Join us in challenging the gender pay gap, overcoming unconscious bias and empowering women to pursue leadership positions on International Women’s Day.

International Women's Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also offers a chance to discuss and build upon the progress that has been made towards gender parity.

This year's theme is #ChooseToChallenge and our panel will be discussing their experiences in calling out gender bias and inequity.

You will have the chance to hear real-life stories from female Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys and understand the importance of male allies acting as champions for change.

Meet your speakers:

Kate O'Rourke, Mewburn Ellis

Kate is a past-president of CITMA and chairs our Brexit task-force. A Solicitor and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, Kate has over 25 years’ experience in relation to trade marks and related copyright, design and internet matters, she is a partner and head of trade marks at Mewburn Ellis.

With her knowledge of the ongoing Brexit negotiations, she has spoken extensively on the issues at conferences around the world, and has published a number of articles in IP magazines.

Chris McLeod, Elkington and Fife

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Chris McLeod is a Chartered trade mark attorney and with 35 years’ experience in the field of trade marks, designs and copyright. He has been active in CITMA, the UK Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, for over 15 years, serving as president from 2014 to 2016.

He has extensive experience of managing large trade mark and registered design portfolios in many sectors, including fashion, sports, healthcare, publishing, foodstuffs and beverages and has represented numerous charity clients on a pro bono basis. Chris is a regular conference speaker on IP issues and a frequent press, radio and TV commentator on trade marks and related matters.

Carol Nyahasha, Baron Warren Redfern

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Carol is a UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorney with extensive experience both in industry and private practice. Her expertise includes brand management, advising on trade mark filing strategies and dealing with UK, EU, US and International trade mark contentious and non-contentious matters.

Carol has experience managing a wide range of portfolios for clients in various sectors including tech start-ups, FCMG, finance and fashion. Before entering private practice, Carol worked in house for 3 years with PepsiCo’s  trade mark team in Dallas, USA. Carol is part of the IP Inclusive community.



12pm: Login available

12:30pm: Presentation

1:15pm: Q&A

1:30pm: End


Free for everyone