Upcoming Diversity Panel with VPG on September 7The PTAB Bar Association Diversity Committee and Virtual Patent Gateway are proud to present:
The Tales of Women Professionals Who Boss Up
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Register here: https://bit.ly/3w4qDK3
Diversity in the workplace can sometimes feel like checking a box off an organization’s to-do list. But to create meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), organizations must see it as a core value. It increases employee morale, brings forth multiple perspectives, and encourages innovation. In this panel, our moderator Sheena Yap Chan will chat with four women about their personal and professional journeys, and how their journeys as women of color empowered them to “boss up” (to borrow a term from our moderator) and strive toward leadership roles in their career paths. Please join us for a discussion with professional women from varied backgrounds and how they see DEI as not just a buzz phrase, but a core value to innovation and success.
Jisoo Beanland, Senior Intelligence Recruiter, Valiant Integrated Services
Ching-Lee Fukuda, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Lissi Mojica, Managing Director, Answers IP
S. Symone Walker, Trial Attorney Office of General Counsel, National Credit Union Association
Sheena Yap Chan, Podcast Host of the Tao to Self Confidence, and author of Asian Women Who Boss Up
Jisoo Beanland is a senior intelligence professional with over 16 years of experience in the
Intelligence Community (IC). She began her career as a Language and Intelligence Analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA), using her Korean cultural background and language skills to translate language materials and provide deep analysis based on current events. During her tenure at NSA, she provided interpretation support to VIP functions, the Department of Defense (DoD) conferences, and other high-level official visits, and received accolades. She branched out from her language analysis career track and built technical analytical skills in targeting tradecraft and methodology, developed deeper expertise in signals intelligence analysis for the East Asian Area of Responsibilities (AOR), and continue growing her leadership skills in briefing the leadership and VIPs at the interagency level. She was also an active member of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) chapter at NSA. In 2018, after nearly 14 years of government services in the DoD intelligence sector, Jisoo moved to the private sector, taking her many years of experience to a number of IC-affiliated contracting companies including Northrop Grumman, Peraton, and most recently Valiant Integrated Services. Jisoo is also a certified fitness instructor and spent time as a head fitness instructor at the MacDill Air Force Base and HIS Rapid City, South Dakota. Her numerous skillsets and wide-ranging expertise has made her a vital asset for this nation’s defense.
Ching-Lee Fukuda is a reputable trial lawyer in intellectual property litigation. With 25 years of experience, she has led significant wins in federal courts and at the PTAB, ITC, and Federal Circuit, focusing on electronics, software, medtech, and chemicals. She is the head of Sidley’s IP Litigation practice in New York and a member of the firm’s Global Life Sciences Leadership Council. In 2021, Ching-Lee was shortlisted for “Patent Lawyer of the Year” by IFLR in its Women in Business Law Awards Americas and for “Practitioner of the Year (Litigation) – New York” by Managing IP. For two consecutive years, she was named the “Post Grant Proceedings Attorney of the Year” by LMG Life Sciences in 2020 and 2021 for her work on behalf of med tech, medical devices, and chemical companies. She has led or participated in 100 PTAB proceedings.
In numerous publications, clients describe Ching-Lee as having “superb legal acumen” and “a great intellect,” that she “can handle the most complex of cases,” and that “Ching-Lee tells you what you need to hear, not just what you want to hear, and for that reason is someone you can trust, which is critical in big-ticket patent litigation.”
Lissi Mojica’s practice focuses on all aspects of preparing, analyzing and prosecuting post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) proceedings. Lissi’s practice also includes appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, reissue applications, interference proceedings, patent quality and patent examination matters.
Prior to entering a law firm setting, Lissi served as a Director at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where she started the Central Reexam Unit (CRU). As Director, she oversaw policies, standards, and procedures and developed inter partes and ex parte reexamination training for CRU examiners.
S. Symone Walker is a first-generation college student who immigrated from Jamaica at 16. She enrolled immediately in community college at NOVA, then transferred to George Mason University, graduating with a degree in Psychology. After working in the corporate sector for four years, Symone decided to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer and enrolled full-time in law school. She graduated from American University Washington College of Law with a JD, and from The George Washington University Law School with a LL.M. in Litigation and Dispute Resolution. She is a Federal attorney who served 20 years at the Department of Justice in various legal capacities and now works for the National Credit Union Administration. Symone is deeply involved in her community as an education activist, special education advocate, and thought leader in education equity. She advises the school board in her role on school advisory committees, pens provocative editorials on education issues, and gets into good trouble as the Education Chair and Executive Committee Member of her local NAACP chapter. Notwithstanding all of that, her most rewarding role is being the mother of two teenagers and a rescued Shih Tzu, Otis.
Sheena Yap Chan empowers Asian Women to break out of their shells so they can live an authentic life and thrive. Sheena is a Keynote Speaker, coach, and author on building self-confidence. She is also the founder and host of the award-winning podcast called The Tao of Self Confidence where she interviews Asian women about their inner journey to self-confidence. Her podcast has gotten over one million downloads to date and has interviewed over 800 women on the topic of confidence. She has interviewed celebrities, 8-figure CEO’s and more. Sheena has been featured on MindValley, FOX, ThriveGlobal, Manila Times and more. She is the TOP 10 Self Confidence/Self Love Coaches to Follow which was featured in Disrupt Magazine. She is also the co-author of the international bestselling books called Asian Women Who Boss Up and International Women of Color Who Boss Up.