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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

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PAST SESSIONS

GCEC WEBINAR 12:

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.

Panelist
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Wendy Bolger

Loyola University Maryland

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Henry Mortimer

University of Baltimore

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 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.

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Holly

Holly Dearmond

University of Maryland

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

 

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.

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Phil Weilerstein

President & CEO, VentureWell

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Kristen Golden

Senior Development Officer, VentureWell

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Shaheen Mamawala

Director, Planning & Partnerships

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

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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