Graduate alum Kimberlynn Davis co-founder of Sidebars podcast

A new limited podcast series by Kilpatrick Townsend‘s biopharma team showcases today’s leading women in the patent bar. In Sidebars, graduate alum Kimberlynn Davis pulls back the curtain on her career and shares her journey with its twists and surprises to achieve her goals, imperfectly. 

While attending graduate school, Kim designed and synthesized nucleoside analogues as HIV-1 reverse transcriptase inhibitors and also focused on developing methodology to improve the regioselectivity of nucleoside base couplings under advisor Dr. Dennis Liotta. Dr. Davis also served as an intern in the Emory University Office of Technology Transfer, where she assessed the marketability and patentability of technologies.

Dr. Davis has co-authored scientific and legal journal manuscripts and presented at several scientific meetings. She is a recipient of Apex Society’s Power 30 Under 30™ Award, was recognized as a Superwoman of the Future by Atlanta Tribune Magazine, and has been profiled by Rolling Out Atlanta Magazine. During law school, Dr. Davis received the GSU College of Law Intellectual Property Scholarship and served as a graduate research assistant for the GSU Intellectual Property Advisory Board.

Dr. Davis was recognized in 2018 and 2019 as a Georgia “Rising Star” in the area of Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine. She was named a “40 Under 40 Leader” by Emory University Alumni Association in 2020. Dr. Davis serves as the co-chair of KT Voice, Kilpatrick’s resource group focused on promoting the interests of Black attorneys.

Check out the first and second episode of the podcast, available now!

Colleen Bear: Career Development Redefined Sidebars

In this episode, we welcome Colleen Bear, Senior Professional Development Manager at Kilpatrick Townsend. Colleen has more than 20 years of experience in professional development, including organizational development and change talent assessment, leadership development, performance improvement, sales effectiveness, strategic planning, program management, and facilitation. She is an expert facilitator, and a highly impactful executive coach and strategic consultant. In this conversation, Colleen shares the insights she has gained from helping attorneys understand their goals and then achieve them. She discusses how important it is to stay true to yourself while also being realistic about the constraints of your chosen path, and offers advice on developing a career that suits your personal definition of success. Highlights include:Being yourself while reading the roomThe broad umbrella of professional developmentThe different approaches you can take to coachingThe unique challenges of coaching lawyersTaking advantage of all the resources that BigLaw has to offerSponsorship vs. mentorship vs. coachingUnderstanding the hurdles in your career path and the possibilities for overcoming themHow to avoid self-fulfilling propheciesBeing authentic to your personal work styleConsidering the source of any advice and criticism Ultimate success is being honest with yourselfThe many benefits of stretch assignmentsReevaluating your goals as your career progressesTaking ownership of your career to make it sustainable and enjoyableThanks for listening to Sidebars! Connect with us: Read our Medicine and Molecules (MEMO) Blog Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Questions or feedback? Reach out at Learn more about Kilpatrick Townsend **The opinions expressed are those of the attorneys and do not necessarily reflect the views of the firm or its clients. This podcast is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.
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