SMU Women Past Speakers


  • Associate Vice President, Julie Wiksten;
  • Vice President, Chris Regis;
  • Dean Stephanie Knight;
  • Associate Provost, Patty Alvey;
  • Associate Provost, Sheri Kunovich; and
  • Associate Provost, Larenda Meilke.
  • Breakout session topics included Mentoring and Sponsorship, Managing staff, and Work Life Balance.


  • September: Dr. Marci Armstrong- Director of Brierley Institute for Customer Engagement
  • October: Karen Drennan - Associate Dean for Communications and Strategic Initiatives (Building your brand)
  • November: Dr. Evelyn Ashley - Associate Dean of Students
  • December: "How Women Rise" presentation and book discussion
  • January: Lisa Tran - Managing Director, Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships (Cox) (Self-Care)
  • February: Holly Jeffcoat  - Dean of SMU Libraries
  • March-- informal session due to Covid.  Remaining events cancelled


  • September: Dr Dayna Oscherwitz-
  • October 7: Dr Paige Ware
  • November 10: Jennifer Jones
  • March 11, 2021: Dr Elizabeth Loboa
  • May 6: Pamela McNulty, Kathy Hubbard, Emily Newsome and Jennifer Jones-- Perspectives on Racial Disparity in Healthcare


Rev Lisa Garvin: Chaplain and Minister to the University
Dr Zannie Voss-- Director of SMU DataArts and Professor: Arts Management & Arts Entrepreneurship
Dr Maria Dixon Hall: Chief Diversity Officer
Dean Jennifer Collins: Dean of Dedman School of Law
Dr. DeeDee Conway: Associate Dean of Operations-Lyle
Dr Renee McDonald: Professor and Associate Dean- Dedman College