From entrepreneurs and CEOs to professors, editors, and attorneys—the WSWU has welcomed a wide range of inspiring panelists over the years.


  • Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley, superintendent of schools, School District of University City
  • Thy N. Huskey, MD, professor of neurology, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Sharon Price John, president and CEO, Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Susan Sherman, co-founder, Saint Louis Fashion Fund


  • Khalia Collier, owner and general manager, St. Louis Surge Women’s Basketball
  • Lesley S. Hoffarth, PE, president/executive director, Forest Park Forever
  • Jill A. Stratton, PhD, associate dean, Undergraduate Residential Learning
  • Latoya E. Thompson, chief hair enthusiast, Heritage1933


  • Marie-Hélène Bernard, President and CEO, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Aster Beyene, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Bayer Crop Science
  • Caitlyn M. Collins, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Washington University
  • Stephanie M. Grise, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Bank
  • Aimee Wehmeier, President and CEO, Paraquad, Inc.


  • Bettina F. Drake, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Kun Q. Klotzer, Head of Strategy, Applied Solutions, MilliporeSigma
  • Shanti Parikh, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Kelly Pollock, Executive Director, COCA
  • Cassandra Sanford, CEO, KellyMitchell Group


  • Catherine (Kate) M. Appleton, MD, Associate Professor-Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Susan (Sue) B. McCollum, Chairman and CEO, Major Brands, Inc. & Eagle Brands Sales
  • Sister Antoinette (Toni) M. Temporiti, Founder and President, Microfinancing Partners in Africa
  • Veronica Theodoro, Editor-in-Chief, St. Louis At Home Magazine
  • Wilmetta J. Toliver-Diallo, Assistant Dean and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Washington University in St. Louis


  • Nancy K. Fahey, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Diedre J. Gray, SVP, General Counsel & Administration
  • Brittany N. Packnett, Executive Director, Teach for America – St. Louis
  • Patricia B. Wolff, M.D., Founder and Executive Director, Meds & Food for Kids
  • Ming Zu, Senior Global Category Manager


  • Jami L. Ake, Senior Lecturer & Assistant Dean, College of A&S
  • Rhonda Carter Adams, Executive Director, Central Illinois/Eastern Missouri, Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Stephanie Krauss, Senior Fellow, The Forum for Youth Investment
  • Kimberli McCallum, MD, CEO, Medical Director and Founder, McCallum Place
  • Jia (Holly) You, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP


  • Reena Hajat Carroll, Executive Director, Diversity Awareness Partnership
  • Abby Huang, Manager, Protein Solutions, DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Jill K. Powell, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor, St. Louis University School of Medicine
  • Sharon Stahl, Vice Chancellor for Students, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Nancy Walsh, President and Actress, Clancy Productions, Inc.


  • Adrian E. Bracy, MBA, CPA, CEO, YWCA Metro St. Louis
  • Jill E. Carnaghi, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Students and Dean of Campus Life, Washington University
  • Tracy McCreery, State Representative
  • Joan P. Noelker, MD, Emergency Medicine Division, Washington University School of Medicine


  • Valerie Bell, JD, Attorney and Civic Volunteer
  • Rhonda Broussard, Founder and President, St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, Inc.
  • Nino Clarkin, Department Leader, PMO-Project Delivery Services, Information Systems, Edward Jones
  • Nancy Hawes, JD, Attorney at Law, The Stolar Partnership LLP
  • Teresa Knight, MD, FACOG, CEO, Women’s Health Specialists of Saint Louis


  • Maddie Earnest, Business Owner, Local Harvest
  • Cindy Teasdale McGowan, Online Retailer and Owner, Makaboo
  • Eileen (Boo) McLoughlin, Executive Director, Craft Alliance
  • Kira Van Niel, Civil Engineer, The Boeing Company
  • Risa Zwerling, Adviser in Arts & Sciences, Washington University


  • Cheree Berry, owner and stationery designer, Cheree Berry Paper
  • Rashda (Sonny) Buttar, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Patriot Coal Corporation
  • Cynthia Kramer, Founder and Executive Director, Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose and Exploration (SCOPE)
  • Rachel Lockhart-Korris, Coordinator, St. Louis Social Venture Partners at Regional, Business Council
  • Michelle McMahan, Director, Momentum Worldwide


  • Deborah F. Dubin, JD, attorney, educator, consultant and advocate
  • Paula Gianino, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region
  • Mary E. Klingensmith, MD, FACS, associate professor of surgery, Washington University School of Medicine; program director in general surgery for the surgery residency program
  • Sarah Linquist, master scenic artist at The Muny
  • Kacie Starr Triplett, 6th Ward Alderman


  • Melanie Adams, managing director of the Missouri Historical Society; member of the Special Administrative Board for St. Louis Public Schools
  • Sarah Eliza Halcomb, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Lily Seymour, commercial real estate broker and entrepreneur
  • Ranjana Smetacek, director of Global Biotech Acceptance, Monsanto Company
  • Julie Sward, attorney, TIAA-CREF Trust Bank


  • Elizabeth Carp, Television Producer for HBO, ESPN, KDSK
  • Dr. Valerie J. Halpin, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine, Washington University
  • Dr. Cecilia Hegamin-Younger, Research Director, Harcourt Assessment
  • Zellie McClelland, Entrepreneur, mother, humanist
  • Kathleen Wilder, Reverend, Lafayette Park United Methodist Church


  • Susan Gregory, Senior Manager, The Boeing Company
  • Betul Ozmat, Special Assistant to the Dean in the Brown School, Washington University
  • Cabanne Schlafly, Director of the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery
  • Dawn Stringfield, Executive Director of Lydia’s House


  • Phyllis Hanson, Associate professor of Cell Biology and Physiology in the School of Medicine, Washington University
  • Shirley Padmore, Attorney, General Litigation Practice Group
  • Geetha Rao Sant, Attorney, The Stolar Partnership LLP
  • Jennifer Teasdale, Advertising Executive
  • Patricia Wente, General Manager of Radio Station KWMU
  • Emily Blumenfeld, Community Program Coordinator for “Arts in Transit”
  • Regina Frey, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Assistant Dean in Arts & Sciences and director of the Teaching Center, Washington University
  • Elizabeth George, Adjunct Instructor at the Brown School and former director of the Career Center, Washington University
  • Kimberly MacLean, President of Druids Woodworking Inc.
  • Kelle Moley, Associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine, Washington University