Diana Membership Organization

The Diana International Research Institute Membership Organization convenes and connects a global community to collectively identify, investigate, and share best practices that lead to further research and practical approaches supporting women entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Membership benefits are below. If you have questions, please get in touch at: dianamembership@babson.edu

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Become a Diana Member

Join a global community of researchers, educators, and policymakers to collectively share best practices and develop practical approaches to further research and action on women entrepreneurs. Register here to gain access!


Becoming a Member

Our members are: 

  • Scholars advancing research on gender and women’s entrepreneurship and their businesses.
  • Educators and Program Directors sharing best practices and teaching innovations for gender and women’s entrepreneurship.
  • Policymakers supporting women’s entrepreneurship through policy development and deployment, data dissemination and advocacy.
  • Practitioners supporting the women’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by contributing to research, education and policy.

Through engagement in the Diana International Research Institute

  • Members will:
    • Connect, learn and collaborate with other members and stakeholders supporting all aspects of women’s entrepreneurship through conferences, events, workshops, webinars, on-line discussions, research paper presentations and other activities. 
  • Scholars will:
    • Access best practices in researching women entrepreneurs through webinars, mini forums and online resources
    • Share and get feedback on personal research at the annual Diana International Research Conference
    • Share data as appropriate in order to build more comprehensive data bases
    • Learn of relevant and current publishing opportunities related to gender and women’s entrepreneurship, including basic research, as well as those related to education and policy
    • Participate in forums focused on career development of women faculty in entrepreneurship
  • Educators and Program Directors will:
    • Access best practices, teaching materials and pedagogies for educating women entrepreneurs through webinars, mini forums and online resources
    • Collaborate with other educators on development of teaching materials, exercises, teaching cases, conference submissions, thought leadership, and program design related to teaching women entrepreneurs and women’s entrepreneurship
    • Learn of platforming opportunities including speaking engagements, award submissions, and outlets for practice-based thought leadership
  • Policymakers will:
    • Learn of leading edge policies and practices on women’s entrepreneurship in a large range of geographical contexts
    • Collaborate with other policymakers to share best practices and critique existing and potential policy
    • Connect with scholars dedicated to research with implications for policy influencing women’s entrepreneurship
  • Practitioners will:
    • Access best practices for educating and advising women entrepreneurs through webinars, mini forums and online resources
    • Learn of relevant research related to gender and women’s entrepreneurship, including basic research as well as those related to education and policy.
    • Learn of possible opportunities to collaborate with diverse stakeholders to move the global agenda to further research and action on women entrepreneurs and their businesses

Membership Benefits

  • Communications
    • Quarterly electronic newsletter
      • Provides information about conferences, opportunities to publish, special issues, journals, new articles, and grant proposals
      • Highlights recent publications and accomplishments
    • Access to the full Diana Membership Organization Database to connect with local and global likeminded stakeholders working to advance women’s entrepreneurship
  • Discounts
    • Discounted registration for mini-forums and conferences
    • Discounted subscription to the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship of $95 per member for full electronic access and 70% off the list price for any members who would like a print subscription (list price is $692).
  • Content
    • Quarterly virtual/F2F mini conferences covering topics such as:
      • Managing Your Career as a Woman in Higher Education in Entrepreneurship
      • Publishing Research on Women’s Entrepreneurship
      • Learning Best Practices and Teaching Innovations for Women’s Entrepreneurship
      • Advancing Policy on Women’s Entrepreneurship
      • Writing retreat on women’s entrepreneurship
    • Quarterly Conference Calls/Webinars on topics associated with research, education, and policy
    • Online resources in the area of research, education and policy


Membership Fee (annual)

  • General Fee - $200.00/year

  • Student Fee - $100.00/year
    • Must be enrolled in credit bearing academic program and/or entrepreneurial program
  • Non Profit Institutional Membership - $5,000 / year
    • Guarantees three members from the institution a membership
    • Two complimentary conference registrations
  • Non Profit Institutional Membership - $10,000 / year
    • Guarantees five members from the institution a membership
    • Four complimentary conference registrations
  • Corporate Membership - $10,000 / year 
    • Guarantees five members from the institution a membership
    • Four complimentary conference registrations
  • Optional Fee Based Programs Coming Soon:
    • Mini Forums
    • Peer Forums
      • Senior Faculty Peer Forum
      • Junior Faculty Peer Forum
      • PhD Mentor Program 

For further information or comments, please email your inquiry to dianamembership@babson.edu.




Additional Information about The Diana International Research Institute

Mission Statement

The Diana Project™ serves as the overarching platform for research activities, forums and scholarship focusing on gender and women’s entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on business growth, economic development and social change.  The annual ​​Diana International Research Conference provides the platform for researchers to investigate, connect and share a global research agenda. Diana Impact Day is a global convening of the vital stakeholders who are dedicated to changing the landscape of gender and women’s entrepreneurship and seeks to connect research, education, practice and policy to drive change.


Background on the Diana International Conferences

Established in 1999 by five founding scholars, the Diana International Research Conference is the premier international research conference on women’s entrepreneurship, gathering the collaborative network of researchers studying women’s entrepreneurship from more than 60 countries The Diana Project™ was internationalized in 2003, when the first Diana International Conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden, hosting 25 participants from 10 countries.  The mailing list of scholars participating in the Diana International Conferences includes over 600 scholars from 47 countries who have submitted papers or attended the events since 2003.  Over the years, Diana International scholars have published 9, soon to be 10, edited volumes of academic research on women’s entrepreneurship around the world (Edward Elgar Publishing), in addition to nine special issues of top entrepreneurship research journals.[1] 

Previous special issues emerging from Diana International Conferences devoted to gender and  women’s entrepreneurship include three issues of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2006 and 2007, edited by de Bruin, Brush and Welter in 2006 and 2007; and 2012, edited by Jennings & Hughes) as well one special issue for  Entrepreneurship and Regional Development  2012 (edited by Cooper and McGowan), and one special issue on women entrepreneurs and ecosystems in Small Business Economics 2018 (edited by Edelman, Manolova, Brush, Welter).  The most recent special issue was released in January 2019, high growth women’s entrepreneurship, in the Journal of Small Business Management. Together these special issues generated more than 60 submissions and did much to consolidate existing scholarship in this area to date.  These articles are highly cited:  the special issue of ET&P (2007) has over 4,000 citations with a number of  individual articles in the special issues having more than 1,000 citations including those

[1]http://www.babson.edu/academics/centers-and-institutes/center-for-womens-entrepreneurial-leadership/thought-leadership/diana-project/