The Women for OSU annual symposium is a unique opportunity to 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.

Thank you to all who tuned into our 2020 Virtual Symposium! This year's event was inspiring, and the virtual format allowed us to share the message of Women for OSU with even more people. It was an honor to listen to our powerful keynote speaker, Dr. Tererai Trent. She had so many words of wisdom and advice for overcoming adversity. "Tinogona!” — “It is achievable!” We also celebrated Helen Hodges, this year’s Philanthropist of the Year, as well as 12 amazing Student Scholarship Recipients. In addition, we introduced an exciting new program called Partnering to Impact. Read more to find out how you can get involved.

2021 Symposium

Thursday, April 22, 2021

We are so excited to have our date for the 2021 Symposium set! We can't wait to hopefully see everyone there in person!

Featuring Keynote Speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy

Motivational speaker and philanthropist

Leigh Anne inspires audiences to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community—and to find value in those who society has deemed valueless. She shares her personal “Blind Side” observations, from seeing Michael Oher for the first time to how the experience changed her as a person—and the Tuohys as a family.

“He had a much greater impact on our lives than we did on his life,” says Leigh Anne.

One of the country’s most sought after motivational speakers, Leigh Anne has given lectures to a broad spectrum of audiences from religious groups and town halls to some of the country’s largest corporations.

2020 Symposium Sponsors


Virginia Fite Hellwege


OSU Foundation


Sheryl Benbrook/Stock Exchange Bank
Robin Byford/Becky Steen
Amy Cline
Linda Cline
Jan Cloyde
Suzie Crowder
Susan E. Glasgow & Christina Glasgow McCoy
Leah Gungoll
Claudia Humphreys
Jami Longacre
Amy Mitchell/Vicki Howard
OSU Athletics
OSU Center for Health Sciences
OSU College of Arts and Sciences
OSU College of Education and Human Sciences
OSU College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology
OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
OSU President’s Office
OSU Spears School of Business
Jan Polk


Bank of Oklahoma
Anne Greenwood
Susan Jacques
OSU Office of Academic Affairs
Grace Provence
Jenelle Schatz
Terry Slagle
Karen Stewart
Stillwater Medical Center
Julie Valentine


Donna Clack
Jennifer Grigsby
Traci Jensen
Jeanette Kern
Dr. Patricia Knaub
Retta Miller
OSU Alumni Association
OSU Division of Institutional Diversity
Stinnett & Associates/Melinda Stinnett


If you are interested in sponsoring Women for OSU events, contact Michal Shaw at

2021 WOSU Symposium sponsorship opportunities are now available. Click here to download the brochure.

Past Keynote Speakers


Dr. Tererai Trent

Educator, motivational speaker and Oprah's "favorite guest of all-time"


Amy Cuddy

Social psychologist and author


Marg Helgenberger



Joan Lunden

TV host, author and cancer survivor


Laura Bush

Former First Lady


Marlee Matlin

Academy Award-winner and activist


Jean Chatzky

Financial editor, author and TV host


Holly Robinson Peete

Actress, activist, author and philanthropist


Jennifer Buffett

Co-chair and president of the NoVo Foundation


Lisa Ling

Author, reporter and TV host


Nancy G. Brinker

Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure


Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Six-time Olympic track and field medalist

View pictures from the 2019 Women for OSU Symposium event

2019 Women for OSU Symposium

Regional Events

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, including events in the Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas, as well as in Los Angeles, and throughout Oklahoma.