Mar 23 – What you own and what you don’t

Understanding Intellectual Property:
What you own and what you don’t

Under US copyright, patent, and trademark law, businesses own a range of intellectual property. Find out more about the care and feeding of your intangible assets.

Sophie Martin

Sophie Martin is an Albuquerque attorney and the co-publisher and co-editor of the Albuquerque cityblog,@dukecityfix. She holds both a J.D. and an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico, a B.A. in Theatre from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and training in intellectual property and advertising law from the University of New Hampshire. Sophie is a 2013 recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Award, a two-time honoree on the Albuquerque Business First’s Forty Under 40 list, and the 2012-2013 Editor-in-Chief of the New Mexico Law Review.

Sophie is a past president of the UNM Women’s Law Caucus and of the New Mexico Advertising Federation and serves on the boards of Tricklock Company and Law Access New Mexico. Sophie is the former Director of Marketing & Operations for Madstone Theaters and Chief Marketing Officer for the UNM Anderson School of Management, and teaches marketing and social media, nonprofit management, and women’s leadership in the Executive MBA and professional development programs at the UNM Anderson School of Management.


Feb 23 – John J. Chavez

John Chavez Speaks with ABWAPresident of New Mexico Angels

Managing Director of New Mexico Start Up Factory LLC

Mr. Chavez currently serves at the President of New Mexico Angels; a local Angel investment group of over 60 accredited investors, which he is also an active investor. Since becoming President, the Angels have seen an increase of over 100% funding of investment deals in new companies. The Angels are now leading investment deals, rather than following venture capitals into them.

Mr. Chavez has created technology showcase forums which allow Angel technology partners, Los Alamos National Lab, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of New Mexico, the opportunity to present technologies available for licensing to Angel members and guests.

Feb 25 Women’s Leadership Conference

Join us for a day of personal and professional growth, networking with local business women and fun!


Women's Leadership Conference, Albuquerque

  • Katie Snapp –
  • Vanessa Willis – President – American Business Women’s Association
  • Jessica Eaves Mathews, Esq. Founder and CEO Leverage Legal Group
  • Keri Stewart – CPBC Results 4 Business, Inc.

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $40 early discount; After February 17, 2017 $50; Includes a box lunch

Ticket available at

La Luz Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association

Event Flyer 2017 | Event page | Sponsorship Flyer

Jan 26 – Creating Winning Cultures

Join us for this great topic for groups that need to produce results, need to work together or want to dream big.

Ben Thomson holds a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology and is a Certified Martial Art Instructor. He loves to walk his three-legged dog Nikolai in the hills of Santa Fe, New Mexico, enjoy a good beer, and write.

He is the author of The Remarkable Self: A Manual for the New Leader and uses his knowledge of psychology and martial arts to bring teams to higher levels of performance.

Philanthropically, Ben’s endeavors include working with school-age children as a life-skills coach helping them people prepare for the challenges of the real world; as a certified Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® instructor helping older adults in his community prevent accidental injury and death from falls and is currently the Board President of the Santa Fe Healthcare Network and an active member of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.