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USM Associate Professor Earns International Entrepreneurship Award

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:50am | By: Van Arnold

Dr. SherRhonda Gibbs, Associate Professor and Interim Director for the School of Management at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented the Educator’s Changemaker Award by the Diana International Research Institute during the institute’s Impact Day held earlier this month at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.

The Impact Day marked the first global convening of investors, accelerators, policy-makers, researchers, women entrepreneurs, and other disrupters dedicated to changing the landscape of financing women entrepreneurs. 

“It’s a privilege to be counted amongst some of the leading entrepreneurship advocates and faculty in the country,” said Gibbs. “I have served for several years on the board of the largest entrepreneurship education organization in the country – the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Over the years, we have developed unique programming and events for women entrepreneurship faculty, trainers, and practitioners. My primary goal was to help those who desperately needed resources at their various institutions and establishments.”

The awards are granted to individuals whose efforts in the entrepreneurial ecosystem have advanced women’s access to resources that are critical to launching and scaling successful ventures. Awards were presented in the following categories: Investor, Entrepreneur, Policy-Maker, Researcher, Educator, and Ally.

Gibbs was nominated for the award by a committee of individuals who serve as leaders in the Diana Project and Diana International. This group represents faculty, investors, and entrepreneurial practitioners who are leading researchers, policymakers, venture capitalists, and angel investors in the field of entrepreneurship – and particularly – women’s entrepreneurship.

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