Delta Gamma Lectureship

The Delta Gamma Lectureship is an annual program that brings speakers to Mizzou. The goal of the Lectureship is to educate students attending the University of Missouri about the value and importance of ethical conduct and personal and professional excellence through leadership and community involvement. The Lectureship is a partnership with Mu Chapter of Delta Gamma, Delta Gamma Lectureship Committee, and Student Affairs. Today, Mizzou is one of only 20 campuses with a Lectureship.

Past Speakers

2023. Kendra Scott, entrepreneur.
2022. Aly Raisman, Olympic gymnast, author.
2019. John Quiñones, journalist
2018. Jeanette Walls, journalist and author of best-seller The Glass Castle.
2017. Daymond John, businessman and investor.
2016. Bennet Omalu, pathologist; discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
2015. Tim Gunn, author, mentor, activist, American fashion and television personality
2014. Jane Goodall, DBE, primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and United Nations Messenger of Peace.
2014. Elizabeth Smart, kidnapping survivor, advocate for the prevention of child abduction.
2013. Aimee Mullins, Paralympic athlete, model, member of the Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports.
2012. Frank Abagnale, whose autobiography Catch Me If You Can inspired the film and award-winning musical of the same name.
2011. Aron Ralston, outdoorsman, author, engineer; inspiration for the film 127 Hours.
2010. Sean and Collins Tuohy, adoptive family members of NFL offensive lineman Michael Oher, inspiration for the film The Blind Side.
2009. Lisa Ling, CNN journalist and international correspondent.
2009. Joan Brock, author of More Than Meets the Eye.
2008. Jeff Corwin, Animal Planet star and conservationist.
2007. Christopher Gardner, businessman, investor, author and philanthropist whose story was depicted in the film The Pursuit of Happyness.
2006. Ronan Tynan, Paralympic gold medalist and opera singer.
2005. Sally Ride, first American woman in space.
2004. Sylvia Nasar, author of John Forbes Nash’s biography A Beautiful Mind and the film of the same name.
2003. Antwone Fisher, director, screenwriter and film producer; author of Finding Fish and the adapted screenplay for the film Antwon Fisher.
2002. Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.
2001. Herman Boone, football coach of the T. C. Williams High School football team, whose 1971 season inspired the film Remember the Titans.
2000. Patricia Russell McCloud, author of A Is for Attitude: An Alphabet for Living.
2000. Mitch Albom, author; best known for his book Tuesdays With Morrie.
1999. Homer H. Hickam, Jr., author of October Sky.
1999. Maureen Syring and Marilyn Fordham, former Delta Gamma Council presidents


The Delta Gamma Lectureship is fortunate to have many people, businesses and organizations as donors. These include Mu Chapter Delta Gamma alumnae; Delta Gamma alumnae from other chapters; MU students, faculty, departments and organizations; and local businesses.

Your donation helps us fulfill our goal of bringing high-caliber speakers who can give students new perspectives and motivation to do good in the world. There are multiple ways you can support the Delta Gamma Lectureship.

Endowment fund

An investment in the lectureship is an investment in the ethical leadership of the future. In order to continue offering high caliber speakers on campus, we ask you please to make your gift through Mizzou Give Direct.

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Event sponsors

Opportunities to sponsor the lectureship presentation are available at individual and corporate levels. To become a sponsor, please email or call us at 573-882-3780.

Long-term and planned giving

Gifts may spread over the course of one, two, five or 10 years. A representative of our committee would be happy to sit down and discuss these possibilities with you. To schedule a meeting or learn more, please send an email to University Development and Alumni Relations at or call us at 573-882-6611.

Payroll deduction

Employees of the University of Missouri can give to the Delta Gamma Lectureship via direct payroll deductions. Payroll deductions allow a monthly pattern of giving in any amount you would like. Just $10 per month provides a gift of $120 in one year and $600 over five years.

To enroll in payroll deduction, please complete an online payroll deduction form. If you prefer, you also can print and complete this form (PDF) and send to Mizzou Gift Processing, 407 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, Mo. 65211.


To speak to us about supporting the lectureship, attending an event, or any other questions, please send an to email or call us at 573-882-3780.