This past Saturday, February 6, the Women’s Center, Bobcat Athletics, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program celebrated our 6th annual celebration of OHIO Women Leaders. The event took place at the OU Women’s basketball game against Northern Illinois University, which they won, 95-70, making their MAC record 10-1! We received over 200 nominations for outstanding women leaders on campus, and over 120 students were recognized for their work at the game during half time this year.
Congratulations again to Ann Brown, who was presented with the Women’s Center’s Empowering Women Award during half time. Prior to her recent retirement, Ann Brown assumed the role of “Assistant Director of Special Initiatives” within the Division of University Advancement. She played an integral role in the successful transition of “Women in Philanthropy” to “ohiowomen.” She had a vision for the program that was inclusive and broad-thinking, and was able to forge strong connections with OHIO alumnae. Thanks to her work with the marketing team, ohiowomen now has a recognizable “brand,”and she has helped to broaden the base of support for ohiowomen by providing programming that is substantive and of interest.
In short, the ohiowomen program would not be where it is today had it not been for Ann’s vision and her ability to help women form strong connections with each other. The Women’s Center was more than happy to honor her and her vision at Saturday’s game!
I first attended and was recognized at this event in two years ago, and it was definitely a highlight of my freshman year at OU. I felt I was honored as an individual OHIO woman as well as a crucial piece of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, a community of women I am so very lucky to be a member of who were recognized as a whole at the game.
We were just one group of so many clubs, teams, and organizations to be recognized at the event. Because of this, I felt I was part of an even larger community of women here at Ohio University. Being out on the court with so many inspiring women was a moment I cherish, and was so fortunate to get to experience it again this year with many familiar and new faces!
-Anna Bekavac Women’s Center Staff