Women of Excellence

Women of Excellence 

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The Women of Excellence was created to honor, extend and advance the legacy of Xavier's and Edgecliff's extraordinary women graduates, as well as provide opportunities for women to grow as organizational and philanthropic leaders for the University.

The Giving Circle

Xavier's Women of Excellence formed a giving circle to allow women to collectively support Xavier and encourage the development of women as philanthropic leaders. Giving circle members are alums, parents and friends who recognize that women as donors have the capability of making a tremendous impact on the University, its students, faculty and staff.

Funds from the giving circle are distributed through a grant application process to projects and programs proposed by faculty, staff and student groups of Xavier. The annual distribution of funds to selected campus programs is determined through a voting process by Giving Circle members.

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2020 Grant Recipients

View last year's Women of Excellence grant recipients.

Featured Grant Recipient

In January 2020, the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services office, in conjunction with the Women of Excellence, sent three minority student-athletes (two female and one male) along with one staff member to the Black Student-Athlete Summit in Austin, Texas.

Eleven minority student-athletes applied to attend and three were chosen: Two volleyball players, Jayda Cartlon and Moriah Hopkins, one male track and field athlete, Will Roberts, and staffer Angela Wyss. The Summit takes place every year in Austin, Texas. With the help of the WOX grant Xavier secured a two-year grant that will allow the Musketeers to send between four or five more minority students and one staff member to the Summit in 2021 as well.


Upcoming Events 

November 19, 2020, 7:30pm 

Join Mike Schmaltz on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. as he sits down with women's basketball head coaches Michelle Clark-Heard, DeUnna Hendrix, and Mel Moore. They will be talking all things women's basketball, including the significance of the sport in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Advance registration is required online here to receive access to the Zoom link. To learn more about the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Regional hosted at Cintas Center, subscribe to email alerts here to get the latest news and information on schedules, tickets and more.


December 3, 2020, 7:00-8:30pm

Women of Excellence is sponsoring a workshop facilitated by Dr. Gillian Ahlgren titled Courage, Creativity and Resilience: Tools from Ignatian Spirituality for Our Challenging Times

Reservations Required



The Women of Excellence mentoring program is a partnership with the University's Career Development Center. We invite you to share your experience and practical real-world advice with our students by becoming a mentor. As a mentor, you become a role model who can make a difference in the lives and career choices of our students. Not only is this a fulfilling and rewarding opportunity for both you and students, but it's also a way for you to stay connected to the University and the Jesuit legacy of being a woman for others.

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Contact: Shannon Cassidy-Cox | Executive Director, Women of Excellence | 513-745-4266 | cassidycoxs@xavier.edu