"I know this group of extraordinary women cares deeply about Nebraska and its future."

-Tricia Raikes, Co-founder of the Raikes Family Foundation

2020 Programs and Events 2020 Programs and Events

Register here
for the 2020-2021

WIN Grant Awards Celebration
Oct. 20, 2020




May 21, 2020

Strive to Thrive Lincoln: 
Experiential Philanthropy 
at the University of Nebraska

a WIN webinar featuring
Amber Messersmith, Ph.D.,
College of Business

March 30, 2020


You are invited to join
Women Investing in Nebraska and
hosts Anne Hubbard and Sara McClure for an exclusive opportunity

The Nature Conservancy 
to watch the
Great Sandhill Crane Migration

Platte River Prairies 
Derr House
     Wood River, Nebraska

Monday, March 30, 2020

April 21, 2020


Women Investing in Nebraska members and a guest
are invited to join
Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.,
chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha
and the University of Nebraska Foundation
for the

Fifth Annual
Marion Marsh Brown Writers Lecture Series

featuring best-selling author
David Baldacci

February 27, 2020

Gathering hosted by Karen Linder,
Rancho Mirage, California

February 19, 2020

Gathering hosted by Ann Bruntz in Fountain Hills, Arizona

January 23, 2020

Votes for Women: Nebraska's Suffrage Story at Nebraska History Museum

January 19, 2020

University of Nebraska-Lincoln's women's basketball team victory over Michigan

2019 events


December 19, 2019

Gathering hosted by Catherine Lang, Omaha

December 18, 2019

Gathering hosted by Candy Henning
November 11, 2019
Gathering hosted by Marsha Morien, Queen Creek, Arizona
November 4, 2019

WIN Impact program-Scottsbluff
Featuring Guest Speakers:

Nancy Meier, faculty,
UNMC College of Nursing
Geriatric Cognitive and Mental
Health Project for Rural Nebraska
2017-2018 WIN grant recipient

Doug Dekker, program manager,
Simulation in Motion-Nebraska
2015-2016 WIN grant recipient

October 16, 2019



Women Investing in Nebraska 
Grant Awards Celebration 

featuring special guest 

Jane Miller 
Gallup President and Chief Operating Officer 

and recognizing the 
2019 WIN Grant Recipients 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 


September 5, 2019

University of Nebraska at Kearney

College of Arts and Sciences Warner Lecture Series 3 p.m. Fine Arts Recital Hall, 2506 12th Avenue, Kearney NE

June 6, 11, 18, 27, 2019

Site Visits

WIN Grants Committee members -- and other WIN members interested -- visited 7 grant seekers during June in| Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney

"Exploring Doris Buffett's Unique Approach to Philanthropy"

5:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha.

RSPV link is in emailed invitation

April 17, 2019

WIN members have received invitations from Educational Service Unit 13, the Panhandle Partnership, Inc. and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska for a lunch and panel discussion about a new collaborative study across the Panhandle:

The Nebraska Panhandle: An Assessment of Birth-Grade 3 Care and Education

11:30 a.m. lunch (optional) 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. program Gering Civic Center Gering, Nebraska

RSVP link is in the emailed invitation


WIN members have received invitations from Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., Chancellor University of Nebraska Omaha and the University of Nebraska Foundation to attend

the fourth annual Marion Marsh Brown Writers Lecture Series sponsored by the Paul Brown Family

featuring Nicholas Sparks

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Baxter Arena University of Nebraska Omaha


March 26, 2019

Women Investing in Nebraska invites you to experience Cherish Nebraska, a new, interactive look at our state's history at the Nebraska State Museum Tuesday, March 26 4:30 -7:30 p.m. Brief program at 5:30 p.m.

Morrill Hall University of Nebraska-Lincoln 645 North 14th Street Lincoln, Nebraska








February 21, 2019

Karen Linder
Women Investing in Nebraska
Brunch and Conversation

Come learn how dedicated and passionate women like you
share interests in the University of Nebraska and Nebraska’s nonprofitsthrough Women Investing in Nebraska.







February 20, 2019

ichelle Stigge, Linda Stigge and Women Investing in Nebraska for BRUNCH AND CONVERSATION FEATURING Dr. Renee Wessels Buffett Early Childhood Institute

"Making Nebraska the Best Place in the Nation to be a Baby: The Buffett Institute's First Five Years"









January 17, 2019

Huskers Athletics and Women Investing in Nebraska invite you and a guest to a sweet suite view of the Nebraska vs. Michigan State Women's Basketball Game

Pinnacle Bank Arena 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive Lincoln, NE February 17, 2019 2:00 p.m. reception and brief program 3:00 p.m. tipoff Seating is limited, so RSVP soon if you are interested. Due to NCAA recruiting rules, no high school students may attend this evenFeb

Feb. 8, 2019

GRAND OPENING Geriatric Cognitive & Mental Health Project for Rural Nebraska College of Nursing Western Division University of Nebraska Medical Center

Open to ALL February 8, 2019 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. John N. Harms Center --Plex Western Nebraska Community College 2620 College Park Scottsbluff, NE

2018 Programs And Events 2018 Programs And Events

December 17

Cocktails and Conversation
Come learn how dedicated and passionate women like you share interests in the University of Nebraska and Nebraska’s nonprofits through Women Investing in Nebraska.
Join us in Lincoln or Omaha at one of the following locations:

Monday, December 17, 2018
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Lincoln, Nebraska
Thursday, December 20
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Omaha, Nebraska
Kindly RSVP by Friday, December 14.
Questions? Please contact Jean Wilcox at
jean.wilcox@nufoundation.org or 402-504-3331.


October 9, 2018 
You and a Guest are cordially invited to the
Women Investing in Nebraska
Grant Award Celebration
featuring special guest
Indrani Goradia
Founder, Indrani's Light Foundation
and recognizing the
2018 WIN Grant Recipients
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - Keynote Speaker Indrani Goradia
5:45 p.m. - Grant award presentation
6:00 p.m. - Reception
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine Street
Omaha, Nebraska



August 27, 2018

Please join hostesses Linda Stigge and Michelle Stigge, WIN members and guests for a lecture and book signing with author and Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the College of Arts and Sciences with a special joint appointment in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
Rhonda Garelick 
featuring her book
Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History  
Monday, August 27, 2018
5:00-7:00 p.m.    
Home of Linda Stigge
Dr. Garelick will lecture about her book then be available for book signings.
Please feel free to bring a copy of any of her works.
Limited copies of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History books available for purchase at the event.


August 22, 2018

You and a guest have a special opportunity to watch the 

Husker Volleyball 

team practice for its upcoming season,

learn more about its success on the court and in the classroom

and tour the Bob Devaney Sports Center. 

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Bob Devaney Sports Center

Space is limited. Please contact Ashley Spurlock at

 ashley.spurlock@nufoundation.org or 402-458-1247 by August 15 to reserve your spot. After August 15, we will keep a waitlist and be in touch if we have a cancelation. Due to NCAA regulations, high school age students cannot attend.


May 3, 2018

You're Invited!   
Please join host Kit Schmoker, WIN members and guests for a reception and learn how dedicated and passionate women like you share their interests in the University of Nebraska and 
Nebraska nonprofits through Women Investing in Nebraska.   
4:00-6:00 p.m. 
Home of Kit Schmoker
Edina, MN 

April 21, 2018


at the 2018 Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run

Saturday, April 21, Baxter Arena, UNO

The Claussen Leahy Maverick Run has something for everyone.

The event includes 5K and 10K runs, a 5K walk, an 800-meter kids race, and kids activities.  
Proceeds fund scholarships and program enhancements for all UNO Athletics.


April 24, 2018

Kearney Symphony Orchestra 
Finale Concert 
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building
Tuesday, April 24, 2018  
7:30 p.m.

April 10, 2018

You are invited! 
Carey Hamilton
WIN Chair
Trev Alberts
University of Nebraska Omaha
Vice Chancellor for Athletics
Brittany Lange
University of Nebraska Omaha
Head Women's Basketball Coach
invite you to learn how they empower women athletes
to be leaders on and off the court.
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 
University of Nebraska Omaha - Sapp Fieldhouse 
Hamilton Academic Excellence Room


March 27

Please join host Susie Bounds, WIN members and guests for a reception and learn how dedicated and passionate women like you share their intersts in the University of Nebraska and Nebraska nonprofits through Women Investing in Nebraska.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

March 20, 2018

You're invited to join Women Investing in Nebraska for an exclusive opportunity with
The Nature Conservancy 
to watch the

Great Sandhill Crane Migration
Platte River Prairies 
Derr House
13650 S. Platte River Drive
Wood River, Nebraska 
This is a wonderful opportunity to witness one of the world's great migrations,
described in Smithsonian Magazine as 80 percent of the world's cranes converging upon 80 miles of Nebraska land.
4:30 p.m. - arrive
4:45 p.m. - dinner served 
5:00 p.m. - program led by Chris Helzer, Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska
with guest speaker Dr. Mary J. Harner, Associate Professor, The University of Nebraska at Kearney
5:45 p.m. - leave Derr House for the property (in your own vehicle)
we will walk a quarter of a mile together to the blinds
8:30 p.m. - leave blinds (approximate)
  The Nature Conservancy Staff Guides
Sara McClure, Director of Major Gifts
Eliza Perry, Donor Relations Manager 
Space is limited.

February 13, 2018

You're invited to join Women Investing in Nebraska for an exclusive opportunity with the

E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues


Misty Copeland 

5:00 to 7:00 p.m. CST
Pre-event social - Lincoln
Misty's Steakhouse & Lounge  
200 N. 11th Street   
Lincoln, Nebraska 
in Kimball Recital Hall.
Please feel free to join us at Misty's to learn more about WIN  
even if you do not have a lecture ticket or have purchased one elsewhere.

Lecture livestreamed to Midwest Theater - Scottsbluff, Nebraska  
Midwest Theater
1707 Broadway
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Doors open - 5:30 p.m. MST
Lecture begins - 6:00 p.m. MST
More on Misty Copeland
In 2015, Misty Copeland became the first African American female 
Principal Dancer in American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history.
Hear from this artist, author, entrepreneur and humanitarian about
how she broke barriers and her work to inspire young people everywhere.

February 16 & 19, 2018

WIN Members, You’re Invited!
With the temperatures getting cold in Nebraska,
we have a number of our members escaping to warmer places.
We are pleased to let you know about our two opportunities
for WIN members and prospective members to get together in February –
one in Scottsdale, Arizona, and one in Rancho Mirage, California.
Please join us and feel free to extend the invite to any guests who may have an interest in joining WIN. 

Rancho Mirage Event
Friday, February 16, 2018
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. PST
Karen Linder's Home

Scottsdale Event
Monday, February 19, 2018
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. MST
Diane Stine's Home

We hope you can join us for these events! We will enjoy the weather, share news about the coming year for WIN and make new friends.
If you plan to attend either or both events, please contact Ashley Spurlock at ashley.spurlock@nufoundation.org or 402-458-1247.