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Carpenter to participate in women’s entrepreneurship symposium


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Dr. Jenna Carpenter, associate dean for administration and strategic initiatives and the Wayne and Juanita Spinks Professor of Mathematics at Louisiana Tech University, will be a panelist for the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) second annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, March 25-26 in Shreveport.

Dr. Jenna Carpenter

The event is being hosted by United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu and the City of Shreveport, and will focus on the vital importance of intellectual property protection in the success of innovative businesses.  The Symposium will also provide a unique opportunity for attendees to learn specifically about the value of patents and trademarks in their businesses.

Other panelists will include Senator Landrieu, who serves as chairwoman of the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO; Margaret “Peggy” Focarino, Commissioner for Patents for the USPTO; Lesia Farmer, Independent Inventor; Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter and Renee Quinn, The Social Media Diva – a social media and online marketing consultant.

Carpenter is a member of the Board of Governors of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and serves as the Governor of the Louisiana-Mississippi Section.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and has a seat on the Board of the Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network (WEPAN).  At Louisiana Tech, Carpenter is the director of the Office for Women in Science and Engineering, directs the College of Engineering and Science’s Faculty Mentoring Program, and is the advisor for the College’s Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Cedric Glover, mayor of the City of Shreveport, will welcome the Symposium’s participants and guests, followed by Elizabeth Dougherty, acting deputy director of the of the USPTO’s Office of Patent Legal Administration.

Written by Catherine Fraser – cfraser@latech.edu