Monday, September 1, 2014

Maggie O’Carroll appointed Enterprise Scholar at Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Women’s Organisation CEO Maggie O’Carroll has been appointed Enterprise Scholar at the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The University of Nottingham.
Maggie O'Carroll
She will take up her role in October bringing practical commercial experience and academic insights to this globally renowned institution and further strengthening the link between the commercial, education and research worlds. With its research in the area of enterprise, entrepreneurial skills and innovation The Haydn Green Institute is one of four University Enterprise Zones in England. As an Enterprise Scholar, Maggie will bring practical insights, knowledge and guidance to strengthen the Institute’s role as a strategic partner in business growth and enterprise development.
Professor of Entrepreneurship Susan Marlow said that Maggie’s wealth of experience, outstanding communication skills and excellent academic background will be extremely valuable to the Institute.
“Maggie is an incredibly vibrant and energetic person. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, experience and her excellent communication skills help bring her message to life.
“She brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience from the US, to starting a number of successful businesses to founding and developing The Women’s Organisation. Not only that, Maggie also has an Master’s degree from Cambridge University so she has the unique set of skills to convey complex ideas in a very accessible way. You don’t find that combination in many people. “
“Maggie has an excellent reputation in the policy-making and practitioner field and as an Enterprise Scholar she will share this experience with students from a variety of disciplines who are thinking about their own venture creation.”
Maggie has more than 20 years’ experience in social enterprise and women’s economic development. Starting her career in the United States, she moved to Liverpool and founded The Women’s Organisation to address issues hindering female enterprise policy and practice development. It is now the largest dedicated Women’s Economic Development Agency in the UK.

Having led the creation of a £5.3m Women's International Centre for Economic Development based in Liverpool Maggie has been actively involved in women's economic development policy influencing on an international, national and regional basis.
Maggie has previously lectured part time at Liverpool University Management School on Entrepreneurship and Liverpool John Moores University, and is also an Entrepreneurial Scholar in residence at Simmon's College Boston.

Speaking about her appointment Maggie said:  “I am privileged to be working with The Haydn Green Institute which is one of the leading institutes globally for its research in the field of entrepreneurship. Female entrepreneurship is still an under researched and an untapped area of economic potential and I look forward to working with the Institute whose research has had significant policy and economic implications. Professor Marlow and the academic team are recognised globally for their research in the field of entrepreneurship and I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with them ”

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