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"Auburn Women Leaders, Past and Present" Event Media Coverage

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

"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.”


'Auburn Women Leaders Past & Present' presents Gov. Kay Ivey and SGA presidents

"Almost every seat in the Telfair B. Peet Theatre was filled with faculty members, students, alumni and travelers across Alabama who came to hear Gov. Ivey speak in honor of the 125 Years of Women celebration.  Presented by the Women's Leadership Institute, “Auburn Women Leaders, Past and Present” welcomed all to hear Gov. Ivey and the first three women SGA presidents speak from 4-6 p.m. Admission was free, but as space was limited, tickets were required to enter the event."


Gov. Ivey returns to Auburn for women's leadership event

"Ivey spoke of this accomplishment and others Thursday on campus for an “Auburn Women Leaders, Past and Present” lecture, along with SGA president Jacqueline Keck and former SGA presidents Cindy Holland Torbert and Lauren Hayes Smith. The event was part of the university’s 125 Years of Auburn Women campaign."


AL Gov. Kay Ivey keynote speaker at Women's Leadership Institute in AU

"AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is the keynote speaker at the Women's Leadership Institute in Auburn University's College of Liberal Arts. The institute hosted a lecture and networking reception on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Telfair Peet Theatre. Ivey delivered a keynote address discussing leadership advice and her time as an undergraduate at Auburn."


Governor Kay Ivey speaks at Auburn

"AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Governor Kay Ivey visited campus today to give the keynote address as part of the 125 Years of Auburn Women celebration. In an event titled "Auburn Women Leaders, Past and Present" hosted by the College of Liberal Arts, Ivey was joined in Telfair Peet Theatre by all three female SGA presidents Auburn has ever had - Cindy Holland Tolbert, Lauren Hayes Smith and current president Jacqueline Keck." See full video here.


AL Gov. Kay Ivey keynote speaker at Women's Leadership Institute in AU


125 Years of Auburn Women Coverage

125 Years of Auburn Women: Looking to the past to encourage women leaders of the future

In 1856, what is now Auburn University, was then known as East Alabama Male College. It wasn't until 36 years later when the University finally opened its doors to women. Now, 125 years later, a campus-wide celebration has begun to acknowledge the successful Auburn women of the past and to encourage the women of the future. "The idea of ‘125 Years of Auburn Women’ came out of Development and the Office of Alumni Affairs," said Barbara Baker, executive director of the Women's Leadership Institute. "This celebration is to commemorate how there have been so many outstanding women graduates that have come through Auburn."


A Plainswoman: Why you should care about 125 years of women

An opinion piece published by Lily Jackson, managing editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Ms. Lily Jackson is actively involved as a part of the Women’s Leadership Institute and will be involved in the 125 Years of Auburn Women Celebration.


Celebrations for 125 years of Auburn women begin this fall

“In the past 25 years, we’ve grown so much as an institution and country with equality, so the University saw it as an opportunity to really celebrate in a meaningful way,” said Jaylin Goodwin, an intern for the Women’s Leadership Institute. Goodwin said the 125 team is making a conscious effort to get Auburn women back on campus to tell stories of their successes and celebrate the education that got them there."

EDITORIAL: We need more women at the helm

"As Auburn commemorates the past 125 years of women being on Auburn’s campus, it’s especially important we take time to evaluate the future of women on our campus and in our communities at large. Thankfully, structural and institutional obstacles for women have largely been removed here at Auburn. But women are still not represented as they should be in the highest ranks of the University."



First African American woman in space delivers Extraordinary Women Lecture

Nearly 24 years have passed since Mae Jemison went into space aboard the shuttle Endeavor, but her commitment to continuing the study of space exploration has not changed. Jemison shared about her ongoing projects and successes at the Extraordinary Women Lecture at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center Feb. 17.


"University Presidents Speak" about their career paths and challenges they've faced

Members of the "University Presidents Speak" panel shared their experiences to a crowded ballroom at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 16. Four panelists lined the stage, each sharing anecdotes from their careers and challenges they've faced as leaders.


WLI International Student Research

WLI International Student Research Minerva Brauss and Xi Lin win 2nd Place for Outstanding Poster Award at the 63rd American Association for Adult & Continuing Education Conference held in Charleston, SC (7-10 November 2014). The poster presentation illustrates and proposes future research on the general characteristics of international students, identifies current educational and social experiences they encounter, and whether these characteristics and experiences vary by gender and discipline. WLI has recently been granted IRB approval to conduct large-scale study at Auburn on this topic.

Women's Leadership Institute represents at Ready to Run UAB

Dr. Barbara Baker was an invited speaker at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's fall Ready to Run program in November. The training program hosted by the Center for American Women in Politics, AAUW of Alabama, and UAB featured guest speakers including UAB Provost, Linda Lucas, Founding Co-Director of Ready to Run, Elizabeth Hendrix, and Vice President of AAUW Government Relations, Lisa Maatz, pictured here. Dr. Baker presented on the topic of networking, social media, and political connections, as well as on the work of Auburn University's Women's Leadership Institute including its recent research on women in the SEC doctoral granting land grant institutions. In addition to these topics, Baker also represented Vision 2020 as the state delegate to the national organization.


Auburn University Organizational Chart

Women in leadership positions at Auburn University



College of Liberal Arts scholars published by Common Ground Publishing

"Scholarship in Action: Communities, Leaders and Citizens," edited by Barbara Baker, Kathleen Hale and Giovanna Summerfield, was recently published by Common Ground Publishing as part of its World Universities Forum. The book narrates the process undertaken by a set of faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University to build new pedagogical content through purposeful attention to, respect for and reciprocity with the communities that sustain them.

Last Updated: June 01, 2018