Suzanne Bergmeister, a popular figure in the local entrepreneurship scene, has been promoted to assistant director of the Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville College of Business, the center announced on Monday.
She has been entrepreneur-in-residence at the college since 2005 and she will continue to hold that title as well.
Bergmeister told IL that her role as entrepreneur-in-residence has always been as a “liaison to the greater entrepreneurial community.” She’s responsible for keeping her finger on the pulse of the scene and to cultivate community members to be mentors, judges and resources for the students, in addition to teaching classes.
The new job title, which took effect Jan. 1, adds additional duties. “I’ll be involved with the recruitment of MBA students,” she said. That includes conducting interviews and attending recruitment events.
“I’m also now the assistant director of competitions,” she said. As entrepreneur-in-residence, Bergmeister has accompanied her students to business pitch competitions around the world. She will continue to do that and also organize UofL’s competitions. This includes the Brown Forman Cardinal Challenge, which will be held at the Downtown Marriott on Feb. 18.
Bergmeister also owns Sunflower Business Ventures, a firm that specializes in business consulting and management, education and training, as well as angel investing activities. She is the chair of Venture Connectors and a co-founder of the Network for Entrepreneurial Women. Bergmeister is also a retired Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.
“Suzanne’s successes in the classroom and in her business interests made her the perfect choice for the position,” said Van Clouse, director of the Forcht Center and associate professor of entrepreneurship, in a news release.