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Louise Levien To Receive 2018 Frank Barnes Mentor Award from the LES at Annual Meeting in Boston

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Louise Levien To Receive 2018 Frank Barnes Mentor Award from the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada) at Annual Meeting in Boston

For Outstanding Work as Mentor in The Field of Licensing, Levien Will Be Honored During the Award Celebration, Oct. 15, 7:30-10:00 p.m., at the Boston Marriott Copley

BOSTON—Oct. 3, 2018-- The Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada) today announced that it has selected Louise Levien, Ph.D., CLP, a member of the LES Board of Directors and the LES Director of Local Chapters West, as the recipient of the 2018 LES Frank Barnes Mentor Award. Levien's substantial contributions to the field of licensing through mentorship make her deserving of one of the highest honors that LES can give to a member of the licensing community. Established in 2000 by LES to memorialize Barnes' contributions to the field of licensing, the award is presented annually to one LES member who has dedicated considerable time and energy to mentoring fellow licensing professionals.

While maintaining an active role in LES as Houston Chapter Chair, a course instructor, and on the Board of Directors, Levien has mentored many in the licensing field in addition to speaking at local, national and international events. She currently serves as a volunteer mentor for MD Anderson's Venture Mentoring Service (VMS Houston) and recently served as the mentor for an MD Anderson team at the NSF I-CorpsTM 2018 Spring Bay Area Cohort.

Levien will be honored at the Society's Monday evening LES Supper Club and Frank Barnes Award Celebration Oct. 15, from 7:30-10:00 p.m., at the Boston Marriott Copley. All are invited to register and attend.

"This year's award selection committee is pleased to present Louise with the 2018 LES Frank Barnes Mentor Award. Louise displays the passion and drive to inspire and encourage further innovation in the licensing sector. Additionally, I have known Louise for many years and she has always been a trusted advisor and mentor for me," said Don Drinkwater, chair of the Frank Barnes Award Committee, former LES Board of Directors member and past president of the LES Foundation. "In addition to embodying many of Mr. Barnes' honorable mentor qualities, her service to her LES chapter is truly unmatched and she is, therefore, the perfect recipient. Congratulations to Dr. Levien."

Before her retirement in 2017, Levien was a member of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company's Commercial, Intellectual Property and Licensing group. Here, she was responsible for IP processes, negotiating agreements and ensuring IP terms were consistent with the business' needs in sponsored research and licensing agreements. Much of her efforts made her the link between the scientists and attorneys, mentoring both on the others' constraints.  Prior to this assignment, Levien worked as a scientist and supervisor as well as a planner, where she developed several research management systems, including one to manage ExxonMobil's entire upstream research program.  A Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and the inventor of two patents, she also holds an ScB in Geological Sciences from Brown University and master's and doctoral degrees in Geochemistry from Stony Brook University.

About Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc.
Established in 1965, Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) is a professional society of 3,000 members engaged in the creation, commercial development, and orderly transfer of intellectual property rights; protection and management of intellectual capital; and intellectual capital management standards development. LES members are accountants, business leaders, business model innovators, consultants, deal-makers, economists, engineers, IP valuation experts, lawyers, licensing executives, lobbyists, merger and acquisition experts, public policy leaders, scientists, strategic planners, supply chain managers, tax specialists, and technology transfer specialists. These members represent innovation-centered enterprises of all sizes and kinds—such as government laboratories, professional services firms, universities, operating companies, regulatory authorities, licensing specialty firms, and trade associations. LES is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), which has 32 sister societies representing 10,000 members in 90 countries. www.lesusacanada.org

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