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Annual Research Conference

Established in 1999 by five founding scholars, the Diana International Research Conference is the premier international research conference on women’s entrepreneurship, gathering a collaborative network of researchers studying women’s entrepreneurship from more than 60 countries.

The 2023 Diana International Research Conference

June 3-6, 2023 | Wellesley, Massachusetts USA

The Diana International Research Conference brings together more than 100 scholars worldwide, providing a forum to share global research dedicated to gender and women’s entrepreneurship.

Hosted by Babson College, the 2023 Diana Conference will provide scholars with an exciting new conference experience. Delegates will have opportunities to participate in a range of innovative sessions comprising plenaries, facilitated critical synopsis, roundtable, and themed panel discussions. There will also be opportunities for scholars to debate early-stage—novel but potentially ground-breaking research ideas—with the international Diana community.

The conference theme is “Women's Entrepreneurship: Exploring Diversity of Experiences and Impact.” Recent scholarship has acknowledged that there is significant heterogeneity and diversity in women’s entrepreneurship. Building on this new reality, the 2023 Conference seeks conceptual and empirical papers that consider the diversity of women’s entrepreneurship with regards to context, processes and individuals.

2022 Conference Recap

Dublin City University hosted our 13th Annual Diana International Research Conference, which focused on women’s digital entrepreneurship. More than 100 researchers attended the 2 day research conference and participated in spirited conversations about research and practice. This was followed by the 3rd Annual Diana Impact day that brought together scholars, researchers, investors, entrepreneurs, educators and policymakers. Special guests included the Lord Mayor of Dublin Dr. Alison Gilliland and Ukrainian Ambassador Larysa Gerasko.

We are grateful to our conference Co-hosts, Prof. Maura McAdam and Prof. Regina Connolly, our Co-chairs Dr. Candida Brush and Dr. Karen Hughes as well as Dr. Amanda Elam and our sponsors:

  • Babson College
  • Dublin City University
  • Emerald Publishing International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship
  • Nord University
  • University of Alberta
  • EY
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • W Working for Women’s Economic Development
  • Bentley University
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Institute
  • European Structural and Investment Funds

Diana International Research Conference - History

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 Hughes & Jennings) 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] https://www.babson.edu/womens-leadership-institute/diana-international-research-institute/research/diana-project/