The Women for OSU annual spring symposium is a unique opportunity to gather in Stillwater and gain valuable knowledge about philanthropic decision making and leadership. 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.
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.
Spring 2017 Symposium
Keynote Speaker: Journalist Joan Lunden
THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. | Gallagher-Iba Arena
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Women’s Path to Power & Reinvention
Joan Lunden 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.
For more than three decades, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes. As the longest running host ever on early morning TV, for nearly two decades Lunden greeted viewers each morning on Good Morning America bringing insight to the day’s top stories. Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 5 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.
An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, woman’s health & wellness advocate, and mom of seven – she continues to be one of America’s most recognized and trusted personalities. Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman.
With her career focused on health, wellness, and inspiration, Lunden has continued to be a reassuring and informative presence in American homes for more than 30 years. In June of 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Lunden made a decision to take her battle public and has since shared her journey through cancer treatment with the world, becoming a prominent voice in the breast cancer community.
An eternal optimist, Lunden decided to turn her diagnosis into an opportunity to help others in the breast cancer community. From her consistent journaling throughout her breast cancer journey, Lunden wrote a book entitled Had I Known, which documents her battle with cancer as well as takes a reflective look back on her life and career. Every day, women visit Lunden’s website, JoanLunden.com for helpful information about cancer, health, wellness, lifestyle tips, family and boomer information.
Being a part of the sandwich generation Lunden’s demographic is far-reaching. She, like many Boomers in America is a working mother (of 7 including two young sets of twins, ages 9 & 11), and has cared for an aging parent; so she truly understands the stresses women face today. Lunden brings that experience to all her projects, whether focusing on parenting, healthy ageing, family caregiving, or health & wellness. Lunden is the spokesperson for the nation’s leading senior referral service, A Place for Mom; and has a skincare line, Murad Resurgence.
Lunden has served as national spokesperson for various organizations such as The American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The American Lung Association, The American Red Cross, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Colon Cancer Alliance. She speaks regularly around the country about health & wellness, parenting, success & balance in life, and more.
One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 50 magazines and book covers.
Her books include Had I Known; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregiving; Growing Up Healthy: Protecting Your Child From Diseases Now Through Adulthood; Wake-Up Calls; A Bend in the Road is Not the End of the Road; Joan Lunden’s Healthy Living; Joan Lunden’s Healthy Cooking; Mother’s Minutes Your Newborn Baby; and Good Morning, I’m Joan Lunden. She also hosts the exercise video Workout America.
At the event we will honor our Women for OSU scholarship recipients, as well as announce our Philanthropist of the Year.
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2017 Symposium Sponsors
Sheryl Benbrook/Stock Exchange Bank
Robin Byford/Becky Steen
Suzie Crowder/Cindy Waits
Cindy Eimen/Gwen Shaw
Malinda Berry Fischer
OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
OSU President’s Office
OSU Spears School of Business
Stinnett & Associates
Thoma Foundation/ Marilynn Thoma
Bank of Oklahoma
OSU College of Human Sciences
Trish Houston Prawl
Jeanene Jenkins Hulsey
Dr. Patricia Knaub
OSU Office of Academic Affairs
OSU Center for Health Sciences
OSU College of Education
OSU Student Affairs
Read more about past keynote speakers and event sponsors on our past Symposiums page.
Women for OSU also hosts multiple regional events each year to connect women interested in philanthropy with Oklahoma State University. Women for OSU Council teams are currently planning regional events and programming to increase their outreach and improve the information currently available to women regarding philanthropy.
Regional events have been hosted all over the country, includinging events in the Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas, as well as in Los Angeles, and throughout Oklahoma.
To learn more about giving opportunities within Women for OSU, contact Michal Shaw.