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USPTO event: From Enthusiasm to Entrepreneurship-Proud Innovation 2022 Series

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Are you passionate about taking your special idea to the market? Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to learn how to commercialize your innovation. Register for the free, online Proud Innovation 2022 series, part two: From enthusiasm to entrepreneurship 

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.


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

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Manager, USPTO  

3:05 – 3:55 p.m.   Panel discussion: Making your passion profitable    

Find out how these entrepreneurs turned their passion into commercial successes.   


  • Jake Kenyon, Owner/Lead Dyer, Kenyarn, LLC  
  • Robin Williams, Owner, Bowtie Behavior  
  • Phillip Bailey, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce (moderator) 

3:55 – 4:05 p.m. Wrap-up and resources   

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Manager, USPTO 

And don't forgetRegister for Proud Innovation 2022, part one: From ideas to innovations, coming June 15.

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.

This event is part of a series: Advancing Equity, Proud Innovation
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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.