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Women for OSU is a diverse group of visionary women who share a passion for inspiring leadership and financial support to OSU. Women for OSU envisions a culture of giving and service that acknowledges the significant impact women have at OSU and inspires others to positively shape the future of the university through philanthropy and engagement.

2018 Symposium Speaker Announced

Academy Award Winner, Octavia Spencer

THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018
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Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

It was announced during the 2017 symposium that plans were already underway for the Women for OSU’s 10th annual spring symposium in 2018. On April 5, 2018, Oklahoma State University will welcome Academy Award winning actress, Octavia Spencer, as the keynote speaker. Alongside her impressive acting career, Spencer is actively involved in philanthropy. She is a board member for City Year, an education-based nonprofit that partners with public schools to help students in third through ninth grades stay on track to graduate.

A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, Octavia Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in DreamWork’s feature film The Help won her the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critic’s Choice Award among numerous other accolades.

Women for OSU celebrates members of the OSU family who display leadership in philanthropy by naming the Philanthropist of the Year and awarding scholarships to outstanding OSU students. Learn more about the Women for OSU Symposium Event.

2017 Symposium Recap

Take a look back at aspiring reporter and Miss OSU Julia Benbrook’s coverage of the 2017 Women for OSU Symposium.


See Miss OSU Julia Benbrook’s full interview with award-winning journalist, Joan Lunden


View pictures from the 2017 Women for OSU Symposium event

2017 Women for OSU Symposium


Our Purpose

Women for OSU is a mechanism to channel passions and strengthen women’s connections to the university through their relationship with Women for OSU.

Our goal is to increase the number of female donors to OSU as well as increase their total giving through the Women for OSU Endowed Scholarship, a prestigious award that recognizes academics, philanthropic and volunteer activities among OSU’s students. Funds for this endowment are generated through private donations and sponsorships from events, which allow students to become stronger leaders and educated philanthropists.

Our Strategy

The Spring Symposium and regional events provide a venue for friends and alumnae to connect or reconnect with one another and the university. The organization provides pertinent information about how women impact philanthropy at OSU and beyond, sharing relevant data and inspirational stories of those who are actively changing the university.

Each year at the symposium, we honor women who are making a difference. Scholarship winners are announced and the group recognizes a Philanthropist of the Year — a known leader in philanthropy at the university who is selected among a group of esteemed peers. Attendees have a chance to discuss with each other their motivations to give and where their passions lie at OSU.


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To learn more about giving opportunities within Women for OSU, contact Michal Shaw.