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USPTO event: From Ideas to Innovations- Proud Innovation 2022 Series

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

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

The Proud Innovation series highlights the accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ innovators, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who are using their intellectual property to promote advancements and serve as mentors.

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 forgetRegister for Proud innovation 2022, part two: From enthusiasm to entrepreneurship, coming June 22.

This program is presented by the USPTO's Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact

The content and opinions shared by our guest speakers during this program are not those of the USPTO, nor are they an endorsement of any persons, products, programs, or policies mentioned during the event.

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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.