|With over 25 years of operational experience in law, technology, and management in start-up and fortune 100 companies, Soody’s strategic insight coupled with her practical approach is a key asset, whether acting as counsel and adviser or leading her own ventures. Soody lectures on IP, licensing, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship at domestic and international universities and forums.|
Her extensive and diverse experience enables the counseling of clients on intellectual property and transactional matters in a range of technologies including life sciences, software, medical devices and diagnostics. Based on the range of her experience and having founded companies of her own, she is well accustomed to challenges facing emerging as well as mature companies.
After holding technical and management positions at Schering Plough and HP; and practicing law at Hewlett-Packard Inc., and a successfully acquired medical device start up, and two national law firms, HellerEhrman and Townsend and Townsend; she formed the boutique intellectual property law firm, STLGip, where she counsels domestic and international clients in IP and technology transactions in a wide range of technologies. Soody serves in board, advisory, and leadership capacities with several organizations including Association of Women in Science STEM to Market national accelerator; Licensing Executives Society USA/Canada Women in Licensing Committee, and the Palo Alto Area Bar Association.
|Soody is a Commissioner with the city of Menlo Park, CA; and an active hands-on volunteer with several civic organizations including Defy Ventures, an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth. Soody is currently working on her new start up, a wearable health-tech company. Soody has instructed courses in IP and licensing at the University of California and Stanford University and is a mentor with several entrepreneurship-focused courses/programs.
Soody also consults in non-legal capacity on select projects with both domestic and international sectors including company assessment and market positioning. She is engaged by European universities to consult and establish technology transfer programs and policies. She is an inventor on patent applications and issued patents. Soody holds a J.D., M.S. in industrial chemistry, and B.S. in chemistry, and is licensed to practice before the State of California and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Soody is currently working on a new start up in the wearable heath-tech space.
Soody is actively involved in various organizations some of which include:
|Universities, Training & Development||Entrepreneurial Sector||Professional Organizations||Non-Profit & Philanthropy||International Sector||Government|
|Stanford University: Lecturer, Mentor||TechFuture Group (SBDC): Adviser||Association of Women in Science (AWIS): Advisory Board Member, STEM to MARKET National Accelerator||Defy Ventures: Business Plan Judge, Mentor, Coach||U.S.-Polish Trade Council: Lecturer, Adviser||City of Menlo Park, CA: Commissioner, Finance and Audit Committee|
|University of California (UCSC): Lecturer||TechLab Innovation Center: Adviser and Strategic Partner||Licensing Executives Society, USA & Canada: Chair, Women in Licensing||Full Circle Fund: Member||Vinnova (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems): Adviser||Silicon Valley U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce: Partner|
|Pozan University, Poland: Lecturer, Technology Transfer Adviser||C4Cube Accelerator: Adviser and Expert In Residence||Licensing Executives Society, USA & Canada: IP100 Executive Forum, Member; Annual Meeting Planning Committee, Member; Emerging Enterprises Committee, Member||Shoebox Ventures: A non-profit helping other non-profits: General Counsel; Member, Board of Directors||California Israel Chamber of Commerce (CI-CC): MedTech Committee, Member|
|Technopreneurship Center, Nanyang University, Singapore: Mentor||West Company, Economic development organization serving entrepreneurs and microbusiness owners: Adviser||Licensing Executives Society, Silicon Valley Chapter: Board of Advisers, Member; Past Chapter Chair||Techwadi, Building bridges between Silicon Valley and the MENA region: Mentor|
|LES Graduate School Business Plan Competition: Mentor||SFMade, California: Adviser|
Global Innovation Summit, Business Committee: Member
|Palo Alto Area Bar Association: Board of Directors, Member; Co-Chair Patent Section||Victorian Government of Australia: Adviser|
|University of California (UCSF): Mentor||Silicon Valley Common Ground, bridging industries and legislation: Co-Founder and Co-Chair|
|Silicon Valley in-bound international universities/delegates (e.g., Dongbei University): lecturer||Association for the Sports and Athlete Professionals: Adviser|