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Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship

(8 June 2018)

Academics and practitioners are invited to come together for a one-day conference on Thursday, 21 June between 10am - 5pm on “Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship” to bring to the fore the voices of female entrepreneurs (including social entrepreneurs); explore the diversity and heterogeneity of their experiences and challenge the gendered discourse of entrepreneurship. Due to the high calibre of the speakers, a high level of demand for conference places is expected so please book your place as soon as possible, by sending an email to The conference is free of charge with lunch and refreshments included. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

The conference programme promises a diversity of perspectives. It will explore various aspects of (women’s) entrepreneurial experiences and identities including entrepreneurial leadership, the representation of women’s working lives, household dynamics and growth decisions, and the impact of the entrepreneur’s values on the business. The conference will also discuss enterprise policy initiatives including the policy-practice gap and the role of activist research in closing the gap.

The conference is generously funded by the British Academy as part of part of a three year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship which explores the journey of female entrepreneurs in Yorkshire using oral history approaches. In the introductory session of the conference, I will share with the audience the project’s main findings.

A strong field of expert speakers who will present their cutting-edge research on women’s working lives including:

  • Prof. Sara Carter (awarded the OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008) - Professor of Entrepreneurship – University of Strathclyde Households as a Site of Entrepreneurial Activity
  • Prof. Jackie Ford – Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies – Durham University Entrepreneurial Leadership: Women’s Accounts
  • Prof. Mark Learmonth - Professor of Organisation Studies - Durham University Women’s Work: As Represented in Disney Animations
  • Prof. Claire Leitch - Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership - Lancaster University Gender and the Production of Entrepreneurial Legitimacy
  • Dr Patricia Lewis - Reader in Management - University of Kent Exploring the Lived Body of (Female) Entrepreneurship in Postfeminist Times
  • Prof. Susan Marlow (holder of the Queen Award for Enterprise) - Professor of Entrepreneurship - Nottingham University Women’s entrepreneurship - The Empresses New Clothes?
  • Prof. Julia Rouse – Professor of Entrepreneurship - Metropolitan Manchester University How Do We Create Change for Women in Entrepreneurship? Exploring the potential of Engaged and Activist Scholarship
  • Prof. Kerrie Unsworth - Chair in Organizational Behaviour - Leeds University What Do You Get Out of Being an Entrepreneur? Rethinking via the Goal Hierarchy

The conference will include three-panel discussions and will conclude with a discussion between practitioners and academics on how both parties can work together to better represent the experiences of women business owners and make their voices heard.

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