Entrepreneurship@DU Women’s Speaker Series: Glass Ceiling at the Start(Up): Sexism in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship@DU invites you to join us for another exciting Speaker Series featuring Marilyn Brock, Denver-based associate real estate broker, PhD (in progress), MBA, MA.

Glass Ceiling at the Start(Up): Sexism in Entrepreneurship

Individuals who identify as women experience a range of bias, microaggressions, overt prejudice, and systemic discrimination when pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors. For example, women only receive approximately 2% of all venture capital funding awarded annually, and they frequently experience sexual harassment from investors, customers, and colleagues. Women encounter sexist double-binds in which no action or behavior will be seen as “correct,” thus adding to the challenges of building a business.

In this discussion, we will delve into current research and real-world examples to identify the causes, signs, and effects of sexism in entrepreneurship. We will also examine strategies for creating more equitable entrepreneurial spaces. Whether you are a woman pursuing entrepreneurship or an ally endeavoring to proactively support gender equity, this dialogue will help you build a toolkit for identifying, preventing, and confronting sexism.

Wednesday, May 24 6:00 PM | Burwell Room 340



Marilyn Brock is a Denver-based associate real estate broker who brings extensive skills and knowledge, as well as a passion for promoting the public good, to the study and practice of entrepreneurship. A University of Denver student and alum, with an educational background in business and music (PhD in progress, MBA, MA), Marilyn combines her business and real estate skills with extensive local knowledge to provide exceptional service throughout all stages of every real estate transaction.

As a scholar and PhD student, Marilyn’s research interests include entrepreneurship, organizational behavior and leadership, and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion). Specifically, she is currently exploring how business leaders and founders can address the workplace impacts of sexism, gender-based violence, and domestic violence.

Prior to her real estate career, Marilyn worked in marketing, fundraising, and event management for arts organizations such as Seattle Opera, Canto Deo Choirs, the Boulder Philharmonic, and Nebula Ensemble. With a devotion to giving back to the community, Marilyn also engages in a variety of volunteer positions, including her current role of Vice President of the Rose Andom Center Young Professionals Council and prior work as Marketing Chair on the Colorado Symphony Associate Board and Treasurer on the Nebula Ensemble Board of Directors.

In her free time, Marilyn enjoys hiking Colorado’s mountain trails, traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad, and attending many of Denver’s live music events.


Entrepreneurship@DU is excited to continue with our Speaker Series events this quarter! Throughout the academic year, we will be featuring several speakers from diverse backgrounds discussing a wide range of topics focused on entrepreneurship. Each event will be 60 minutes and allow time for Q&A’s.


May 24 2023


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Burwell Center 340