Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture on Women's Leadership

Real Talk about What Women Face at Work

Melanie Ho, Ph.D.

The details

Real Talk about What Women Face at Work

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

7 – 8 p.m. (PDT)
Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center
Also available via livestream
Free to attend 


Tired of Leaning In? Then Let's Have a Real Talk about the Issues

Sometimes you can just make a joke (or a cartoon) about it; sometimes you can smile, or bring more of those fabulous cupcakes ...

This time, you can join Melanie Ho, Ph.D. — our keynote for the annual Susan J. McGregor Lecture on Women’s Leadership — for a real talk about the challenges women in the workplace are still facing. Ho is an award-winning academic, artist, author and sought-after motivational speaker, whose published work has been described as the evolution of the 'lean in' mantra.

Ho shares her experiences as academic faculty, talents as an artist and storyteller, and decades of leadership experience in this College of Business signature event dedicated to the advancement of women in leadership.

Please join us in person or livestream.

About the Speaker

Melanie Ho, Ph.D. is an award-winning author and professional speaker who combines over 20 years of leadership experience with her perspective as an artist and multimedia storyteller. She delivers unique workshops and keynotes that help audiences achieve bolder transformations by starting with today's most important leadership concepts and then bringing them to life through the power of art and storytelling.

Her recent book, Beyond Leaning In: Gender Equity and What Organizations are Up Against, received a silver medal in the 2022 Axiom Awards recognizing the world’s best business books, and has been acclaimed by Kirkus Reviews as “an engaging evolution of Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ mantra.” Also a visual artist, Ho has drawn dozens of comics about the challenges that women face at work. She received her Ph.D. in English from UCLA, where she taught literature, visual culture and leadership and earned the Distinguished Teaching Award.

In addition to her work with leaders across industries, Ho leads The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Women Leading Change program, providing professional development to women leaders in higher education during a time of complexity and change. Prior to her current work, she served as SVP of Research at EAB Global, a technology and services firm in Washington, D.C. (formerly part of The Advisory Board Company), where she managed a team of over 100 consultants that provided strategic and operational advice to more than 1,500 colleges and universities worldwide.

Susan J. McGregor

About Susan J. McGregor

The Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture on Women's Leadership is made possible through the estate of Susan J. McGregor in keeping with her interest in support of the advancement of women.

Susan J. McGregor, College of Business '85, passed away in 2014 after a valiant battle with brain cancer. Her career included stints at the Internal Revenue Service and Coopers and Lybrand before she joined Microsoft, where she rose through the ranks of the tax department to become one of the company's first female general managers in 2007. She was an Alpha Phi, an avid Beaver believer and a generous friend to the OSU Foundation.

The College of Business is honored to be able to continue her legacy by hosting this endowed women’s leadership lecture in her honor every year.

Center For Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In Business
This lecture is hosted by the OSU Center for Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Business, which empowers students, alumni, business professionals and organizations with strategies, research and training to foster inclusiveness. Learn more about the center and how to contribute to our community.