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Adaptability is now essential. Adaptability means updating skills, enhancing capabilities, anticipating what comes next, and always being prepared. We call this becoming future-ready.

The PIVOT Center and Professional Education are partnering to help faculty, staff, and students become future-ready by providing resources for professional growth, development, ingenuity, and strategic thinking.

  • Professional Education offers responsive training and courses on a user-friendly, flexible schedule designed to meet the demands of today’s working professionals.
  • The PIVOT Center connects U faculty inventors and the U’s resources with industry, entrepreneurs, investors, and Utah’s innovation ecosystem. PIVOT is responsible for all aspects of invention management, patent prosecution, licensing, start-up formation and support, equity management, and early-stage funding. The University of Utah was recently ranked second among large research universities for “innovation productivity impact.”

Take your ideas and aspirations into the future. Use the resources you discover to catalyze new insights and become more ready for tomorrow.

Lunch & Learn Series

Professional Education has partnered with the PIVOT Center to offer a series of free workshops for faculty, staff, and students. Enjoy a business break to learn about the entrepreneur resources available to you. You will have the option to join in-person at the PIVOT Center or virtually on Zoom. A boxed lunch will be provided for in-person attendees.

Location (See on Map)
PIVOT Center Offices
615 Arapeen Dr., Suite 310
SLC, UT 84108
Free parking is available outside the PIVOT Center building. Take the south elevator to the third floor; our office is on the west side of the hallway. The event will be held in the Deer Valley conference room.


Jason Young

Jason Young

Director of Innovation Management

Debbie Arnold

Deborah Arnold

Sr. Manager, License &
Government Compliance

Ross Randall

Ross Randall

Director of Innovation Management


Upcoming Sessions

There are no upcoming sessions scheduled for now. Check back here for updates on future PIVOT Toward Innovation Lunch and Learn events.


Previous Sessions

Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
What to Do When You Have an Idea for an Invention: PIVOT Commercialization Process & Resources
Jason Young, Director of Innovation Management

 Now that you’ve developed your idea, come learn how to begin the commercialization process and engage with the many resources available through PIVOT Center. We have many different programs that can help you.

Tuesday, March 14, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
IP 101: What Is Intellectual Property? 
Ross Randall, Director of Innovation Management

This session is a shallow dive into the fundamentals of intellectual property, with an emphasis on patents. Come learn how patents are deployed as a business tool and the factors that give a patent economic value, as well as the analysis framework that an examiner will apply to your patent application.

Tuesday, April 11, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Conflict of Interest & IP Best Practices
Jason Young, Director of Innovation Management
Ross Randall, Director of Innovation Management

Securing valuable intellectual property can be tricky. This session will help you understand the best practices for protecting your idea while meeting the institutional requirements for University Inventors.

Tuesday, May 9, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Government Funding Awarded: Now What? 
Debbie Arnold, Sr. Manager, License & Government Compliance

Have you applied for and/or received government funding? Has this funding aided in an invention that was initially conceived and/or first reduced to practice as a result of this funding? If so, then this invention is subject to the reporting requirements defined in the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. Join us to learn more about the university requirements under the Bayh-Dole Act.


Last Updated: 11/9/23