Program Archive 


In July, USF WLP had its first event with the Introductory WLP members. IWLP joined WLP members at varying professional levels for a Pay It Forward Conversation in which women gathered in a round-table style format and asked questions of each other and exchanged ideas about hot topics and concerns of today’s young professional women. The event was held at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and TBPAC President Judy Lisi spoke to the group about her experiences coming up as a professional woman and how having women mentors has always been inspiring for her. After the round-table discussions, the group attended the show Respect: A Musical Journey of Women at the Jaeb Theater. It was a fun and informative evening for all who attended!

During Women’s Awareness month in March and in conjunction with the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement, USF WLP co-sponsored Americans Who Tell the Truth, a traveling exhibit by artist Robert Shetterly. Mr. Shetterly's portraits highlight people both past and present who have shown strength, courage, and hope while facing many of life’s toughest challenges. WLP members and guests, as well as USF students, attended a dinner facilitated by Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Jennifer Meningall, where discussion was exchanged about leadership. After dinner, guests attended the artist’s presentation followed by a dessert reception.

Women’s Leadership Awards hosted by USF's Women's Status Committee - Started in 2004 in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, this award recognizes women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through mentoring, career advancement, health care, and social justice projects. Awards are presented to USF students, staff, and faculty, and to nominees from the community each spring during Women’s Awareness Month. The Women’s Status Committee is an advisory group to President Judy Genshaft. This committee advises President Genshaft on university matters affecting women faculty, staff, and students.

Early in the year, WLP held its first-ever Program Preview event at the new Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare on the USF Tampa campus. Members and guests were treated to a first-hand look at this state-of-the-art facility as well as a preview of the upcoming WLP programs and events for 2009. The “Admiral of Public Health,” Dr. Susan Blumenthal, was revealed as the keynote speaker for the Fall Symposium.


Philanthropist and women's advocate, Helen LaKelly Hunt, presented her thoughts on women's giving potential from an historical perspective. She also discussed her book, Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance.

Lectures from Dr. Maya Angelou and CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson as part of the campus-wide University Lecture Series.

Speaking engagement with Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director of the Wellesley Center for Research on Women, with the USF College of Arts and Sciences.

In conjunction with the USF Humanities Institute, USF WLP hosted Natasha Trethewey, 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning poet.


Dr. Charles Cox and Dr. Mary Gardner presented a health seminar designed to familiarize the audience with the latest technology in breast cancer detection and treatment.

Internationally renowned Nigerian artist, Nike Davies Okundaye, visited the USF campus to share her work. With her was USF Professor, Dr. Kim Vaz, who has written a book focusing on Okundaye's like entitled, The Woman with the Artistic Brush: A Life History of Yoruba Batik artist Nike Davis.


Dr. Wangari Maathai spoke to WLP members about her quest for democratic rights for women around the world. Maathai was the first woman in east and central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, and the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.