The original CHiPs co-founders in 2011 (frim left): Julie Mar-Spinola, Mallun Yen, Michelle Lee, Noreen Krall, Emily Ward, Mona Sabet and Anirma Gupta. (Courtesy photo)

ChIPs began 16 years ago as lunch among seven women who at the time were a rarity: chief IP counsel at major Silicon Valley tech companies. Today ChIPs has grown into a 3,700-member, global juggernaut aimed at advancing and connecting women in technology, law and policy.