Faegre-sponsored IP event will highlight women ‘powering change’

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Women innovators in Indiana will be in the spotlight when the local legal and entrepreneurial communities celebrate World Intellectual Property Day in Indianapolis on Thursday.

Faegre Baker Daniels, along with Centric, an Indianapolis-based innovation think tank, the Indianapolis chapter of Chiefs in Intellectual Property and Mother’s Esquire, will host a luncheon and panel discussion that will focus on female leaders in innovation.

The event, Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faegre’s downtown office, 300 N. Meridian Street, Suite 2700. Seating is limited. Registration is available online.

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law alumna Emily Ward, now CEO and board chair of AlcaCruz, a virtual reality company, will be the keynote speaker. Ward is also a co-founder of the national ChIPs organization and returned to Indiana when the local ChIPS chapter was established.

The panel discussion will focus on entrepreneurial eco-systems and how women inventors can become a part of that network, develop their ideas and get funding.

Moderated by Faegre partner Amie Peele Carter, the panel will include Melissa Beckwith, vice president of strategy and innovation at Butler University; Kristen Cooper, founder and CEO of The Startup Ladies; Danielle McDowell, executive director of The Speak Easy; and Rupal Thanawala, account executive of Accenture.

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