Innovator Diversity Pilots Conference

DRAFT Schedule
(subject to change)

Friday, November 18, 2022
8:45am – 9:00am Welcome – SCU and Emory
Dean Michael Kaufman (SCU), Margo Bagley (Emory)
9:00am – 9:15am

From Progress to Potential to Piloting
Sandra Nowak (IPO/3M) and Laura Norris (SCU)

9:15am – 9:30am

The Why and How of Innovator Diversity Pilots
Colleen Chien (SCU) and Heidi Williams (NBER, Stanford, IFP)

9:30am – 10:10am Session 1: Getting People off the Bench – Inventor Diversity Pilots – chaired by Suzanne Harrison (Percipience)
Firestarter 1: Addressing Organizational Barriers to Patenting through Opt-Out Framing and Other Diversity Nudges – Colleen Chien and Jillian Grennan (SCU and the Innovator Diversity Pilots Initiative)
Firestarter 2: Diversity Piloting at Meta – Jyoti Uppuluri (Meta) and Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio (Harvard)
Firestarter 3: Affinity groups piloting at the USPTO – Bismarck Myrick (USPTO)
10:10am – 10:25am

Piloting for Scale – the Voltage Effect
John List (The University of Chicago) – REMOTE



10:45am – 11:25am

Session 2: Data and Tools for Progress – chaired by Sandra Nowak (IPO/3M)
Panel: Sam Wiley (PatSnap), Mike Schuster (UGA) and Steve Gong (Google)

11:25am – 12:30pm

Session 3: Innovator Diversity Policy Pilots – chaired by Colleen Chien (SCU)
Firestarter 4: USPTO Pilot Program Reduced Gender Disparities in Patenting, Andy Toole, Office of Chief Economist (USPTO) – REMOTE
Panelists: Caleb Watney (IFP), Heidi Williams (NBER, Stanford, IFP), Damon Tull (UCOP) and Jamie Renee (NAI)

12:30pm – 1:15pm
(12:55pm – 1:15pm)

Fireside Chat with Hon. Kathi Vidal, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office: USPTO Diversity Initiatives Changing the Innovation Ecosystem
Introduced by: Arpita Bhattacharyya (Finnegan)


Ideation Breakout / Brainstorm – chaired by Laura Norris (SCU HTLI)

2:15pm – 2:30pm


2:30pm – 4:00pm

Session 4: Let’s Pilot Together! Pitches to USPTO, and other co-sponsors/organizers
Co-chaired by Valencia Martin Wallace (USPTO), Joy Peacock (HTLI)
Pitch – Diversity at the Patent Office – Paul Gugliuzza and Rachel Rebouche, (Temple)
Pitch – Double Attribution – Jordana Goodman (BU/MIT) and Sabra-Anne Truesdale (Western Digital)
Pitch – Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at AUTM – Alice Li (Cornell University and AUTM)
Pitch – Law and Technology Pipeline Consortium – Keith Robinson (Wake Forest)
Pitch – Adapting the Diversity Pledge to the Academy – Lolita Darden (George Washington)
Pitch – Reframing Rejections; Company Family Leave Policies: Is there an Innovation Premium? – Gauri Subramani (Lehigh) and Colleen Chien (SCU and the Innovator Diversity Pilots Initiative)

Open call for pitches from participants

4:00pm – 4:10pm

Reflections Margo Bagley (Emory) and Colleen Chien (SCU)


Session 5: Diversity in the Profession and Pipeline, chaired by Caren Ulrich Stacey (USPTO)
Firestarter 5: DEI at Orrick: The Mansfield Rule Pilot and Learnings – Alyssa Caridis (Orrick)
Firestarter 6: Tech Law Summit – Lateef Mtima (Howard Law)
Panelists: Piers Blewett (Schwegman), Jeremiah Chan (ADAPT, PPP, Meta)


Valencia Martin Wallace, USPTO


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