Loyola University Maryland named Wendy Bolger the inaugural director of the university’s new Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Bolger, who brings 20 years of experience in management and social innovation, will launch the center with the mission of engaging Loyola in innovation and entrepreneurship and cultivating ties to Baltimore’s entrepreneurship community.
Prior to joining Loyola, Bolger directed innovation strategy for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, where she launched and grew the organization’s first innovation team, developing a vision and rigorous process, attracting advisers and partners and leading successful pilot programs and trials.
Previously, she founded a nonprofit management consulting firm, where she provided expertise, coaching and training to organizational leaders.
ABOUT WENDY BOLGER
Takoma Park (Montgomery County)
MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in Massachusetts
What’s your No. 1 goal for the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship going forward as director?
Long term, the No. 1 goal for the Center is to enable Loyola University to play a role in transforming Baltimore by supporting the city’s entrepreneurs and social ventures. We want to impact job and wealth creation by focusing Loyola resources, including our students, faculty, and alumni, on the needs of underserved entrepreneurs. Throughout, Loyola’s entrepreneurial community will be activated in new ways, and innovation on campus will also flourish.
If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?
Photographer. I like to experiment with framing shots, and I love the sense of victory you get from capturing an image that is beautiful or surprising. Second runner-up: librarian!
This summer my family visited friends in Colorado, and the highlight was the backcountry in Rocky Mountain National Park.
When I want to relax, I … :
If I have a few unscheduled days, I will often get inspired and plan a party, or go all out on cooking an elaborate dinner for friends. What could be more fun than having your favorite people over and serving them things they love?
Favorite book, TV series:
I read a lot so it is hard to pick a favorite (see alternate career No. 2 above). I recently read a classic called “Barrio Boy” about a boy who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in the early 1900s. It’s unbelievably relevant today. I’m also anxiously awaiting season three of “The Crown.”
“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” — John Cage