Big 12 Homecoming: Be You Women's Empowerment Series

Thursday, September 28, 2023 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As part of Big 12 Homecoming — a conference-wide celebration of the Big 12 brand, bringing three days of entertainment and community engagement to the campuses of Big 12 members — the league has partnered with the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit to bring students the Be You Women’s Empowerment series, presented by Maybelline. The series will include panel discussions focused on mental health awareness and will be hosted by notable women leaders from each host institution market and SI Swimsuit models. 

The festivities will also include one-of-a-kind experiences such as a beauty bar, giveaways, meet & greets with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models and the chance to get a professional headshot taken.

The women's empowerment panel features two UCF alums, Shelly Wilkes and Ashley Turner. The entire event is open to all and the first 100 receive a free T-shirt.

Schedule of Events on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Addition Financial Arena: 

    • 10-11 a.m.: Vendors/Popups
    • 10:45 a.m.: KnightMoves performance
    • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: UCF Women's Empowerment Panel
      • Shelly Wilkes, a former UCF student-athlete, and current Senior Vice President for Marketing and Social Responsibility at the Orlando Magic
      • Suzanne Worthington, Orlando Health Senior Vice President at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies
      • Kay Rawlins, Founder and Senior Vice President, Community Relations for Orlando City Soccer
      • Ashley Turner, Director of External Affairs and Partnerships, UCF DeVos Sport Business Management Program
    • 12-1 p.m. Sports Illustrated Panel
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