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The Karen Castles Gray Women in Entrepreneurship Lecture aims to connect SDSU students with successful female entrepreneurs. The Karen Castles Gray Women in Entrepreneurship Lecture aims to connect SDSU students with successful female entrepreneurs.
 


Lonnie Ali to Headline Women Entrepreneurs Event

The lecture features successful women entrepreneurs and networking opportunities.
By Gina Jacobs
 

“Don’t let fear get in the way of your dreams.” That is the message business owner Karen Castles Gray wants all aspiring business women to hear. It’s why Castles Gray, a member of the Fowler College of Business Advisory Board and a San Diego State University parent, pledged $250,000 to create the Karen Castles Gray Women in Entrepreneurship Lecture which will host its inaugural WE Inspire event this week.

“I wish that I’d had someone advise me as an entrepreneur in the fashion industry in New York City when I started,” said Castles Gray, whose athletic leisure company Authentic Lifestyle Products designs and manufactures apparel, footwear and accessories. “All you really need is someone to believe in you and to help you learn how not to let fear of the unknown get in the way of your dreams. This event will help accomplish just that."

The Karen Castles Gray Women in Entrepreneurship Lecture aims to connect SDSU students with successful female entrepreneurs. It will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 in Montezuma Hall at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. It is free for all students and the SDSU community. Those interested in attending can RSVP here.

Headlining the event is Lonnie Ali, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and the business woman who guided her late husband Muhammad Ali from successful boxer to his own brand.

The event begins with a panel discussion where Ali will be joined by Ann Marie Griffith and Margaret “Marjy” Stagmeier, women who each have more than a quarter-century of leadership experience.

Griffith is managing director for APG Asset Management, with more than 27 years of investment experience who worked her way from secretary to the boardroom.

Stagmeier is founder of TriStar Real Estate investment and president of TI Asset Management, with more than 25 years of experience. She recently received the Martin Luther King Community Service Award for her work helping address the affordable housing crisis in Atlanta.