IP Futures, Remote access meeting

A free online event from IP Futures
Monday 28 June 2021
4.30 – 5.30 pm


In 2020 the IP firm Haseltine Lake Kempner appointed Soni Basra as their first female ethnic minority partner. To celebrate the occasion, they kindly shared with us an interview with Soni in which she talked about the impact of her gender and race, and more generally her suggestions for improving diversity and inclusion in the future.

We were delighted that Soni offered to speak directly to IP Futures in this informal “fireside chat” with IP Inclusive’s Lead Executive Officer Andrea Brewster. Drawing on her experiences in the IP professions, and her journey to where she is now, Soni explained what she’d tell her younger self if she could go back in time – about confidence, challenges and fighting your own corner. She also shared her thoughts on how more senior people can be champions and role models for others.

This was an informal event and wasn’t recorded. The Q&A session allowed our audience to put their own questions to Soni; it resulted in a fascinating, inspiring discussion that we hope will have left everyone feeling more comfortable with themselves and more confident about their careers.

All IP professionals – in particular early-career professionals – were welcome to attend, whatever their role.



This event was free. So are all our resources. We think it’s important to keep IP Inclusive the right side of the paywall.

That said, we do need money to keep the show on the road, so if you enjoyed the event please consider contributing to our 2021-22 fundraising campaign. For individual ad hoc donations, our crowdfunding page is here. Or for more information – including for corporate sponsors – visit our general fundraising pageΒ here.

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