Welcome to WILpower and Networking

We have a year full of inspiring speakers lined up for WILpower 2017. But the other key component of the WILpower program – connecting and growing with fellow 2017 participants – depends on you. Think you hate networking? We think we’ll change your mind.

Each person that we meet is an opportunity for a connection and our speakers will be providing a few icebreaker networking exercises along with valuable tips and insights from their experience in networking for success. LWT Board Members and Chapter Leaders will also give you an overview of the year, introduce you to the WILpower Rings (participation optional but strongly encouraged), and generally help you get ready to take full advantage of the year.

Come meet your 2017 cohort and have some fun!

Locations:

Speakers for Palo Alto and San Francisco Sessions:

Sue Bunnell


Jessica Tipton, Associate General Counsel at ForgeRock, Inc.

Most often described as a tenacious business partner, Jessica Tipton is known for her ability to overcome obstacles and simplify legal processes. Jessica has a proven track record of leading by thinking outside of the box and balancing the importance of protecting the company without killing the business. With extensive experience in multiple legal disciplines, including litigation, negotiations of complex commercial transactions, global compliance, privacy initiatives, and implementation of legal strategy, Jessica is a solution oriented leader.

Speakers for New York Session:

Natasha Allen

Natasha has advised a variety of clients, including technology companies, and her practice encompasses M&A transactions, general corporate matters, and tax planning strategies (including tax structuring). Through her advisory roles, Natasha has developed a passion for technology. She strongly believes that women and girls should be able to pursue their desired career paths free of institutional barriers. To that end, Natasha supports organizations that advocate for the inclusion of women and girls in the STEM fields.

Speakers for Seattle Session:

Dave Wescott, Senior Attorney, Amazon Web Services

Dave focuses on products and international expansion for its cloud services. A self-professed and obsessed technologist, Dave has focused his practice exclusively in the technology and entertainment space working for both large and small corporations. In his spare time Dave enjoys travel, music, and taking in the outdoors.

Christy McCullough, Partner. Intellectual Property practice, PerkinsCoie Her practice focuses primarily on patent litigation and appeals, related counseling, and general commercial litigation for technology companies. Christy has experience with a broad range of technologies in the electrical engineering and computer science fields, including processor and network architecture, semiconductors, cloud computing, telecommunications networks and devices, and Internet and software applications. She has handled high-stakes cases for established FORTUNE 500 companies as well as emerging companies and startups and has extensive experience before federal district courts throughout the country and the Federal Circuit. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Christy clerked for the Hon. Kimberly Moore, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Christy also maintains an active pro bono practice representing veterans in obtaining service-related benefits and disability compensation.. More about Christy here.


Judy Jennison, Partner, Intellectual Practice, PerkinsCoie Her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling for technology companies. Judy is chair of the firm’s cross-practice Trade Secrets Group, consisting of more than 100 lawyers whose practices involve litigation or counseling on trade secret issues. In addition to her work in the trade secret area, Judy has particular experience in the application of copyright law to software. She was lead counsel for the successful search engine defendant in Kelly v. Arriba Soft, a landmark fair use case. She has participated in a number of other leading copyright cases, including Nintendo v. Galoob, Adobe v. Southern Software and MGM v. Grokster. More about Judy here.


Susan Betcher, Partner, PerkinsCoie Susan focuses her practice on patent procurement, patent infringement and validity analysis, intellectual property license drafting and negotiating, due diligence analysis of patent portfolios and intellectual property counseling. Susan’s practice covers a broad range of technologies sectors with concentration in clean technologies such as carbon sequestration, hydrogen production and storage, glycol recycling, as well as mechanical, electromechanical, and medical device-related technologies. She drafts and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications according to strategic portfolio planning and performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. She also advises clients on establishing internal patent procurement programs, analyzing and protecting competitive market advantages, and international patent prosecution strategies. More about Susan here.


Susan Seah, co-founder, CounselGS LLP Susan Seah, co-founder of the boutique corporate and technology law firm, CounselGS LLP (also known as Gardiner Seah LLP) in Seattle and Chicago, helped to successfully launch the Leading Women in Technology and its WILpower program in Seattlein 2016. Prior to starting her own firm in 2009, Susan has worked in the corporate and securities department for one of the largest law firms in the country and has also been on the front lines as General Counsel and Associate General Counsel for both privately held and publicly traded technology companies. Susan’s personal accomplishments include being an Ironman triathlete, ultra-marathon runner, body-building competitor, social extrovert and most importantly, tiger mommy to her very cute beagle, Koa.

Natasha Allen

Natasha has advised a variety of clients, including technology companies, and her practice encompasses M&A transactions, general corporate matters, and tax planning strategies (including tax structuring). Through her advisory roles, Natasha has developed a passion for technology. She strongly believes that women and girls should be able to pursue their desired career paths free of institutional barriers. To that end, Natasha supports organizations that advocate for the inclusion of women and girls in the STEM fields.