Engaging More Women in Academic Innovation: Findings and Recommendations
In an effort to understand factors that encouraged and discouraged academic women's participation in technology commercialization, a group of technology transfer professionals conducted a survey of academic women involved in innovation, invention and/or entrepreneurship. The 168 respondents were from public and private research institutions of varying sizes from all regions of the U.S. This paper outlines the key findings from the qualitative and quantitative data around the themes that emerged. It also puts forth a set of recommendations based on the survey feedback, follow-up interviews, and the collective experience of technology transfer professionals who work daily with academic innovators. It is our hope that these recommendations will provide valuable insights into concrete actions that can be taken to ensure systemic changes that foster greater engagement of academic women and other under-represented populations in all stages of the innovation lifecycle.
Keywords: ACADEMIA; ENGAGEMENT; INCLUSION; INNOVATION; WOMEN
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Muir & Associates, Miami, FL, USA 2: Kentucky Commercialization Ventures, Lexington, KY, USA 3: Norton Rose Fulbright, Austin, TX, USA 4: Research and Economic Development, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, USA 5: Edge, Kearny, NJ, USA 6: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Madison, WI, USA 7: Osage University Partners, Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA 8: Office of Technology Management, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA 9: Technology Transfer & Corporate Partnerships, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
Publication date: December 1, 2022
This article was made available online on February 19, 2022 as a Fast Track article with title: "ENGAGING MORE WOMEN IN ACADEMIC INNOVATION: FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS".
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