Empowering Minds: Women entrepreneurs two-step through funding and mentorship to the beat of intellectual property (IP)

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Join us for a panel that embodies innovation, entrepreneurship, mentorship, and IP expertise. Breaking through barriers, these successful women have fostered ideas into prosperous ventures making a lasting impact. They will be sharing their riveting journeys and unveiling the significance of IP protection to attract investment, network, and connect with mentors. 

A recording of this event will posted when available. 



(All times CT)




11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.


12 – 12:05 p.m.

Overview and welcome

Lindsey Cox
CEO, LaunchTN

12:05 - 12:55 p.m.

Empowering Minds
A panel discussion that embodies innovation, entrepreneurship, mentorship, and IP expertise.

Lindsey Cox
CEO, LaunchTN

Toni Hickey
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Atmus Filtration Technologies

Cris Lacy
Co-president, Warner Music Nashville

Kayla Rodriguez Graff
Co-founder, SweetBio

Shannen Stewart
Founder, Heels & Handshakes

12:55 – 12:59 p.m.

Audience Q&A

12:59 - 1 p.m.

Closing remarks

Hope Shimabuku
Regional Director Texas Regional USPTO

Speaker Biographies




For more information, or if you have any questions or comments, please email us at We@uspto.gov.

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We look forward to continuing to support women entrepreneurs and promote education around intellectual property. Please visit our website for future opportunities, resources, and tools available through the USPTO. 


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