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OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference

OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference 2013

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OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference offers “something for everyone”

Register now, deadline is March 8


On March 14, 2013, Women in Philanthropy (WIP) of Ohio University will host their fourth biennial OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference at Baker University Center. Open to all members of the Athens and University communities, this full-day conference will feature a number of interesting sessions and events, from a display of historical fashion items from the Mary C. Doxsee Historic Clothing and Textile Collection presented by doctoral student Trina Gannon, to a “Power of the Purse” silent auction, “there will truly be something for everyone,” said Dorothy Schey, director of development for OHIO’s Division of Advancement

Carolyn Bailey Lewis, an instructor in OHIO’s School of Media Arts in Studies and 2007 OHIO alumna, played an integral role in planning the panel sessions and securing the speakers who will be featured at the conference. She expects the event to be “an exciting, informative and life-changing day,” she said. 

OHIO Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit will open the conference with welcome remarks and conference attendees will then be able to choose from a number of exciting sessions covering a variety of topics: women’s health; professional communication; managing life’s transitions; financial savvy; building entrepreneurs; and influencing change. 

During the luncheon, OHIO Associate Professor of Economics Julia Paxton Pagan will deliver a keynote speech titled “What Makes People Altruistic?” Following the keynote, the trailer for a new documentary called “OHIO Women through the Decades” will debut.

After an afternoon of activities and breakout sessions, conference participants will be able to enjoy a “Power of the Purse” silent auction, where bidders are able to put their money on a themed purse – and its unknown contents – all in support of the WIP Endowment.

Following the auction, Mistress of Ceremonies Madisen Medley will host the “Women and Whimsy” – themed networking reception. Conference volunteer Juli Miller, a two-time OHIO alumna, will provide lighthearted design decorations during the event in honor of the whimsical theme of the evening keynote speaker Marcia Cham. Cham, also an OHIO alumna, will speak about the quirky and imaginative messages that can be found in the works of Dr. Seuss. 

After the networking reception, attendees will walk the short distance to Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium to attend a Kennedy Lecture Series presentation by Lilly Ledbetter, groundbreaking fair pay restoration activist and the inspiration for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act for equal rights in the workplace.

Student Alumni Board President and conference planning committee member Madisen Medley is spreading the word about the fun and dynamic conference to students and student organizations across campus. “I don’t want anyone to miss this incredible opportunity right here on our campus,” she said. “During the last year’s conference I enjoyed the energy and sharing among alumnae, students and faculty.”

Full registration for the event is $75 and covers all event sessions, the luncheon, the evening networking session and the “Power of the Purse” silent auction. Students may attend the conference/breakout sessions free and may apply for sponsorships to cover the cost of conference meals. If student organizations gather 5 or more students to attend, the evening Networking Session is only $15 per person instead of $25. 

WIP is an organization that promotes financial literacy, philanthropic education, training about the grant process, community service, and engaging women with Ohio University. The WIP mission is to broaden the base of financial support by women and friends of Ohio University and to build a culture of giving among current and future Ohio University students. It seeks to engage, give back, and lift up OHIO students, faculty, and alumni. It will aspire to increase the number of women who give to Ohio University by providing advocacy about women's philanthropic issues and by training future generations of Ohio University donors.  

To register, visit: www.ohio.edu/conferences/wipconference.cfm

To fill out a sponsorship request, or get involved, visit: www.ohioalumni.org/wip

If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact Dorothy Schey at schey@ohio.edu or 740-593-4556.