DIANNE H.B. WELSH is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center Founder and Director at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. She was previously an endowed chair at two universities and started two successful entrepreneurship centers. Dianne is a recognized scholar in entrepreneurship, family business, and franchising. Global Entrepreneurship, her book with Shawn Carraher, Ph.D., premiered summer 2009. She has written four books on international franchising.
Dianne received her Ph.D. from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a Family Business Certified Advisor by the Family Firm Institute, Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society of Human Resource Management, and a Certified Small Business Counselor by the Small Business Institute. Dianne is the Past President of the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and serves on the board member of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Center Directors’ Association. She was a Presidential Appointee to the Board of Visitors for the U.S. Air Force Academy, a member of the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Services (DACOWITS).
She has owned four successful businesses. From an early age, Dianne had the opportunity to work in many different roles in her family’s business, Boyt Division Welsh Sporting Goods. Her father, Holden Welsh, Sr. revolutionized the luggage industry when he created the first soft-sided luggage in 1963.
Her favorite quote and advice to students is from Winston Churchill, “Never give in-never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in.” I changed it to live by, “Never give up.”