Director Gaby L. Longsworth, Ph.D. co-moderated the IPO’s Black IP Professionals Resource Groups “Navigating the Headwinds in the IP Field” webinar on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

In honor of Black History Month 2024, the group hosted a virtual discussion to celebrate trailblazers in the Black IP community. The panelists covered various topics, shedding light on their professional journeys and experiences and addressing the recent developments in DEI and how they navigate the legal headwinds.

This event was limited to IPO members only.


  • Jandá Carter currently serves as Assistant General Counsel at Caterpillar Inc., headquartered in Irving, TX.
  • Serena Farquharson-Torres is Executive Director & Assistant General Counsel
    at Bristol Myers Squibb in Intellectual property Law.
  • Raymond Millien is the VP of Legal at Exro Technologies Inc., a leading clean-technology company.


  • Gaby L. Longsworth, Ph.D., is a director in Sterne Kessler’s Biotech & Chemical Practice Group and Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
  • Tony Sabeta is a Partner and Director of the Startups Group at Aird & McBurney LP, Toronto, Canada.

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