Behind the Click: Silicon Valley Lawyer Cheree McAlpine

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Current Occupation: Vice President and General Counsel, Wyse Technology Inc.
Favorite website: Economist.com
Favorite read: Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
Recent read: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
2012′s ultimate goal: Getting my 13 year old daughter into a good high school this fall
Quote Governing Your Mission or a Quote that Inspires You: Carpe Diem
Twitter handle: @chereemcalpine


Ready for another profile on women making moves in the tech space?  If so, you are in for a treat.  So far I’ve profiled entrepreneurs and VP’s, but I have yet to zero in on one of the most important areas of the game, until now.  With new terrain being carved out daily, those with legal expertise are key in moving the industry along.  I was fortunate enough to connect with Cheree McAlpine, a key attorney in Silicon Valley, who will give us a peek at what it’s like to be part of the inner legal circle of the tech world.  Get ready for some hot insights from the General Counsel at Wyse Technology, a leader in cloud client computing:

LDC: I’d love to know when did you first become interested in law?

CM: I’ve always loved advocacy, speaking , and debate  (my mother would say arguing), but  at some point law just became a natural and obvious choice if you want to do what you love.

LDC:  There are probably not too many Black female attorneys in your field. Do you find your gender/race a challenge in Silicon Valley?

CM: I have experienced a wonderful 17-year legal career in Silicon Valley where technological innovation is key and knowledge is a premium.   I am currently the General Counsel and head lawyer at a global company.   I understand and can appreciate the uniqueness of my situation as an African American woman in this position and I certainly can’t say that I haven’t experienced conscious or unconscious biases in my profession.  My focus professionally has always been on understanding my value as a lawyer and businesswoman in the Silicon Valley business community and having the confidence to pursue the positions that are suitable to me without personal regard to race and gender.

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