Name: Morgan Koegel
Age: 25 (Born: October 1991)
Known for: NFP CEO of One Girl – http://www.onegirl.org.au
Morgan Koegel, 25, is a self-described ‘employee with entrepreneurial wisdom and flair’. At 20 Koegel became CEO of Engage Education, a not-for-profit that supports Australian students to complete their studies. At 24, she became CEO of One Girl, a not-for-profit that focuses on education in Africa.
Koegel’s ambition is driven by a desire to change the world. As a girl born to gay parents in Middle America, she’s been told countless times that she can’t do it. However, the thousands of students she has helped are a testament to just how wrong the cynics can be. She feels as though she has an obligation to raise her voice for those who can’t, and that’s a responsibility she takes very seriously.
“I won’t stop fighting until the world I grew up in is replaced by one filled with love, respect and equality,” expresses Koegel.
She is known for keeping her teams on track, which she accredits to her entrepreneurial abilities to inspire and motivate those around her.
The art of persuasion helped Koegel sell herself to the Board of One Girl. Her persuasiveness convinced them that a 24-year-old can “come in and run the show like a pro.” With the understanding that her age would cause hesitancy, she led with it, being fearless in her approach to wanting the position, she leveraged her youth and it got her the job.
Koegel’s biggest setback was also her greatest personal win. When she was CEO of Engage Education, she was accepted into law school and instead of deciding which opportunity to take; she embraced both opportunities “with a lot of Red Bull in tow.”
“Lucky for me I love what I do, and exhaustion doesn’t slow you down when you’re driven by passion.”
Koegel seized an opportunity a few years ago when she stumbled across a website and found that a for-profit competitor was doing something fairly dodgy with a business partner’s logo. So, she sent a screenshot directly to that business partner’s inbox and as a result, the competitor ended up getting booted out of that businesses venue and went with Koegel instead.
Anthill asked Koegel, what is your super-power?
“Nothing slows me down! No amount of hard work can vary my mood or break my spirit.”
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