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GSU to host Business Week featuring keynote speaker Lisa Laws, outstanding alumni

Lisa Laws

Governors State University’s College of Business is slated to hold its annual Business Week in April where Lisa Laws, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of 1871, will be the keynote speaker followed by the third annual COB Alumni Hall of Achievement Awards.

The April 5, 2022 event is designed to offer professional networking and learning opportunities for businesses, students, alumni and community members. It will feature cocktails, dinner and an award ceremony. Attendees will hear from Laws, whose Chicago-based business incubator has received the World’s #1 Top Business Incubator and the Most Promising Women Founders Incubator awards. 

Karen Blackman, Manager of Enrollment And External Relations for COB, said Laws, an African American female engineer by profession, is sure to inspire Jaguars looking to join the workforce at a this dynamic time in history.

“Lisa Laws represents everything that the newest generation of leaders aspire to be: she is relatable, authentic and versatile. Having worked in various roles, she is not confined to a stereotypical model and is a strong and organic leader who uplifts her team, and provides a platform for growth and development. These qualities, as well as others make her an ideal keynote speaker sure to motivate all during  Business Week 2022.”

For the third year, the esteemed college will recognize outstanding  alumni with Hall of Achievement Awards  right after the keynote presentation.  Past honorees include GSU Trustees Angela  Hickey ('96) and Jim Kvedaras ('89). To read about other honorees or to recognize a GSU graduate's professional achievements, nominate them here. 

Tickets to attend the dinner, keynote presentation and awards ceremony are $50 and can be purchased here.

The April 5 Business Week 2022 Event Schedule is as follows:

  • 5  p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Honors Reception at Lakeside Lounge 
  • 5:45 to  6:15 p.m. Networking Reception, Engbretson Hall
  • 6:15  p.m.  to 9 p.m.   Dinner, Keynote Presentation and COB Alumni Hall of Achievement Awards, Engbretson Hall