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

Thursday, April 28, 2022

We are excited to announce the date for the 2022 Women for OSU Symposium! It will be on April 28 in Gallagher-Iba Arena, where Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO of FEED, will be our keynote speaker. It will be an in-person event, but will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend.


2022 Keynote Speaker

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Lauren Bush Lauren

Founder and CEO of FEED, Model

A powerful female business speaker with philanthropic achievements, Lauren Bush Lauren is the Founder and CEO of FEED Projects, a charitable company with the mission of creating good products that help feed the world. In 2004, she became the Honorary Student Spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme where she traveled to various countries and learned about the issues of hunger and poverty firsthand. Upon returning to America, Lauren was inspired to create a consumer product that would engage people in the seemingly overwhelming fight to end world hunger.

In 2007, she founded FEED after designing the initial FEED 1 bag, which, when purchased, feeds one child in school for one year. Lauren was named one of Fortune Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” and one of Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30.” Lauren Bush Lauren was also a fashion model and has been featured on the covers of Vogue and Vanity Fair magazine and has frequently modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, as well as for Abercrombie & Fitch and designers Gai Mattiolo and Isaac Mizrahi. In 2012, Lauren Bush Lauren was announced as the first National Lady Godiva Honoree of the Lady Godiva Program. In 2013, she became the 2013 Advocacy Award recipient from World of Children Award in celebration of the significant work she and her organization, FEED Projects, has done for hungry children worldwide.

Lauren is a mother of three boys. She is the daughter-in-law of designer Ralph Lauren, the granddaughter of former President George H. W. Bush and niece of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. At the podium, Lauren is an inspiring business speaker who routinely speaks at global conferences that focus on business, philanthropy and the issues of hunger, poverty and global issues. Examples include Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, Forbes Women, Women in the World, Atlantic Ideas, Aspen Ideas, Women in Entrepreneurship and Politico, Google and Tory Burch’s Women Rule.


Sponsorships

If you are interested in sponsoring Women for OSU events, contact Michal Shaw at mshaw@osugiving.com.

2022 WOSU Symposium sponsorship opportunities are now available.

Click here to download the brochure.

Click here to download the corporate sponsorship brochure.


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

Platinum

OSU Foundation

Gold

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

Silver

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

Digital

Suzanne Day

Nancy Payne Ellis

Helen Hodges

OSU College of Arts and Sciences

Jan Voss


Past Keynote Speakers

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


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.