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Celebrate Women

CW 2023

​Women Empowering Women

Celebrating our 17th anniversary, Celebrate Women has provided community and business leaders, campus and community members, and students with the opportunity to learn, share ideas and network with one another.


The purpose of Celebrate Women is to encourage and enhance gender equity by honoring the past, present, and potential accomplishments of women from diverse ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. We believe this comes through education, enlightenment, and inspiration. This event is planned in conjunction with National Women’s History Month which occurs March, 2023. 

Conference Information

Theme: Women Empowering Women
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023
Venue: OHIO University Lancaster
1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, OH

This year's conference is being planned for in-person attendance only the Lancaster campus.



Keynote Speaker: Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

Choreographer and Business Owner
Champion Ballroom Academy

Mary Murphy is an award-winning International Ballroom Dancer, a Choreographer, and Business Owner of the Champion Ballroom Academy in California.  Murphy is also known as being one of the best-loved judges from the beginning on So You Think You Can Dance. Mary remained a constant on the show, as a choreographer and judge for 15 years, and is noted for introducing unique forms of praise, which include calling dancers "Hot Tamales" or issuing them tickets on her "Hot Tamale Train.”

Born in Lancaster, Ohio, Mary Murphy graduated from Ohio University with a degree in physical education and a minor in modern dance. 

In an October 2009 interview on Larry King Live, Murphy said that as a young bride and during her nine-year marriage, she was a victim of domestic abuse. 

At Celebrate Women 2023, Mary Murphy is speaking out about her life as a survivor so that other victims could learn from how she endured, but escaped, domestic violence. Mary has an incredible story of overcoming odds and adversity, and is returning to the area more than 40 years after her career began.  

Recent Public Appearances

The Ellen Show | Aired: October 26, 2022