a Joint event Hosted by BSKB and World IP Review 

What is WIPR Influential Women in IP?

With issues such as the gender pay gap consistently hitting headlines, there has been a lot of negative press surrounding law firms in particular, but also within IP-focused corporations.

It can be argued that the legal sector is one of the professions which already enjoys the highest number of women within its ranks but, although women outnumber men entering the legal profession, men still greatly outnumber women in the most senior positions, in law firms as well as corporations.

The possible reasons for this state of affairs are many, varied, and debatable. One thing that is certain, however, is that whether women are starting out in practice or have reached the pinnacle of their profession, it’s essential for them to be fully aware of the hidden, as well as the obvious, hurdles they face and, more importantly, how to overcome them and flourish to the peak of their abilities.

A great deal of evidence points to material differences in the success of a firm or corporation which has women as partners or at board level. These include a greater level of overall performance, improved governance, and a better reputation for the firm or company.

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The Influential Women in IP event will provide a positive focus on the development and progress that women in IP have made in creating, protecting, and securing IP.

Topics to be covered at the conference include:

  • The current landscape for women in IP: how far have we come and where are we going?

  • What constitutes a successful career?

  • What are the inherent workplace subtleties to look for—and how can lawyers manage them?

  • How to empower women in the workplace

  • Developing a gender equality programme: what’s the value to your firm?

  • How do you measure outcomes and return on investment?

  • How can female lawyers take a seat at the table?

  • How can women secure first-chair responsibility?

  • Litigation: how to pitch for business

  • Assessing flexible working and its impact on earnings

  • Showcasing abilities: how to develop a career-long mindset

  • What is the value of mentoring to your firm or corporation?

  • How to be a good mentor

  • Choosing a powerful mentor

  • Identifying and seizing all opportunities for advancement

  • Effective salary negotiation strategies

  • Creating and growing a powerful network of contacts

agenda overview

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Registration & Coffee
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
WIPR Intro and Series Overview
Sarah Morgan, Editorial Lead, World IP Review
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Keynote Speaker
Alison French, Managing Director, Alto Solutions, LLC
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lunch & Ice Breaker
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Panel Discussion
Featuring 4 speakers at various stages of their career touching on the following topics: 
  • Lessons
  • Leadership
  • Family responsibilities and work/life balance
  • Business tactics
  • Mentoring
  • Opportunities
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Coffee Break
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Ethics Lecture
Thomas Spahn, Partner, McGuire Woods
 
This session offers 1 hour CLE. If you are interested in registering for the credit please opt-in via the registration page. 
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Thank You and What’s Next with WIPR Influential Women in IP

Speakers Include: