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GCU Celebration of Entrepreneurs

October 20, 2021 - October 22, 2021

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Entrepreneurs are doing more than taking care of business. Their creativity, collaboration, and passion for doing things differently are contributing to a record-breaking number of applications for start-up businesses throughout the pandemic. Mark your calendar now for our 2021 GCU Celebration of Entrepreneurs, slated for October 20-22, to explore the success stories (and a few backstories, too) of local business owners who epitomize the entrepreneurial spirit.

Our celebration, sponsored by the Georgian Court University School of Business and Digital Media, will examine several themes, including pursuing your passion, the power of the side hustle, and business shifts for challenging times.

The campus-wide celebration includes panel discussions, workshop activities, and a Friday, October 22, luncheon presented in concert with Women Entrepreneurship Week 2021 (#WEW2021). That’s where keynote speaker Anastasia “Tracy” Raissis, a global executive at Amazon, will discuss innovation and the career pivot.

The lineup below includes RSVP links for each session. We look forward to seeing you during our Celebration of Entrepreneurs!

2021 GCU Celebration of Entrepreneurs

Minding Their Business: A Conversation with Local Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, October 20, from 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Virtual event hosted via Zoom and Facebook Live

Hear from the business owners behind:
Wood’s End Equine
Argos Farm
Ark Container Rentals & FreshStart

Moderated by Theodora Sergiou ’92, School of Business and Digital Media Internship & Student Development Coordinator

All About the Side Hustle: Moving Your Idea From Passion Project to Profit

Thursday, October 21, from 5:00–6:30 p.m.
On-campus, in-person event
Join us for networking at 5:00 p.m. before the panel begins!
Casino Ballroom

Featured guests include:
Tom Muller, cofounder of Golf Kings
Rebecca Hartmann, artist and owner of the Etsy shop, Tides of Joy
Leah Raissis, vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist

The Importance of Inclusion:
Workshop/Seminar on Inclusive Spaces

Friday, October 22, from 9:30–10:30 a.m.
On-campus, in-person event (Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.)
McAuley Heritage Center

Hosted by the GCU Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Innovation & The Career Pivot:

Keynote Luncheon & Fireside Chat with
Anastasia “Tracy” Raissis,
Director, Worldwide Financial Risk & Economic Development at Amazon Web Services

Friday, October 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
On-campus, in-person event
GCU Mansion

Free headshots/photo session to follow
Tina DeAngelis, Owner of Visual Xpressions


October 20, 2021
October 22, 2021


School of Business & Digital Media
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Georgian Court University
503 Ninth Street
Lakewood, NJ 08701 United States
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