What is your story?
I’m a recovered engineer and formally served in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. I’ve always been intrigued with inventions. This passion for seeing new things came to life is what inspired me to go to become an attorney that focuses on intellectual property. Many envision building a business that is acquired by a larger company, creating wealth, and satisfaction for the accomplishment. Some believe the sacrifices and risk are worth it when they sell the business, however; it rarely goes as they thought it would. Most business owners are gravely disappointed by the valuation of their business, if they even have the opportunity to sell it at all. They do not get the value they anticipated. This story has happened too often, and I’ve witness many lay their dreams to rest. The reason I advise so many entrepreneurs is to prevent them from those same failures and create the success that 5X return on their investment of talent, time, energy, and resources. That only comes with advanced planning and seeing how an IP strategy aligns with the overall vision of the business.
What message do you like to promote to others?
To become serial entrepreneurs. Something magical occurs when an exceptional individual understands business strategy and innovation and they create a new company. They write the vision and make it plain; they communicate it; they pull a team together — and the results are extraordinary. They grow the business, sell it, and start another one. The cycle of creation continues! One of my greatest joys is guiding an entrepreneur through the possibilities of what can be achieved by executing their business plan and applying our 5X Strategy to create valuable assets.
In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?
I support large companies and entrepreneurs alike in using intellectual property for creating economic value and sustainable development. I believe that everyone has the power to create and transform those ideas into reality. As a Patent Attorney, former Patent Examiner with the US Patent & Trademark Office, and IP practitioner with experience across a wide range of technology fields, serving clients in the US and internationally for strategic patent analysis and the development of intellectual property rights.
In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to?
Working in a male predominantly field I had many obstacles I had to overcome to earn the respect I deserved. The condescending conversations or quiet jokes about my gender required me to work 10x harder. With that drive, I was able to create my own business and offer opportunities to more women.
Did you have a Mentor, Coach or Sponsor along the way that was essential to your growth and success? If so, who was it and why?
Yes, many times I failed due to not seeking the proper advisement. I learned to talk with people who accomplish the same things I wished to accomplish, that helped me navigate my direction. My spiritual life plays a big role in shaping my journey; I have also received guidance from countless professionals.
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
When a client’s vision comes to life. When they realize that 5x to 15x return. To play a part in helping them create a strategy and executing it to create valuable intellectual property and position their innovation-based companies for investment, growth, and exit. It changes their life, their team’s lives, and their families. I believe entrepreneurship can offer freedom and the greatest inventions we see today most often have their genesis in the mind and/or heart of an entrepreneur.
If you could give one piece of advice for women who are entering the workforce or launching their own business what would that be?
Find good counsel. Every successful business has a board of directors or advisors. People who are consistently tracking different areas of the company. None of us can do this on our own. You cannot fire a cannon from a canoe. Build your business and develop yourself personally so you have a strong enough foundation to handle the success you are seeking.