2023 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, part one: Leading change

Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium -- Part 1: Leading Change

Join us as we kick off our 2023 Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium series. We will hear from women who are leading change in their fields as they share their experiences as innovators, entrepreneurs, and role models. Gain insight from these change agents on the value of developing and protecting your intellectual property. 

Panelists will cover:

  • How women can impact the next generation of leaders
  • The challenges that women innovators often face and overcome
  • Securing support to commercialize your idea

Access recordings of individual program segments below.


(Subject to change. All times ET)

2-2:05 p.m. Welcome and overview

2:05-2:35 p.m. Inspiring women in innovation
A fireside chat with Dr. Corinna Lathan about how STEM education, ambition, and innovation can lead to success, and how she is using that success to inspire young women. 

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  • Dr. Corinna Lathan, Co-founder and CEO, AnthroTronix
  • Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO (moderator)
  • Cara Duckworth, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, USPTO (moderator)

2:35-2:40 p.m. Break

2:40-3:25 p.m. Leading change
Leaders talk about the challenges facing women entrepreneurs and innovators, and how they are leading change for women in business.

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3:25-3:30 p.m. Thank you and wrap-up

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO


Speaker biographies

(Provided by participants)


And don't forget the rest of the series:

To see recordings of previous Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, visit the event series page and select the event you want to watch. 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers inspirational and educational events, open to all, that feature innovators from a wide variety of backgrounds. Learn about IP, innovation, and valuable resources available to independent inventors, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and underrepresented or underserved populations. Find out more on our Innovator events for everyone page

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium is presented by the Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact WES@uspto.gov.  

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

Accessibility accommodation


If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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This event is part of a series: Advancing Equity, Women's Entrepreneurship