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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 Women for OSU Symposium — Marg Helgenberger Keynote Speaker Announced

Marg Helgenberger

Actress Marg Helgenberger announced as Women for OSU Symposium Keynote Speaker

Actress Marg Helgenberger spoke with Women for OSU as the 10-year anniversary Symposium Keynote Speaker

Marg Helgenberger is a well-known Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated television, film and theatre actress. Until 2013, she starred as Catherine Willows on the critically-acclaimed CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for twelve seasons. She earned two Emmy nominations for her role as a single mother working as a crime scene analyst on the graveyard shift in Las Vegas. Helgenberger’s breakout role as K.C. on the Vietnam drama China Beach won her an Emmy Award in 1990.

On the big screen, Helgenberger was seen starring alongside Kevin Costner in MGM’s psychological thriller, Mr. Brooks, about a man who occasionally falls under the spell of his murderous alter-ego. She also costarred with Julia Roberts in the Universal hit drama, Erin Brockovich, as a woman dying of cancer due to a contaminated water source. She has played roles in various films, including Species, Species II, In Good Company, Fire Down Below, The Last Time I Committed Suicide, My Fellow Americans, Cowboy Way, Bad Boys, Always, and Crooked Hearts.

Helgenberger has several other television credits to her name, including a costarring role in the CBS drama series Intelligence. In 2015, she was a special guest star on the third season of the CBS television series, Under the Dome. She also starred as Patsy Ramsey in the highly rated CBS miniseries, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, based on the best-selling book about the unsolved murder of Jon Benet Ramsey. She has also starred in The Tommyknockers, Fallen Angels, and numerous other roles.

Most recently, Helgenberger starred in the WP Theatre production of What We’re Up Against. In fall 2016, she starred in the Arena Stage production of The Little Foxes in Washington D.C. In Spring 2014, she starred in the Barrington Theatre Company’s production of The Other Place.

Growing up in North Bend, Nebraska, Helgenberger acted in school plays, but it was not until she attended Northwestern University that she thought of acting as a career. While there, she appeared on stage as Kate in Taming of the Shrew and as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, to name a few. After graduating college, she was cast on the ABC-TV daytime drama Ryan’s Hope. While in New York, she also did work with the Children’s Theatre Company, TADA.

Despite her active schedule, Helgenberger has been actively involved with numerous charitable organizations over the years. She and her mother, longtime breast cancer survivor Kay Helgenberger Snyder, are particularly committed to supporting the fight against cancer. Helgenberger currently lives in Los Angeles.

2018 Symposium Sponsors

Helen Newman Roche/Beverly Bennett Groom

Diane Tuttle
OSU Foundation

Sheryl Benbrook/Stock Exchange Bank
Martha Burger
Robin Byford/Becky Steen
Amy Cline
Jan Cloyde
Suzie Crowder/Cindy Waits
Anne Greenwood
Jennifer Grigsby/Linda Kissler
Leah Gungoll/Beth Jackson
Claudia Humphreys
Susan Jacques
Jami Longacre
Lynne McElroy
Amy Mitchell
OSU Alumni Association
OSU Center for Health Sciences
OSU College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology
OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
OSU Foundation Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
OSU Edmon Low Library
OSU President’s Office
OSU Spears School of Business
Beverly Schafer
Karen Stewart
Carol Stewart
Stinnett & Associates

Bank of Oklahoma
Leah Gungoll
Cathey Humphreys
MassMutual Oklahoma/Mark and Teresa Burson
Roxanne Pollard
Jenelle Schatz
Peggy Welch
OSU College of Human Sciences

Courtney Baugher
Donna Clack
Judy Graham
Martha Johnston
Jeanette Kern
Dr. Patricia Knaub
Retta Miller
Connie Mitchell
OSU College of Arts & Sciences
OSU Office of Academic Affairs
OSU College of Education, Health and Aviation
OSU Division of Institutional Diversity
Jennifer Poole
Cindy Riesen
Stillwater Medical Center
Leslie Woolley

Read more about past keynote speakers and event sponsors on our Past Symposiums page.


If you are interested in sponsoring Women for OSU events, contact Mandy Heaps at mheaps@osugiving.com.

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.

To learn more about giving opportunities within Women for OSU, contact Michal Shaw.