Diana International Impact Day

The Diana International Research Institute Impact Day is the first global convening of investors, accelerators, policy-makers, researchers, women entrepreneurs, and other disrupters who are dedicated to changing the landscape of financing women entrepreneurs. Join us at the culmination of the annual Diana International Research Conference to collectively explore practical solutions, develop best practices in acceleration and funding, and generate needed policy solutions to leverage one of the largest economic opportunities of our time.

The 2019 Diana International Impact Day is now sold out.

We expect three outcomes:
1. A first time convening of partners in women-focused venture funds and accelerators/incubators to discuss best practices
2. Ideas in motion - connecting women entrepreneurs, researchers and investors around financing for women entrepreneurs
3. A report summarizing new models for financing women entrepreneurs

Program Schedule

7:30 - 8:30AM


8:30 - 8:40AM

Introduction/Welcome: Lisa Thompson, Founder & CEO, Sturbridge Growth Partners and Board Chair, Babson Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership

8:40 - 9:00AM

Opening Keynote: Fireside Chat featuring Karen Reynolds Sharkey, Managing Director & National Business Owner Strategy Executive at Bank of America, Private Bank, and Asmau Ahmed, Founder of Plum Perfect
Why We Need New Models for Financing Women Entrepreneurs

9:00 - 10:00AM 

Panel: New Models/Disruptions in Financing Women Entrepreneurs 
Moderator: Suzanne Norris, Partner, Victress Capital
Jody Rose, President, NEVCA
Trish Costello, Founder & CEO, Portfolia
Lisa Carroll, Vice President & Small Business Solutions Advisor, Bank of America
Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder & CEO, Pipeline Angels

10:00 - 10:15AM 


10:15-11:15AM Session A, Round I: Pipeline Issues
Short talk & round table discussions to harness the collective insights of all impact day
attendees, followed by a collective debrief and policy wrap-up

Alicia Robb, CEO, Next Wave Impact
Chip Hazard, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners & Investment Partner, XFactor Ventures
Carla Walker-Miller, Founder & CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services


Session A, Round II: Implicit Bias
Short talk & round table discussion to harness the collective insights of all impact day
attendees, followed by a collective debrief and policy wrap-up
Maura McAdam, Director of Entrepreneurship, Dublin City University
Angela Lee, Founder, 37 Angels
Marjorie Perry, President & CEO, MZM Construction & Management Co.

Policy Wrap Up:
Nina Roque, Executive Director, National Women's Business Council

12:15 - 12:30PM


12:30 - 12:45PM

Bank of America Keynote Introduction & Research Announcement: Kathleen Auth, Senior Vice President & Market Executive at Bank of America Private Bank

12:45 - 1:30PM  

Lunch with Keynote Speaker: Darryl Thompson, Chief Investment Officer of New General Market Partners & Managing Partner of the New Voices Fund

1:30 - 1:45PM


1:45 - 3:10PM Session B: Ideas in Motion - Collective Problem Solving
Use the collective wisdom and experience in the room to offer actionable solutions
to challenges faced by participants as they advance women founders through research,
investment, education/acceleration, and policy.

3:10 - 3:20PM 


3:20 - 3:35PM Closing Summary - Linking Research, Practice, and Policy
Dr. Patricia Greene, Former Director, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor

3:35 - 4:00PM

Diana International Impact Day - Changemaker Awards
Presented by Smaiyra Million, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Babson College

We are proud to announce this year's recipients of the Changemaker Awards:

  • Investor: Jenny Abramson, Founder & Managing Partner at Rethink Impact (Washington, DC)
  • Researcher: Susan Coleman, Professor of Finance at the University of Hartford (Hartford, CT)
  • Entrepreneur: Carla Walker-Miller, President & CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services LLC (Detroit, MI)
  • Educator: SherRhonda Gibbs, Alvin Williams Chair of Minority Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)
  • Policymaker: Patricia Greene, Former Director of the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor (Austin, TX)
  • Ally: Magnus Aronsson, Managing Director at Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Institute (Stockholm, Sweden)

These awards are granted to individuals whose efforts in the entrepreneurial
ecosystem have advanced women’s access to resources that are critical to
launching and scaling successful
 ventures. Awards are being given in the
following categories: Investor, Entrepreneur, Policy-Maker, Researcher,
Educator, and Ally

4:00 - 6:00PM 


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