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VIDEO: Mantras for Life: Trusting your gut, your voice, yourself

Join us for an inspiring discussion on the power of self-trust and embracing authenticity, led by the dynamic Amy G., a prominent sports journalist, broadcaster, podcaster, author and fellow Aggie alumna.

Together we journey through Amy's remarkable career trajectory, from her roots in media broadcasting to her influential status today. Be prepared to be captivated by her stories of resilience, determination and triumph, leaving you entertained and ready to embrace your own voice with confidence!

VIDEO: From Plant Pathologist to Dean: Nurturing Growth and Inspiring Change

Hala Kurdi Cozadd facilitated a conversation with Dr. Helene Dillard, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Blossoming beyond her childhood curiosities of plants, mold and mildew, their discussion explored her journey of collaboration and commitment from plant pathologist to distinct, multi-faceted community leader and retiring dean. 

Learn more from this 'spore'tacular conversation as Dr. Dillard shares insights, challenges and triumphs that have led to her legacy of positive impact on the UC Davis community and women in her field. 

Engineering professor wins 2023 Women & Philanthropy Impact Award

At commencement, she congratulates every student by name — then they ask for a hug.

She spearheaded the drive to establish an undergraduate environmental engineering major at UC Davis, knowing women are drawn to the field.

And in the words of her department chair: “She cares passionately about creating opportunities for others and institutionalizing the change needed to allow women and other underrepresented persons to thrive in engineering.”

Ballerina Misty Copeland to speak at UC Davis

American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland will headline a public symposium on women, philanthropy and mentorship on Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis. The event will also feature a panel discussion with notable UC Davis alumnae Tickets are on sale now.

An engineering center for all

UC Davis students now have expanded access to advanced engineering equipment, in a space all their own, largely because of a woman who looked beyond the career paths her parents laid out for her.

Alumna Deb Neff gives $8M to biological sciences

Life sciences industry expert Deborah Neff ’76 is giving $8 million to the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences for two endowments, one for the deanship and the other for the Center for Neuroscience for research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The gift is the largest by an individual in the college’s history.

Bringing cures to complex cases

In 2019 Gayle Brock brought her dog, Kitsune (Kit), to her local veterinarian in Nevada because the seven-year-old Shiba Inu had been acting lethargic. Brock knew something was wrong when Kit, who was typically very energetic, was too tired for her favorite activity: playing at the park.

A gift grows on

In 1988, a 90-year-old alumna and former faculty member gave $648,000 to UC Davis to establish an endowment that would fund plant research fellowships in perpetuity. Still driving discovery today, her gift demonstrates the power of an endowment to benefit the world for generations.

Professor Leigh Ann Simmons wins 1st Women & Philanthropy impact award

Leigh Ann Simmons, professor and chair of the Department of Human Ecology, has won the inaugural Women & Philanthropy Impact Award at the University of California, Davis, in recognition of her work in mentorship and leadership, and efforts on behalf of women’s health.

‘Untamed’ Author Glennon Doyle to Speak at UC Davis

Glennon Doyle, activist and bestselling author of Untamed and other works, is coming to the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Davis, headlining a public symposium on women, philanthropy and leadership, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Tickets are on sale now.

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VIDEO: Immigration and Refugees: A Closer Look

The Women & Philanthropy Speaker Series eighth event, Immigration and Refugees: A Closer Look with Raquel E. Aldana, Martin Luther King Jr. professor of law facilitated by LeShelle May on September 14, 2022.

VIDEO: Untangling DEI: Starts with the 4 A’s

The Women & Philanthropy Speaker Series seventh event, Untangling DEI: Starts with the 4 A’s with Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Renetta Garrison Tull, Ph.D., facilitated by LeShelle May on June 7, 2022.

Getting Unstuck [VIDEO]

The Women & Philanthropy Speaker Series’ sixth event, Getting Unstuck: The Positive Side of Negative Thinking with Dr. Alison Ledgerwood, facilitated by LeShelle May on March 3, 2022.