Independent Global Business Consultant
Margaret Bishop was born and raised in the Midwest. She moved to San Francisco in the mid 1980s, and launched her international career from there. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree in Textile Technology from North Carolina State University's College of Textiles, she joined American textile manufacturer Milliken and Company as a fast-track management trainee. Milliken and Company is a world leader in the research, design, and manufacture of industrial, automotive, and household textiles. Milliken and Company spearheaded the American drive for improved quality, supply chain management, and other manufacturing disciplines that are main stream today. Margaret rose through manufacturing management to business quality control manager overseeing the automotive fabric production of two manufacturing facilities.
In 1985, she earned her MSM in Management from Krannert, with a concentration in Marketing. The degree rounded out her academic education by reinforcing technical knowledge with the core business disciplines of marketing, finance, accounting, and the like. Following completion of her MSM, Ms. Bishop worked in product management and marketing research with industry giants Kimberly-Clark and Nielsen Marketing Research.
Following a corporate merger and its ensuing downsizing in the early '90s, she embarked on a long-desired international career. At the time, she served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali (West Africa), providing business consultation and training to more than fifty businesses and entrepreneurs.
Following completion of Peace Corps service, Ms. Bishop continued international business and economic development consulting, parlaying her U.S. manufacturing expertise, Krannert MSM, and Peace Corps experience into a rewarding career that has now spanned more than forty countries around the globe. She has consulted with individual businesses, industry supply chains, and multi-country trade development programs in Africa, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.
Having helped companies build core competencies, she understands the global marketplace, build supply chain linkages, and improve their competitiveness. Her work has enabled struggling domestic garment manufacturers in West Africa, Southern Africa, and Armenia to build exports to the United States, Europe, and Russia.
Transferring her knowledge and skills also allowed economic development programs to reinvigorate economic progress in Southern Lebanon, an area devastated economically by years of insecurity and unrest.
Guiding the strategic planning, organizational development, and production improvements helped transform a rural Cambodian silk-weaving project employing land-mine survivors from a small village enterprise to an important production unit of an international silk business, producing fine hand-woven silks sold in the finest Asian, American, and European museums and boutiques.
Sharing knowledge and insight into international tourism, and service sector supply chains aided provincial government officials to begin laying the strategic groundwork necessary to harness the existing and future tourism potential that could transform the economies of five provinces across south central Iraq, including important Islamic religious sites as well as the ancient city of Babylon.
Today, managing the largest economic opportunities program in Haiti, the knowledge and skills of Margaret Bishop’s Krannert MSM are enabling her to help address the critical need for jobs, profitable enterprises, and functioning value chains in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.
Margaret’s dreams led her to a path far different from the careers of peers from MSM. She has parlayed a lifelong dream of working overseas into a rewarding career that has paid important dividends not just for her, but for scores of people worldwide.