New York Times bestselling author headlines Women’s Philanthropy Board Spring Symposium

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Andy Andrews, a New York Times bestselling author, will provide the keynote address at the 11th annual Women’s Philanthropy Board Spring Symposium and Luncheon on Monday, April 22, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Andrews has spoken at the request of four U.S. presidents and was hailed by the New York Times as a “modern day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America.” His works include “The Traveler’s Gift,” “The Noticer,” “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” and “The Butterfly Effect.”

“Andy Andrews is a powerful communicator with the ability to capture life lessons and deliver an impactful message,” said June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences. “His work inspires individuals to make decisions that create a positive impact in their own lives and in the lives of others.”

His keynote address will cap off the day’s events which include a morning symposium highlighting three financial experts: Bucky Hellwig, senior vice president and regional portfolio manager, BB&T Wealth Management; Bill Sutton, head of philanthropic services, UBS, U.S.; and Carla Harris, managing director and senior client advisor, Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Symposium speakers will share information about the national and global economy, using investments to make a philanthropic impact and maximizing financial and personal potential.

Tickets for the symposium and luncheon are required and can be purchased by calling the WPB office at (334) 844-9156 or by visiting Individual tickets are $90, and reserved tables of 10 are available in the following price structure: Gold Table, $1,200; Platinum Table, $2,500; and Diamond Table, $5,000.

The Women’s Philanthropy Board, the flagship division of the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, was established in 2002. The organization has been the inspiration for the development of a minor in philanthropy and nonprofit studies in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University; Camp iCare, a summer camp for kids, ages 6-12; and Real Cents Real Change, a learning series and summer residential camp for teens, ages 13-18.

Women’s Philanthropy Board corporate partners and grantors provide funds to assist in underwriting its educational events. These partners include: Alabama Power, Auburn University Outreach, BB&T, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County, Charlotte Gaston Interiors, Dubberly, Dean & Associates – UBS, The Flower Store, Gallery One Fine Art, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, Kiplinger, Mary Wynne Estes – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Speaker Mike Hubbard, Alabama House of Representatives, Verizon and Warren Averett Wilson Price LLC.

(Contributed by Sidney James Nahkjavan.)

Contacts: Sidney James Nahkjavan, College of Human Sciences, (334) 844-9199,, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (