Tammy Maloney BA, MBA; Social Entrepreneur dedicated to unleashing the self-sovereignty and creativity of all people.
Tammy has been bringing people together to affect positive change for over 25 years. She is uniquely qualified to help unite Albertans towards a shared vision of a creative interdependent economy that unleashes the self-sovereignty of ALL people and respects our natural environment.
In 2006, after 20 years in the private sector managing businesses and facilitating change management as a liaison between departments in the oil and gas industry, Tammy left Canada to obtain a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Social Entrepreneurship from the IESE Business School in Spain (ranked #1 in the world by The Economist in 2009).
In addition to being taught by two of the leading researchers in the field of social entrepreneurship, Tammy had the opportunity to meet and debate with some of the leading practitioners from across the globe as Chair of the 5th Annual Doing Good and Doing Well Conference, the leading European MBA conference on Social Entrepreneurship, Responsible Business and the “Triple Bottom Line”. She also volunteered for the 2007 European Venture Philanthropy Association conference.
Upon graduation, Tammy joined the William J. Clinton Foundation in Nigeria as Chief Operating Officer. There she spearheaded the development of a strategy to address malnutrition nationwide and fostered alliances between the three sectors including the Federal Ministry of Health, UNICEF and Nestle.
In 2009, Tammy returned to Calgary determined to find a gap that social entrepreneurship could fill. To familiarize herself with the social justice landscape in Alberta, she volunteered for three different departments and 5 different programs at The Mustard Seed and worked for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary as a Youthworker at the Avenue 15 shelter for teens experiencing homelessness. Through these experiences Tammy discovered that for people dependent on social services to achieve self-reliance and community they need meaningful employment opportunities that could serve as a compassionate bridge into the mainstream economy.
To begin building this bridge, Tammy launched SEA Change Calgary Ltd. in 2010. It focussed on social entrepreneurship advocacy, awareness and support services. She was a board member of epicYYC: a solution space, a member of the Steering Committee for Thrive Community Economic Development Network and participated in a Community Commerce Roundtable facilitated by Calgary Economic Development (CED).
In 2011, Tammy’s passion for bringing people together to affect positive change led her to make her foray into politics by running for the leadership of the Alberta Party. Although politically unaligned, she was inspired by the possibilities that would be created if Albertans had a trusting and two-way relationship with their government. The election process (and loss) confirmed her belief she could generate more positive impact as a social entrepreneur than a politician.
In 2013, Tammy became President of the Tuxedo Park Community Association. The power to make a tangible difference was the fuel for her fire. As a volunteer, she took on the full weight of the overwhelming amount of responsibilities of a community association. She also became the Treasurer on the Executive Board of Directors at the Federation of Calgary Communities. Valuing positive impact over profit was only sustainable for 3 years. Although she loved collaborating on everything from planning and development to community events to resolving disputes, with a heavy heart she walked away from being the bridge between the people and businesses in her neighbourhood and all three levels of government to focus on her health.
In 2017, Tammy launched the GHOOD (pronounced good, short for good in our hood) Business8 Accelerator. It provides affordable C-Suite level expertise to neighbourhood businesses. The pandemic brought its growth to a halt so she put it on hold to reflect on a lifetime of experiences and to see if there was a more impactful way to for her to contribute.
This sabbatical has made it clear that one-off interventions and ventures will never satisfy her. Tammy was born to help unite our competing systems of government and the economy into one system built on a foundation of a unified, socio-political and economic philosophy. She is currently collaborating to create this new foundational philosophy. It is called Creative Humanism. It is inspired by the extraordinary nature of all Albertans.