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Margi Olson

Margi Olson spent most of her career bridging leadership, business process, skills and technology. Prior to retirement, Margi served as the Dean of Business and the McCallum Graduate School at Bentley University in Boston. She has also held a variety of strategic change roles both as an executive and a consultant at companies like Lend Lease, Lotus, IBM and Fujitsu Consulting. Previously, she was a professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University. Most recently, Margi served as a knowledge management specialist for World Vision International and played a key role in converting a charity in Australia into a Venture Philanthropy Foundation. Margi spends half the year in Boston and the rest of her time in her native Australia. She is both an SVP Boston Partner and SVP Melbourne Founding Partner.

Connection: SVP Boston and Melbourne Partner, 5 years

Number of SVP Global Conferences attended: 3

What do you love to do in your free time?

Hike, knit, attend sporting events (this year it was the Olympics in Rio)

What is one little known fact about yourself?

I co-wrote a foundation textbook for the academic field of Management Information Systems (many years ago!)

What are the social causes you’re passionate about?

Anything that helps give disadvantaged youth a better chance to succeed in life

Why did you decide to attend this year’s SVP Global Conference?

I generally attend representing SVP Melbourne, and am often the only one, so I am looking for new ideas to bring back to that chapter. The people I meet provide great ideas, and I often seek them out later for direct advice, particularly on how to grow our chapter.

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