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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.

Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden

Spring 2017 Symposium

Keynote Speaker: Journalist Joan Lunden

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 | 9:30 a.m. | Gallagher-Iba Arena

Women’s Path to Power & Reinvention
Joan will share how much has changed for women over the past 50 years, especially for women in the workforce and in the home. Joan speaks on how women take on their new roles that they have fought for, while still juggling being a mother and managing family life. Joan will share her personal career story, and what she has learned from some of the most successful people in the world and share their common traits as well as the importance of finding your passion and leaving a legacy.

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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.

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.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2017 Women for OSU Symposium. Click here to view sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in discussing sponsorships, please contact Mandy Heaps.


See pictures from the 2016 Women for OSU Symposium event. 2016 Women for OSU Symposium

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