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How Do We Design Enterprise Ecosystems That Work for Women? New Data & New Ideas

Wednesday 8 November 2023

Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School, B4 7UP

Co-sponsored by ISBE’s Gender and Enterprise Network and the Centre for Decent Work and Productivity (Manchester Metropolitan University) 

09.15 – Registration and Networking Coffee

09.45 – Welcome – Prof Julia Rouse (please note that this start time is 15 minutes earlier than previously advertised)

10.00 – New Gender Disaggregated Data on Business Leadership – Jill Pay (The Gender Index) and Prof Andrew Henley (University of Cardiff)

10.30 – New Projects That Are Helping To Re-Design Enterprise Ecosystems – A Panel Discussion

Chair: Professor Susan Marlow

  • The Charter for Inclusive Entrepreneurship – Dr Lorna Treanor, University of Nottingham
  • Learning from Scandinavia about How To Include Women in STEM Entrepreneurship – Dr Sally Jones, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Building Local Partnerships in the Gender and Enterprise Network North East (GENE) – Dr Nicola Patterson, University of Newcastle and Dinah Bennett, International Consultant in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
  • Enabling Women’s Entrepreneurship Research in the Middle East and North Africa via MENAGEN – Prof Haya Al Dajani

11.45 – Lunch

12.00 – How Do We Develop An Evidence-Based Policy Landscape for Women’s Enterprise in the UK? Reflections on recent reviews and future opportunities

Chair: Prof Julia Rouse

  • Dr Jonathon Potter – OECD
  • Maggie O’Carroll – The Women’s Organisation
  • Carolyn Currie – Women’s Enterprise Scotland
  • Liz Hind – Women’s Budget Group

13.00 – Close and move to the ISBE Conference that starts at 13.15 (for those who have registered to attend)