPP/US and CIPM certifications.
Stephanie Vitale is Senior Counsel at Uber Technologies, Inc. She oversees the eastern half of the United States for the insurance litigation team, which handles claims and litigation related to Uber’s U.S. insurance policies, both general liability and auto. Prior to joining Uber three years ago, she litigated insurance defense matters in Chicago, Illinois.
Tyng Loh is an Assistant General Counsel at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, where she has advised on legal and regulatory matters across the biotechnology product portfolio and across the lifecycle, including international clinical research, manufacturing, quality, trade compliance and sanctions, cybersecurity, as well as US commercial sales and marketing, Prior to joining Genentech, Tyng practiced in private international law firms in Washington D.C. and Tokyo, where she focused on healthcare regulatory and litigation matters and corporate and securities issues in the life sciences space. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, and received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale University.
A North Carolina native and avid music lover, Jasmine is a passionate attorney with a strong background in music business and the law. After passing the bar, Jasmine worked as a solo attorney and focused on counseling artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and investors in bringing traditional media to digital platforms. She has since pivoted into negotiating commercial agreements for technology companies, starting with Hearsay Systems, Inc., a software licensing company focused on digital communications tools for the financial services industry. She is now Legal Counsel at the enterprise technology company Open Text Inc.
Jasmine is a graduate of the UC Hastings College of the Law and holds a degree in Music Business from New York University.
Laura Hamady leads privacy and data protection for Chronicle, a cybersecurity unit of Google LLC. Previously, Laura served as Head of Legal Global Privacy at PayPal, and brings extensive commercial and privacy experience developed in legal leadership positions at Levi Strauss, Groupon, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and in private practice. Laura earned her B.A., from Yale University, and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.
Tamara's legal experience is anchored in labor and employment advice, counseling and litigation for employers. She started her career at a mid-sized defense firm in San Francisco. At Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. she spent 15 years in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, advising managers and HR on both day to day performance oversight as well as big picture policy and strategy issues, and managing employment litigation. Since 2017, Tamara’s practice has focused on managing employment litigation. Tamara is a seasoned litigator and tough negotiator, known and respected for her pragmatic, collaborative, results-oriented style and strong writing skills.
A significant portion of Tamara’s work at Kaiser is devoted to the Legal Department’s Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Program. As the Department’s Strategic Leader for Equity Inclusion and Diversity, since 2011 Tamara has developed and led the Department EI&D Committee, working tirelessly to promote the Program mission, "to strategically drive the integration of equity, inclusion and diversity into every aspect of our work resulting in a positive and enduring impact on our workforce/department, the legal profession and the communities we serve." The positive, measurable, undeniable and enduring impact of this work on her colleagues, the community and the pipeline of future diverse lawyers drives Tamara's passion for this aspect of her career.
Tamara is a Bay Area native and graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford Law School. Tamara’s passion for equity spills over into her non-work life. She serves on the board of a local non-profit that provides respite and support services to children and families. Tamara, along with her adult daughters, host a variety of events for youth and women of color, including empowerment seminars and distribution of essential toiletries and accessories to homeless women.
Alese Torres leads a dynamic legal team at Indiegogo, a tech company in the Bay Area. She handles privacy, compliance, general product counseling matters, and large scale commercial deals, and focuses on building a solid foundation of Legal operations for both the team and the company. A not so-recent transplant to the Bay Area, she received her B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law.
As a startup executive, I believe that a diversity of experiences and talents, combined with the shared desire to create something extraordinary, naturally garners success. Through co-founding a law firm and a women’s leadership non-profit, and creating and producing two podcasts, I’ve worn many hats. My entrepreneurial adventures permitted me to also dive into operations, finance, sales, and marketing. I leverage this unique cross-functionality to build and inspire teams to manifest important change, unified behind a vision. I thrive in early-stage, fast-paced, technology-focused environments where teamwork is critical to success and look for opportunities to build on or create "team joy" as a core cultural value. I also produce the podcast Unraveling Pink, to tackle gender bias through conversation, most recently exploring the impact of the “man box” on gender equality.