Karen Kerrigan

Cory GardnerPresident & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

For a quarter of a century, Karen Kerrigan’s leadership and advocacy have helped foster U.S. entrepreneurship and global small business growth. She is president & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and serves as the group’s chief advocate. Kerrigan engages with members of the U.S. Congress and meets with the President’s advisors and cabinet members on the key issues impacting entrepreneurs and the economy. She has been appointed to numerous federal advisory boards including the National Women’s Business Council and Taxpayer’s Advisory Panel. Kerrigan has been called America’s “entrepreneurial envoy” and “small business ambassador” for her extensive work overseas. She is a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and is the former chair and board member of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). In May 2016 she was presented with the New Capital Markets Leadership Award for her work and leadership in stewarding investment crowdfunding (the JOBS Act) through Congress and the regulatory process. In 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 she was named a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer. CEO World Magazine named Kerrigan a Top Ten Power Woman in Crowdfunding. In November of 2009 she was presented with the “Small Business Advocate of the Year” award by the NY Enterprise Report. Inc. Magazine named Kerrigan to its small business “Best Friends in D.C.” list as a “power broker and activist” with “serious clout” for entrepreneurs; Fortune Small Business to its “Power 30”; and The Hill newspaper to its “most influential small business” list (2006) describing her as “the hardest working woman in show business.” Born in New York, she has lived in Northern Virginia for 25 years.