Laurie Watje

Associate Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Adjunct Instructor of Marketing




Education

B.S. (Accounting) Upper Iowa University; CPA. Certified as a Kauffman Foundation FastTrac facilitator; Certificate in Leadership Development, University of Northern Iowa; Incubator Management Certification Program, National Business Incubator Association.


Teaching Interests

Entrepreneurial Fundamentals, Financial Literacy


Responsibilities

Laurie is the Associate Director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.


Professional Accomplishments

Prior to Laurie’s present position, she managed the R.J. McElroy Student Business Incubator program located in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (’07 – ’18).  Before her career at UNI, Laurie served in four other business ventures: Owner of The Office Stop in Carroll, IA (’91-’94); Accounting Adjunct Instructor for Des Moines Area Community College in Carroll, IA (’97 – ’07); Staff Accountant for Olsen, Muhlbauer & Co., LLC, in Carroll, IA (’94 – ’96 and ‘06 – ’07) and Business Manager for Party Time Fundraising in Carroll, IA (’96 – ’07).


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