Power of Women Luncheon to Connect Female Students with Mentors, Resources


by News Bureau on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 18, 2013 — Southeast Missouri State University is sponsoring a community women’s luncheon, “The Power of Women,” on Wednesday, March 13, in an effort to connect female students at Southeast with opportunities, women mentors and resources in the community.

The luncheon will highlight philanthropists, entrepreneurs and extraordinary women of Southeast in addition to celebrating 40 years of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. The event is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, Southeast Athletics and the Women Inspiring Entrepreneurship (WIN!) initiative at the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The luncheon is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Show Me Center on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. An expo featuring local businesses, community groups and various campus organizations begins at 10 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. Community members and students are invited to attend.

Dr. Kala Stroup, the first female president of Southeast Missouri State University, will deliver the keynote address with an inspiring message about the potential women have to create change. She also will empower them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

With a career in education spanning over four decades, Stroup left a legacy at Southeast during her presidency from June 1990 until September 1995. Several of the impactful changes made under Stroup’s tenure at Southeast included her support of the growth of women’s athletics to comply with Title IX and her assistance in transitioning Southeast Athletics’ from NCAA Division II to Division I and invitation into the Ohio Valley Conference.

Sherri Cliffe, president and owner of Cliffedge Marketing, LLC, will share her journey from her time at Southeast to owning a successful sports marketing and events company in St. Louis. Cliffe writes, produces and voices her own radio/TV commercials including in-game announcing for the Cardinals and Rams and is a member of the St. Louis Women’s Forum. She also is state certified as a Women Minority Business Owner.

Also providing remarks at the luncheon will be Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, and members of the faculty, staff and student body.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person or $150 for a table of six (table includes sponsoring two students to attend the luncheon). Student tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for female students at Southeast. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, March 6, by registering online at http://www.semo.edu/powerofwomen. For more information, including how to reserve a booth in the expo, contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2252.