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2017 Diana International Conference Celebrates Research Agenda In Women’s Entrepreneurship

The 2017 Diana International Conference took place October 1-3, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Papers accepted for the 2017 conference built on this year’s conference theme: Programs, Policies & Practices Around High-Growth Women’s Entrepreneurship. Those topics were explored by researchers from around the world using a variety of gender perspectives. 

The conference was opened by Wendy Guillies, President and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation.

Conference highlights include:

  • 93 papers submitted by authors from 27 countries
  • 42 papers accepted for presentation (after a double blind review process)
  • 70 scholars attended, representing 18 countries.

“As a founder of the Diana Project and the Diana International Conference, it was most heartening to see such terrific research and so many participants. The papers ranged from case studies, to legal analyses, to pedagogical papers, to large quantitative data analyses, to policy papers.  Our database and linked-in group of scholars now has more than 500 researchers from 47 countries who have contributed papers, and attended the Diana Conferences,” said Candy Brush, F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Babson Vice Provost of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership.


The Diana Project was established in 1999 by Professors Candy Brush, Carter, Gatewood, Patti Greene, and Hart – in partnership with ESBRI in Stockholm. The Diana Project has led the research agenda in women’s entrepreneurship across continents, cultures, and contexts. During these years, Diana conferences have annually brought together more than 100 scholars from 16 different countries worldwide, providing an arena to share a global research agenda dedicated to answering questions about women entrepreneurs, and growth-oriented businesses.


Babson College, The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Based in Kansas City, Mo., the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation works in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful. We work with entrepreneurs, connecting them to resources and working to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. In addition, we work with communities and support educators to open doors for students by investing in quality programs that support their success from pre-kindergarten to college. For more information, http://www.kauffman.org/, and follow the Foundation on Twitter @kauffmanfdn and Facebook at www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

ESBRI – Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Institute

In partnership with: ESBRI – Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Institute is an independent research institution located in Stockholm, Sweden. ESBRI disseminates research-based knowledge on entrepreneurship, innovation and small business. Some of the institute’s main activities are the lecture series Estrad, the magazine Entré, and the conference Sweden-U.S. Entrepreneurial Forum.