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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.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

GCEC WEBINAR 10:

Advancing Equity: Dynamic Strategies for Authentic Engagement in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Friday, June 25, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. CST

 

In any field, fostering spaces that welcome a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds is essential; for excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) in science and technology, it is vital. However, the current composition of students in STEM I&E is not representative of the diversity of our society. This is a result of entrenched systemic inequities that deny some groups of people meaningful participation while simultaneously accelerating and amplifying the ideas and voices of people from majority groups.

Educators, entrepreneurship center leaders, and other stakeholders are hungry for strategies and solutions to increase equitable, inclusive access pathways for students, especially those students who identify as part of one or more underrepresented groups in STEM I&E. In response to these identified gaps, VentureWell commissioned a national study in 2019 to identify promising practices for broadening participation in higher education. While the study revealed that few strategies have been comprehensively implemented, tested, or proven across the ecosystem, six interrelated areas for action emerged and were published in a VentureWell report in summer 2020.

Our interactive session presents these action areas—conducting authentic outreach, creating inclusive spaces, building confidence, engaging mentors, validating multiple pathways to success, and developing a holistic organizational approach—and accompanying recommendations as a widely applicable “blueprint” for entrepreneurship centers, faculty members, and others in the innovation ecosystem who strive to broaden participation among early-stage inventors and innovators.

Panelists
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Phil Weilerstein

President & CEO, VentureWell

Phil has led VentureWell since its founding in 1996 and today serves as President and CEO. By developing and expanding VentureWell’s programs on a national and global scale, Phil has helped advance VentureWell’s mission to solve global challenges through science- and technology-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. He’s accomplished this goal by designing and overseeing a suite of programs that encourage and support the deeper engagement of higher education and research institutions in curricular innovation, and developing and strengthening innovation communities. Phil is committed to sharing VentureWell’s learnings and resources to support the creation of inclusive and more equitable pathways for student innovators to succeed in venture creation. Under Phil’s leadership, VentureWell has collaborated with key science funding agencies, major philanthropies, and hundreds of universities to train and support thousands of emerging students, researchers and faculty innovators. After celebrating VentureWell’s milestone 25-year anniversary in 2021, Phil remains driven to fortify the broader innovation ecosystem and continue guiding the launch of groundbreaking innovations.Phil attended the University of Massachusetts where he was a co-founder of a biotechnology company developing naturally occurring pest control products. He is a Founder and Past Chair of the ASEE Entrepreneurship Division, and a recipient of the 2008 Price Foundation Innovative Entrepreneurship Educators Award, the 2014 Engineering Entrepreneurship Pioneers Award from ASEE, and the 2016 Deshpande Symposium Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.

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Kristen Golden

Senior Development Officer, VentureWell

Kristen catalyzes new initiatives at VentureWell at the intersection of program development and strategic fundraising, collaborating with internal and external leaders. Prior to VentureWell, she directed a number of regional and national nonprofits and initiatives, focused on ending violence and promoting equity. Kristen is the original project director of the Ms. Foundation’s Take Our Daughters to Work Day and holds a BA from Trinity College and an MBA from Simmons School of Management.

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Shaheen Mamawala

Senior Development Officer, VentureWell

 

Shaheen oversees the design and implementation of new strategic projects, the development of funding strategies, and the creation of learning products across VentureWell’s programmatic areas. She enthusiastically embraces the role of intrapreneur, and most recently applied her passion for creating

 

positive social change through cross-disciplinary collaboration as Health Policy Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services at the NYC Mayor’s Office. Shaheen is the original project director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Network and earned a BA from The College of New Jersey and an MPA from City University of New York – Baruch College.

GCEC WEBINAR 11:

GCEC 2021 Awards Information Session

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. CST (rescheduled from June 15th)

 

Each year, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) recognizes the top entrepreneurship programs in several categories, as nominated by you and chosen by a committee of judges led by past winners. The GCEC Awards submissions will open on July 6. These awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the very best of university entrepreneurship

 

Winners will be announced during the annual GCEC 2021 Awards Ceremony hosted by Loyola University Maryland and University of Baltimore. A leader from your Center must be registered for and attend the conference to be considered for an award.

 

For those who are new to the awards process, we are offering a webinar using Zoom on June 15 at 1 p.m. EST. During this session, we will present a short overview of the awards process and criteria. Much of the session will be used to answer questions from members. Registration details can be found below.

Panelists
Holly

Holly DeArmond, Chair, GCEC Awards

Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

Holly DeArmond joined the Dingman Center in September 2012 as assistant director of events and marketing. In 2014, DeArmond was named associate director of the Center and in 2019 she was named managing director. DeArmond’s primary focus is leading the Dingman Center in support of its mission to build a community that discovers, equips, connects and celebrates entrepreneurs. Key responsibilities include oversight of center operations; venture programs; brand positioning; and external relations. DeArmond also develops and maintains relationships with donors, board members, EIRs, the Smith School community and other campus and regional partners.

PAST SESSIONS

GCEC WEBINAR 9:

Incubator & Accelerator Programs — Best Practices

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Friday, April 30, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. CST

 

One of the most important programs that a university entrepreneurship center can offer is the startup incubator or accelerator. Come join in a robust conversation on how we can help our startups get the most out of the time they spend with us in these specialized sessions.

Panelists
Jeff

Jeff Reid

Georgetown University

Luis

Luis Martínez

Trinity University

SingariSeshani

Singari Seshadri

Stanford University

EamonCurtin

Eamon Curtin

University College Cork

GCEC WEBINAR 8:

REFLECTIONS ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION IN ESHIP EDUCATION

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

 

DE&I issues continue to take center stage for many entrepreneurship centers. This session will provide a chance for center leaders to discuss their efforts and challenges related to DE&I in small group breakout sessions with their peers.

 

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.

 

Please look over the questions below and think about them prior to our session. We look forward to the conversations.

 

With regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your entrepreneurship programs:

 

  • What actions is your school taking that are helping?
  • What programs or changes have you implemented in your entrepreneurship center?
  • How are you measuring your DE&I impact?
  • What challenges are you facing?
  • Do you feel like you are making progress in a positive direction?

 

As we go through these conversations, we will be exploring what resources, strategies, or ideas do you have to offer peers at other institutions. Also, is there something that GCEC could do as an organizing body to help facilitate discussion, support, etc.

 

We will provide a guide to focus your conversations and will ask that each breakout room take some notes, and we will share some highlights when we come back together as a group.

Panelists
Jeff

Jeff Reid

Georgetown University

Vickie

Vickie Gibbs

University of North Carolina

GCEC Webinar 7: How do Entrepreneurship Centers Measure Success?

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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.

Panelists
Jeff

Jeff Reid

Georgetown University

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Sean Collins

Virginia Tech

Monica

Monica Dean

University of Southern California

Richard DeMartino

Richard DeMartino

Rochester Institute of Technology

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.

Panelists
Jeff

Jeff Reid

Georgetown University

Vickie

Vickie Gibbs

University of North Carolina

Session 5: 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
Jeff

Jeff Reid

Georgetown University

Catherine

Catherine Santamaria

Rice University

Perigo

Anne Perigo

University of Michigan

Reeves

Carol Reeves

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.”

Panelists
Jeff

Jeff Reid

Georgetown University

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II Luscri

Washington University in St. Louis

Johnettea

Johnetta Hardy

Bowie State University

Emily

Emily Doyle

DePaul University

Aspyn

Aspyn Fulcher

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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.

Panelists
Jeff

Jeff Reid

Georgetown University

Wendy

Wendy Bolger

Loyola University of Maryland

Justin

Justin Dent

Ethos, Outschool

Craig

Craig Watters
Oklahoma State University

Monica

Monica Dean
Smith College

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. 

Panelists
Jeff

Jeff Reid

Georgetown University

Thomas

Tom Byers

Stanford University

Dunham

Laura Dunham

University of St. Thomas

Jon

Jon Fjeld
Duke University

Ted

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.

Panelists
Jeff

Jeff Reid

Georgetown University

Garret

Garret Westlake
Virginia Commonwealth

Gurpreet

Gurpreet Jagpal
Suffolk

Elissa

Elissa Grossman

University of Southern California

Vickie

Vickie Gibbs

University of North Carolina

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

Panelists
Holly

Holly Dearmond

University of Maryland

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

 

Panelists:

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