SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ChIPs, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing women in technology, law and policy, announced today that Dorian Daley, Oracle's executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, has joined its board of directors. The board Friday unanimously voted on Daley's appointment to a three-year term.
Daley's appointment marks the first time a board seat will be held by a non-founding member of ChIPs, which has grown from an informal group to an organization with over 2,000 members and seven chapters in the U.S. and abroad. Its seven-member volunteer board is composed of senior executives who hold leadership positions in major technology companies as well as earlier stage ventures. Founded in 2005, ChIPs is dedicated to accelerating innovation at the confluence of technology, law and regulatory policy by increasing diversity of thought, participation and engagement.
"Dorian has been an integral contributor to ChIPs since the very early days when she spoke at our first event over a decade ago," said Mallun Yen, ChIPs co-founder, board director and CEO. "A widely respected and inclusive technology leader, she is a fearless champion of diversity who leads by example. Dorian's addition as our first non-founder director is a significant milestone in ensuring ChIPs' continued growth and broadening impact on shaping the future of innovation in a way that benefits society."
Daley joined Oracle in 1992 after starting her career in private practice in San Francisco. She is a 1986 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law and a 1981 graduate of Stanford University. As the top lawyer of one of the world's largest enterprise computing companies, she oversees a 457-member department and has been on the front lines of Oracle's most significant business deals and legal cases.
"Women have certainly made gains in the three decades since I walked into a law firm for my first job, but the disproportionately small number of women in leadership positions remains — whether it's law, tech or the government," Daley said. "ChIPs is one of the few organizations that is moving the needle forward through its impactful initiatives: exposing girls to careers in law, lawmaking and technology, and helping women develop critical business development skills."
"With a leader like Dorian joining our board, it signals to businesses everywhere that diversity in board rooms, courtrooms, government offices, lecture halls and at tech campuses is no longer optional for those who want to compete in today's global economy," said Noreen Krall, ChIPs co-founder and board chair. "Beyond her demonstrated commitment to diversity, Dorian also deeply understands that the thoughtful interplay between technology, law and regulatory policy is more critical than ever for innovative companies."
ChIPs also announced the addition of Karen Royer as its first executive director. "Hiring our first executive director is another significant milestone for ChIPs," Yen said. "Karen is a talented executive with a proven track record of building and scaling mission-driven organizations."
Royer has over 20 years of experience in professional services, nonprofit and technology-focused organizations, including at The Anita Borg Institute, a global nonprofit dedicated to advancing women technologists, where she co-produced the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world's largest technical conference for women in computing.
ChIPs, also known as the ChipsNetwork.org, is a 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered in San Francisco dedicated to advancing women at the confluence of technology, law and policy. It has the dual purpose of increasing diversity and inclusion in these fields as well as accelerating the progress of innovation. ChIPs stands for chiefs of intellectual property, a role all seven women founders held at major technology companies in Silicon Valley at the time they formed the group. ChIPs has expanded to support women and issues beyond its legal roots, advancing into new, groundbreaking territory where technology, law and regulatory policy converge. The ChIPs network now also includes chief legal officers, chief litigation officers, private practitioners, policymakers, lawmakers, judges, government officials, regulators, academics, students, technologists, innovators, founders and entrepreneurs.
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