AAUW State College Lectureship with Penn State Forum

As an organization with a legacy of contributions to both the “town” and “gown” sides of the State College community, the Branch created a visible and long-lasting gift in recognition of its 100th anniversary in 2016. The gift was in alignment with the mission of AAUW to advance equity for women and girls and in accordance with the stated educational values of the State College Branch, in particular:

We believe that collaborative, community-based initiatives form a robust foundation for advancing equity locally, and ultimately, globally.

In collaboration with Penn State University, the branch established an endowment to create the AAUW State College Centennial Lectureship to increase knowledge about the advancement of equity for women and girls and to provide an opportunity to engage with the community at large.” The goal was to expose the community to women whose vision and leadership had made a positive difference, and who would serve as role models for a new generation of leaders. 

The venue for the lectureship is the popular Penn State Forum. The Forum was established in 1996 to introduce the university and local community to some of the most notable leaders and policy makers in their professions.  Modeled after the National Press Club, the Forum includes lunch followed by remarks from a distinguished speaker. After the presentation, a facilitator poses questions submitted by members of the audience. The Forum regularly attracts diverse audiences of several hundred people – who have been educated and inspired by nationally and internationally known speakers.

 Learn more about the Forum: https://sites.psu.edu/forum/

Meet Lisa Salters, 2024 AAUW-State College-funded Penn State Forum Speaker

Branch Centennial Speaker, March 29, 2024 

ESPN sports broadcaster Lisa Salters, a Sports Emmy-Winning Reporter and ESPN Sideline Reporter,  will be the AAUW State College Centennial Speaker at the 2024 Penn State Forum on Friday, March 29. A Penn State alumna, Salters has broken glass ceilings both as a woman and as a woman of color in a mostly male-dominated field.  

The event will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center, President’s Hall. The buffet lunch preceding the speaker begins at 11:30 am.

Purchase Forum Tickets

 AAUW State College has reserved three tables for this event. The cost to attend is $25, which includes a buffet lunch that begins at 11:30 am.