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Professional Development Subcommittee

Diversity Committee - Professional Development Subcommittee
A Message from our Chair:
Thank you for your interest in the Professional Development Subcommittee!  Our goal is to develop content to facilitate our members' professional development and encourage members' engagement.  In this regard, we organize a variety of events such as:
•    Plan and maintain a speaker bank
•    Plan and schedule webinar speakers for committee meetings
•    Coordinate Liaison program 
Information about each of these events is provided below.  If you would like additional information about our events and/or to get involved, please contact one of our subcommittee co-chairs.

Best Wishes,

Molly Keenan

Diversity Committee Speaker Bank
AIPLA Diversity Committee is often asked to recommend diverse speakers for AIPLA events and for other speaking opportunities. These speaking opportunities may cover a wide range of topics and may vary from online conferences, webinars, and in person events.
If you want to be included in our pool of available speakers please fill out the speaker bank survey here.


Webinars Series

The 2018 AIPLA Diversity Committee Webinar Series
We are in the process of scheduling our 2018 webinars.  We will post information on the 2018 webinars on this space.
Interested in Attending?
  • To ensure that you receive an email once the webinar is scheduled, make sure your AIPLA contact information is current and you are registered as a member of the Diversity Committee. 
Molly Keelan
Elise Selinger
The 2017 AIPLA Diversity Committee Webinar Series
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Topic: "
Insights from Diverse Managing Partners & In-House Lawyers on Career Advancement."

Discussion included:
•    How to transition to a partner, managing partner and to an in-house position within a corporation
•    What our panelists wished they knew when making these career advancements
•    How to become a necessary asset within your law firm or corporation
•    What keeps
our panelistsup at night – concerns about the future of IP law
•    Developing client and peer relationships – tips for success

Our panelists:
• Ellisen Turner,
Managing Partner-elect, Hiring Chair and a member of the Executive Committee with Irell & Manella LLP.
Mr. Turner specializes in intellectual property and patent litigation. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Turner was the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the National Bar Association, where he continues to serve as a Board member. During this time, he founded the organization's Diversity in Tech Awards, which annually recognize leaders in fostering diversity and inclusion in the STEM and IP fields. He serves on the Litigation Committee and its Education subcommittee in the Intellectual Property Owners Association. Mr. Turner also has been an invited speaker on patent litigation and patent damages at AIPLA and other IP conferences.

• Phyllis T. Turner-Brim,
VP Assistant General Counsel Intellectual Property and Technology at Starbucks.
As the head of Starbucks Intellectual Property and Technology legal team, Ms. Turner-Brim leads the legal teams for the worldwide protection, enforcement and deployment of Starbucks' intellectual property portfolio (including trademarks, patents and copyrights). She is a member of the Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs leadership team, as well as a strategic business partner and legal advisor to executives leading Starbucks Global Strategy and Starbucks Technology teams.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Topic: “How to Manage ‘Sticky Wicket’ Situations and More,”
Have you ever found yourself in an awkward situation at work ? Or witnessed an uncomfortable situation that you did not know how to handle?
Seasoned practitioners provided insights on how to navigate "sticky" situations.
Our panelists included:
•    Devika Kornbacher, Partner Vinson & Elkins
•    Kim Vo, Director Legal, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
•    Miriam Richter IP Attorney, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Topic:   "Tips & Tricks to Getting Your Next Job"
·         Resume Bias & Best Practices- will changing your name on a resume get you in the door?
·         Rooney Rule – current practice to increase diversity for job applicants
·         Resume assumptions that may cause you to be overlooked
·         How to use your network to land key interviews

Liaison Subcommittee
We need liaisons to serve as a bridge between our committee and other substantive committees.  As a liaison, we’re asking that you make your respective substantive committee(s) aware of upcoming Diversity Committee events, and let our liaison chair know of upcoming events hosted by your respective substantive committee as they arise. Our liaison chair will be the central location to compile the notes from each liaison so that this information can be distributed to our membership.
Interested in being a liaison for the Diversity Committee?
  • Please contact our liaison subcommittee chair . 
Rakhi Nikhanj