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Register for the UK Women Innovators Network Conference: 'Innovators & Entrepreneurs'

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photo of Angelique Johnson
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Office of Technology Commercialization is hosting its second annual UK Women Innovators Network (UKWIN) conference next week. This year’s conference focuses on the theme of "Innovators & Entrepreneurs." The event will take place 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Ballroom 212A of the Gatton Student Center.

The UKWIN program has a mission to increase the number of UK women who participate in innovation. This conference offers opportunities for UK and Lexington women to connect, network and learn from one another.

The featured speaker is Angelique Johnson, CEO and founder of MEMStim LLC, a company that produces implantable electronics to treat neurological disorders based in Louisville, Kentucky. Johnson’s presentation topic will be “Think Like an Innovator. Act Like an Entrepreneur.” Johnson, from Louisville, will also join a panel of two accomplished women who are living the “Think Like an Innovator. Act Like an Entrepreneur” mindset: Pang Hartman and Meghan Marsac.

A Lexington resident, Pang Hartman is the vice president, creative director and lead designer of FrogDice. FrogDice is an indie video game studio founded in 1996, and Hartman is one of the most experienced and accomplished developers in the video game industry.

Meghan Marsac, program lead for the Cellie Coping Kit for Children Program, is a pediatric psychologist and associate professor at UK and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Her technology is an intervention designed to empower families to manage difficult aspects of pediatric medical conditions.

There will be time for attendees to ask the women questions they have about being innovators and entrepreneurs. Food and beverages will also be provided.

Register here.

The Office of Technology Commercialization is the technology transfer office for the University of Kentucky. The core mission of the OTC is to facilitate the commercialization of innovations and discoveries for the benefit of the university community, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and global society.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.