2019 Spring Newsletter

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Florida State Celebrates 50 Years of Women's Athletics

By: Chelsea Shackelford

This year marks the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics, and it has given us the opportunity to reflect on our past and hopes for the future for women’s sports and collegiate women in general.

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Strategizing for Success

By: Shenifa Tate

The Women for FSU Executive Board convene annually for an in-depth strategic planning session with the intention of sustaining and strengthening the organization.

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Women's Leadership Institute 2018

By: Alicia Crew

The 2018 Women’s Leadership Institute took place November 2–4 at Florida State University.

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With a new year comes new opportunity to reflect and recommit to W4FSU’s vision. We are in the midst of celebrating our diamond anniversary, and I’m amazed by all of the women who have connected through ten years’ worth of programming and service.

I am in awe of each chair and committee member who work tirelessly to develop comprehensive programming, steward our new members, execute effective and meaningful communication and so much more. As always, if you would like to participate in a leadership role, please reach out to any committee chair or contact me directly.

There is much to look forward to in the coming months. You should have received your invitation to the tenth-annual Backstage Pass, including a once-in-a-decade opportunity to celebrate during Friday night’s anniversary gala. During this year’s event, we will ask attendees to collectively “be the match” in support of FSU’s Great Give.

Stay tuned for news about our fourth-annual Women of Distinction Inspire Awards, in partnership with the FSU Alumni Association and the Orlando Seminole Club, in Orlando.

I could not be more optimistic about the next decade as your dedication and vision lead the way.


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Cassandra Rayne Gross
Chair, Women for FSU