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Concordia-Chicago Center for Entrepreneurship to host national entrepreneurship education advocate Karen Wolters


Karen Wolters, serial entrepreneur and national entrepreneurship education advocate, will share her story, “American Born, Globally Grown,” at Concordia University Chicago’s (CUC) College of Business on Oct. 19, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., in Krentz Hall Room 120. Admission is free. The presentation is part of CUC’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Speaker Series, which is open to the general public on the third Thursday of each month.

“It is our pleasure to host Karen Wolters, board director, chairperson, CEO and founder of multiple businesses, to share her own experiences and expertise about start-up companies,” said Dr. Claudia Santin, dean of CUC’s College of Business, “Ms. Wolters’ accomplishments as an entrepreneur and educator are very inspiring.”

Why can’t you be an entrepreneur? Is that enough in life? What is it that builds an entrepreneur? Wolters will answer these questions and share her journey from nurse to head of Asian manufacturing for a global corporation, to serial entrepreneur and national entrepreneurship education champion.

Karen Wolters developed her career by founding start-up companies, including Wolters Group International, a $40 million supplier to the Pampered Chef, and Cooktek, inventor of induction cooking technology. In 2013, Wolters successfully sold her businesses. She then established and became a Board Director of Wolters-Althoff Investments, which focused on early investments in start-up companies, operating in the health care and food service industries with operations in the U.S. and Europe.

Concordia University Chicago’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the destination for all who seek to develop their full potential. The CIE’s mission is to deliver leadership in the fields of entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and innovation through education, experiential learning opportunities, research and outreach to students, alumni, local community residents and business owners, and the greater global business community.

Concordia-Chicago’s campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.

For more information about the Speaker Series, visit