2021 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship program

Hispanic innovation and entrepreneurship

Recordings of the 2021 Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program presentations are now online. See the agenda below for links to sessions you may have missed or would like to review. This event offers independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and intellectual property (IP) professionals a chance to learn about resources available to the Hispanic innovation community.

Take this opportunity to:

  • Hear from a successful inventor about how IP can be a key to your success
  • Learn about building networks in your community and finding mentors
  • Discover USPTO resources for inventors and entrepreneurs


(All times ET)

1–1:10 p.m. Welcome and and leadership greeting

Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Manager, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

David L. Berdan, performing the functions and duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

1:10–1:45 p.m. Fireside chat: Inspiring leadership

Alejandra Y. Castillo, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

Nestor Ramirez, Technology Center Director, USPTO (moderator)

1:45–1:50 p.m. Break

1:50–2:35 p.m. Fireside chat: Inside the mind of an innovator

Leandro Margulis, innovator and inventor of a durable radio-frequency identification (RFID) device that tracks high-value assets through harsh environments

Marivelisse Santiago-Cordero, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioners for Patents, USPTO (moderator)

2:35–2:40 p.m. Break

2:40–3:40 p.m. Panel: Connecting to a community – A conversation about building networks and finding mentors

Jennifer Garcia, COO, Latino Business Action Network, Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative

Olga Camargo, CEO and founder, FARO Associates LLC and Board Chair, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)

Susana G. Baumann, President, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief, Latinas in Business Inc.

Tito Leal, CFO, Prosperity Lab

Juan Valentin, Education Program Advisor, Office of Education, USPTO (moderator)

3:40–4 p.m. Closing/USPTO resources for innovators and entrepreneurs

Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Manager, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

This program is presented by the Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact HispanicInnovation@uspto.gov.

Speaker biographies

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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