Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium

Join us for the Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium on May 14, 2019, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia.

This FREE, half-day symposium will bring together leaders of industry, government, and education to discuss and call attention to the under-representation of women in scientific research and patenting, how STEM education can impact change, and the economic impact of women inventors and entrepreneurs. Space is limited, so register to attend today.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Registration

9:00 – 9:05 - Welcome and Overview
Drew Hirshfeld,
Commissioner for Patents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

9:05 - 10:00 - Mind the Gap
A discussion of the under-representation of women in scientific research and patenting 

Linda Hosler,
Deputy Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation, National Inventors Hall of Fame

Panel Members
Laura Peter,
Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director, USPTO

Julia Lane,
Professor, Center for Urban Science and Progress and Wagner School, Provostial Fellow, New York University

Lisa Seacat DeLuca,
Director Digital IoT Transformation & Digital Twin, Founder, Project Whitespace & Spotlight, Distinguished Engineer & Master Inventor, IBM Watson IoT


10:00 - 10:55 - Leading with STEM
A panel discussion on the value of STEM and how we can impact the future

Keisha Bryant, Technology Center Director at USPTO

Panel Members:
Jessica L. Rosenberg
Acting Director, STEM Accelerator, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, George Mason University

Nicole Smith
Chief Economist, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Joyce Ward
Director of the Office of Education and Outreach, USPTO

10:55- 11:05 Break

11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - The Economics of Women in Industry
A panel highlighting the contributions of women in industry and innovation

Amanda Myers,
Acting Deputy Chief Economist, Senior Economist, Office of the Chief Economist | Office of Policy & International Affairs, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Panel Members:
Jessica Milli,
Study Director, Institute for Women's Policy Research

Nevianna Petkova, 
Economist, U.S. Treasury

Jennifer Shieh, 
Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

12:05 - 12:10 - Wrap-up and Review
Wynn Coggins,
Chief of Staff to the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director

This event is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For reasonable accommodations and all other questions related to the program, contact Sean Wilkerson at oidevents@uspto.gov

Register for this event