The Women for OSU annual spring symposium is a unique opportunity to gather in Stillwater and 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.
2018 Symposium Speaker Announced
Keynote Speaker: Academy Award Winner, Octavia Spencer
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018
It was announced during the 2017 symposium that plans were already underway for the Women for OSU’s 10th annual spring symposium in 2018. On April 5, 2018, Oklahoma State University will welcome Academy Award winning actress, Octavia Spencer, as the keynote speaker. Alongside her impressive acting career, Spencer is actively involved in philanthropy. She is a board member for City Year, an education-based nonprofit that partners with public schools to help students in third through ninth grades stay on track to graduate.
A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, Octavia Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in DreamWork’s feature film The Help won her the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critic’s Choice Award among numerous other accolades.
Spring 2017 Symposium: Recap
It was yet another record-setting year at the 2017 Women for OSU Symposium.
The Symposium saw another sold-out crowd, with the largest number of attendees in our nine-year history. More than 3,000 people have attended a Women for OSU event.
We honored Linda Cline as our 2017 Philanthropist of the Year.
Neither Linda nor her late husband Charles Cline attended OSU, but they credit much of their success to the faculty’s willingness to visit the ranch, working with and teaching them. They fell in love with the institution where their daughter, Amy, earned a journalism degree and their son, Cary, sent his two daughters.
With OSU helping Char-Lin Ranch establish such a successful beginning, the Clines immediately started helping the equine program. Along with donations, they opened their ranch to student tours and hired countless OSU students. They also allowed the Department of Animal Science to use their animals for teaching opportunities, judging team practice, clinics and contests. They even donated several world-class horses to improve the genetics of OSU’s teaching herd and endowed a professorship.
In 2014, Linda made a major gift to fund the state-of-the-art Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center. It includes a teaching barn with stalls for foaling mares, a small indoor arena, classroom, conference room, feed and tack room, a wash rack, treatment area and offices. OSU Extension Services can host workshops and learning opportunities for students, 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, as well as the general public.
Linda was recognized by OSU with two major awards in 2015. The Department of Animal Science presented her the Distinguished Service Award, and she was named a DASNR Champion.
Click here to learn more about our 2017 Women for OSU Philanthropist of the Year, Linda Cline.
We were also able to present ten scholarships to deserving OSU students, the most we have awarded yet. This brings the total contribution of Women for OSU scholarships to $187,370 awarded to 49 recipients.
Learn more about this year’s scholarship recipients on our scholarships page.
This year’s keynote speaker was award-winning journalist, Joan Lunden.
Joan Lunden shared how much has changed for women over the past 50 years, especially for women in the workforce and in the home. Joan speaks on how women take on their new roles that they have fought for, while still juggling being a mother and managing family life. Joan also shared her personal career story, and what she has learned from some of the most successful people in the world and share their common traits as well as the importance of finding your passion and leaving a legacy.
With her career focused on health, wellness, and inspiration, Lunden has continued to be a reassuring and informative presence in American homes for more than 30 years. In June of 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Lunden made a decision to take her battle public and has since shared her journey through cancer treatment with the world, becoming a prominent voice in the breast cancer community.
An eternal optimist, Lunden decided to turn her diagnosis into an opportunity to help others in the breast cancer community. From her consistent journaling throughout her breast cancer journey, Lunden wrote a book entitled Had I Known, which documents her battle with cancer as well as takes a reflective look back on her life and career. Every day, women visit Lunden’s website, JoanLunden.com for helpful information about cancer, health, wellness, lifestyle tips, family and boomer information.
It was an exciting year for the Women for OSU. If you are looking to be involved or would like to become a sponsor for the 2018 Symposium, contact Mandy Heaps.
See pictures from the 2017 Women for OSU Symposium event.
Read more about past keynote speakers and event sponsors on our Past Symposiums page.
2017 Symposium Sponsors
Sheryl Benbrook/Stock Exchange Bank
Robin Byford/Becky Steen
Suzie Crowder/Cindy Waits
Cindy Eimen/Gwen Shaw
Malinda Berry Fischer
OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
OSU President’s Office
OSU Spears School of Business
Stinnett & Associates
Thoma Foundation/ Marilynn Thoma
Bank of Oklahoma
OSU College of Human Sciences
Trish Houston Prawl
Jeanene Jenkins Hulsey
Dr. Patricia Knaub
OSU Center for Health Sciences
OSU College of Arts & Sciences
OSU College of Education
OSU Office of Academic Affairs
OSU Student Affairs
Helen Newman Roche
Stillwater Medical Center
Stay tuned for information on 2018 Symposium sponsorship opportunities.
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, includinging events in the Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas, as well as in Los Angeles, and throughout Oklahoma.
To learn more about giving opportunities within Women for OSU, contact Michal Shaw.