Virtual Connections – Monthly Webinars

In the summer of 2020, the GCEC launched a virtual connection series to better connect members and continue the conversation outside of the annual conference. Sessions are held on the last Friday of each month. You can check out recordings of our previous sessions below.

Thank you for Jeff Reid, Director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative for organizing and hosting these virtual sessions.



Friday, March 26, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. CST



GCEC Webinar 7: How do Entrepreneurship Centers Measure Success?
View a recording of the session

Friday, February 26, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. CST


Most of us teach the importance of metrics for aspiring entrepreneurs, but how do we measure success of our own efforts? Donors, grantors, alumni, deans, accreditors, and ranking agencies all ask for quantitative metrics, but generally not the same ones. And how can you measure something like “entrepreneurial mindset”? Join us for a panel of entrepreneurship center leaders discussing metrics in entrepreneurship education.


Jeff Reid, Georgetown University

Jeff Reid is the Founding Director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he leads a campus-wide effort inspiring and supporting students and alumni interested in entrepreneurship. As Georgetown’s entrepreneurship programs have grown under Reid’s leadership, the school has been ranked among the best in the world for entrepreneurship by the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and others.


Reid is a catalyst for entrepreneurship, economic development, and a well known leader in entrepreneurship education. He was chosen by his peers and Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top five entrepreneurship center directors in the United States, and in 2021 the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship awarded him its highest honor, the Justin G. Longenecker Fellowship, for his lifelong contributions to entrepreneurship.


Sean Collins, Virginia Tech

Sean is the Director of the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs. An ardent supporter of free markets and someone fascinated by the power of innovation to disrupt industries, Mr. Collins has a passion for building products, teams and companies.  As the Managing Director for the Startup Hokies accelerator, he oversees program content, alumni mentors and personally coaches some of the most promising student-led startups at Virginia Tech.


Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Mr. Collins was Vice President of Product Development at Victory Media, a privately-held talent management and workforce development company. While at Victory Media he pioneered the development of digital solutions to help individuals from renewable talent sources, including the military, high schools, vocational programs, and universities, make decisions about the next steps in their professional lives, and marketplaces for educators and employers to connect with these talented candidates.  Additionally, Mr. Collins is active with several venture funds and has taught a wide breadth of students ranging from corporate executives to undergraduates.


A nationally recognized thought leader on renewable labor markets and diversity recruiting, Mr. Collins’ work has been cited in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, CNBC, USA Today, NBC.com, Entrepreneur, the New York Post and various third-party media outlets.


Mr. Collins holds a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Economics from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. He also received a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Virginia Tech. Additionally, Mr. Collins served as a pilot, Naval Aviator, in the U.S. Navy from 2001-2009. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and various worldwide campaigns, he accumulated over 1,000 hours of fixed-wing flight time. He and his family recently relocated to Blacksburg and are avid outdoor enthusiasts.



Monica Dean, University of Southern California

At the start of 2021, Monica Dean joined the Greif Center as the new Managing Director. Monica has extensive experience in entrepreneurship center leadership, serving most recently as Director of the Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at Smith College and, before that, Administrative Director of the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, City University of New York. In these roles, Monica built robust and award-winning programming portfolios encompassing workshops, idea-to-launch pipeline programs, competitions, and more – sometimes within the school itself, often with high profile institutional and corporate partners.


Prior to her time at Smith and Baruch, Monica served as a Senior Vice President at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, where her responsibilities included creation and oversight of the National Business School Network. She has also worked in management consulting, as an Associate at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Monica is an Advisory Council Member of CNBC Disruptor 2021 and an Investment Committee Member of the new Mass Mutual Catalyst Fund.  Monica is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (MBA) and Howard University (BS in civil engineering).


Richard DeMartino

Richard DeMartino, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. DeMartino holds the Albert J. Simone Endowed Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He also serves as the director of the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which promotes innovation and entrepreneurship education and activity throughout the RIT community.


His administrative responsibilities include promotion of the RIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem. In this capacity, he works to develop diverse and inclusive experiential and multidisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship activities. In this role, he promotes and facilitates innovation and entrepreneurship activities throughout the RIT Community. His innovations include collaborative efforts founding and administering the Saunders College of Business Summer Start-up Program, the Technology Commercialization Clinic, the Small Business Strategic Growth Program, and the Digital Entrepreneurship Program.


GCEC Webinar 6: Mid-Year Reflection & Discussion | View a recording of the session

Friday, January 29, 2021


As we cross the midway point in this most interesting academic year, this session will provide a chance for entrepreneurship center leaders to reflect on their challenges and find ways to help one another. Jeff Reid and Vickie Gibbs will set the stage, then attendees will connect with their peers in small, group breakout discussions prompted by the following questions.

The purpose for this session is to lean-in and engage in open, honest conversation that can help us all learn from each other, and support each other during these unusual times. Our goal for this session is that we each leave refreshed, engaged, supported, and that we uncover potential topics that we can discuss as a group in the coming months. This is also a test to see how this format works, so we will be looking for your feedback on how useful this was for you personally.



  • Host/Moderator: Jeff Reid, Founding Director, Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative and Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship,Georgetown University (host, moderator)
  • Vickie Gibbs, Executive Director, The Entrepreneurship Center at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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. 



  • 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