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Welcome to VPG’s Virtual Water Cooler Chat Podcast, where we share lessons and stories of women professionals to help empower other women, and expand a greater circle of influence, so we walk our journey with those who understand and appreciate us.

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Welcome to VPG’s Virtual Water Cooler Chat Podcast, where we share lessons and stories of women professionals to help empower other women, and expand a greater circle of influence, so we walk our journey with those who understand and appreciate us.

Language:

English


Episodes

A Chat with Jessica Nguyen, Chief Legal Officer of Lexion | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 39

2/19/2024
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Jessica Nguyen, Chief Legal Officer of Lexion, the AI-powered legal intake and contract lifecycle management system – helping attorneys manage tasks and contracts in one place. Jessica plays an integral role in managing Lexion’s legal function and product and go-to-market strategy while also building a platform advocating for General Counsels, legal professionals, and women with over 15,000 LinkedIn followers, regularly speaking at events and webinars with hundreds or thousands of registrants. She has an extensive in-house legal career at companies of various sizes and stages and has been the first legal hire that built out the legal function of a company 3 times. Prior to Lexion, she was the General Counsel and first in-house attorney of PayScale, a Microsoft Office365 attorney, and the first in-house attorney at Avalara. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and is an award-winning General Counsel, with honors including the 2023 Washington State Bar Association Legal Innovation Award, 2020 “Startup GC of the Year” by Corporate Counsel magazine, 2019 Top 100 Legal Influencers by The Business Journals, 2019 Best Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and 2018 Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40. Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:47:38

A Chat with Micheal Binns, Head of Patent Portfolio Strategy, Patents & Trade Secrets at Meta | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 38

2/5/2024
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Micheal Binns, Head of Patent Portfolio Strategy for Meta’s Patents & Trade Secrets. Micheal chairs Meta’s Black@Legal affinity group, which focuses on ensuring an equitable experience for diverse employees in the legal department. He is also a founder and board member of ADAPT, a DEI collective, the board chair of Page Turners Make Great Learners in Atlanta, a board member of the National Council on Patent Practicum, and a trustee of the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law. Connect with Micheal on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:49:59

Honor Your Light with Kavita Battula | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 37

1/15/2024
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat on ‘Honor Your Light’ features Kavita Battula, Senior Associate at Medler Fero Woodhouse and Mills PLLC. Kavita is a biotech patent attorney who has 20+ years of experience in top law firms and in-house. A certified Pilates, yoga, and cycle instructor, she is also an integrative nutrition coach, and is dedicated to building community, sharing experiences, overcoming fear, and breaking barriers; she is intensely passionate about health and wellness and is happiest when whole-foods plant-based meals for her friends and family. Kavita's first love is books, and she is an avid reader and writer. You'll see her contributions on various blogs and soon on her own website. She is the founder and CEO of KaVie, LLC, focused on bringing more love and light into the world. Connect with Kavita on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:34:59

A Chat with ‘Iolani L. Bullock, Vice President of DEI at The Carlyle Group | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 36

1/1/2024
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features ‘Iolani L. Bullock, Vice President of DEI at The Carlyle Group. ‘Iolani is a dedicated advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She holds a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University with a B.A. in Africana Studies, Marketing, and Communications. In addition to her impressive career, ‘Iolani has recently become a children's book author, publishing Lenox Takes Flight two years ago. Her commitment to education and representation continues through her upcoming children's book, LITTLE Lenox Takes Flight, set to release in 2024. Connect with ‘Iolani on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:38:42

Turnaround with Lisa Gable | Virtual Watercooler Chat Episode 35

12/25/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Lisa Gable. Lisa Gable is a former US Ambassador to the World Expo to obtain billions of direct foreign investments in the US, to help build Intl’s brand management system as the company ultimately achieves a 73% share of the global semiconductor market. Lisa is CEO, UN delegate, and Wall Street Journal/USA Today’s best-selling author. Lisa speaks and leads on partnership, mentorship, diversity, relationship building, and big ideas. Lisa strives to support the next generation of leaders and organizations that are solving the world’s biggest problems. Lisa serves as Chairperson of the Diplomatic Courier’s futuristic think tank, World in 2050, and is in Dallas, Texas. Lisa is a thought leader who focuses on creating innovative solutions. Fortune 500 C-Suites leaders bring Lisa in as she gets the job done, using her “Diagnostic Diplomacy” process by identifying the seven most common problems that are the underlying cause of every challenge. From health care and technology to geopolitical discord, Lisa is a five-time, award-winning WSJ & USA Today bestselling author of the incredible strategic handbook, Turnaround: How to Change Course When Things Are Going South. Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:46:46

Hope Floats with Angela Evans | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 34

12/18/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Angela Evans, Founder of Waters of Hope. Angela has over twenty years of experience as an educator and initially met Ashley Cheung through an online Airbnb experience. She has since explored various creative writing and publishing projects with her and, most recently, worked with Ashley and Michelle Kim on Building a Leadership Habitat exploring leadership principles through the lens of safari animals, and Bridging Dreams and Reality exploring various social themes facing adolescents through the interpretation and storytelling of Michelle’s illustrated artwork. Angela has published three novels and nine eBooks and is currently working on two more novels, plus grant-writing, ghostwriting, and consulting for the Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) team. She lives in North Carolina, and enjoys kayaking, going on adventures, and travel of any kind. For Angela, living fearlessly and traveling is very important. Waters of Hope is a nonprofit that provides quality of life experiences to cancer patients and survivors. You may find Waters of Hope on Facebook. Connect with Angie via email: Paddlersplace1967@yahoo.com Connect with Angie via phone: (828) 505-6333 Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:26:38

A Chat with Correna Brinck, Head of IP at IntuiCell and Founder, TheBrinckConsultancy | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 33

12/4/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features VPG’s Junior Learning Engineer, Sydney Ricks, chatting with Dr. Coreena Brinck, Head of IP at IntuiCell, a Swedish Artificial General Intelligence start-up and founder of TheBrinckConsultancy, her Nordic/UK consultancy for strategy and CXO-level IP issues. Sydney is a Senior majoring in Statistics at Virginia Tech. She is also a music lover and enjoys learning about data analytics. Dr. Brinck is an IAM 1000 attorney. She is Head of IP at IntuiCell, a Swedish Artificial General Intelligence start-up and founder of TheBrinckConsultancy, her Nordic/UK consultancy for strategy and CXO level IP issues. In addition, she also offers patent drafting, prosecution, infringement, validity and litigation support via her role as a consultant patent attorney with Two-IP, an innovative full-service IP firm based in the UK. A European and UK patent attorney who has worked with innovators and inventors for over 20 years both in-house and in private practice, Dr. Brinck works with clients of all sizes in the physics, communications, med-tech, and green-tech sectors. She has seen first-hand how rapidly AI and ML innovations are pervading human society and strongly advocates ethical AI. She has previously supported clients using AI in fields as diverse as electrical grid energy distribution, battery management, digital twin IIoT for smart factories and engineering systems, autonomous vehicle and vessel systems, and health management and screening. The next generation artificial general intelligence she currently works with at IntuiCell takes a new direction for AI and empowers machines with the ability to think and act more like humans. Coreena loves gardening, walking her two dogs, playing the piano, painting, and collecting art. She is currently in the midst of transforming her 1930s Tudor-style home into an energy efficient home of the future. Connect with Coreena on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:44:00

Fiercely Joyful with Natasha Craig Durkins | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 32

11/27/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Natasha “Tash” Craig Durkins. Tash is a senior executive in the federal government and has served in several key leadership positions throughout her civil service career. She is also the celebrated author of a recently published book, Fiercely Joyful: 11 Keys to Living Authentically & Creating a Life You Love. In her recent roles, Tash has focused on reconciling the challenging budget landscape, creating strategic approaches to resolving complex problems, and driving cultural transformation across organizations. Stemming from her passion for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA), Tash created a bimonthly communication platform to encourage the growth of employees and support organizational health by providing a safe space to expand thoughts, self-awareness, and celebrate diversity. Tash attended Howard University and later earned a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from George Mason University. A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, she is a foodie who loves to indulge in the many culinary delights across the Washington, D.C. metro area, where she resides with her husband and two dogs, Boomer and Kobe. Learn more about Fiercely Joyful or connect with Tash on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:45:34

A Chat with Mishele Kieffer, IP Counsel at Medtronic | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 31

11/20/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Mishele Kieffer, IP Counsel at Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology. Mishele specializes in patent conflict resolution, working on projects like freedom to operate analyses, due diligence issues, and patent litigation. Before joining Medtronic, Mishele was in private practice, specializing in patent and general litigation, and served as law clerk to the Hon. Emmet G. Sullivan on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Prior to law school, Mishele worked as a process engineer for an industrial gas company. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Mishele has three children, two cats, and one spouse, and lives outside of Denver, Colorado. Connect with Mishele on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:36:02

WELL with Deepa Tharmaraj, Head of Legal at ECARX | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 30

11/13/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features VPG’s Generation Innovation summer Litigation Assistant Kiana Soleiman interviewing Deepa Tharmaraj, Head of Legal at ECARX. Deepa has 25+ years of commercial and corporate law experience in tech, in various capacities and countries, in FTSE 100, Fortune 500, and now a Nasdaq-listed company. Her career has largely been driven by combining purpose, passion, and principles, which has led her to lead a global workplace movement focused on cultural inclusion with 10K+ members in the Fortune 500 company. Deepa is a passionate leader and a DEIA enthusiast. She also founded a women's empowerment not-for-profit called WELL, which facilitates faith-based conversation and connection on leadership for women everywhere. Connect with Deepa on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:29:49

Let’s Talk Art with Flor Da Valle, Curator, Photographer and Fashion Designer | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 29

10/26/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Flor Da Valle. Flor is a contemporary art curator, professional photographer, artist & fashion designer from Buenos Aires. She has been an entrepreneur for more than ten years in the Arts and Fashion Industry and hosts Online Art Experiences for team-building events for companies around the world like Facebook, Google, Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft, among others. She has exhibited her work and curated exhibitions in galleries in Buenos Aires and has a Master's Degree in Curating Contemporary Art. In 2021 she won the "Usina del Arte" photography Award and “Vivamos Cultura” from the Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires. She has also won art grants from the Ministry of Culture. In 2022 she exhibited “Art Is the Mirror That Reveals Our Own Face”, her Master Thesis in Contemporary Art Curating, in which she also participated as an artist with her post-photography series “Art as a Mirror”. She was also part of the collective exhibition "From Cameras & Stories" at "Usina del Arte". In 2018 her work was selected for the collective show "Eternity" by Maurizio Cattelan in Art Basel Cities BA. Connect with Flor on LinkedIn. Errata: Flor completed her Master's degree in Curating Contemporary Art in 2022. The voice-over inadvertently indicated she was finishing the degree. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:30:54

A Chat with Grace Wang, Attorney at Allen & Overy LLP | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 28

10/16/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Grace Wang, an attorney at Allen & Overy LLP’s New York office. Grace relies on her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT and patent prosecution background to advise her clients in inter partes review proceedings and requests for ex parte reexaminations. Her practice also focuses on litigation in the International Trade Commission and district court, as well as patent validity, infringement, freedom to operate, and due diligence analyses. Grace has experience with a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, signal processing, data analytics, integrated circuits, semiconductor devices, disease diagnostics, network biology, genetic risk assessment, communications systems and networks, and cloud computing. Grace's doctoral research focused on the neural coding of complex auditory signals. Connect with Grace on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:23:55

A Chat with Judy He, Patent Attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 27

10/2/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Judy He, a patent attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP. Judy has a significant amount of experience with litigating and resolving complex patent, trade secret, and commercial licensing disputes. She is on the board of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) and teaches legal writing as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Judy loves living in Chicago and is very passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and mentorship. Judy has experience with advising and representing clients in mediations, arbitrations, and federal proceedings before various district courts; she also has an active pro bono practice and has successfully represented immigrant children with obtaining predicate orders for special immigrant juvenile status in Illinois state courts and immigrant families with obtaining asylum in Chicago Immigration Court. In 2021, Judy was a recipient of the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Rising Star Award. She has also been recognized twice by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service as a Pro Bono Leader for her contributions in 2020 and 2021 to the ABA’s Free Legal Answers project. Judy is an alum of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinders program and one of the 2022 Pathfinders Class Liaisons. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Judy was an extern with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, the largest legal program in the Department of Homeland Security. She was also a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Connect with Judy on LinkedIn and learn more about Judy at Crowell & Moring LLP. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:24:55

A Chat with Dahlia George, Staff Attorney at the Office of Enrollment and Discipline at the USPTO | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 26

9/18/2023
Disclaimer: The views expressed, opinions and stories that have been contributed to this podcast episode are those of Dahlia George and Virtual Patent Gateway. They do not belong to and cannot be credited to anyone at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED). This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Dahlia George, Staff Attorney at the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Dahlia's primary responsibilities involve investigating attorney and patent agent misconduct; spearheading the USPTO Diversion Program as an alternative to discipline; examining trademark applications for registration; representing USPTO in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) administrative hearings and Merit Systems Protection Board appeals. Dahlia also has experience as a USPTO Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer and served as a United States Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG). In her spare time, Dahlia enjoys hiking, reading, yoga, and watching movie classics. Connect with Dahlia on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:41:42

Advancing Healthy Equality with Naseema Shafi | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 25

9/11/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Naseema Shafi (She/Her), CEO of Whitman-Walker Health on the topic of Advancing Health Equality. Naseema lives in the DMV area and initially joined Whitman-Walker in 2007. In her role as CEO, Naseema works to implement the strategic vision, goals and initiatives of the Board of Directors. She leads the support of the growth and oversight of the health center with a focus on the provision of high-quality, affirming care that centers the community and maintains the vitality of Whitman Walker. Prior to her current role, Naseema served as both the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for Whitman-Walker as well as its Director of Compliance, overseeing various matters related to corporate compliance and risk management. Naseema received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar. In 2016, Naseema was named a Minority Business Leader by The Washington Business Journal; she is inspired by the powers of community, citizenship, and empathy. Connect with Naseema on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:42:04

A Chat with Li Guo, Counsel at Bunsow De Mory LLP | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 24

9/4/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Li Guo, Counsel at Bunsow De Mory LLP, and is interviewed by our special guest and mentor, Sheena Yap Chan, Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author of The Tao of Self-Confidence and Asian Women Who Boss Up, and podcast host of The Tao of Self-Confidence. As Counsel at Bunsow De Mory LLP, Li’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright cases. Li also has a Ph.D in Chemistry and material science. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked as an engineer. She frequently speaks and writes about intellectual property issues and has been actively involved in a number of legal organizations and their committees. Connect with Li on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:28:47

A Chat with Bree Vculek, Patent Scientist at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 23

8/21/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Bree Vculek, Patent Scientist at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and a recent graduate at The George Washington University Law School, located in Washington, D.C. Bree specializes in patent prosecution across a variety of technical disciplines, including artificial intelligence, biotechnology (agricultural and pharmaceutical), chemistry, plants, food technology, and nutraceuticals. Prior to joining DWT, she spent time in the lab conducting molecular agrobiotechnology research, working on state, federal and international science and agricultural policy and regulatory matters, and managing global business development in antibody discovery contract research organizations. She previously served as a student attorney in GW Law’s Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic, a research assistant focusing on communications for GW Law’s IP Law program, a Senator in the Student Bar Association, and was a member of the first place team in the USPTO’s 2023 National Patent Application Drafting Competition. In her spare time, Bree enjoys practicing plant-based nutrition and holistic living, [solidcore] workouts under the blue lights, hiking with her dog, Kai, and riding her horse, Rico. Connect with Bree on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:31:16

A Chat with Tara Kim Eberhart, Senior Director, Practice Management at Dentons US LLP | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 22

8/7/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Tara Kim Eberhart. Tara is a Senior Director, Practice Management at Dentons US LLP, President of the International Practice Management Association (IPMA), and a Founding Member of Chief. She is proud to be a recovering Paralegal, having started off her legal career “doing real work” (as she says) before transitioning into management and ultimately focusing her career on the business side of the law. Tara is known for her in-depth, operational knowledge and ability to implement enterprise-level innovation/technology solutions. Tara is an avid reader and is learning how to be an empty nester with her husband, Robert, now that her daughter, Madison, is a fully launched adult. Connect with Tara on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:35:39

Trailblazing Ethical AI with Shawnna Hoffman | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 21

8/1/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Shawnna Hoffman President of Guardrail Technologies, a leading tech company focused on Enabling Responsible Technology, on Trailblazing Ethical AI. Previously, Shawnna served as the Chief Technology Leader, Legal Strategy & Operations of Dell Technologies. Prior to Dell Technologies, she was the ServiceNow Technology Workflows Manager and Predictive AIOps Federal Lead and was at IBM in Digital Transformation & Strategy in positions including Co-Leader of the Global Watson AI Legal Practice. She is a sought-after Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Subject Matter Expert and has spoken at the United Nations at Blockchain for Impact (2018) and the UN Data Forum (2020 and 2021). Shawnna was appointed Chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) Distributed Ledger Technology and Market Infrastructure Subcommittee for 2018 – 2020. In 2019, she testified in front of the CFTC on “Blockchain Privacy & Confidentiality” and on “The Current State of Blockchain Adoption.” In 2017, she was awarded the Certificate of Leader Development in National Security and Strategy by the U.S. Army War College. Connect with Shawnna on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:42:41

A Chat with Brendy Belony, Paralegal Supervisor & Training Coordinator at Perkins Coie LLP | Virtual Water Cooler Chat Episode 20

7/24/2023
This episode of Virtual Water Cooler Chat features Brendy Belony, a Paralegal Supervisor & Training Coordinator at Perkins Coie LLP in Washington, DC. With over 20 years of experience, Brendy is a people manager who supervises, mentors, and trains patent prosecution paralegals and paralegal assistants. She is passionate about the empowerment and development of her team and spends her days training, mentoring, managing projects and working collaboratively with individuals at all organizational levels. Brendy takes every opportunity to learn and express her creativity. She’s an avid reader, loves to visit museums, History channel fanatic and is currently learning to play the piano as an adult. She also served as a volunteer mentor with the Fresh Air Fund, so it’s safe to say sharing knowledge and ideas are her passion. Connect with Brendy on LinkedIn. Virtual Patent Gateway (VPG) reduces overhead costs by providing PTAB attorneys with on-demand and affordable paralegal support services. Virtual Patent Gateway Founder Ashley Cheung has a passion for supporting the next generation in the workplace and is committed to developing a growth mindset within VPG. Learn more about VPG here.

Duration:00:40:22