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.

2025 Symposium

Princess Sarah is an author, motivational speaker and award-winning humanitarian. She shares her personal story of adoption and growing up in a biracial family as a way to understand cultural differences and build a culture of belonging. Princess Sarah’s work addresses issues impacting Sierra Leone; celebrates diversity, female empowerment, community and culture.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2025 Symposium, contact Annie Wells at or 408-385-5160 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Corporate Presenting Sponsor

Bank of Oklahoma

Platinum Sponsor

  • Jimi Davidson

Gold Sponsors

  • Julie Blanchard & Susan Glasgow
  • Robin Byford & Becky Steen
  • Cheryl Clerico
  • Amy Cline
  • Kayleen Ferguson
  • Anne Greenwood
  • Virginia Hellwege
  • Joan Hert & Sharon Chaufty
  • Claudia Humphreys
  • Jami Longacre
  • Pam Martin
  • Lynn McElroy
  • Amy Mitchell & Vicki Howard
  • Jennie Moyes
  • Gail Muncrief
  • OSU Alumni Association
  • 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 Foundation
  • OSU Spears School of Business
  • Jan Polk
  • Jenelle Schatz
  • Terry Slagle
  • JJ Stevak
  • Stillwater Medical Center
  • Melinda & Joel Stinnett
  • Stock Exchange Bank - Sheryl Benbrook
  • Lucina Thompson
  • Michel Thompson
  • Sharon Trojan & Roxanne Pollard
  • Denise Weaver
  • Dava White
  • Marsha L. Williams

Silver Sponsors

  • Tammy Bove
  • Brenda Buck & Tracie Chapman
  • Kirsten Daniel
  • Karen Gallagher
  • Aimee Hale
  • Ann Halligan
  • Lynn Hilst
  • Traci Jensen
  • Jeanette Kern
  • Charlotte Pittman
  • Gwen Shaw
  • Gina Wilson

Orange Sponsors

  • Jenny Carter
  • Renee Ebert
  • Patricia Hudson
  • Jeanene Hulsey
  • Whitney McKellar
  • Retta Miller
  • Leslye Trachte
  • Leslie Woolley

Digital Sponsor

  • OSU President's Office

Past Keynote Speakers


Deborah Norville

"Inside Edition" anchor and bestselling author


Elizabeth Smart

Abduction survivor, author, activist and communicator for hope after tragedy


Lauren Bush Lauren

Founder and CEO of FEED, Model


Leigh Anne Tuohy

Motivational speaker and philanthropist


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