UOPX LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR AAUW
Dr. Lee Winocur Field received the University of Phoneix Leadership Award for outstanding work. Since Lee feels that women in our community colleges remain an underserved population by AAUW, two years ago she joined with members of the San Clemente and Mission Viejo-Saddleback Valley Branches to bolster their College/University Partnership efforts at Saddleback College. Modeled on the successful University of Phoenix (UOPX) Women’s Symposium of 2015, Lee spearheaded the fund-raising, planning and coordination of a Women’s Leadership Forum, designed to motivate community college and interested community women to strive to become top leaders in whatever careers they undertake. The Forum, generously supported by UOPX, PIMCO and San Diego Gas & Electric, quickly sold out and generated high praise from attendees. It became obvious that this event served an important need, and the organizers have been urged to repeat the Forum again next year.
For 52 years, Lee has remained passionate about the mission of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), working to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. During this time, Lee has served three branches of this national organization, Newport Mesa, Laguna Beach and more recently, San Clemente-Capistrano Bay. She became a Life Member of AAUW in 1989 and over the years has served in various board of director positions at the local level including two terms as branch president. She subsequently went on to serve for three terms at the state level as California Leadership Director during which she planned and presented workshops in leadership at both state and national AAUW conventions as well as conducting regional leadership training days across the state. In 2000, she co-authored and edited the AAUW CA 21st Century Report proposing numerous suggestions for organizational revitalization, which subsequently were adopted by the AAUW, including the highly controversial action to open membership to community college graduates. Lee has been the recipient of an AAUW-LB Leadership Trailblazer Award and is an AAUW-LB Educational Foundation Honoree.