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.



Promoting Female Founders-Best Practices


Friday, January 28, 2021 | 12:00pm CST


Come join in a robust conversation with our 2021 GCEC Award Winners in the Category “Excellence in Specialty in Entrepreneurship Education” on programming that targets and promotes women in entrepreneurship and focuses on the success of female founded ventures.

Moderator / Panelists

Jeff Reid

Georgetown University


Dresden Goldberg

The University of Texas at Dallas


Rebeca Silver

New York University



GCEC 2021 Conference- Promoting Entrepreneurship Across Campus and Disciplines – Best Practices

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Friday, November 19, 2021 | 12:00pm CST


Promoting Entrepreneurship across Campus and Disciplines-Best Practices

A challenge faced by entrepreneurship centers is how to promote entrepreneurship across campus and increase student participation across schools and majors. Come join in a robust conversation with our 2021 GCEC Award Winners in the Category “Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines” on programming that promotes entrepreneurship beyond the business school and student.


Jeff Reid

Georgetown University


Alyssa Martina

Elon University


Erick Mueller

University of Colorado Boulder


Rodney D’Souza

Texas Christian University


GCEC 2021 Conference- Sneak Peak and How to Prepare for GCEC Baltimore

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Friday, September 17, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. CST


Is this your first GCEC Conference or your first in-person conference since the pandemic started? GCEC would like to invite you to attend this webinar to hear from the GCEC Baltimore Conference co-chairs about how to prepare for the conference, session descriptions, protocols for sessions, and Covid protocols and safety measures. Also, we will preview one of the sessions from GCEC Baltimore and provide an overview of the virtual conference option.


Wendy Bolger

Loyola University Maryland


Henry Mortimer

University of Baltimore


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 July 8 at 12 p.m. CST. 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.


Holly Dearmond

University of Maryland


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

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


This webinar will present a blueprint along with specific strategies and recommendations for increasing participation in your entrepreneurship programs for underrepresented individuals and groups. With the understanding that systemic inequities have denied some groups of people meaningful participation, VentureWell commissioned a nationwide study in 2019 to identify promising practices for broadening participation in higher education entrepreneurship.


The study identified action steps in six areas to ensure more diverse, equitable participation, which will be discussed and explained during the webinar:


  • conducting authentic outreach
  • creating inclusive spaces
  • engaging mentors
  • validating multiple pathways to success
  • developing a holistic organizational approach
  • building confidence


If you are interested in testing or scaling strategies to increase equitable and inclusive student participation in your entrepreneurship courses, programs, and initiatives, we invite you to participate in this upcoming webinar, led by Phil Weilerstein, President & CEO, VentureWell and his colleagues Kristen Golden, Senior Development Officer and Shaheen Mamawala, Director, Planning & Partnerships , who published their findings in a VentureWell report in summer 2020.


In addition to learning about the blueprint and action steps, you will have an opportunity for open discussion with your colleagues from other universities who are faced with the same challenges in creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable programs for innovation and entrepreneurship.


Phil Weilerstein

President & CEO, VentureWell


Kristen Golden

Senior Development Officer, VentureWell


Shaheen Mamawala

Director, Planning & Partnerships


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.


Jeff Reid

Georgetown University


Luis Martínez

Trinity University


Singari Seshadri

Stanford University


Eamon Curtin

University College Cork



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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.


Jeff Reid

Georgetown University


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.


Jeff Reid

Georgetown University


Sean Collins

Virginia Tech


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.


Jeff Reid

Georgetown University


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. 


Jeff Reid

Georgetown University


Catherine Santamaria

Rice University


Anne Perigo

University of Michigan


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.”


Jeff Reid

Georgetown University

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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

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

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


Tom Byers

Stanford University


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.


Jeff Reid

Georgetown University


Garret Westlake
Virginia Commonwealth


Gurpreet Jagpal


Elissa Grossman

University of Southern California


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


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



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