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Personal and Professional Development Subcommittee

Women in IP Law Personal & Professional Development Subcommittee
A Message from our Chair, Amy Schmid
Thank you for your interest in AIPLA’s Women in IP Law Personal & Professional Development Subcommittee! Our goal is to provide opportunities and activities for women in IP to grow personally and professionally.  Accordingly, we organize a variety of activities, including:
•    The Lean In Circle  
•    The Book Club  
•    The Speaker Bank
•    The Women to Watch Series
•    The TSC Liaison Program
•    The Collaboration Program
Information about each of these activities is provided below. If you would like additional information or wish to get more involved, please contact me any time.
Best regards,
Amy Schmid
Washington, D.C., USA
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The Lean In Circle
AIPLA’s Women in IP Law Committee joined the emerging Lean In community by launching its own Lean In Circle in January 2014. We provide a forum for peers to learn about and discuss a range of fascinating topics related to empowering women at home and in the workplace. We currently have over 200 members, both men and women, who participate in our monthly meetings, where each month, we invite a speaker to lead our discussion – see past topics/speakers listed below. New members welcome! 
All Lean In topics/speakers listed below
1.   Power and Influence (Lean In lecture)
2.   Creating a level playing field (Lean In lecture)
3.   Managing difficult conversations (Lean In lecture)
4.   Rethinking time (Lean In lecture)
5.   Knowing your strengths (Lean In lecture)
6.   Negotiation (Lean In lecture)
7.   Be your own hero (Lean In lecture)
8.   Stories (Lean In lecture)
9.   Recap of 2015 MWI Breakfast Panel – Lean In/Lean Out (Jessica Ergmann)
10.   Teams (Lean In lecture)
11.   Economics of well-being (Lean In lecture)
12.   Drinks Among Friends organization (Megan Belcher)
13.   Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project (Trisha Ross)
14.   The Bigger Game (Peg Wallis)
15.   Pitching to diverse clients (Stewart Hirsch)
16.   Max/Fran – Gender Differences (Caroline Turner and Stewart Hirsch)
17.   Identifying your strengths (Lisa Hart)
18.   The Sandwich Generation (Amie Peele Carter)
19.   Unconscious Bias (Caroline Turner and Stewart Hirsch)
20.   Fidelity’s Women in Leadership Program (Maura Hunter)
21.   Knowing how the money works (Amie Peele Carter)
22.   Mom Hacks/Tips (Carey Jordan, Lacy Kolo and Amy Schmid)
23.  Intergenerational Lawyers (Neha Sampat)
24.  Advancement & Retention Panelists from 2016 Annual Breakfast (Meg Boulware, Melissa Buss, Eloise Maki and Evelyn Chen)
25.  Self-Care and Guided Meditation (Jeena Cho)
26.  Finding your Authentic Boldness (Deb Knupp)
27. Third Life: Integrated Worklife (Jessica DeGroot)
28. Leading with Moxie (Maureen Berkner Boyt)
29. Women as Rainmakers (Sara Holtz)  
Interested in Joining?
Contact our Lean In Chair - Jessica Lancia
Jessica Lancia, Ph.D.
Alston & Bird
Charlotte, NC, USA
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The Book Club
Through the Book Club, members get together by teleconference to discuss an interesting read.  Meetings are held each quarter, and provide an engaging and low commitment avenue to connect with other members.   Recent books have included “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman and “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.  New members welcome!
 Interested in Joining?
Contact our Book Club Chair, Allyson Mackavage
Allyson Mackavage
Baker Botts LLP
New York, USA
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The Speaker Bank
The Women in IP Law Committee began working with AIPLA in June 2014 to increase participation by our members in the AIPLA educational programs as speakers and moderators at stated meetings, seminars and webinars, by creating a Speaker Bank. The Speaker Bank is a database of our members who are interested in speaking and/or moderating, and today we have over 150 potential speakers and moderators, and we have assisted in placing speakers and moderators for numerous AIPLA events.
Interested in Joining?
Contact our Speaker Bank Chair, Katharyn Owen
Katharyn Owen
Star2Star Communications
Sarasota, Florida
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The Women to Watch Series
The Women in IP Law Committee introduced the Women to Watch Series in January 2016.  In association with each AIPLA meeting, we feature one of our members, nominated by a peer, highlighting, in her own words, her personal and professional development.  This program inspires our members to help women and allows us to get to know our members.  These fabulous Women to Watch will be published on all Women in IP social media sites, as well as our blog, and AIPLA Notes & News.
Interested in Learning More?
Contact our Woman to Watch Chair, Leana Levin
Leana Levin
Dentsply Sirona
York, PA
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The TSC Liaison Program
The TSC Liaison Program links members of AIPLA’s target committees with its substantive committees to promote a diverse group working on important issues facing AIPLA today. The Women in IP Law Committee initiated a program to encourage its members to take on this important role so that we can provide updates on their activities at each stated meeting. We are currently looking for liaisons for many of the substantive committees.
Interested in Becoming a Liaison?
Contact our TSC Liaison Chair, Camille Ciesliga
Camille Ciesliga
Ciesliga IP Law, PLLC
Chevy Chase, MD  20813
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The Collaboration Program
AIPLA, through the Women in IP Law Committee, will collaborate with various organizations having a shared passion for promoting women. To date, the committee has met with the USPTO, the ABA, and the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) to discuss potential collaborative activities.
Our first collaboration event was the 2016 AIPLA Women in IP Cares Community Service Event, organized with the Women in IP Law Outreach Subcommittee. More information on the Women in IP Cares Community Service Event can be found HERE.
Galya Blachman
AbbVie, LLC
California, USA
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Cassie Gourash
Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
Washington DC, USA
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