Photo of Mather Quad during fall
Mather Quad

Flora Stone Mather Center for Women to celebrate 20 years of empowerment

Two decades ago, Case Western Reserve established the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women in honor of 19th-century philanthropist Flora Stone Mather—a namesake whose family ties can be found across the university. Known for championing gender equity, Mather’s legacy inspired a commitment to research-informed activism in the arena.

In the years since its founding, the Mather Center has empowered women across the Case Western Reserve campus—and beyond. To celebrate 20 years of progress, they’re now set to host numerous events and programs through Oct. 18, including opportunities for community members and supporters nationwide to get involved. All are encouraged to take part.

The Exponential Power of Women

The “Flora20/The Exponential Power of Women” symposium Oct. 18 will serve as the center’s main celebratory event. Open to members of the Greater Cleveland and Case Western Reserve communities, it is designed to showcase the remarkable accomplishments of women and inspire future leaders.

Historical photo of Flora Stone Mather
Flora Stone Mather

The symposium will feature two keynote speakers who have shattered glass ceilings and left indelible marks on their respective fields: Jessica Jackley, founder and former chief marketing officer of KIVA, the world’s pioneering peer-to-peer microlending website; and Ramona Hood (MGT ’16), president and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical, a leading North American transportation provider.

Additionally, there will be panel conversations and roundtable discussions, providing a platform for participants to engage in meaningful conversations about women’s advancement in various sectors. There will also be the presentation of the Flora Awards, a recognition to be given to 20 recipients who have championed gender equity throughout their careers. A video series highlighting this year’s honorees is available to view online

The evening will close with a fireside chat with Hood, moderated by Angela Clark-Taylor, executive director of the Mather Center, before transitioning to a networking reception at Tinkham Veale University Center.

Award recipients, sponsors and their guests are invited to a special dinner at Harcourt House, presented by co-chairs of the event committee Karen Kaler and Jacquelyn Nance (LAW ’92).   

Learn more and register for the symposium.

The Flora20 Symposium Schedule

  • 2:30 p.m. Doors open at Tinkham Veale University Center
  • 3 p.m. Welcome
  • 3:15 p.m. Opening Keynote with Jessica Jackley, founder and former chief marketing officer of KIVA
  • 3:40 p.m. Facilitated Discussions
  • 4:30 p.m. Panel conversation
  • 5 p.m. Flora Award Recognition
  • 5:15 p.m. Facilitated Discussions
  • 5:45 p.m. Closing Keynote with Ramona Hood (MGT ’16), president and CEO, FedEx Custom Critical
    • A fireside chat moderated by Angela Clark-Taylor, executive director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women
  • 6:10 p.m. Reception at Tinkham Veale University Center