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Inside the OHIO Women Making A Difference Conference [PHOTOS]


More than 100 alumni, students, faculty and staff attended the OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference at Baker Center on Thurs., March 14. Hosted by Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University (WIP), the all-day event provided opportunities for attendees (the majority of whom were women) to network, to learn and to give some of their time, talent and treasure to Ohio University. Take a look at some of the day’s memorable moments. 

WIP Photo Essay 1

From left: Deborah Arnold (1981 alumna), Amy Whitney and Christina Lafferty (1974 alumna) network as Lafferty’s therapy dog, Layla, sits next to a pet-themed purse during the “Power of the Purse” silent auction in Baker Center Ballroom. Alumni and friends donated 55 themed bags for the auction, including designer purses by Kate Spade, Henri Bendel, Ralph Lauren, Coach and Michael Kors. The event raised approximately $6,000 in support of WIP programs. 

WIP Photo Essay 2

Alumna and WellWorks yoga instructor Michelle Greenfield leads a group yoga session during the conference. Greenfield is the Owner and CEO of the Athens-based company Third Sun Solar and Wind Power.

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WIP Programming Co-Chair Gwen Weihe (1961 alumna) thanks Limited Brands Vice President of Community Relations Janelle Simmons (1995 alumna) for the Limited Brands Foundation’s support of the conference. Weihe worked with Co-Chair Kristine Hoke to guide 14 volunteers, including alumnae, as well as current OHIO undergraduate and graduate students, in planning the conference. 

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Scripps College of Communication Professor Lynn Harter and Judithe Paulius, a second-year medical student in the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, participate on a panel discussing “Ageless Health.” The Conference included six breakout sessions covering a variety of topics from professional communication and social media to building entrepreneurs and life adjustments.

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Students taking Carolyn Bailey Lewis’s “Women and Health Communication” course in the School of Communication Studies participate in the session on “Ageless Health.” Bailey Lewis’s course focuses on the unique communication issues for women in health-related settings. 

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Rev. Marcia Cham, a 1965 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, presents “Women & Whimsy: Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss.” Her presentation delved into the meaning behind the works of Dr. Seuss. Cham, a retired clergy member, is an author, retreat leader and workshop facilitator. 

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Associate Professor of Economics Julia Paxton Pagan delivers the conference’s keynote address: “What Makes People Altruistic.” Conference attendees included women of all ages, from an alumna who earned her degree 60 years ago to current students. Alumnae came from a variety of locations, including North Carolina, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus. 

WIP Photo Essay 8

Recent (2012) graduate Ebony Porter (left) and OHIO student Emily Stern (right) help Carolyn Bailey Lewis (center) claim her prizes after the "Power of the Purse" silent auction. Bailey Lewis, who earned her doctoral degree from OHIO in 2007, served as the WIP Conference Breakout Session Coordinator and moderated a panel discussion on “Managing Transitions – Life Adjustments” during the conference.