Megan Seppmann

Ten years ago, Megan Seppmann didn’t know what the future would hold when she received her degree from SMSU.

The 2019 Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award winner is the Vice President of Sales for the Wisconsin Center District. “This is one large feat for a woman in size 7 ½ heels,” she said.

The Wisconsin Center District  is Milwaukee’s premier event campus, home to the largest convention center in the state as well as the University of Milwaukee Panther Arena and Miller High Life Theatre. She oversees sales and revenue strategies for all 3 venues.

When Megan arrived at SMSU in 2005, she was disappointed to find out the Hospitality Management degree had been temporarily discontinued. Then Michael Cheng arrived and revived that program, while starting the Culinology program.

When it comes to Megan’s biggest SMSU influencers, she said Cheng taught her how to think with a global perspective; Professor Glenn Bayerkohler was always patient in Accounting class; and Director of Development Stacy Frost inspired her to keep pushing forward and be confident in her decision-making.

Milwaukee was named host of the Democratic National Convention on March 11, 2019, beating out Houston and Miami. Now Megan’s city is in the international spotlight, and she’s immersed in the myriad of details surrounding the DNC, as her venues will be host to tens of thousands of people.

Milwaukee is no longer the Midwest’s best-kept secret. “When any Democratic candidate is announced, is followed by a statement, ‘The road to the presidency goes through Milwaukee.’ I have the honor of being in the center of it all,” she said.

The Mankato native and 2009 Hospitality Management major — Hotel and Restaurant concentrations — has held several hospitality-related positions since graduating. She has worked her way through the hospitality industry, starting in operational roles including being Food & Beverage Manager, then transitioning into sales in 2013. Her sales career has taken her to four different Midwest cities in five years, and landed her in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2016. She has managed and mentored teams ranging in size from 1 to 50, and is an inspirational lead-by-example mentor for many of them.

In addition to managing these three facilities, Megan serves as a board member for both Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee and Playworks Wisconsin. She spends countless hours volunteering for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Go Red for Women, YMCA and Habitat for Humanity.

As it turns out, she crossed a smaller stage back in 2009, one that has led her to a much larger stage in 2019.