O'Melveny Associates Accepted into WILpower Career Devlopment Program

February 22, 2010

Erika Tucker
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Andrea Rodeschini
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -  February 22, 2010 --  O’Melveny & Myers LLP associates Anne Huffsmith and Whitney McCollum have been selected to participate in WiLpower 2010 Career Development Program, a unique, year-long program designed to enhance the advancement of women in technology and licensing professions. 


Sponsored by Women in Licensing, the WiLpower Career Development Program offers targeted instruction for professional women who show great promise in the areas of intellectual property, technology or licensing, and who have demonstrated leadership capabilities.  The goal of the program is to introduce tools and concepts essential to success in the fields of licensing and technology. Huffsmith, McCollum, and other participants will attend 10 workshops stressing business development, leadership, and strategic-thinking skill enhancement.


“O’Melveny is committed to initiatives that foster diversity and the professional development of lawyers at the Firm,” said Darin Snyder, head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice. “ Both Huffsmith and McCollum have exhibited the legal skills to be exceptional IP lawyers.  We also want to encourage their growth as leaders and business developers, which their participation in the WiLpower Development Program will help to achieve.”


Women in Licensing, Bay Area, is a part of the Licensing Executive Society, an organization committed to encouraging high standards and ethics among persons engaged in licensing, other transfers of technology, and intellectual property rights.   


O’Melveny dedicates significant resources to initiatives aimed at retaining, developing, and promoting women at the Firm. Through the collaborative efforts of our women partners, Women’s Affinity Group leaders, and Diversity and Talent Development personnel, the Firm launched the Women’s Initiative in 2007, starting with the Women’s Leadership Academy.

The Women’s Initiative is the product of an ongoing dialogue within the Firm focused on identifying and addressing issues of particular concern to women at O'Melveny, and in the legal profession broadly. Through an expanding group of programs and policies, the initiative supports women in their professional development as lawyers, fosters a supportive and inclusive environment, and provides opportunities for advancement through partnership and leadership roles within the Firm, and leadership roles in the broader community.


About the Licensing Executives Society

The Licensing Executives Society, Inc. (LES) is a professional society comprised of over 6,000 members engaged in the transfer, use, development, manufacture and marketing of intellectual property.  The LES membership includes a wide range of professionals, including business executives, lawyers, licensing consultants, engineers, academicians, scientists and government officials. Many large corporations, professional firms, and universities comprise the Society's membership


About O’Melveny & Myers LLP

With approximately 1,000 lawyers in 14 offices worldwide, O'Melveny & Myers LLP helps industry leaders across a broad array of sectors manage the complex challenges of succeeding in the global economy. We are a values-driven law firm, guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship. Our commitment to these values is reflected in our dedication to improving access to justice through pro bono work and championing initiatives that increase the diversity of the legal profession. For more information, please visit www.omm.com