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DIRI Quarterly Educator Round Table Discussions

Each quarter, members of the Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) and other interested stakeholders participate in virtual educator round table calls with experts from around the world to discuss best practices, teaching materials, and pedagogies for educating women entrepreneurs.

These round table calls are open to all DIRI members for free. Non-members must pay a general registration fee of $50 per webinar or a student registration fee of $25 per webinar to participate. To become a DIRI member, register here.


August 27: Dr. Barbara Orser, Curriculum Development for Women Entrepreneurs


Headshot Barbara Orser 72dpiSpeaker: Dr. Barbara Orser
Full Professor and Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Topic: Developing Curriculum that Meets the Needs of Women Entrepreneurs

Details: August 27, 11:00 AM EST

Barbara J. Orser is a Full Professor and Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. An participant in Diana International Research Conferences, her research, teaching and advocacy focus on enterprise growth and women’s economic empowerment. She leads a portfolio of studies focusing on gender-smart entrepreneurship education, access to capital, women’s enterprise policy and supplier diversity. 

She is the co-editor of a forthcoming Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report on women’s enterprise policies across 29 economies (with C. Henry and S. Coleman), and co-author of Feminine Capital. Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs (with C. Elliott, Stanford University Press, 2015) and numerous academic studies about gender and entrepreneurship. Access trade and technical reports at Telfer Women Entrepreneurs Research ExchangeOrser is an advisor to the Canadian Bureau of International Education Launching Economic Achievement Program (LEAP) for Women in Jordan, and The Scotiabank Women InitiativeTM, including co-authoring Financial Knowledge & Financial Confidence—Closing Gender Gaps in Financing Canadian Small Businesses. Board contributions include UNWomen WE Empower Advisory Group Canada, Women’s Economic Imperative and editorial board of the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.

In 2018, Dr. Orser received Startup Canada as Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Honourable Mention for ‘outstanding impact in Canadian entrepreneurship’. In 2017, she was recognized among Canada 150 Women for professional contributions and as a ground-breaking role model and feminist leader.’ In 2010, she received the Women's Executive Network 100 Most Power Women in Canada (Champion Category) award, and The International Alliance of Women World of Difference 100 Award.


Dec 2: Dr. Susan Coleman, Financing Strategies of Women-Owned Firms & Corresponding Curriculum Development


Headshot Susan Coleman 72dpiSpeaker: Dr. Susan Coleman
Professor of Finance Emeritus, University of Hartford

Topic: Financing Strategies of Women-Owned Firms & Creation of Curriculum on Entrepreneurial Finance for Women

Details: December 2, 11:00 AM EST

As a professor of finance at the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, Dr. Susan Coleman taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurial and corporate finance for over thirty years. Her research has been concentrated in the area of entrepreneurial finance with a particular focus on the ways in which women entrepreneurs secure financing for their firms.  Dr. Coleman’s work on this topic is widely published and cited in hundreds of refereed journal articles. She has co-authored two books on women-owned firms, A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms (2012) and The Next Wave: Financing Women’s Growth-Oriented Firms (2016).  

Dr. Coleman has also written on the topic of social entrepreneurship and co-authored a book titled Creating the Social Venture (2016).   Most recently, Dr. Coleman has expanded her work into the field of public policy as a member of the Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Policy project comprised of representatives from 29 countries. In recognition of her scholarly contributions, Dr. Coleman received the Humphrey R. Tonkin Award in 2016, the University of Hartford’s highest award for research. 

Dr. Coleman is an active member and past president of the Hartford Area Business Economists. From 2007 to 2011, she also served as a member of Governor M. Jodi Rell’s Economic Advisory Council. In 2017 she was named to the Board of Directors for the Next Wave Foundation, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization focused on developing education and training programs designed to increase the number of women angel investors in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Coleman is an active angel investor and a limited partner in the Next Wave Impact Fund. 


Previous Round Table Discussions


Headshot Patti Greene 72dpiSpeaker: Dr. Patti Greene

Former Director of the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor 

Topic: Diana International Impact Report Findings



Headshot Doan Winkle 72dpiSpeaker: Dr. Doan Winkel
John J. Kahl Sr. Chair in Entrepreneurship at John Carroll University. Co-Founder of TeachingEntrepreneurship.orgPresident-Elect, USASBE

Topic: Developing Innovative Programming to Weave Together Entrepreneurial Women Throughout the Ecosystem