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June 21, 2021 | 11:30 – 5:30 pm (et)

Join the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship faculty for our second conference examining entrepreneurship at the intersection of women, refugees, immigrants, allyship, and anti-Black racism.

The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University invites you to its second research conference examining entrepreneurship at the intersection of women, refugees, immigrants, allyship, and anti-Black racism. The 2021 research conference will be offered virtually on Monday, June 21, 2021, allowing for global outreach and access.

The journal Gender Work and Organizations (GWO) will sponsor a special issue based on the conference theme. Authors wishing to submit to the special issue should first submit an extended abstract for feedback. The Lifetime Achievement and Emerging Scholar Award in Entrepreneurship award will be announced during the conference.

Gender Work and Organizations (GWO) will sponsor a special issue for the conference. We welcome thought pieces and research publications for consideration. Please submit a proposal explaining your research in the field of entrepreneurship as it relates to the topics of this conference and some initial findings HERE.


Mehrsa Baradaran, Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine Law


Dr. Juliet E. K. Walker, Professor of History, The University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Zulema Valdez, Professor of Sociology and Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty at University of California, Merced

Dr. Courtney McCluney, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior in the ILR School at Cornell University



Natalie Madiera Cofield, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership, US Small Business Administration


Ashley Gomez, Ph.D.candidate in Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Public Health, Hazeltine Fellow 2020-2021, Brown University

Arturo E. Osorio, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick, NJ



Dr. Taura Taylor, Visiting Lecturer in Sociology, Georgia State University, Atlanta



Dr. Jody Agius Vallejo, Associate Professor, Sociology/American Studies & Ethnicity Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology, Associate Director, USC Equity Research Institute, University of Southern California Dornsife

Ieva Zymbyte, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, Graduate Program in Development Fellow Population Studies and Training Center Fellow, Hazeltine Fellow 2020-2021, Brown University


Dr. Jennifer Nazareno, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, Professor of Practice, School of Engineering, & Director of the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab and Academic Director of the IE Brown EMBA Program

Sheila Haggerty, Academic Program Manager, Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship