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

February 28, 2012

Event Date: 
Thursday, 1 March 2012 (All day)

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MARCH 1, 2012

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Campus

Madison Auditorium

600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA




Celebrating the History & Future of Women Innovators


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


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal.
~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton