A new addition to the team in 2018, Margaret is working on a long-range strategic plan for entrepreneurship at St. Olaf, guiding students in their ventures and building connections with the greater entrepreneurial ecosystem. As a natural collaborator, she most enjoys identifying resources and facilitating strategic connections that help an enterprise succeed.
Before joining St. Olaf, Margaret exercised her entrepreneurial muscles as the co-founder of a start-up in agricultural risk management. Her career as a strategic advisor has spanned a range of industries, including social impact, environment, agriculture, healthcare, and science, with experiences in HR, manufacturing/supply chain, finance, business development and market research. She also brings previous coaching experience with students at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Born in Iowa, Margaret has lived and worked in nine states and three countries. A 2001 graduate of Iowa State University, Margaret’s early career was working with soil and water as an Environmental Scientist. She later received an MBA at the Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin (Ireland), where she began her career as a management consultant. Each role required Margaret having a breadth of experience in order see the connections of the system, while identifying experts who can dive deeply into the nuances.
Outside of St. Olaf, Margaret has an interest in ventures in social/economic impact, nonprofits, and nature. She currently serves as Board Chair of Giving Back to Africa and is an active volunteer with Dakota Curling and Dakota County Parks. She is a serial entrepreneur, and when that work is not taking up too much time and money, she enjoys traveling in the United States’ national parks and, internationally, visiting far-flung family and friends.