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r. Teresa Nelson discussed her VVS project on gender equity and academic entrepreneurship in STEM. Dr. Nelson shared her perspectives on future practice around research on and interventions around supporting faculty women’s entrepreneurship.

Dr. Teresa Nelson’s work has been deeply guided by her interest in innovation – what it is, what it means, how and whom it impacts, and how it is actualized as entrepreneurship by individuals, teams and companies. An active researcher, Dr. Nelson is known globally for her scholarship related to women and gender and diversity in entrepreneurship and family business. As an Obama era appointee to the National Women’s Business Council, a group appointed to advise Congress, the White House and the Small Business Administration on issues of women and business, she began to specialize in women’s roles in commercializing science. She now works with the MIT Innovation Initiative, Astia and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, among others, to build understanding and organizational capabilities around inclusion as a strategic business practice, particularly in life sciences.

Dr. Nelson is a co-founder of The Impact Seat, a consultancy on issues of organizational capabilities of diversity and inclusion. She is also a Professor of strategic management in the Business School at Simmons University in Boston and a Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Gender in Organizations. She has taught on five continents to students at the doctoral, master, executive masters and undergraduate levels. She is a sought-after speaker on topics such as women entrepreneurs in science, the context of entrepreneurship, inclusion as a strategic management practice, and the entrepreneur’s journey.

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