Diversity in innovation is crucial to a corporation or university’s long-term success. The causes for and ways to achieve diversity in innovation are many and vary by region, organization, and other factors. Our panel of experts will discuss the USPTO’s Progress and Potential Report and gender diversity statistics, the USPTO’s new diversity in innovation toolkit, IPO’s Gender Diversity in Innovation Toolkit, and the AUTM University and Tech Transfer Toolkit. We will examine these various perspectives and discuss how you can use these tools to positively impact the diversity in innovation culture within your organization.
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April 28, 2020, 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET
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Sandra Nowak, Assistant Chief IP Counsel, 3M Company
Ms. Nowak is Assistant Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for 3M Company, counseling 3M’s Consumer Business Group which makes and sells iconic consumer products sold under some of the world’s best-known brands, including Post-it®, Scotch®, and Command™. Since joining 3M in 2005, Ms. Nowak held positions of increasing responsibility within the 3M Legal Affairs Department. Ms. Nowak is also a co-chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s (IPO’s) Women Inventors Subcommittee, where she works with a global group of IP professionals and inventors to advance diversity in innovation. In April 2019, Ms. Nowak testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the topic of Trailblazers and Lost Einsteins: Women Inventors and the Future of American Innovation. Click here for a copy of her slides.
Molly Kocialski, Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional, USPTO
As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders. A recognized leader in the Rocky Mountain Region, Ms. Kocialski currently serves on the Colorado Federal Executive Board’s Executive Committee and as a member of the Planning Committee for the annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute. Click here for a copy of her slides.
Karen Maples, Founder & Chief Catalyst, FutureForward
Karen is the founder of FutureForward, a global initiative to inspire women scientists to commercialize their research and to accelerate the number of women-led firms at the cutting edge of emerging and advanced technologies. She is a member of AUTM and serves on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also participated in the creation of the AUTM University and Tech Transfer Toolkit on how to increase outreach to women scientists and faculty in technology commercialization. This toolkit was one of several major projects of the Women Inventors Special Interest Group. She is a sought-after judge in university pitch competitions and most recently has engaged FutureForward in Equalize 2020, which will bring women scientists together across the United States to connect them with mentors and investors to accelerate their success in attracting funding for their research. Karen also serves on the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Foundation Board of Advisors. Karen is the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the cutting-edge project, IGNITE: Creating an Innovation Ecosystem that Works for Women. She is on the Editorial Board for Quantum Leaps’ Roadmap to 2030, and was a contributor to the groundbreaking 2010 release of “Roadmap to 2020 – Fueling the Growth of Women’s Enterprise Development.” She has been recognized by Enterprising Women Magazine as one of the top women entrepreneurs in North America. She holds a B.B.A. and M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and has completed post-graduate studies in strategic planning and marketing strategy at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Click here for a copy of her slides.
Andrew Toole, Chief Economist, USPTO
Dr. Andrew Toole is the Chief Economist at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and a Research Associate at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). Dr. Toole joined the USPTO with experience in the private sector, academia, and government. As an academic researcher, Dr. Toole was asked to advise on science and technology policy issues for institutions such as the U.S. National Academies of Science, U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In 2010, he joined the Science Policy Branch of USDA’s Economic Research Service. His research focuses on the economics of innovation, intellectual property, and related science and technology policies. Dr. Toole has published in the Journal of Law and Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Research Policy, Management Science, and many other peer-reviewed journals. Click here for a copy of his slides.