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Women Entrepreneurship Weekly Founder Series

Founder Series

This weekly series of interviews with company founders is designed to motivate emerging entrepreneurs and support inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems by:

1. Addressing stereotypes about entrepreneurship and what an entrepreneur looks like
2. Engaging in dialogue about factors impacting female and other under-represented entrepreneurs 
3. Listening and learning from each other

Virtual Kick-off Event - February 5th, 2021 at 1:30PM - 3:30PM

Keynote Address

Dr. Amanda Elam

Dr. Elam is a Research Fellow at the Diana International Research Institute at Babson College and President/CEO of Galaxy Diagnostics, Inc., a medical diagnostics company in North Carolina. With over 25 years of experience in the study of gender, entrepreneurship, and innovation, her research interests focus on the application of sociological theories to the study of business startup, innovation, and growth across countries and social groups, including gender, ethnicity, and immigrant status. She has published numerous research articles and a book entitled, "Gender and Entrepreneurship: A Multilevel Theory and Analysis" which was recognized for innovative thought leadership in entrepreneurship by members of the Academy of Management. In addition to running a small company and conducting research on business startup and growth, Dr. Elam also advises a number of small businesses in the life sciences sector and serves regularly on panels and presentations at industry conferences.

Building Essential Skills: Networking in a Virtual World

Jan Triplett, Ph.D. CBTAC

Dr. Triplett is the CEO of the Business Success Center (BSC) Sustainability Experts that provide proven programs to make businesses more profitable and efficient while balancing the need to care for people and the planet. She is a Certified Technical Advisor for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and a Certified Business Technical Advisor Consultant (CBTAC) for Texas Workforce Commission. She is honored as a Texas Small Business Advocate by the Small Business Administration (SBA). She was a delegate to both the White House Conference and Congressional Summit on Small Business and testified before the state and the SBA. She has led two successful international trade missions to Japan and Ecuador.


She helped found the Women's Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Literacy Council. She is the author of "The Networker's Guide to Success" and co-author of "Thinking Big, Staying Small and Easy to Be Green." She is a guest blogger for the Business Bank of Texas,, LinkedIn, and the Austin Business Journal. She has her own blog at


Registration Information

This event is FREE and open to all students, faculty, alumni, community, and general public.

Founder Interviews: COMING SOON

Isis Ashford

COO & Co-Founder, Xplosion Technology

Where injury prevention for greater performance becomes reality.


Adrianna Cantu

Founder & CEO, Revealix

Mobile imaging and remote patient monitoring solution to prevent diabetic foot wounds and amputations.

Tarica Navarro

Founder, KINN Home

KINN makes thoughtfully designed, premium dining essentials to cultivate the movement toward slower, simpler living.

Darsha Ham

COO & Co-Founder, Melanoid Exchange

Shopping where your dollar matters. Melanoid Exchange is the premier place to connect entrepreneurs of color with the world.

The Founder Series is a partnership between Texas State's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and DivInc.

DivInc's vision is a world that is authentically diverse, equitable and inclusive, where social and economic disparities no longer exist. Their mission is to bridge the gap between underrepresented entrepreneurs and the resources they need to build profitable, high-growth companies. They mobilize communities, execute programs and establish partnerships that foster diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures.

DivInc transforms the existing entrepreneur tech ecosystem into a more authentically inclusive environment. Through their efforts, they inspire, empower and enable underrepresented founders to build successful high growth businesses. They aim to unleash the untapped and hidden innovative talent within our communities and generate an entrepreneur mindset shift for generations to come. Read more...

Additional Resources

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2018/2019 Women's Entrepreneurship Report
by Amanda B. Elam, Candida G. Brush, Patricia G. Greene, Benjamin Baumer, Monica Dean, and René Heavlow Read More about Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2018/2019 Women's Entrepreneurship Report