2015 Women in Intellectual Property Law

13th Annual Women in Intellectual Property Law Program
June 10, 2015 | New York, NY

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On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the NYSBA Intellectual Property Section presented the 13th Annual Women in Intellectual Property Law event.  The evening was hosted by Baker & Hostetler LLP, with a dessert reception sponsored by Thomson Reuters/Thomson CompuMark. The annual event allows women who work in intellectual property law to gather for an evening of networking with peers and to hear the stories of women who are at the top of their fields. This year’s event was no different.  Co-chairs Joyce L. Creidy, Esq. of Thomson Reuters/Thomson CompuMark and Donna A. Tobin, Esq. of Baker & Hostetler, LLP organized a panel of women with diverse backgrounds and experiences who graciously  spoke about the significant events that shaped their careers.  Panelists Nubiaa Shabaka, Esq. (Morgan Stanley), Sona De, Esq. (Ropes & Gray LLP), Lauren A. Dienes-Middlen, Esq. (World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.), and Karen Lim, Esq. (Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.) were all generous in their presentations, each providing rich personal details such as growing up in a single-parent household, attending Harvard Law School, acting as lead counsel at trial on large cases, persevering through firm acquisitions and mergers, finding a new job after realizing the advancement opportunities for women at a current job were limited, attending law school while raising a family, and becoming a lawyer after first having a career in the arts.  The panelists also frankly answered questions from the audience, providing practical advice about setting oneself up for advancement, strategically handling mistakes, and successfully developing business. This incredible diversity of experience and the honesty with which it was shared seemed to resonate with the attendees, each of whom likely learned several things helpful and directly applicable to their own careers.

Both before and after the panel, attendees networked with and met women who work in all aspects of intellectual property law, including outside counsel, in-house counsel, vendors, and other organizations that serve the intellectual property community.  As has become typical of this event, new connections were made, while old connections were reinforced. The openness of the panelists inspired others to share their own stories, prompting many personal connections that so often become life-long relationships and can form the basis for fruitful business development. And, of course, there was the prize drawing! Revlon, Coty, L’Oreal, Colgate Palmolive, Singer, Thomson CompuMark, Coach, Physique57, and Brooks Brothers, Kramer Levin and Baker Hostetler each generously donated a variety of items that resulted in an exciting end to a great event.

Kimberly M. Maynard, Esq.
Baker Hostetler, New York, NY