Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship – How intersectionality shapes the experience of female entrepreneurs, 14th – 15th January 2020, University of St Andrews School of Management


Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship – How intersectionality shapes the experience of female entrepreneurs

14th  –  15th  January 2020

University of St Andrews School of Management

Building on the success of the first “Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship” Conference which took place in June 2018, this two-day conference will continue to challenge the gendered discourse of entrepreneurship and to explore further the diversity of female entrepreneurs and their journeys.

The conference will bring together academics, entrepreneurs, consultants as well as community leaders and not for profit organisations. The conference will cover a broad range of topics including the intersectionality of gender and; age, race, class, sexuality and disability. The conference will also critically discuss the persistence of gender inequality, the challenges facing female entrepreneurs in male dominated industries, the agency of female entrepreneurs as well as the rhetoric of entrepreneurship as being a source of empowerment. In addition, the conference will present a case study on how academic can engage with non-academics to promote female entrepreneurship.

The conference is free of charge with lunch and refreshments included.

The conference is generously funded by the British Academy as part of Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA).

The conference aims to support Early Career Researchers who are interested in researching gender and entrepreneurship.

We will able to cover the travel and the accommodation expenses of Early Career Researchers. However, the fund will be limited to a certain number of applicants and will be offered on first come first served basis.

Due to the calibre of the speakers a high level of demand for conference places is expected so please book as soon as you can by sending an email to

The Conference keynote speakers will be:

Dr Hannah Dean; Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity – University of St Andrews
Prof. Jackie Ford; Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies – Durham University
Dr Sally Jones; Reader in Entrepreneurship and Gender Studies – Metropolitan Manchester University
Ms Sara Hawthorn; Managing Director – InFusion Comms
Dr Gretchen Larsen; Associate Professor of Marketing – Faculty Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – Durham University
Prof. Claire Leitch; Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership – Lancaster University
Prof. Susan Marlow; (holder of the Queen Award for Enterprise) – Professor ofEntrepreneurship – University of Birmingham
Ms Anne Meikle; Policy Manager – Women’s Enterprise Scotland (CIC)
Prof. Kiran Trehan; Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development – Director of WE LEAD [Women’s Entrepreneurship, Leadership Economy and Diversity] – Head of Group – Entrepreneurship and Local Economy- University of Birmingham
Prof. Fiona Wilson; Professor of Organisational Behaviour – University of Glasgow
Ms Terry Wragg; Director – Leeds Animation Workshop

Details of the presentations together with a brief bio of the speakers will be available very soon on the following link;

Looking forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an exciting event full of networking opportunities and fruitful debates.

Hannah Dean
Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Creativity
University of St Andrews School of Management


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