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A Conversation with Champions: LPGA Women and Their Heroes

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

LPGA players Lorena Ochoa (who went on to win the tournament), Natalie Gulbis, Nancy Lopez, and Morgan Pressel shared their life stories, including who their heroes are and who has inspired them on and off the golf course. Additionally, the Susan B. Anthony Promise Award was presented to Mary Beth Cooper, Vice President for Student Affairs at RIT.

The conversation was moderated by Myra Gelband, a Senior Trustee at the University of Rochester and former senior editor of Sports Illustrated.

View pictures from this exciting event.


Natalie Gulbis
Nancy Lopez
Lorena Ochoa
Morgan Pressel

Click here for panelists' biographies.

New York Times article from June 6, 2007 on Morgan Pressel and the stress of success.

The 2007 Susan B. Anthony Promise Award:

The Susan B. Anthony Promise Award celebrates a leading Rochester woman & alumna of the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration whose career, leadership, energy and wisdom promise to help us realize Susan B. Anthony’s dream. The Simon School and Anthony Center sponsor this award.

Mary-Beth Cooper joined RIT in 2002 from the University of Rochester where she was associate provost for student services and dean of students. Prior to that, she was dean of students and chief student affairs officer at St. John Fisher College.

Cooper has been a student at almost every school where she's worked. At Michigan State University, where she earned a Ph.D. in college and university administration, she was a residential director. At the University of Georgia, while working in residential life, she earned a master's in education. Most recently, while dean of students at the University of Rochester, she picked up an MBA. The only exception was when she was dean of students and chief of student affairs at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

In fall 2006, Cooper began a three-year program at Case Western Reserve University, which will add an Executive Doctor of Management degree to her portfolio.

Mary-Beth Cooper

Vice President for Student Affairs

Rochester Institute of Technology



This event is co-sponsored by the Anthony Center for Women's Leadership and the Wegmans LPGA.