Innovation through the unexpected: Creating butterflies from pebbles

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In celebration of Women’s History Month which commemorates and encourages the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history, join us for an interactive fireside chat with women entrepreneurs and technology business leaders as they share their story of unexpected challenges and how they overcame those obstacles to rebuild and strengthen their business.

From the demands of converting one of the oldest industries to the digital age, to overcoming a worldwide cybersecurity attack, to recovering from an unexpected power outage due to historic Texas weather, this panel will discuss how their businesses used advanced technological platforms and innovative situational leadership to transform and sustain their businesses.

The panel will also discuss how their technology, supported by their intellectual property (IP) rights contributed to their success and how entrepreneurs can incorporate such strategies into their own entrepreneurial pursuits.

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  • Michele Connors - Assistant General Counsel for Cirrus Logic, Inc.
  • Neelu Sethi - Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Reddy Ice
  • Gertrude Van Horn - Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of NCH Corporation


  • Molly Kocialski - Regional Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Office of the USPTO 

Q&A session will follow the presentation. Please email your questions to prior to or during the webinar.

This program has been organized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Texas Regional Office (TXRO), Rocky Mountain Regional Office (RMRO), the USPTO's Network of Executive Women (NEW) affinity group, and Texas and Colorado chapters of ChIPs (Chiefs in Intellectual Property).

Continuing legal education (CLE) has been applied for.

For more information and to view upcoming events, please visit the events webpage of the USPTO

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

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