2017 Capital Pride Theme Announced!

Ya’ll, I have to tell you I am SO EXCITED about this year’s theme!  Only yesterday I posted that I want us to be LOUD AND PROUD and then today I find out how similar the Pride theme is.  I love it!  This gives us a great direction to go for our June event(s).  I have a few ideas and I hope you have some too!  Bring them to the coffee break and happy hour and we will get the ball rolling on some amazing events!

A Letter from the Prez!

Hi everyone!  I wanted to take the time to introduce myself, for those that haven’t met me in person.  I’m very excited to be a part of our wonderful group!  I work in the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity as the Agency’s Staff Sign Language Interpreter.  I’ve been in this position for about 2 and 1/2 years as a Federal Employee and 4 years as a contractor.  I am married and have a 10 year old daughter, Zoe and we live in Crofton, MD.  I attended school at East Carolina University (Biology Degree) and Rochester Institute of Technology (Interpreting Degree).

My hope for this year is to greatly expand not only our membership base, but also our participation.  I think many of you will agree we are facing a time that, may cause worry, concern and/or fear. Now, more than ever, I feel like we need to band together and make sure that we foster an environment that makes people feel safe and welcome.  I want us to be loud and proud, so that our colleagues who haven’t yet found their safe place know where to find us.  To that end, I would love it if you all try to make it to at least one event per quarter.  I know many of you work on production schedules and that can be a barrier to attendance.  I would also love to hear from YOU!  What types of events do you want to see?  Is there a speaker that you would want to come speak at one of our events?  Will you come if we hand out swag, have raffles or give you cookies?   Help me figure out the best way that I can serve you and our community this year.  I look forward to seeing you in person soon!  In the meantime, please check out the updates in this special edition of the newsletter.

Jen Fritz
Lambda PTO President

Meet the VP…

Hello and a happy 2017 to all.  My name’s Leslee Friedman, and I’m a Trademark Examiner.  I came on board at the PTO in May 2015, and discovered Lambda at Community Day shortly thereafter.  My personal goals for the organization this year are to further awareness of safe spaces within the agency, and combine with other affinity groups to strengthen our numbers and create a stronger environment overall.  And if I pull myself together enough to make good desserts for IFS, that would be the cherry on top of the cake.  Almost literally.

Leslee Friedman
Lambda PTO Vice President

Meet the Secretary…

Hello my name is Lauren Pisha and I am a transgender woman.  I am a GS-13 patent examiner in Art Unit 2853, having a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Engineering in environmental engineering both from the University of Maryland.  I also have a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore, and am admitted to practice law in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  One of my proudest accomplishments was the design and supervising construction of a disabled-accessible ramp for my Eagle Scout project at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center in Rockville, Maryland.

Women in Leadership

Event FlyerPlease Join the USPTO Network of Executive Women, Women in Science and Engineering, and the Asian Pacific American Network for a “Women in Leadership Information Session” next Wednesday, January 25, from 4-6 p.m. in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Panelists include Meryl Hershkowitz, Jackie Stone, Rama Elluru, Seema Rao, Elizabeth Dougherty, Cynthia Lynch, and Susannah Chung. Refreshments will be provided.

For additional information, please contact Ahmed Nasir.