Heather Carpenter

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Heather Carpenter


Chair of the Business and Economics Department, Notre Dame of Maryland University


Heather’s mission is to help people run more effective organizations and to accelerate their careers.

She is Chair of the Business and Economics Department at Notre Dame of Maryland University and Assistant Professor of Business and Nonprofit Management. She oversees undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Marketing Communications, Leadership and Management, Nonprofit Management, and Risk Management.

She is the co-author of the book ‘The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations’ and has published articles on the topics of talent management, experiential education, nonprofit management education, and nonprofit leadership.

Prior to joining the faculty at NDMU, Heather served as Assistant Professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University, as research associate in the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at the University of San Diego, and as Operations Manager for several nonprofit organizations in California and Illinois. Her husband is a Captain at Spirit Airlines and they have a six-year old daughter.

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