Thanks to all who attended our inaugural Women's Leadership Forum on September 16-17, 2016

More than 100 Ohio Wesleyan alumnae, students, faculty and friends came back to campus to connect with one another, and came away inspired.

Click here to see the photos from the event


2016 WOW Leadership Forum in review:

  • terrific speakers;
  • time for making meaningful connections; and
  • opportunities for personal and professional growth.

2016 WOW Leadership Forum Schedule and Speakers:

Friday, September 16
4:00 pm Registration opens, campus tours available
5:00 pm Future Alumnae: Meet Today's Women of Ohio Wesleyan
6:00 pm Networking Reception
7:30 pm

Dinner & Keynote Address by Dr. Diane Petersen '66

Please join us in listening to the inspiring story of Dr. Petersen and her fellow sorority sisters who united together to stand up to and overcome discrimination.  Dr. Diane Petersen is a retired Medical Doctor who specialized in otolaryngology and plastic reconstructive surgery.

As a student at Ohio Wesleyan, Dr. Petersen was extended an invitation to join the Delta Delta Delta sorority.  When she accepted, the national headquarters in Texas berated the OWU chapter for accepting an African American member, taking extensive measures to encourage her withdrawal and, later, to attempt to disqualify the OWU chapter.  Eventually, she and her OWU sorority sisters prevailed and inspired then-OWU president Elden Smith to require all Greek houses to sign a non-discrimination clause.

Dr. Petersen will share the story of the journey of she and her Tri Delt sisters and how this experience shaped their lives.

Saturday, September 17
8:30 am Continental breakfast
9:00 am Women & Philanthropy:  Denise Sabo Brenner '00, Patsy Belt Conrades '63Ginny Kirkwood '64
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Charting Her Own Path:  Julie Podolec '07, Carol Latham '61, Vernita Johnson '95
12:00 pm Lunch with students
1:15 pm Women Leading the Way:  Kristen Hajduk '05, Marcia Kunstel '69, Bridget Donnell Newton '80
2:30 pm Forum concludes

WOW Leadership Committee

Colleen Nissl ’72 – co-chair | Tracie Winbigler ’87 – co-chair

Marianne Haenlein Alciati ’78 | Ashley Biser | Jessica Choate ’17 | Linda Gaddis Ferrari ’72 | Jada G. Hamilton ’04 | Marci Swindler Ingram ’74 | Ellen Kick ’93 | Kathie Bradford Milligan'83 | Sheila Fagan Plecha '84 | Poe Timmons ’82 | Barbara Walters | Amy Weldele '97

Colleen Nissl '72 is Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel for Net Jets Inc.
Tracie Winbigler '87 (left) serves as CFO for national outdoor retailer REI.

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