Auburn University alumna Gov. Kay Ivey to give keynote address in Telfair Peet Theatre

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The Women's Leadership Institute in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts will host a lecture and networking reception featuring Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Telfair Peet Theatre.

Ivey, an Auburn University alumna, will be joined by former Auburn University Student Government Association Presidents Cindy Holland Torbert and Lauren Hayes Smith, along with current SGA President Jacqueline Keck, for the lecture "Auburn Women Leaders, Past and Present.”

"As we celebrate 125 years of Auburn women, we thought it would be fitting to honor our most distinguished alumna, the governor of our state, the Honorable Kay Ivey, who had an illustrious career here at Auburn in the 1960s,” said Barbara Baker, the executive director of the Women's Leadership Institute. "Ivey served as the president of the Women's SGA and was the first woman to serve as vice president of Auburn’s SGA.”

Ivey was sworn in April 10 as the 54th governor of the state of Alabama in the Old Senate Chamber in the Alabama State Capitol by Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart, who is also an Auburn alumna.

The lecture and networking reception is being held in celebration of 125 Years of Auburn Women. Ivey will deliver a keynote address discussing leadership advice and her time as an undergraduate at Auburn.

"Recognizing that only three women have served as SGA president in our 125 years of women, we thought that bringing these distinguished women—Cindy Holland Tolbert, Lauren Hayes Smith and Jacqueline Keck—on stage with our governor would be very inspirational for the next generation of women leaders here at Auburn,” Baker said.

The event is free and open to the public, with limited seating. To enter, you must hold a ticket or be an invited guest. To reserve a free ticket, contact or

Parking will be available for invited guests on the fourth floor of the stadium parking deck. Parking passes are not required. Auburn faculty, staff and students should park in their assigned zones.

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