Proud Innovation 2022, part two: From enthusiasm to entrepreneurship

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Are you passionate about taking your special idea to the market? Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to learn how to commercialize your innovation. 

The Proud Innovation series highlights the accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ innovators, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who are using their intellectual property to promote advancements and serve as mentors.

This page will be updated with speaker biographies as the event approaches.


(All times ET)

3-3:05 p.m. Program welcome and overview 

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Manager, USPTO  

3:05-3:55 p.m.   Panel discussion: Making your passion profitable

Find out how these entrepreneurs turned their passion into commercial successes:

  • Ana Maria Hernandez Marti, Founder and CEO, Equal Love 
  • Jake Kenyon, Owner/Lead Dyer, Kenyarn, LLC  
  • Robin Williams, Owner, Bowtie Behavior  
  • Phillip Bailey, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce (moderator) 

3:55-4:05 p.m. Wrap-up and resources   

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Manager, USPTO 

Speaker biographies


Make sure to visit Proud Innovation 2022, part one: From ideas to innovations.

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

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

This event is part of a series: Advancing Equity, Proud Innovation