The Women for FSU

Letter from the Chair

Photo of Women for Florida State University Chair Cassandra Rayne Gross

Summer marks a new year for W4FSU. Before turning our attention to the future, let me reflect briefly on some of W4FSU’s successes. Throughout the year, we celebrated our diamond anniversary with fanfare. Many of you attended the 2019 Backstage Pass to the Very Best of Florida State, enjoying performances from the Music Theatre program, touring the beautiful new Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and sewing silk infinity scarves visually embodying FSU’s “war chant.” W4FSU asked attendees to support FSU’s Great Give, and you rose to the occasion, investing $5,000 in matching funds—helping us leap over our $10,000 goal to enhance the Women’s Leadership Institute. Several of you attended the fifth-annual Inspire Awards recognizing four alumnae whose hard work and determination are an inspiration to us all. As W4FSU enters our second year offering memberships, I invite you to renew yours. If you have yet to take that step, we invite you to contact any member and ask them why they joined.

Women like you did so much more behind the scenes than I could describe in this newsletter. This organization would not be what it is without the ongoing dedication of such resourceful and wise individuals.

The sun is setting on my term as chair, and it has been an honor to watch W4FSU grow and continue to be mission-focused. Tena Pate, your incoming chair, brings to the role wisdom, experience and a deep commitment to core values. It will be a privilege to serve with her at the helm.

Cheers to the next 10 years!


Cassandra Rayne Gross's signature

Cassandra Rayne Gross
Chair, Women for FSU