SUU to Host Stampin' Up! CEO
October 11, 2007
SUU’s school of Business continues this year’s Wells Fargo Business Executive Speaker Series on Thursday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m. in the Theater of SUU’s Sharwan Smith Student Center. This event is free and open to the public. The featured executive, Shelli Gardner, is the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!, a leading international manufacturer of decorative rubber stamps and accessories.
A frequent speaker at trade shows and colleges, Shelli's expertise and contributions to the rubber stamp and scrapbook industry have received many accolades. In 1999, Ernst & Young awarded her with its prestigious "Entrepreneur of the Year" award.
At SUU, Gardner will speak on her path to professional success and the learning experiences along the way.
The idea for Stampin' Up! emerged from Gardner's combined experience in the world of direct sales and introduction to the art of rubber stamps while she was a stay-at-home mom.
With an innovative concept but little business experience, Gardner invested her family's nest egg to launch Stampin' Up! in 1988. The initial product line was made up of stamps produced by other companies and sold in a 64-page catalog. Today, the company has an exclusive line of high-quality products and produces an annual 250-page idea book and catalog as well as quarterly mini-catalogs. Gardner oversees over 500 employees and 50,000 Stampin' Up! demonstrators globally with annual sales exceeding $240 million.
In addition to the lecture, SUU will also host a small luncheon at 11:30 a.m. to honor Gardner and provide students and the SUU community an opportunity to meet and greet this very influential businesswoman. The luncheon, which will be in the Yankee Meadows Room of SUU’s Hunter Conference Center, but limited seating is available. Complimentary tickets to the luncheon will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those interested in attaining tickets to the luncheon should contact SUU’s School of Business Office as soon as possible.