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Marilyn Kourilsky - Biography

International Review of Entrepreneurship - IRE ~ Co-Editor


Marilyn Kourilsky is a Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Educational Entrepreneurship (ISEE) at UCLA and Chief Education Advisor for the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. In her prior capacity as Vice President of the Kauffman Center, she created nationally implemented programs including Entrepreneur Invention Society, MADE-IT (Mothers and Daughters Entrepreneurs - In Teams), Making a Job, and EntrePrep.
As an expert in economics, entrepreneurship and education, Ms. Kourilsky has pursued internationally acclaimed research in entrepreneurship education, economics education, teacher education and learning theory. Her research reflects the clinical influence of her broad spectrum of teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels as well as her earlier role as Director of Teacher Education at University of California, Los Angeles. She has created extensively implemented education reforms including the widely acclaimed Mini-Society and Kinder Economy ; these programs have been actively featured in various media including the Today Show, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Kourilsky's extensive published record spans numerous articles in refereed journals and 17 books as well as being a co-editor of the journal the International Review of Entrepreneurship.
Some of the awards and honors received by Dr. Kourilsky for teaching, research, and leadership include: the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, the Greenfield Applied Research Award, the National Freedom Foundation Award for Excellence in Economic Education, The EUCLAN Award for Innovation in Teacher Education, The John C Schramm National Leadership in Economic Education Award, and the Henry H. Villard National Research Award in Economic Education.
Dr. Kourilsky has served as president and executive director of the California Council on Economic Education and president of the Society of Economic Educators.