The Diana Project™ engages in research activities, forums and scholarship focusing on women entrepreneurs and their growth.

Given the vital importance of women entrepreneurs for wealth creation, innovation and economic advancement throughout the world, Diana International ​​provides a platform for researchers to develop, conduct and share a global research agenda.

Call for Papers: 2019 Diana International Research Conference

June 2-5, 2019 at Babson College, Wellesley, MA

The 2019 Diana International Research Conference will take place June 2-5, 2019 at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, USA. We invite participants to consider submitting manuscripts that relate to this year’s theme, Women’s Entrepreneurship: Catalyzing Change and Innovation. For complete details and submission site, see DIANNA 2019 CALL FOR PAPERS. Inquiries may be emailed to

The Diana International Research Conference brings together more than 100 scholars worldwide, providing an annual forum to share global research dedicated to asking and answering questions about women entrepreneurs and how they grow their ventures.

Call for Conference Proposals: 2020 and 2021

We invite proposals from Colleges and Universities wishing to co-sponsor and host the 2020 or 2021 Diana International Research Conference. See Call for Proposals for full details.

Diana International Research Conference 2018

July 31-August 2, 2018 at Bangkok University, Thailand

Established in 1999 by Professors Brush, Carter, Gatewood, Greene, and Hart—in collaboration with ESBRI, Stockholm—the Diana Research Project has led the research agenda in women’s entrepreneurship across continents, cultures and contexts.

The 2018 Diana International Conference will take place from July 31 to August 2, 2018 at Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand. Papers accepted for this year’s conference build on the theme: Women’s Entrepreneurship and Culture. See DIANA CONFERENCE 2018 for further details.

Diana International Research Conference 2017

Babson co-sponsored the 10th Diana International Research Conference, hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, October 1-3, 2017. Seventy scholars, representing 18 countries, attended the conference, which was opened by Wendy Guillies, President and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, and included a gala dinner at the Nelson Atkins Museum. This year’s theme was “Women Entrepreneurs and High Growth Businesses”. The Call for Papers resulted in 93 submissions by authors from 27 countries and, after a double-blind review process, 42 papers were accepted for presentation. Top papers from this conference will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Small Business Management.

See Activities for the Conference’s Best Paper Awards.

The Diana International Network includes more than 500 top scholars from around the world.

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