Loyola’s Wendy Bolger honored as a Women to Watch – Newsroom
Wendy Bolger, founding director of the Simon Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Loyola University of Maryland, has been named among the Baltimore Business Journal 2022 Women to Watch, a “list of women leaders poised to make headlines in the years to come,” according to the newspaper.
The Baltimore Business Journal recognized the winners as “women leaders who have excelled in their industry through innovation, perseverance and great success.”
Bolger helped establish Loyola’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2018, which nurtures student innovators through education, hands-on experiences and creative experimentation. The center works to benefit Baltimore by supporting wealth and job creation led by underrepresented women entrepreneurs and innovators of color.
As director, Bolger expanded the center to include the Baltipreneurs Accelerator, a cohort-based venture capital development program that supports and mentors entrepreneurs. She plans to continue Loyola’s commitment to this work with a $3 million gift from Nick Simon, MBA ’84, and Susie Simon, M.Ed. ’81.
Prior to joining Loyola, Bolger’s 20-year career spanned public and private sector projects, including experience as an entrepreneur building her own company, managing technology product development, and launching new initiatives and teams. for non-profit organizations. In 2020, Bolger was named to Technical.ly Baltimore’s inaugural RealLIST Connectors roundup of those who build Baltimore’s technology, entrepreneurship and innovation community by connecting others to growth goals. and inclusiveness.
Previously, Bolger led innovation strategy for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, founded a management consulting firm, and held directorships with the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. She was a senior product marketing engineer at Intel, where she oversaw the development of a range of digital cameras, and a marketing executive at Save the Children, where she launched the youth-led YouthNoise initiative. In the fall of 2021, Bolger took on a key leadership role as Loyola and the University of Baltimore hosted the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers conference in Baltimore.
Bolger holds an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in Massachusetts.