The Edmond Sun

April 1, 2013

Symposium gives women steps for charitable giving

Special to The Sun

NORMAN — Women open their wallets more than men when it comes to charitable giving, according to the third study in a series conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the University of Oklahoma. In some demographics, women gave twice as much as men at the same income level. The most recent report compared the charitable giving of “baby boomers” and older American men and women.

“Women’s economic power has been steadily increasing,” said Cassie Gilman, executive director of the Women’s Philanthropy Network. “They are now leveraging that power to make changes in the nonprofit sector.” 

The Women’s Philanthropy Network will have a one-day symposium April 10 on the OU Norman campus to explore this trend and educate women about their role in philanthropy, Gilman said. The symposium is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave.

Sharen Jester Turney, an Ardmore native who is president and CEO of Victoria’s Secret, will deliver the luncheon address at the symposium, which also will feature panel discussions on how women business leaders can tie business strategies to philanthropic efforts and gain career skills through volunteerism.

Other symposium speakers include:

• Danielle Keogh, owner of Liberté women’s boutique, and an Edmond resident;

• Melissa Scaramucci, owner of Local, a Norman restaurant;

• Morgan Harris, owner of Green Bambino;

• Julia Chew, Norman insurance agent and president of Sooner Stilettos, a support group for the OU women’s basketball team; and

• Beverly Woodrome, director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative.

Tickets are $25 and include a fashion show and lunch. To register, visit by April 5.