Katharine Martin

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Martin, who practices corporate and securities law at Wilson Sonsini and sits on the firm’s board of directors, led LinkedIn’s $352.8 million IPO in 2011. This year she was part of the team that represented the company in its $26.2 billion sale to Microsoft. She also helped represent Altera Corp.’s $16.7 billion sale to Intel Inc. last year.

What’s your biggest pet peeve related to working in the tech sector?

[I have] none.

I can’t wait until we invent…

Mainstream self driving cars.

Go-to spot for a business lunch:

Jin Sho.

Favorite way to kill time on a cross-country flight?

Watch a movie.

No. 1 survival tip in a work crisis:

Stay calm.

Business figure (living or dead) who you’d most like to have dinner with?

Hillary Clinton.

In 50 words or less: what can be done to tackle tech’s gender gap?

Focus on STEM education for women, more women executives and board members, and flexible work schedules.

One word people use to describe you:


—Rebecca Cohen