Agenda: Women Entrepreneurs: Celebrating the Past, Inventing the Future

ByNWBC Council

Agenda: Women Entrepreneurs: Celebrating the Past, Inventing the Future

Celebrating the History & Future of Women Innovators 

MARCH 1, 2012

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Campus | Madison Auditorium | 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.                Arrival & Registration

9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.                Welcome

  • Richard Maulsby, Associate Commissioner for the Office of Innovation Development, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO
  • Donna James, National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) Chairwoman

9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.               Understanding the History of Women and Intellectual Property;Presentation and Discussion of NWBC’s New Research Findings

  • Peggy Focarino, Commissioner for Patents (USPTO)
  • Debbie Cohn, Commissioner for Trademarks (USPTO)
  • Julia Kurnik, Director of Research and Policy (NWBC)
  • Open for Q&A

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.             Break & Networking

10:45 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.             Current Women Innovators

  • Dr. Janine Jagger, IPA Distinguished Inventor and Founder of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the University of Va.
  • Lisa Price, Founder of Carol’s Daughter® and NWBC Council Member

11:35 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.             Celebrating Women’s History Month and the Next Generation of Innovators   

  • Joyce Ward, USPTO Education Coordinator
  • Tina Tchen, Director of the White House Council for Women and Girls and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Special Thanks and Closing Remarks

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.              Lunch on Your Own; Exhibit for Women’s History Month Open

Public Meeting of the National Women’s Business Council

1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                Public Meeting

  • Facilitated by Chairwoman, Donna James
  • Guest presenter: Amy Wilkinson, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                Opportunity for Public Comments & Questions

About the author

NWBC Council administrator

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a nonpartisan federal advisory council established to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, the Congress, and the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration on issues related to women’s business enterprise. The Council is comprised of eight small business owners from across the country, six representatives of national women’s business organizations, and one Chairperson, Liz Sara, who was recently appointed by President Donald J. Trump in August 2018.