thank you to everyone who attended our san francisco event! we hope to see you again next year.

Interested in the topics we covered at WIPR's Influential Women in IP, San Francisco event? See below the list of sessions and their speakers. 



Registration and Coffee in the Networking area

Chairman’s Welcome

Eldora Ellison, Director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox


Keynote Guest Address

Women in Leadership: The Issues, Challenges and Solutions

  • The Reality of Women in Leadership
  • Identify the True Gap
  • The Path to Women in Leadership
  • The Mindset of Equality as a Reality

Rebecca Lin, VP of Strategy and Global Business Development, Potrero Medical


The Power of Self-Promotion

  • Showcasing your abilities: How to develop the career-long mindset

  • Identifying and seizing all opportunities for advancement

  • How to take your seat at the table

  • Litigation: Securing first-chair responsibility

  • How to pitch for business

  • Creating and growing a powerful network of contacts

Bethan Hopewell, Partner, Powell Gilbert

Elizabeth A. Doherty, Attorney at Law, McNeill Baur 
Kate Foreman, Senior Consultant, NERA
Jennifer Raoul, Senior Counsel & Patent Agent, Borden Ladner Gervais


The Current Landscape for Women in IP: How Far have we Come and Where are we Going?

  • What are the inherent workplace subtleties to look for – and how do you manage them?
  • How to empower women in your workplace
  • What constitutes a successful career?
  • Do women want to make Partner?
  • Developing a Gender Equality Programme: What’s the value to your firm?
Emily Collins, VP of Sab Francisco Office, Kilburn & Strode
Sarah Schaedler, Partner, Technology & IP Transactions, Kirkland & Ellis
Christine Orich, Counsel, Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham

Success Breeds Success: The Value of Mentoring 

  • What does a culture changing monitoring programme look like in practice? 

  • How to be a great mentor

  • How to choose a powerful mentor

  • How do we measure success?

  • What are the pitfalls and how can we avoid them?

Aly Fuller, VP, Intellectual Property, Prolacta Bioscience

Roundtable Discussion Groups
The Power of Mentoring: How do I identify a valuable mentor and what support should I expect?
Ally Fuller, VP, Intellectual Property, Prolacta Bioscience
Negotiating Salary: Effective Tactics

Jennifer Raoul
Senior Counsel & Patent Agent 
Borden Ladner Gervais

Women in Tech

Kate Withers
Tech & IP Transactions
Kirkland & Ellis

How do I balance the professional with the personal?

Yoon Kang
Smart & Biggar

Closing Panel Discussion: Leading Lawyers Share War Stories and Big Wins!
Eldora Ellison, Director, Sterne Kessler

Yoon Kang, Partner, Smart & Biggar


Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


Sarah Morgan, Editorial Lead, World IP Review
Aly Fuller,  Vice President, Intellectual Property, Prolacta 
Jennifer Raoul,  Senior Counsel, Patent Agent,  Border Ladner & Gervais
Bethan Hopewell, Partner, Powell & Gilbert
Emily Collins, Patent Attorney,  Kilburn & Strode
Nancy Pei, Partner, Smart & Biggar 
Rebecca Lin,  VP of Strategy and Global Business Development, Potrero Medical 
Kate Foreman, Senior Consultant, NERA
Elizabeth Doherty, Partner, McNeill Baur
Eldora Ellison, Director, Sterne Kessler
Sarah Wang,  CEO & Founder,  AppoG

Thanks to our san francisco partners!