USF System Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP) was formed in 2005 under the leadership of USF System President Judy Genshaft, Carol Morsani and Tampa Bay's leading philanthropists, business professionals and entrepreneurs. These visionary women helped create a program focused onleveraging the power of individual and collective philanthropy in order to enhance educational and leadership opportunities for women within the USF System and communities. The program’s official launch was in May 2005, when a group of community leaders gathered for a panel discussion. WLP was supported by 30 founding members who each committed a minimum of $25,000 to build the foundation for the organization.
We invite you to join other WLP members who are committed to enhancing opportunities for women throughout the USF System. Your particular passion and experience are sure to improve our ability to fulfill our mission and to contribute to our local, national and global communities. Together, we can strengthen opportunities for women and in doing so, make Tampa Bay a better place to live and work.
Carol Morsani, Honorary Chair
Carol Morsani is one of Tampa Bay's most beloved and well-known philanthropists and community leaders. Carol and her husband, Frank, have made significant philanthropic contributions to USF, including a contribution that opened the Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare on the USF Tampa campus in 2008 and the naming of the Morsani College of Medicine in 2011. Mrs. Morsani hopes to increase the number of Bay-area businesswomen and community leaders involved in WLP. In addition to offering scholarships for USF students and grants for women faculty, Morsani hopes to create opportunities to enhance members' knowledge of philanthropy.
Judy Genshaft, USF System President and Founding Member
Judy Genshaft, PhD, was appointed President of the University of South Florida System in July 2000. Prior to coming to USF, President Genshaft shaped similar programs at the State University of New York at Albany and The Ohio State University. Her commitment to women's issues and education is evident in her personal role as a WLP Founding Member.
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Anila Jain M.D., MBA 2015-2017 Chair
Dr. Anila Jain is an ardent supporter of the University of South Florida since graduation, and served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for over ten years. Anila was elected National Alumni Association President in 2003 and appointed to the USF Foundation Board of Trustees. She has also served as President and Executive Committee positions on the USF Manatee-Sarasota Alumni Chapter for over 20 years. She is a Founding Member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and serves on the Bulls Club Board of Directors for Athletics.
Kathleen M. Moore '90, PhD, 2013-2015 Chair
Dr. Kathleen Moore is a USF alumna and a long-time resident of Tampa. A senior administrator at USF since 1990, Dr Moore currently serves as Associate Vice President for System Initiatives at the University. She is a founding member of USF WLP and served on the Executive Committee for several years prior to becoming Chair. In addition to her work with USF, Dr Moore is a member of the Board of Directors of the Franciscan Center in Tampa.
Karen Dalton '07, 2011- 2013 Chair
Karen Dalton is the Chairperson of Miles for Moffitt at the University of South Florida. In 2006, she created the event to help celebrate Moffitt’s 20 years in the community and as an opportunity for Bay Area residents to support cancer research at Moffitt in a fun, affordable event that has a health benefit. The annual event attracts over 7,000 runners,walkers and volunteers to USF's beautiful campus on the weekend following Spring graduation. To date, Miles for Moffitt at USF has raised more than $1,000,000 for cancer research at Moffitt. Karen received her MA in American Studies from USF.
Michele Norris '79, 2009-2011 Chair
Michele Norris has more than 30 years of professional sales and leadership experience for such companies as Xerox, ADP, and Boise Cascade Office Products/OfficeMax. In the corporate environment, she has managed and led high performance teams of diverse generations. She currently serves as President of Navigen Leadership, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses navigate the generation gaps among their employees in the work place. Michele holds a BA in Business from USF. She is a long time volunteer giving back to her institution through such roles as: President of the USF Alumni Association's National Board of Directors; Board Member of the USF Foundation Board of Trustees; and Scholar Bull for the USF Athletic Association.
Linda Simmons '75, 2006- 2009 Chair
Linda Simmons, President/ CEO of Simmons Management Services is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Linda enjoyed a successful career in lending and banking prior to joining R.R. Simmons. Linda is very active in both industry and community service. She was the first women to be elected President of an AGC chapter (Associated General Contractors) in the state of Florida. She is a WLP Founding Member and serves on the boards for the USF Foundation, USF Alumni Association and the United Way.