5 women honored at Langston's annual Women in Leadership luncheon
Hard work, perseverance, dedication, a focus on others. These qualities were center stage Thursday, April 21, as five women were honored at Langston University's annual Women in Leadership luncheon in Oklahoma City. Among those recognized for outstanding achievements were Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and our very own Vice President of Communications Jenny Love Meyer.
The Young Women's Empowerment Institute (YWEI), a mentorship program for freshmen female students attending Langston University, sponsors the Women in Leadership luncheon each year. YWEI empowers young college women to successfully manage the collegiate landscape and graduate ready to engage the global community. In addition, YWEI follows up with and monitors participants for two years after graduation to ensure they have the guidance needed to find their footing and establish post-college lives.
"YWEI provides much needed advice and encouragement for young female students, many of whom are first generation college students," said Love Meyer. "Because they're the first in their family to go to college, they don't always have the support and guidance they need. This program alleviates those obstacles and gives these students a much better chance at succeeding."
Love's Vice President of Communications Jenny Love Meyer
The five guests of honor were chosen because their accomplishments and community involvement reflect the spirit of empowerment, support and connection on which YWEI is based. They spoke about their mentoring experiences and how the presence of strong mentors molded them into the people they are today. Love Meyer specifically thanked her mother, Judy Love, who was in the audience.
Joining Love Meyer and Fallin as honorees were Robyn Sunday Allen, RN, MPH, CEO for the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic; Vicki Miles LaGrange, United States district judge for the western district of Oklahoma; and Avilla T. Williams, president of INTEGRIS Health Edmond. Halina Garraway, a Langston student and YWEI participant, also spoke to the assembled group about how the program has changed her life.