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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 Women for OSU Symposium — New Keynote Speaker Announced

Laura Linney

Actress Laura Linney announced as Women for OSU Symposium Keynote Speaker

Academy Award nominee Laura Linney Announced as 10th Symposium Keynote Speaker

Academy Award nominee Laura Linney is a celebrated theatre, film and television actress. She has performed in many productions including the films Nocturnal Animals, Mr. Holmes, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, Mystic River, Love Actually and The Truman Show. Notable television credits include the Showtime series The Big C, the HBO mini-series John Adams, Tales of the City and Frasier. Prominent Broadway productions include The Crucible, Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen, Six Degrees of Separation and many more.

Laura has been nominated multiple times for Academy, Tony, BAFTA, and Golden Globe Awards. She has won one SAG Award, two Golden Globes and four Emmys.

Laura holds two honorary doctorates from her alma maters, Brown University and The Juilliard School. Her passion for the performing arts is also evident in her desire to infuse creativity into all aspects of life. She often speaks publicly on how the arts enrich everything we do and allow us to live fuller, more prosperous lives. Additionally, Laura is very involved in working toward gender equality in the film industry and society, as well as advocacy for cancer patients and their loved ones.

Due to scheduling conflicts, previously announced Octavia Spencer had to cancel her appearance.

At the Symposium, Women for OSU also 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. If you have questions about the Women for OSU Symposium, please contact Michal Shaw. You may also learn more about past Women for OSU Symposiums here.


Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2018 Symposium.
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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 and 2017 Keynote Speaker, 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.


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