Women in LeadHERship Awards and Breakfast

Women in LeadHERship Awards and Breakfast

Contact: Community Programs - programs@roanoke.edu
Shelley Olds

In honor of Women’s History Month and the Roanoke College Annual Women’s Forum presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Roanoke International Office, and Community Programs

Roanoke College's inaugural Women in LeadHERship Awards will be presented during the first annual Women’s Breakfast keynote. Current faculty, staff, students, and alumni are eligible for the awards and breakfast attendance. Except for the student award, a faculty, staff, and alumni will be chosen for each category. Award nominations closed February 24.

Keynote Speaker: 2012 Olympian Shelley Olds '03
Rising to the Top: Facing Challenges while Embracing Teamwork, Diversity and Respect

Breakfast invitations will be sent by campus email. RSVP required and space is limited. Send RSVP by 3/28 to programs@roanoke.edu

OR attend virtually


Award Categories:

The Terri P. Maxey Award for Community LeadHERship – This recipient demonstrates outstanding commitment to inclusivity, compassion, empathy, and/or mentorship through promoting relationship building, and a sense of belonging which has greatly impacted the Roanoke College community. Mrs. Maxey is the current First Lady of Roanoke College. 

The V. Maxine Fitzgerald ’69 Award for Innovative LeadHERship – This trailblazer demonstrates innovation in the following categories: service, student engagement, academics, and/or furthering the mission of the college. Fitzgerald was the first Black student to attend Roanoke College in 1964. Fitzgerald “stood up and stood out in an era where there was segregation and desegregation. Her courage and determination have created much opportunity for many African Americans and other minority student enrollment.” – Kenny Belton ’81, Roanoke College Board of Trustees member

The Susan Highfill ’79 Student LeadHERship Award – This student demonstrates a superior level of inclusive teamwork in either academic, clubs, sports, or work settings and sets a maroon standard for others to follow. Highfill was a member of the Women’s Basketball Team 1975-1979, the first female to be named College Division Player of the Year in Virginia, and held the state scoring record for 4 years. She is the leading scorer in our team’s history.