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Proud Innovation 2022, Part I: From ideas to innovations

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT


Proud Innovation – Learn from LGBTQ+ innovators

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Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to get inspired by successful innovators turning concepts into creations. Register for the free, online series Proud Innovation 2022, part one: From ideas to innovations.

The Proud Innovation series celebrates LGBTQIA+ inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who are using their intellectual property to bring new ideas to market.

This page will be updated with speaker biographies as the event approaches.


(All times ET)

3 – 3:05 p.m. Program welcome and overview

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Manager, USPTO

3:05 – 3:10 p.m.  Leadership greetings

3:10 – 4 p.m.  Panel discussion: How to transform your idea into reality. Hear how these innovators are using their experiences and inventions to build a better tomorrow.


  • Arianna T. Morales, Ph.D., Staff Research Scientist, General Motors R&D Center
  • Suma Reddy, Co-founder and CEO, Future Acres
  • David Taubenheim, Senior Data Scientist, NVIDIA
  • Theodore ‘TJ’ Ronningen, Ph.D., Chair, Out to Innovate; Research Scientist, Ohio State University (moderator)

4 – 4:05 p.m. Wrap-up and resources

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Manager, USPTO

And don’t forget: Register for Proud Innovation 2022, part two: From enthusiasm to entrepreneurship, coming Wednesday, June 22.

This LGBTQ+ Pride Month event is presented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Office of Innovation Outreach. For questions or assistance, please contact [email protected]


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