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2023 Keynote & Networking Event

Connections for your Career

Educating future leaders is our business

Students, community, and faculty are invited to network and hear from an innovative, entrepreneurial keynote speaker.

Weidner center business reception

"Entrepreneurship: Lessons in Survival and Success"

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 • 5 p.m. • Weidner Center

Gretchen Gilbertson, CEO and Co-Founder of Sèura, Inc., takes you behind the scenes of entrepreneurship by sharing an unfiltered view of business ownership and revealing four key lessons that helped her survive and succeed in her entrepreneurial journey.

Gretchen Gilbertson

Gretchen Gilbertson

CEO, Co-Founder of Sèura, Inc.


Just 3 months after giving birth to their first child, Gretchen and her husband discovered a passion for an idea that would set the course for the next 20 years and forever change their lives. Both leading comfortable jobs in corporate America, neither dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur or starting a business. However, just one year after taking the first prototype to market and receiving instant national recognition, they collectively left their jobs to fully commit to the growth and success of the company they now call Séura (seer-ah).

For the last 18 years as Séura’s CEO, Gretchen has served as the company’s standards bearer for design excellence, as well as the cultural champion for a positive and productive employee environment. She and the Séura team continue to innovate products that eliminate the gap between technology and design. With the belief that innovative products come from inspired people, Gretchen works tirelessly to maintain a culture that is inclusive, collaborative, empowering, and inspiring–allowing Séura’s 90-plus employees to continue fueling the company’s growth from the ground up.

With a mission centered on “the perfect harmony of technology and design”,  Gretchen and her husband now run a successful company serving premium commercial and residential markets across the country, serving brands such as Disney, Marriott, MGM, Starbucks, Aveda, Dicks Sporting Goods, Allbirds, Michael Kors, and more. In her talk, Gretchen speaks about the raw truth of entrepreneurship and how she discovered the key business lessons that have helped shaped their success.

Event Details

Enjoy networking and hors d'oeuvres before the presentation, including updates from the Cofrin School of Business, announcement of the Weyenberg Prize recipients, and Keynote Speaker Gretchen Gilbertson.


Event Time
Networking Social & Check-in 4:30 p.m.
Presentation 6:00 p.m.
Closing 7:30 p.m.

Parking & Check-in

  • RSVP in advance
  • Business Attire
  • Parking: Available free of charge in the lots surrounding the Weidner Center
  • Remember to bring business cards to exchange with students, faculty, and employers
Kathryn Marten

Want to know More?

For more questions about our business events, please contact Kathryn Marten, Student & Community Engagement Coordinator, at or (920) 465-2870.

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