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.


The 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed cases of our time. At age 14, she was kidnapped for nine grueling months before being found by police.

Through this traumatic experience, Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and national legislation. The founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, she has helped promote the National AMBER Alert and The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act.

Elizabeth chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, My Story, and worked with the Department of Justice and other abduction survivors to create a survivor's guide, titled You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction To Empowerment.

Her newest book, Where There’s Hope, shares inspiring insight into what it takes to overcome trauma and reclaim one’s life.

Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after tragedy.


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2022 Symposium


2022 Symposium Sponsors

Platinum

OSU Foundation

Gold

Bank of Oklahoma

Sheryl Benbrook

Becky Steen and Robin Byford

Amy Cline

Suzanne Day

Kayleen Ferguson

Ferguson College of Agriculture

Susan Glasgow

Anne Greenwood

Jill Hainkel

Virginia Hellwege

Amy Mitchell and Vicki Howard

Claudia Humphreys

Susan Jacques

Jami Longacre

Gail Muncrief

OSU Athletics

OSU CEAT

OSU College of Arts and Sciences

OSU College of Education and Human Sciences

OSU President's Office

Jan Polk

Jenelle Schatz

Spears School of Business

Karen Stewart

Lucina Thompson

Silver

Kirsten Daniel

Traci Jensen

Pat Knaub

Julie Lambert

McAfee & Taft

Retta Miller

OSU Academic Affairs

OSU-OKC

Gwen Shaw

Terry Slagle

Melinda and Joel Stinnett

Sharon Trojan

Kristine Waits

Denise Weaver

Leslie Woolley


Past Keynote Speakers

2022

Lauren Bush Lauren

Founder and CEO of FEED, Model

2021

Leigh Anne Tuohy

Motivational speaker and philanthropist

2020

Dr. Tererai Trent

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

2019

Amy Cuddy

Social psychologist and author

2018

Marg Helgenberger

Actress

2017

Joan Lunden

TV host, author and cancer survivor

2016

Laura Bush

Former First Lady

2015

Marlee Matlin

Academy Award-winner and activist

2014

Jean Chatzky

Financial editor, author and TV host

2013

Holly Robinson Peete

Actress, activist, author and philanthropist

2012

Jennifer Buffett

Co-chair and president of the NoVo Foundation

2011

Lisa Ling

Author, reporter and TV host

2010

Nancy G. Brinker

Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

2009

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Six-time Olympic track and field medalist