X

Author Profile

Karen Kerrigan

  • For nearly 25 years, Karen Kerrigan’s leadership, advocacy and training work has helped foster U.S. entrepreneurship and global small business growth. Currently, she serves as the president and CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and is the group’s chief advocate for its members.

    Karen also serves as a member of SMB Experts, an Oracle-sponsored panel comprised of today’s SMB thought leaders.

    Karen regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress on the key issues impacting entrepreneurs and the economy, and has been appointed to numerous federal advisory boards including the National Women’s Business Council, the U.S.-Iraq Business Dialog, the U.S. Treasury’s Taxpayer Advisory Panel, and the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of U.S. Free Trade Agreements. She regularly engages with the President’s cabinet and key advisors, and has spoken and led round tables at several White House economic summits, scores of events hosted by the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Treasury Department, and other federal government agencies and departments.

    Kerrigan is a collaborative and well-respected individual within the advocacy community who has led numerous coalitions and initiatives with diverse partners and business organizations. She has written hundreds of Op-Eds and newspaper columns, and regularly appears on national television and talk radio programs.

    She has been called America’s “entrepreneurial envoy” and “small business ambassador” for her extensive speaking, knowledge sharing and capacity-building work overseas. Kerrigan is a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and regularly provides counsel to governments and business associations across the globe regarding entrepreneurial development, capacity building and policy formation and implementation. She has traveled to Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, Israel, Morocco, Nepal, the Palestinian territories, among many other nations on behalf of the U.S. State Department to work with business leaders, young entrepreneurs and government officials on reforms and programs to encourage entrepreneurship and small business growth.  Kerrigan is a former board member and Chair of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), one of the core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, which works to strengthen democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market oriented reforms.

    From 2011 - 2014, she was named a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends. In 2013, CEO World Magazine named her a “Top Power Woman in Crowdfunding." In May 2016, she was presented with the New Capital Markets Leadership Award by the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and Crowdfund Capital Advisors for her steadfast leadership and work in making equity and debt-based crowdfunding legal. 

    For nearly 25 years, Karen Kerrigan’s leadership, advocacy and training work has helped foster U.S. entrepreneurship and global small business growth. Currently, she serves as the president and CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and is the group’s chief advocate for its members.

    Karen also serves as a member of SMB Experts, an Oracle-sponsored panel comprised of today’s SMB thought leaders.

    Karen regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress on the key issues impacting entrepreneurs and the economy, and has been appointed to numerous federal advisory boards including the National Women’s Business Council, the U.S.-Iraq Business Dialog, the U.S. Treasury’s Taxpayer Advisory Panel, and the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of U.S. Free Trade Agreements. She regularly engages with the President’s cabinet and key advisors, and has spoken and led round tables at several White House economic summits, scores of events hosted by the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Treasury Department, and other federal government agencies and departments.

    Kerrigan is a collaborative and well-respected individual within the advocacy community who has led numerous coalitions and initiatives with diverse partners and business organizations. She has written hundreds of Op-Eds and newspaper columns, and regularly appears on national television and talk radio programs.

    She has been called America’s “entrepreneurial envoy” and “small business ambassador” for her extensive speaking, knowledge sharing and capacity-building work overseas. Kerrigan is a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and regularly provides counsel to governments and business associations across the globe regarding entrepreneurial development, capacity building and policy formation and implementation. She has traveled to Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, Israel, Morocco, Nepal, the Palestinian territories, among many other nations on behalf of the U.S. State Department to work with business leaders, young entrepreneurs and government officials on reforms and programs to encourage entrepreneurship and small business growth.  Kerrigan is a former board member and Chair of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), one of the core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, which works to strengthen democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market oriented reforms.

    From 2011 - 2014, she was named a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends. In 2013, CEO World Magazine named her a “Top Power Woman in Crowdfunding." In May 2016, she was presented with the New Capital Markets Leadership Award by the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and Crowdfund Capital Advisors for her steadfast leadership and work in making equity and debt-based crowdfunding legal. 

    view more view less

Recent Posts by Karen Kerrigan