Margaret O'Gorman

Margaret O’Gorman operates at the intersection of business and nature. She is President of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), an organization that assists multinational corporations in integrating conservation objectives into their sustainability efforts. Ms. O’Gorman helps companies drive long-term sustainability through WHC’s signature Conservation Certification recognition, which serves to define the standard for corporate conservation worldwide. She inspires companies to enhance their ecosystems, connect with communities, and engage their employees. Ms. O’Gorman has consulted with Fortune 500 companies like General Motors, Exelon, Chevron, BASF, and many others to develop strategies and frameworks toward biodiversity in business. These strategies have been deployed across more than 1,000 conservation programs in 28 countries and have connected simple and complex acts of conservation to larger corporate goals. 

Ms. O’Gorman is a compelling writer and speaker on the need to act for nature. She is the author of Strategic Corporate Conservation Planning, which advances the idea that business value can be realized from conservation action. Ms. O’Gorman uses her platform and audience to promote private sector engagement in conservation action to restore ecosystems, recover species, connect people, and make a positive difference to people and planet. Prior to her work with WHC, she led the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and also led fundraising efforts for New Jersey Future and Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Ms. O’Gorman earned a master of science degree in micropaleontology from the University of Southhampton, UK. She can be reached at mogorman@wildlifehc.org.