Diana Membership Organization

The Diana International Research Institute convenes and connects a global community of researchers, educators, and policymakers to collectively identify, investigate, share best practices and develop practical approaches to further research and action on women entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Membership sign up will launch in 2020. If you have questions in advance, please get in touch at: dianamembership@babson.edu

Our members are: 

  • Scholars advancing research on gender and women’s entrepreneurship for women entrepreneurs, their businesses, and context
  • 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 as well as 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

  • All members will:
    • Connect with scholars, educators, and policymakers investigating, educating and advocating gender and entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurs, women-led businesses and contexts surrounding women’s entrepreneurship through an online platform
  • 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

Membership Fee (annual)

  • Standard Fee - $200.00/year

  • Student Fee - $100.00/year
    • Must be enrolled in credit bearing academic program and/or entrepreneurial program
  • Babson Community Discount - $2,500 for the first year. Standard nonprofit institutional sponsorship fees apply starting the second year.
    • Discount offered to institutions currently affiliated with another membership organization hosted by Babson: Collaborative, STEP, GEM
    • Guarantees two members from the institution a membership
    • One complimentary conference registration
    • Name in program and all PR materials, banner, website
    • Advertising materials/gifts in participant event bags
  • Non Profit Institutional Sponsorship - $5,000 / year
    • Guarantees three members from the institution a membership
    • Two complimentary conference registrations
    • Name in program and all PR materials, banner, website
    • Oral recognition of sponsorship
    • Advertising materials/gifts in participant event bags
    • One Faculty Representative has small speaking role at annual conference
    • Sponsorship of breakfast event at annual conference
  • Non Profit Institutional Sponsorship - $10,000 / year
    • Guarantees five members from the institution a membership
    • Four complimentary conference registrations
    • Prominent display of institutional name in program and all PR materials, banner, website
    • Prominent oral recognition of sponsorship
    • Advertising materials/gifts in participant event bags
    • One Faculty Representative has speaking role at annual conference
    • Sponsorship of one webinar
    • Choice of sponsorship of breakfast, lunch or cocktail reception at annual conference
    • Participation on the Advisory Team
    • Opportunity to co-create a research project. Additional fees apply.
  • Corporate Sponsorship - $10,000 / year (Non-exclusive rights)
    • Guarantees five members from the institution a membership
    • Four complimentary conference registrations
    • Recognition in all PR materials, website, event programs and media opportunities to be coordinated with company communications team
    • Advertising materials/gifts in participant event bags
    • Invitation for one company representative to participate as a speaker, moderator, or Keynote Introduction at annual conference
    • Sponsorship of one webinar
    • Participation on the Advisory Team
  • Optional Fee Based Programs Coming Soon:
    • Mini Forums
    • Peer Forums
      • Senior Faculty Peer Forum
      • Junior Faculty Peer Forum
      • PhD Mentor Program 

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 to annual Diana International Research Conference (researchers)
    • Discounted registration to Diana International Impact Day (all members)
    • Discounts to Babson Professional Education Programs
    • Discounted registration for mini-forums and conferences
    • Discounted subscription for the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Emerald Publishing
  • 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
  • Structure
    • The Diana International Membership Organization will be guided by an Advisory Team comprised of three visiting scholars, the Faculty Director for CWEL, the Executive Director of CWEL, the Director of Global Initiatives, a Corporate Sponsor representative, a high level Institutional Sponsor Representative
    • The Annual Diana Conference will be organized by a team including the Director of Global Initiatives, the CWEL Faculty Director, Visiting Scholars, and faculty from institutions who are sponsoring the conference

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/