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Karen Kerrigan

President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Ms. Karen Kerrigan is one of the world's leading experts on policies and initiatives that benefit entrepreneurs. She is widely known for developing collaborative relationships with business associations, public policy groups, media, government, advocacy organizations and the private sector that have led to substantive reforms and initiatives to help encourage and sustain entrepreneurship across the globe.

Ms. Kerrigan is President & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, a prominent and respected advocacy and research organization. She is Founder of Women Entrepreneurs Inc., an organization dedicated to helping women business owners succeed through education, networking and advocacy.

Her commentary, analysis and written work have appeared in many of the nation's leading newspapers. For more than a decade she wrote a regular column for the American City Business Journals - an influential network of weekly business newspapers in 50 major markets. She has appeared on ABC`s Nightline, The McLaughlin Group, CNN, CNBC, and Fox News Television among others. She has been a guest on hundreds of radio talk shows.

Ms. Kerrigan is a native of New York, and holds a BA degree in Political Science from Cortland College (SUNY). She resides in Northern Virginia.