Entrepreneurship education symposium recognizes Morgan Foundation boss

Deborah Hoover, president and CEO of the Hudson-based Burton D. Morgan Foundation, was presented with the Founder’s Award at the Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education last month. The three-day event was held in Cleveland this year, with the awards celebration taking place on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stage.

Hoover co-founded the conference with partners from UMass Lowell and the Deshpande Foundation, and she was instrumental in bringing the Symposium to Cleveland in 2022, the first year it’s been held outside of Lowell, Massachusetts, according to a press release from the Morgan Foundation. Hoover has worked tirelessly to bring entrepreneurship programs to campuses across Northeast Ohio during her 15-year tenure leading Morgan Foundation, the release said.

“I was totally surprised and deeply grateful to receive the Deshpande Symposium Founder’s Award,” Hoover said. “My engagement with the symposium and its great team has been one of the most powerful experiences of my time with Morgan Foundation. … In my new role as CEO of Entrepreneurship Education Consortium, I will continue to be an ardent symposium supporter and participant.” 

Hoover shares the award this year with UMass Lowell Chancellor, Jacquie Moloney, who cofounded the conference.

Now in its 11th year, the Deshpande Symposium is dedicated to integrating entrepreneurship education and opportunities into campus life at colleges and universities across North America. The international event draws hundreds of educators, business professionals, government and nonprofit leaders. ∞