Olga Stavropoulou, Chief Visionary Officer & Member of the Board
In 2000, she co-founded with her partners, the company Militos Consulting S.A., where she is the President and in 2011 she co-founded the Social Enterprise “knowl for Education and Lifelong Learning” where she is Member of the Board and Chief Visionary Officer.
Olga Stavropoulou is a self-made active social entrepreneur and a recognized mentor, who stands out for the numerous projects and actions she has developed and implemented that enhance, advance and promote entrepreneurship, employment, mobility, lifelong learning and training, as well for the numerous and successful large scale, awareness raising and information campaigns, and innovative initiatives that encourage, sensitize, involve, empower and excite thousands of European citizens.
In 2015 - 2016, she undertook as Creative, Communication & Digital Director to design and implement the actions and activities of the Candidacy Office for the bidding of the city of Larissa for the title of "European Capital of Culture 2021".
Since 2001, she acts as the National Editor of the European Commission Standard Eurobarometer. Moreover, in 2011, she was appointed Coordinator of the Hellenic Unit of the European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs (Business Mentors) under the auspices of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry; In 2012, she was elected Vice President of the Hellenic Association of Young Entrepreneurs in Athens, Piraeus and Province (E.SY.N.E) (continuing today) and the same year, she was elected General Secretary of the Governing Committee of Women’s Organisation of Managers and Entrepreneurs (TOGME)/Hellenic Management Association (reelected in 2015 for a second term). In addition, since 2012 she is a member of the Institutional Interventions and Policy Committee of the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Young Entrepreneurs (O.E.SY.N.E.), since 2013 she is a Member of the National Board for the Global Entrepreneurship Week, and for the period 2013 – 2014 she was acted as Chair for ECWT Entrepreneurship Alliance (European Center for Women and Technology) to promote and enhance entrepreneurship at a European level, with a special focus on encouraging women and the use of ICT.
In 2014, she was appointed as Ambassador for Greece of the Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, an initiative of WED NY Worldwide Movement, in partnership with U.S. State Department that was launched on Nov. 19th 2014 at United Nations; the world’s largest celebration of women innovators and job creators in 144 countries, to empower women entrepreneurs and inspire 250 million girls living in poverty. In 2015, she was further appointed the honorary role of WED Regional Leader for European Union, representing the EU28 Member States in the Global Network.
She features (four consecutive times, i.e. 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2015) in the ICAP Group’s annual edition with LEADING WOMEN IN BUSINESS that is distributed with the national coverage newspaper TA NEA.
She publishes articles and papers mostly related to entrepreneurship. In June 2013, she was selected by the Kaufmann Foundation (Research Conference on High Growth Women’s Entrepreneurship) to present the abstract titled “Recognizing the positive effects of strengths-based mentoring to facilitate female entrepreneurship in Greece // Glass ceiling vs. glass feeling”.
She has developed various innovative knowledge sharing models and professional development workshops such as “STARS success yourself workshop” (accredited by the International Coach Federation as Continuing Coach Education), “knowledge shots”, “true talks” and “the public interview”. And she is an accredited practitioner (Realise 2, CAPP) in strengths-based approach and in 2013 she was accredited with the Advanced Diploma in Personal and Executive Coaching (accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the International Coach Federation). She is also certified in mentoring skills by the international accreditation institution BUPNET.
More specifically in the area of mentoring, besides the development of full mentoring systems e.g. for the organization of Small Enterprises’ Institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (IME GSEVEE), she acts as Mentor for various initiatives such as the ΜΙΤ Greece Startup Competition 2014 (MIT Enterprise Forum Greece), and in the frames of the initiative “Enterprising Socially” under the auspices of the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (ADDMA) and the City of Athens (2015).
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology (Northeastern University, USA) and her Master’s degree in International Politics (University of Brussels) // Thesis: “Multilingualism in Europe’s Information Society”.
In 2007, her first novel was published, titled “From Romeo to Jack”, by Empiria Publishing.
She is married and mother of a son.