USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy to Host Virtual Fall Symposium Oct. 2

Sept. 28, 2020

Join USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy on Friday, Oct. 2, for a virtual 2020 Fall Symposium presented by Florida Blue and also sponsored by Valley Bank, TECO, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pilot Bank, Jane E. Morgan, JP Morgan Chase and the Tampa Bay Rays/Rowdies. During this hour-long virtual event WLP will celebrate the 2020 Community Leadership Award winners and reflect on the organization’s 15 years of influence and impact.

The program begins at noon on YouTube and Facebook. No pre-registration is required.

The event will feature the presentation of WLP’s most prestigious awards, which celebrate women who have exhibited transformational leadership through their volunteer, professional and philanthropic contributions.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Sandra Freedman, the first woman elected mayor of Tampa, serving from 1986 to 1995. While Tampa landmarks such as the Convention Center and Florida Aquarium were completed during her tenure, Freedman is most proud of the social programs she established during her time as mayor. Freedman created the Mayors Challenge Fund, which provided low-interest loans for low- and middle-income borrowers and helped revitalize neighborhoods. The program became a national model. Freedman also promoted racial tolerance, creating the first racial/sexual slur policy for city employees. Prior to becoming mayor, she served on the Tampa City Council for 12 years, serving two years as chair, the first woman to serve in that role. Freedman previously received the USF Distinguished Citizen Award and is a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber Hall of Fame, among other honors.

The Community Leadership Award will be given to Stephanie Goforth ’82. A banking leader with more than 24 years of trust, investment and banking experience, Goforth is president, West Florida Region, and regional director of client development for Northern Trust. Goforth previously worked with Bank of America, First Florida Bank (Barnett Bank) and Truist Bank (SunTrust Bank). Goforth’s passion for causes related to children and education is evident through her gifts and service to several organizations in the Tampa Bay community. She has served on the USF Board of Trustees for ten years and was recently elected vice chair. She also chairs USF’s St. Petersburg Campus Advisory Committee. She is a longtime member, and former treasurer, of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Foundation in St. Petersburg, and she previously served on the boards for Community Action Stops Abuse, Heroes of the St. Pete Police, YMCA of Greater St. Pete, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay and Pinellas Association for Retarded Children.

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