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.

2022 Symposium

Planning for the 2022 Women for OSU Symposium is already underway, and details will be posted right here on this page as well as the OSU Foundation's social media channels. We are so eager to share what's to come! Stay tuned!

Women for OSU Thanks Ann Hargis

During the 2021 Symposium, Women for OSU announced it was donating $50,000 to the newly created Ann Hargis Pete's Pet Posse Endowed Fund. The fund will honor the First Cowgirl and provide support to the pet therapy program that she is so passionate about.

Honor First Cowgirl — and Scruff — with a gift to the Ann Hargis Pete’s Pet Posse Endowed Fund!

2021 Symposium Recording

The 2021 Women for OSU Symposium celebrated the power and impact of philanthropy. We honored our Philanthropist of the Year, Cathey Humphreys; 13 outstanding student scholars; recognized the first group of Partnering to Impact grant recipients; and honored First Cowgirl Ann Hargis with a special tribute. If you missed this exciting event, you can watch a recap of the 2021 Symposium below. Due to contractual obligations, the recap does not include this year's keynote address.

2021 Symposium Sponsors


OSU Foundation


Bank of Oklahoma

Sheryl Benbrook/Stock Exchange Bank

Robin Byford/Becky Steen

Amy Cline

Jan Cloyde

Susan E. Glasgow

Claudia Thompson Harveth

Virginia Hellwege

Joan Hert

Claudia Humphreys

Susan Jacques

Caroline Linehan

Jami Longacre

Amy Mitchell/Vicki Howard

OSU Center for Health Sciences

OSU President’s Office

Jan Polk

Karen Stewart

Stillwater Medical Center

Diane Tuttle

Marsha Williams


Ferguson College of Agriculture

Karen Gallagher

Anne Greenwood

Traci Jensen

Jeanette Kern

Pat Knaub

Retta Miller

OSU College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology

OSU Division of Institutional Diversity

Jenelle Schatz

Gwen Shaw

Terry Slagle

Stinnett & Associates/Melinda Stinnett

Peggy Welch

Leslie Woolley


Suzanne Day

Nancy Payne Ellis

Helen Hodges

OSU College of Arts and Sciences

Jan Voss


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

2022 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

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.