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Otterbein University to Host Women in Philanthropy Summit

December 10, 2014

WESTERVILLE, OH—Otterbein University is proud to host the Women in Philanthropy Summit: Investing in Women for the Common Good on March 3-4, 2015, on the University’s campus. The summit is a partnership between the presidents of Otterbein University, Bowling Green State University and The University of Findlay to raise awareness of the vital role that women play in philanthropy. It is part of a three-year initiative for each school to host one summit to educate and empower women of different generations, from high school students to women serving in senior leadership positions.

Otterbein’s summit, helmed by President Kathy Krendl, will feature keynote speeches by Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, and Katie Koch, senior portfolio strategist and chief of staff for the Goldman Sachs Asset Management Office of the Chairman, United Kingdom. The schedule also includes roundtables, panels, a world café and networking opportunities, featuring local women leaders.

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is a passionate advocate for women and girls’ health and human rights and social change philanthropy. She is the current president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. Kanyoro is an accomplished leader with three decades of experience managing international non-governmental organizations, global programs, and ecumenical agencies in cross-cultural contexts. She is a strategic leader who inspires people and mobilizes action and resources. She is the author of dozens of articles, hundreds of speeches and opinion pieces, and has written and co-edited seven books. She also serves on several International Boards and working groups including the Aspen Leaders Council, the UN High level Taskforce for Reproductive Health and the boards of CARE, IntraHealth and CHANGE.

Kanyoro has a doctorate degree in linguistics from the University of Texas, Austin, and a doctorate degree in feminist theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was a visiting scholar of Hebrew and the Old Testament at Harvard University. She has received three honorary doctorates and several recognition awards, including a leadership award from the government of Kenya and, most recently, she was named as one of the 21 Women Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s E-News.

Katie Koch is a senior portfolio strategist and chief of staff to chairman Jim O’Neill at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM).

Hired by Goldman Sachs straight out of university, Koch has been with the firm for nine years. At 27, she was promoted to lead a seven-person team focused on capital raising for GSAM’s Europe, Middle East and Africa equity business. Under her leadership, the team more than tripled equity fund assets under management from $1.6bn to $5.1bn.

In January 2011, she was given a new role working for O’Neill, for which she has been travelling extensively to meet GSAM’s key clients to formulate strategies for growth and emerging markets. She also led the launch and promotion of the first GSAM product to invest in early-stage emerging markets such as Nigeria, Vietnam and Bangladesh.

Her interest in developing countries extends beyond portfolio management to her personal pursuits, including trekking in the Himalayas, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and diving in the Galapagos. Koch studied literature and economics in the United States at the University of Notre Dame and said her education had trained her to “ask the important questions, synthesize disparate pieces of information and come to the right conclusions.”

The Women in Philanthropy Summit is sponsored by Otterbein University, Bowling Green State University, The University of Findlay, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Philanthropy Ohio, The Benefactor Group, The Nord Family Foundation, Cardinal Heath and The Columbus Foundation.

Registration for the event costs $35 for both days and $25 per day and can be completed online atwww.otterbein.edu/philanthropysummit. All high school and college students receive free admission thanks to a generous scholarship. For any questions or in-kind sponsor information, please contact Melissa Conrath at (614) 823-1420.

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