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Our staff at women's history month 2018
Sheila Spivey speaking at Women's History Month Luncheon 2018

Women's History Month Celebration

The Women's History Month Celebration provides a vehicle to honor women, their accomplishments and their contributions to society. The celebration, traditionally a luncheon, humbly began as a potluck event for faculty, staff and students at the University over thirty years ago but has since evolved into the premiere Women's History Month event in Jacksonville. Since 2014, community partners, faculty, staff and students have come together each spring to hear from globally-recognized speakers, who serve as pioneers in advancing women across the world.


The Susan B. Anthony Award and Women's History Month Scholarship are awarded each year during this hallmark event.


This year's Women's History Month Celebration was held on March 3, 2021 at Noon, via Zoom. 


 Photo of Doctor Olenda Johnson in a black shirt

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Olenda E. Johnson.

A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Dr. Olenda E. Johnson is Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development at the U. S. Naval War College – a graduate-level institution for highly select military officers and government civilians. As a lead contributor in the College of Leadership & Ethics (CLE), Dr. Johnson advises Navy senior leaders, develops strategy, teaches highly regarded courses, and facilitates team efforts. In her primary role, she leads her team in providing executive-level leader development for 2-Star Navy admirals, Marine generals, and senior government executives. Olenda has also worked with other military units (e.g., U.S. Army Special Forces Command) to support their leader development endeavors.

Olenda earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, and both a B. S. and MBA from Florida A&M University. Prior to joining the Naval War College, she was a tenured professor at North Carolina A&T State University. She held previous visiting faculty appointments at the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Dr. Johnson also holds an appointment as adjunct faculty at the Wellington School of Business and Government in New Zealand. Mostly, Olenda finds the greatest joy in serving others – whether professionally, within her faith community, or among family and friends.