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Meet LSU alumna Sevetri Wilson, the CEO and founder of both Resilia and Solid Ground Innovations, LLC, whose commitment to leading in Louisiana truly impacts the world.
Many LSU Tigers grow up bleeding purple and gold. But Manship School of Mass Communication alumna Sevetri Wilson, who was born and raised in Hammond, La., had never even attended a game before starting college at LSU. When it came time to choose a university, a tour of the flagship campus with her best friend ultimately sealed the deal. She would soon become one of LSU’s most involved and influential students, eventually transforming her passion for helping others and bringing communities together into two thriving businesses, all before age 30.
“As a first-generation college student, LSU was an entirely new world for me,” Wilson shared. “I was a shy and quiet kid, and coming from a small town I had no idea how many career paths were open to me. Then, when I was 19, I founded an online newspaper at LSU. At 23, I started a communications management firm. Two years ago, I launched a technology start-up. I was the first African American female from Louisiana to raise over $2 million in venture capital. We have customers now in over 40 states. LSU helped me find my voice and my path.”
Wilson is quick to point out that LSU students are known for their work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. She believes LSU already does a fantastic job of producing leaders, but that the key is retaining that talent and drive in Louisiana. While serving on Gov. John Bel Edwards’ economic development transition team, Wilson was involved in identifying 10 areas of opportunity and laying out a plan for generating economic growth. For her own companies, she decided early on to maintain headquarters in Louisiana, and she makes it a priority to mentor future business leaders here.
“I choose to mentor people because I definitely benefited from mentorship at LSU,” Wilson said. “I always say that if it wasn't for the people who helped me along the way, I wouldn't be where I am today. I feel that I have to pay it forward and do the same. I want to help people achieve their greatest heights.”
As to what’s next, Wilson added that she is focused on building the “biggest, baddest tech company in Louisiana and doing something that hasn’t been seen here before.” How will she know she’s made it to the top? “When I can significantly reinvest in the community and help the next generation of LSU students succeed.”