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“University Presidents Speak,” a signature event presented by the Auburn University Outreach / Tuskegee Auburn Women’s Leadership Alliance Symposium, will be a two-part presentation from four women presidents on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. In the Presidential Panel, from 2-3:15 p.m. in ballroom B, the presidents will share their personal stories of challenges and obstacles they faced on their journeys to the top. From 3:30-5 p.m. in the Terrace Room, the presidents will join students, faculty, staff and community members for a networking reception to continue conversations regarding diversity, engagement and inclusion in the administrations of universities.

“We selected presidents whose leadership illustrates their commitment to engaging with others and leveraging resources to improve circumstances for all members of our communities,” said Chippewa Thomas, Director of Faculty Engagement and co-sponsor of the symposium.

The presidents include President Gwendolyn E. Boyd of Alabama State University; President Sharon Gaber of University of Toledo; President Mary Ellen Mazey of Bowling Green State University, and former president and Provost Molly Easo Smith of Saint Martin’s University.

“We are especially excited that these presidents have a strong relationship to Auburn and a deep understanding of our cultural environment,” said Barbara Baker, Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute and co-sponsor of the symposium.

All events hosted by the Auburn University Outreach / Tuskegee Auburn Women’s Leadership Alliance Symposium are free and open to the public. While it is not necessary to register to attend the signature events, “University Presidents Speak” and the Mae Jemison Extraordinary Women Lecture to be held in the grand ballroom at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, the co-sponsors strongly encourage those who would like to participate in the concurrent sessions from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Feb. 16-17 to register online

For more information, contact Barbara A. Baker at or 844-6169