Virtual Connections – Monthly Webinars

In order to better connect GCEC members during this difficult time and to provide valuable insights outside of the annual conference, the GCEC is launching a new virtual roundtable series on a variety of topics for entrepreneurship center directors.

Thanks for Jeff Reid, director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative for organizing these virtual sessions and hosting the session.






Best Practices for Virtual Pitch Competitions | View a recording of the session

Friday, September 25, 2020


As programming becomes all-virtual at many universities, what are the best practices for running a virtual pitch competition? This webinar discussed the pro’s and con’s of various technology platforms and formats, and provides a preview of an upcoming breakout session at the 2020 GCEC Conference at the end of October. 

Panelists Include:

  • Host/Moderator: Jeff Reid, Founding Director, Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative and Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship,Georgetown University (host, moderator)
  • Catherine Santamaria, Director, Rice Business Plan Competition,Rice University
  • Anne Perigo, Associate Director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies,University of Michigan
  • Carol Reeves, Associate Vice-Provost for Entrepreneurship; Cecil & Gwendolyn Cupp Applied Professorship in Entrepreneurship, University of Arkansas


Session 4: What Students Need From Us Now | View a recording of the session

Friday, August 28, 2020


This session explored how the needs of our students are changing as a result of the pandemic and virtual learning, and how entrepreneurship centers should reevaluate which programming is best to offer for the coming year. The session went beyond the question of “how do I move my events online” to examine “which types of programs are even worth offering.”

Moderator:  Jeff Reid, Georgetown University



  • II Luscri, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Johnetta Hardy, Bowie State University
  • Emily Doyle, DePaul University
  • Aspyn Fulcher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (invited)


Session 3: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; How can University E-ship Centers best Impact Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | View a recording of the session

July 31, 2020


A discussion on how entrepreneurship centers can best contribute to their campus’ climate with regard to diversity, equity & inclusion.

How can entrepreneurship educators ensure that they properly engage with issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion? What are best practices for engaging students from diverse backgrounds? How do we make sure we don’t unintentionally exclude students or other members of our community? Join us for a rousing conversation about these extremely important issues in entrepreneurship education led by Jeff Reid of Georgetown University. This will be an interactive Zoom session with opportunities for attendees to engage with panelists.



  • Jeff Reid, Georgetown University
  • Wendy Bolger, Loyola University of Maryland
  • Justin Dent, Ethos, Outschool
  • Craig Watters, Oklahoma State University
  • Monica Dean, Smith College (Invited)


Session 2: Ethics in Entrepreneurship Education | View a recording of the session

June 26, 2020


As leaders in entrepreneurship education, we are constantly challenged with ethical questions, from how we manage the tension between educational and commercial outcomes to how we teach ethics to our students. This was a conversation about ethical issues in entrepreneurship education, led by Tom Byers of Stanford University. 


  • Jeff Reid, Georgetown University (host)
  • Tom Byers, Stanford University (moderator)
  • Laura Dunham, University of St. Thomas
  • Jon Fjeld, Duke University
  • Ted D. Zoller, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill



Session 1: Entrepreneurship Centers in the COVID-19 Era | View a recording of the session

May 29, 2020


How is your entrepreneurship center adapting to the new pandemic-affected landscape? This roundtable discussion shared how your peers are leaning in, hunkering down, and Zooming through our many new challenges.

Moderator: Jeff Reid, Director, Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative


  • Vickie Gibbs, UNC
  • Elissa Grossman, USC
  • Gurpreet Jagpal, Suffolk
  • Garret Westlake, Virginia Commonwealth


Awards Session: GCEC Awards Nomination Information and Q&A Session | View a recording of the session

July 16, 2020

The How’s and Why’s of applying for 2020 GCEC Annual Awards in 9 categories


  • Holly DeArmond, Chair – GCEC Awards Committee; Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Maryland, College Park


Bonus Session: Summer 2020 Lean Educators COVID-19 Dialogue – Hosted by Common Mission Project and Supported by GCEC 

July 24, 2020

More Info: https://www.commonmission.us/summit


  • Steve Blank
  • Jerry Engel
  • Pete Newell
  • Steve Weinstein