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

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

Programs & events Programs & events

Women Investing in Nebraska occasionally shares information on programs about philanthropy or social issues important to women, as well as opportunities for members to network.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday 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

Complimentary parking is available directly southeast of the Scott Conference Center.

To submit your RSVP please click the link below! 



Past Events:

Monday, 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.

If you plan to attend, please contact Ashley Spurlock by August 20 at ashley.spurlock@nufoundation.org or 402-458-1247.



Wednesday, Aug. 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. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
We will enter practice as a group, so prompt arrival is appreciated.

Bob Devaney Sports Center

1600 Court St.  
Lincoln, Nebraska
Please use south entrance.

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 this event. 

Please park on the south side of the building in Lot 52. You may enter off of N. Antelope Valley Parkway onto Transformation Drive and proceed to the south side of Devaney. Please check-in with the attendant to receive a parking pass. Map available



Thursday, 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 

street parking available

We hope you can join us! We will share news about the coming year for WIN and make new friends. 

If you are unable to attend, please forward to anyone that might be interested in learning more about WIN.  If you plan to attend, please contact Ashley Spurlock at ashley.spurlock@nufoundation.org or 402-458-1247. 


Saturday, 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.


Tuesday, 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.

Tuesday, 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
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, Nebraska
If you plan to attend, please contact Ashley Spurlock
at ashley.spurlock@nufoundation.org or 402-458-1247.


Tuesday, 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 interests in the University of Nebraska and Nebraska nonprofits through Women Investing in Nebraska.  

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Home of Susie Bounds

We hope you can join us! We will share news about the coming year for WIN and make new friends. 

If you plan to attend, please contact Ashley Spurlock at ashley.spurlock@nufoundation.org or 402-458-1247.

Tuesday, 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.

Please RSVP to ashley.spurlock@nufoundation.org or 402-458-1247.

In an effort to limit The Nature Conservancy's plastic footprint, please bring a reusable water bottle to use in the blind.  
Carpool options will be available from the Lincoln and Omaha foundation offices.
Hotel reservations available at the Holiday Inn in Grand Island.
$129.95 for two queens or one king
To receive the group rate, please contact the Holiday Inn at 308-675-1118 by March 1.  
The hotel is approximately 30 minutes east of The Nature Conservancy. 
As with any event involving birds or animals, their participation and weather conditions are neither scripted nor scheduled. 
What to Expect 
- Please dress warmly! We'll be in a cold, insulated and well-ventilated blind with limited seating. 
- Dark clothing is preferred.
- Wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.
- You may bring snacks or a thermos; feel free to eat in the blinds.
- The viewing blind has no bathroom facilities; please plan accordingly.
- Everyone will arrive and leave as a group. 
- No one may leave the blind until after dark.
- Flash photography is NOT allowed.
- No tripods will be allowed due to space constraints; monopods are welcome.
- Expect to whisper.
- Please bring your own binoculars, headlamp or flashlight if you'd like.

Map to Derr House:
At Exit 300 on Interstate 80, take State Highway 11 south for approximately 2 miles.
Highway 11 will take a sharp curve to the east.
As Highway 11 makes this curve, Platte River Drive will be the first gravel road that goes directly south from Highway 11.
There will be a driveway that goes to the Derr House—look for a wooden sign with our logo and "Platte River Prairies."



Tuesday, 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 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018  
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. CST

Pre-event social - Lincoln

Misty's Steakhouse & Lounge  
200 N. 11th Street   
Lincoln, Nebraska 

WIN has a limited number of lecture tickets. Tickets are $10.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Ashley soon to reserve your seat.  
Public tickets available January 8.

Lecture presented by the 
Lied Center for Performing Arts at 301 N. 12th Street
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

Lecture will be live-streamed from the Lied Center to the Midwest Theater - Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Sponsored by the Scottsbluff Public Library Foundation.
No ticket necessary.  

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Ashley Spurlock as soon as possible if you plan to attend
either event at ashley.spurlock@nufoundation.org or 402-458-1247. 

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.

2017 Events

Thursday, Oct. 5

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Want to know more about Food Bank for the Heartland?

Join other WIN members on Wednesday, September 13, to learn more about the Food Bank for the Heartland’s impact and contribute some volunteer time to its good work.

Food Bank for the Heartland received a $62,500 grant from WIN in September 2016, which supported Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen this past summer. The mobile kitchen provided summer meals to children who qualify for free and reduced price lunches over the school year. This is one part of the Food Bank’s support of 530 food pantries, schools, shelters and other nonprofits in Nebraska and Iowa.

WIN’s grants illustrate our members’ investment in Nebraska. The WIN Education Committee seeks out opportunities for members to learn more about philanthropy and the work of Nebraska nonprofits and the University of Nebraska.

The WIN Education Committee offers this time to learn more and work alongside other WIN members. Dress will be casual.

The schedule for Wednesday, September 13, is:

9:30 a.m.   Arrival and social time
                  Food Bank for the Heartland
                  10525 J Street
                  Omaha, Nebraska
9:50 a.m.   Opening remarks
                  WIN Chair Carey Hamilton
                  Food Bank for the Heartland President and CEO Susan Ogborn
10:10 a.m.  Tour Food Bank of the Heartland facility
10:45 a.m.  Volunteer activity
11:45 a.m.  Closing comments
12:00 p.m.  Treat yourself to lunch with us at
                   Pasta Amore (in Rockbrook Village)
                   11027 Prairie Brook Road
                   Omaha, Nebraska

Note: Parking is limited, so car-pooling is encouraged.
Please RSVP by September 8 to Ashley Spurlock at
ashley.spurlock@nufoundation.org or 402-458-1247.

Thursday, April 27th:

UNO's Marion Marsh Brown Writers Lecture Series presents "Wild" author Cheryl Strayed

Join us for a WIN pre-lecture gathering
Thursday, April 27,
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Spirit World
6680 Center Street, Omaha, Nebraska

The lecture starts at 7 p.m. at the Baxter Arena.
Please RSVP by Monday, April 24, 2017, to
Diane Buker (diane.buker@nufoundation.org) or call at 402-502-4913. 

Monday, April 3rd:

Women Investing in Nebraska UNK Reception

Enjoy Cocktails and Conversation
-at the-
Museum of Nebraska Art
2041 Central Ave, Kearney, Nebraska
-with hosts-
Carey Hamilton
Women Investing in Nebraska Chair,
Mary Henning
University of Nebraska Foundation Trustee,
Susan Fritz, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Nebraska

For more information on this event, please contact Sue or Lori.

Friday, March 24th:

Women Investing in Nebraska
joins the Buffett Early Childhood Institute Event -
Urban and Rural Nebraskans Speak About Early Care and Education

Friday, March 24, 2017
Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsbluff Conference Center
301 West Highway 26, Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Survey findings and panel discussion, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. MDT
Lunch and conversation, 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. MDT

Please join us for the statewide release of a new report from the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and Gallup that tells the dramatic findings from the largest survey ever conducted in Nebraska about early care and education. The majority of the more than 7,100 Nebraskans who responded voiced overwhelming support for early childhood services and programs, as well as concerns about the availability and affordability of high quality programs in the state. 

Urban and Rural Nebraskans Speak About Early Care and Education is the third report from this historic survey and showcases the views of residents in rural areas, small towns, and urban centers. The event includes a brief overview of findings followed by a panel discussion about the report's implications for the Panhandle.  

Thursday, March 9th:

Women Investing in Nebraska UNMC Reception

Enjoy Cocktails and Conversation
-at the home of-
Juliann Sebastian, Ph.D., R.N.
Dean of the College of Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Deb Thomas
Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Susan Fritz, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Provost
University of Nebraska

For more information on this event, please contact Sue or Lori.

February Regional Receptions in Arizona and California 

Scottsdale, Arizona WIN Event
On Monday, February 20, Carey Hamilton will host an event for WIN at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Rancho Mirage, California WIN Event
On Wednesday, February 15, Karen Linder will host an event for WIN at her home in Rancho Mirage, California.

For details on the Arizona or California events, please contact Ashley Spurlock at 
402-458-1247 or by email at ashley.spurlock@nufoundation.org.

Tuesday, January 24th:

“Pandemic: From Cholera to Ebola and Beyond”

Sonia Shah
Investigative science journalist
and award-winning author

7 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Lied Center for the Performing Arts
12th & Q Streets, UNL Campus
(There is no admission fee, but tickets are required)

~ Women Investing in Nebraska Pre-Lecture Gathering ~
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Misty’s Steakhouse and Brewery
200 N. 11th St., Lincoln

WIN has a small supply of free general admission tickets
Please RSVP by Friday, January 20, to reserve yours
Anita Meyer, 402-458-1200 or anita.meyer@nufoundation.org

Sonia Shah is the author of prize-winning books on science, human rights and international politics. Her most recent book, “Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond” was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s choice. She earned praise for her 2010 book, “The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years,” based on original reporting in Cameroon, Malawi and Panama. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American and Foreign Affairs, and has been featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, CNN, Al Jazeera and BBC. Her TED talk on malaria has more than a million views.

Sonia Shah’s program is part of the UNL E.N. Thompson Forum, and is sponsored by the UNL School of Biological Sciences, College of Journalism and Mass Communications and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

Hope to see you on campus!

Sue Kutschkau
Director of Membership
Women Investing in Nebraska - WIN
402-502-4109 Direct
Lori Shriner
Director of Communication,
Education and Grants
Women Investing in Nebraska – WIN
402-458-1209 Direct
Wednesday, January 18th:

Women Investing in Nebraska UNO Reception

Enjoy Cocktails and Conversation
-at the home of-
Deb Smith-Howell, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dean of Graduate Studies
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Lynn Harland, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Professor, College of Business Administration
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Susan Fritz, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Provost
University of Nebraska

For more information on this event, please contact Sue or Lori.

2016 Events
Tuesday, September 27th:

Exclusive Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN)
Meet and Greet prior to UNO CBA’s
MBA Leadership Speaker Series presentation
Tuesday, Sept. 27th @ 5PM

“The Business of Terrorism: Inside ISIS”
Featuring speakers,

Dr. Gina Ligon
Associate Professor of Management, UNO-CBA

Dr. Doug Derrick
Associate Professor of IT Innovation & Management, UNO IS&T, CBA

Meet & Greet, Demonstrations & Hors d’eouvres
WIN Family & Friends
with Dr. Gina Ligon
5 - 5:45 p.m.
Koraleski Commerce Applied & Behavioral Lab, Mammel Hall 320

6 – 7 p.m.
Schmid Auditorium, Mammel Hall 113

(Free parking in Lot 5 North side of Mammel Hall)
6708 Pine St.
UNO Pacific Campus

UNO researchers have profiled The Islamic State using a business lens. They will share how the group is organized, marked and financed. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, this longitudinal study provides insight about how to degrade and defeat the ISIS Organization.

Dr. Gina Ligon is a member of the National Consortium of Studies of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. Since coming to UNO, she has garnered more than $2 million in security-related grants and contracts. She is principal investigator on a grant from the Department of Homeland Security examining the leadership and performance of transnational violent extremist organizations and originated the Leadership of the Extreme and Dangerous for Innovative Results database.

Hope to see you on campus!

Sue Kutschkau
Director of Membership
Women Investing in Nebraska - WIN
402-502-4109 Direct

Lori Shriner
Director of Communication, Education and Grants
Women Investing in Nebraska – WIN
402-458-1209 Direct

Thursday, September 22nd:

UNK College of Business and Technology Executive-in-Residence
Jeanette M. Wojtalewicz Keynote Presentation

Join us at the Ron Landstrom Executive-in-Residence
keynote presentation followed by lunch

“Keep the Door Open—Life after UNK”
By Jeanette M. Wojtalewicz
Chief Financial Officer for CHI Health

11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22
Nebraska Student Union, Ponderosa Room
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Women Investing in Nebraska Lunch Gathering
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Kearney Country Club
2800 19th Ave., Kearney

While serving as the Ron Landstrom Executive-in-Residence
at UNK, Jeanette M. Wojtalewicz will meet with students,
faculty and leaders on varied topics. In this special keynote
address, she will talk about the self-confidence, life-long learning
and lessons learned as we seek to find career and life balance. 

Come listen to her presentation, then join
Women Investing in Nebraska members
and others for an informal lunch discussion.

Hope to see you on campus!

Sue Kutschkau                        Tricia Danburg
Lori Shriner 
                            Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
Co-Directors                               UNK Alumni Association
Women Investing in Nebraska 

Meet us before the Thompson Forum lecture

This event has been rescheduled to Tues. Feb. 23.

           WIN Pre-Lecture Gathering
         5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tues. Feb. 23
     Misty's, 11th & P Streets, Lincoln, NE

   Lecture - Making a Difference in the World
             7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
           Lied Center, UNL Campus

We think this event may be of interest to WIN members.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of the best-selling “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” will speak at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Ms. WuDunn’s latest book, “A Path Appears,” is about making a difference in the world. She was a vice president at Goldman Sachs, has a keen understanding of macro and micro economic trends, and speaks widely on global affairs, economics and other topics. The author will sign books following the lecture. Check out this link for more details.

We have a number of advance tickets available for this lecture if you would like to attend with other WIN members and friends. Tickets are free and seats are not reserved, but having an advance ticket will allow you to bypass the ticket area on your way into the theater.

WIN members and friends can gather informally from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Misty’s on 11th and P Streets, then will walk over to the Lied Center to hear the lecture. Stop by Misty’s even if you aren’t able to go to the program!

For more information on the E.N. Thompson Forum, check out their website: http://enthompson.unl.edu/

Hope to see you on campus!

Amber Antholz                           Sarah Carlson
Assistant Vice President             Director
UNL Development                      Women Investing in Nebraska

P.S.    You may also be interested in author and Rhodes Scholar Wes Moore, who is speaking on “The Work,” his latest collection of lessons about creating lives that matter at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Lied, also part of the E.N. Thompson Forum’s programming,  focused on activism this year. Mr. Moore’s best-selling book, “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” compares his life path to that of another, now imprisoned Wes Moore. Contact the Lied Center for tickets, 402-472-4747 or http://www.Liedcenter.org/ENThompsonForum

Scottsdale, Arizona WIN Event
On Monday, February 15, Diane Stine will host an event for WIN at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

La Quinta, California WIN Event
On Wednesday, February 17, Lisa Smith will host an event for WIN at the Hideaway Golf Club in La Quinta, California. 

     Meet WorldCom Whistleblower Cynthia Cooper

                    Exclusive meet-and-greet
                         with Cynthia Cooper
               For WIN members and their guests
                      4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22
            International Lab, Room 116, Mammel Hall
                               UNO campus
                      6708 Pine Street, Omaha

                  Cynthia Cooper presentation
            Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century

                  5:30-7:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22
                               Mammel Hall

Come meet Cynthia Cooper as she shares her story in Omaha.

WorldCom Whistleblower Cynthia Cooper will share her powerful story and unique perspective on historic corporate scandals that led to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to protect investors on Monday, Feb. 22, at Mammel Hall on the UNO campus.

WIN members and guests will gather prior to the lecture for light refreshments, networking and a personal visit with Ms. Cooper in the International Lab, Room 116 in Mammel Hall (first floor) at 4:30 p.m.

Ms. Cooper’s presentation, Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century, draws on her experiences exposing fraud at WorldCom in 2002. She remained with WorldCom through its bankruptcy— while national attention was focused on high level corporate fraud—and as it emerged in 2004 as MCI. She was Time Magazine’s 2002 Person of the Year and now speaks and consults around the world.

Her book, “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower,” will be available for purchase at the reception and book signing following the program.  (To view UNO's news release on this event, please click here.)

While paper tickets are not issued for this lecture, an RSVP helps assure adequate space is planned for the event and is as simple as registering your name and e-mail on the UNOmaha website by clicking here. Free parking is available in Lot 5 north of Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine Street, on the campus. This UNO event is hosted by the UNO James R. Schumacher Ethics Program and the College of Business Administration.

Hope to see you on campus!

Sue Kutschkau                                 Sarah Carlson
Senior Director of Development     Director
UNO                                                 Women Investing in Nebraska