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World Champion Swimmer Keynote at WLP Event

Dare To Be, the theme of 9th Annual USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy (WLP) Symposium, inspires many to give back.

WLP co-founder Carol Morsani, Former USF President Betty Castor, Keynote speaker Diana Nyad and Lee Leavengood '73.                                                Photo by Katy Hennig | USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 21, 2014) – Dare To Be, the theme of the 9th Annual USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy (WLP) symposium, set the empowering tone at the energetic event shaped around “finding a way” and having the courage to give back and support others.

The sold out WLP event, developed by leaders at the University of South Florida, brought together women in business throughout the Tampa Bay community to empower each other and share inspiration through philanthropic leadership.

Keynote speaker Diana Nyad set the pace for the event by sharing her story of never giving up in pursuit of her dreams to swim from Cuba to Key West. Nyad, made five unsuccessful attempts, and when she was 64, finally reached her goal. She spoke to the crowd and offered strong words of encouragement, “ Whatever it is in your life that presents a challenge; find a way!"

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Women In Leadership and Philanthropy at USF

The fall symposium is the biggest fundraiser that WLP holds to provide scholarships for students and faculty and this year, raised almost $245,000 through gifts and sponsorships, which is $100,000 more than last year. USF’s Women In Leadership and Philanthropy was established by USF System President Judy Genshaft and Carol Morsani 10 years ago to bring women together and encourage giving back to the USF community. Membership has grown over the years and WLP will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in January 2015.

To learn more about Women in Leadership and Philanthropy at USF and to become a member visit:

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