Maggie O’Carroll is a leader in the field of women’s enterprise and has dedicated her professional life to improving the economic position of women, in the UK and internationally. Recognizing that women were a huge untapped entrepreneurial market in the UK and Europe, Maggie saw that there were both commercial and social impact opportunities in providing business support services to help more women to start and grow their own enterprises. In 1996, Maggie founded North West-based award-winning women's economic development agency, The Women’s Organisation in Liverpool, England. In 2011, O’Carroll opened the doors to a £5.3million Women's International Centre for Economic Development having secured funding from ERDF, Liverpool City Council and Futurebuilders. Located in the heart of Liverpool, is the first centre of its kind in the UK, expected to help 3,000 women set up businesses and creating 4,500 new jobs over its first ten years.