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Celebrate Women



13th Annual Celebrate Women Conference

Past Celebrate Women
Keynote Speakers

Friday, March 22, 2019





2019 Conference:


Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington’s 2019 Celebrate Women conference theme is Challenge. Lead. Succeed!   and will feature several keynote speakers:


Keynote speaker • Colonel Eileen Collins, First Woman to Pilot and Command an American Spacecraft

EileenCollinsNASA Astronaut Col. Eileen Collins reveals an encouraging perspective and insight on the leadership skills needed to break barriers and become a successful pioneer in your field.  Col. Collins will share “Leadership Lessons from Apollo to Discovery”.


Keynote speaker • Dr. Chawne Kimber, Artist/Mathematician

The powerful artwork of Artist Chawne Kimber will be on display throughout the day.  Kimber’s provocative art quilts address issues of race, language, and women’s rights.  A scholar, blogger, and celebrity in the quilting world, Dr. Kimber will discuss her work as a social justice advocate through her art.


Opening Panel • Women Who Challenge, Lead and Succeed.  Featuring:

cynthiacalhounCynthia Calhoun, NASA Glenn Research Center Supervisory Aerospace Engineer, Deputy Division Chief; Jennifer Friel, President, Mid West Fabricating Company, 1st Woman Chair of Industrial Fasteners Institute

heatherbenedictHeather Lawrence-Benedict, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Robert H. Freeman Professor in Business


Now in its 13th year and organized by Ohio University Lancaster faculty, staff, and students, the Celebrate Women Conference aims to bridge women’s relationships in areas of community, university and professions. The conference theme, "Challenge. Lead. Succeed!" will focus on presentations by more than twenty speakers, a Celebrate Women luncheon, and opportunities for information booths, continuing education credits, and networking.


The 2019 Celebrate Women Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2019 at Ohio University Lancaster 1570 Granville Pike Lancaster, Ohio 43130. For more information, contact Kaylor at or 740.681.3372.



Call for NominationsThe Jane Johnsen Women of Vision Award was established in 2013 and is named in honor of Dr. Jane Johnsen in recognition of her dedication to advocacy for women’s issues both on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus and in Fairfield County.