2022 Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship program, part one: Defining tomorrow

Defining Tomorrow: Feb 17, 2-4:30 p.m.

View a recording of the 2022 Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship program, part one: "Defining tomorrow,"  This event features:

  • Special guests’ firsthand accounts of their amazing career paths
  • Best practices for entrepreneurial success, including networking, developing a strategy, and securing funding to build and grow a successful tech business
  • Government resources that can help you protect your creative work and build a business


(All times ET)

2 p.m. Welcome

  • Jayde Stewart, National Outreach Partnerships Specialist, USPTO

2:03 p.m. Leadership greeting

  • Bismarck Myrick, Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, USPTO

2:10 p.m. Fireside conversation on careers in STEM and innovation

  • Lanny Smoot, Disney Research Fellow, Imagineer. Smoot discusses his career in the USPTO's February 2022 installment of the USPTO's Journeys of Innovation, "As if by magic."
  • Hellen Bryan-Johnson, Senior Trademark Policy Advisor, USPTO (moderator)

2:42 p.m. Learn from top innovators about keys to entrepreneurial success

  • Janet Emerson Bashen, CEO, Bashen Corporation
  • Morgan DeBaun, Founder and CEO, Blavity Inc.
  • Stacy Spikes, Founder and CEO, PreShow, Co-founder and CEO, MoviePass
  • Alford Kindred, Supervisory Patent Examiner, Technology Center 2100, USPTO (moderator)

3:45 p.m. USPTO resources: Free legal services to assist inventors and entrepreneurs

  • Olivia Scheuer, Patent attorney, Office of Enrollment and Discipline
  • NaThanya Ferguson, Manager, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO (moderator)

4:25 p.m. Closing

  • Jayde Stewart, National Outreach Partnerships Specialist, USPTO

This program is presented by the USPTO's Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact BlackInnovation@uspto.gov.

The content and opinions shared by our guest speakers during this program are not those of the USPTO, nor are an endorsement of any persons, products, programs, or policies mentioned therein.