2023 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, part two: Finding mentors and opportunities

Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium part 2 -- March 15 2023

 In part two of the Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium series, we learned about the importance of mentors and how building a reliable network can impact growth, opportunities, and success.    

Panelists covered:

  • Best practices that helped women innovators overcome challenges in their fields
  • How to give back and be a mentor
  • Where to find mentors, and the ways that mentorships bring growth and opportunities

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(Subject to change. All times ET)

2-2:04 p.m. Welcome and overview

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

2:04-2:10 p.m. Greetings from USPTO leadership

2:10-2:55 p.m. The future of innovation
Listen to a fireside chat with Kavya Kopparapu about her experiences, growth, and outlook on young women and the future of innovation.

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2:55-3 p.m. Break

3-3:45 p.m. Women leading with STEM
Hear from women working in STEM who lead and inspire others.

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  • Paula Golden, President, Broadcom Foundation
  • Mihri Ozkan, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of California, Riverside
  • Dr. D Sangeeta, Founder and CEO, Gotara
  • Dr. Megan Aanstoos, Licensing and New Ventures Manager, Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (moderator)

3:45-3:50 p.m. Break

3:50-4:30 p.m. Finding mentors
Listen to a discussion about the role mentors play in developing our business networks, where to find them, and how to make the most of a mentoring relationship.

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  • Caroline Crisafulli, Director of Entrepreneurial Education, Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, The Ohio State University
  • Latonya Garth, Founder and CEO, The Imagine Mentoring Program
  • Bridget Weston, CEO, Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Association
  • Ines Hernandez, Counselor for Equity, U.S. Department of Commerce (moderator)

4:30-4:35 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 events, 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.

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