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 Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center  

September 8, 2017

NEW Keynote Speaker, the fantastic Samantha Harris! 



As you may have noticed, there's a new face appearing on this page... 
Sadly, the wonderful Vicki Lawrence was forced to cancel
her appearance at this year's event due to personal circumstances. 
While we understand that life gets the best of all of us, we were truly saddened to hear this news. 


But, the show must go on! Working diligently with the Women Working Wonders committee,
we have found a wonderful keynote speaker in Samantha Harris, a dynamic energetic woman
with a wonderful story to tell. From her encounters with celebrities galore, to an eight-year stint hosting
ABC's Dancing with the Stars, her victory over breast cancer and so much more in-between,
Samantha will do a wonderful job filling the role that Vicki has reluctantly let go.

Join us to reflect, recharge and reimagine! 


 We are sorry, but online registration for Kaleidoscope is now closed so we may complete preparations for this fantastic event.  On-site registration will be open bright and early at 7:45 am on Friday, August 8.  We hope you will join us!  

 (Please note: registration after August 1st is $125 per attendee) 

 Printable registration form for reference


Check in and registration - 7:45 to 9:00 a.m.  (Breakfast begins at 8:15 am)

Note: We may not be able to honor seating
preferences for day-of-event registrants.


Thank you for your interest in supporting Women's Health Initiatives
through Kaleidoscope. 
We look forward to hosting you on Friday, September 8, 2017!


Kaleidoscope is designed to empower, enrich, and inspire women of our community. This daylong event focuses on women's health and education initiatives, and features unique opportunities to learn and network. Women Working Wonders (W3) is proud to continue the legacy of the MSUAA Kaleidoscope program, now in its 43rd year. The women of W3 are excited to introduce a re-imagined Kaleidoscope to the mid-Michigan community. This event supports W3's mission to support the physical and psychological health of women through community leadership, resource development and outreach initiatives. Our friends and partners at the MSU Alumni Association continue to have a strong presence in Kaleidoscope, and the most popular features of this beloved event will remain unchanged.    


PLEASE NOTE: We look forward to hosting you at Kleidoscope to enjoy breakfast, lunch, breakout sessions, Samantha Harris and the always entertaining Elliot Engel. We also understand that circumstances arise both on the planning side of an event and from your end. As all things ebb and flow, our keynote speakers, breakout sessions, instructors and topics, venue, etc. are also subject to change. Unfortunately though, as noted in all Kaleidoscope materials, we are unable to offer refunds.  If you cannot attend, your registration fee can be turned into a 100% tax deductible donation benefitting Ice Cap Therapy at the Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center. You are also welcome to gift your ticket to a friend who might like to attend; simply let us know the name of the individual who will replace you at the event. 



W3 is happy to invite back Kaleidoscope staple, Professor Elliot Engel. Professor Elliot Engel is one of the most insightful, personable and entertaining lecturers to come out of academia in the past 50 years. His witty, engaging speaking style imparts hard, factual information, leaving his audiences virtually spellbound yet charmed by his humor and insight. Using anecdotes and analysis, he gives new insights into the backgrounds, accomplishments and lives of the great masters of English and American literature, as well as significant historical figures.


As a professor, Engel has taught courses at Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina. For his scholarship and teaching, he has received North Carolina’s Adult Education Award and the Victorian Society Award of Merit.




W3 is pleased to announce that our new keynote speaker will be the one and only Samantha Harris, best know for her eight-season run as co-hose of Dancing with the Stars. Bursting with enthusiasm and genuine warmth, Samantha Harris is also a seasoned entertainment journalist and Emmy-winning TV host, health and fitness expert, certified personal trainer and cancer survivor. Most recently, she can be seen hosting the Gordon Ramsay-produced cooking show Culinary Genius alongside chef Edward Lee. Additionally, Harris has been on the covers of 11 fitness and health magazines, including SHAPE, Women’s Running, Pilates Style and Muscle & Fitness HERS.


Whether Harris is conducting a fitness class with her boundless energy, winning over audiences on Broadway playing the iconic role of “Roxie Hart” in the musical Chicago, delivering a keynote or performing master of ceremony duties at events such as the American Cancer Society’s Giants of Science Awards, the March of Dimes annual convention, Ann Taylor Cares, Power of P!nk, Medline’s annual conference or the Samsung corporate conference, her infectious enthusiasm garners new fans. Audiences attending her presentations often leave feeling as though they’ve made a friend, due to her warmth and earnestness.


Programming and Schedule for 2017:


7:45-2:30 p.m.                 Shopping Emporium and Health & Beauty Emporiums

7:45 a.m.                         Registration Opens

8:15 a.m.                         Breakfast begins, Registration continues 

8:30 a.m.                         Welcome from Stella Cash, Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships

9:00 a.m.                         Remarks -  from Sheri Jones, WLNS TV 6 Anchorwoman

9:05 a.m.                         Opening Session - Elliot Engel

10:05 a.m.                       Break [Mingle and visit the Emporiums]

10:35 a.m.                       Session I

11:30 a.m.                       Break [Mingle and visit the Emporiums]

11:45 a.m.                       Session II

12:40 p.m.                       Break [Mingle and visit the Emporiums]

1:15 p.m.                         Luncheon

2:00 p.m.                         Keynote Address by Samantha Harris



Thank you to our generous 2017 sponsors!


If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cindy Watters, Senior Development Officer, at Cynthia.Watters@Sparrow.Org or by telephone at 517.364.3619. 

Presenting Sponsor



Breakout Session Sponsor


 Board of Water and Light 

M3 Group

Table Sponsors
AF Group
First National Bank of Michigan
Ronald and Martha Jakubiak
Lansing Community College
Michigan State University Residential and Hospitality Services
Dorothy Schaeff
Tri-Star Trust Bank
 Media Sponsors
Adams Outdoor Advertising
Foresight Group 
Lansing State Journal
Townsquare Media
 Gift in Kind
 Laurel Health Care

If you have any questions or concerns about Kaleidoscope, please contact Lisa Stewart,
Development & Events Specialist at or by telephone at 

No refunds are available. Should you be unable to attend the event for any reason, your registration fee can be changed
to a 100% fully tax deductible donation, or you may choose to pass your registration on to a friend.



Women Working Wonders (W3)


Founded in 2002 by Lansing entrepreneur Virginia Hilbert, the Sparrow Foundation’s Women Working Wonders (W3) Committee works tirelessly to support the physical and psychological health of women in mid-Michigan.  The committee comprises more than 35 professional women from the Greater Lansing area. With the generous support of our community, W3 has raised more than $2.2 million for initiatives that advance women’s health. Its signature fundraisers are The Dapper Dads Challenge and Fashion Show, and Kaleidoscope.


Thanks to community philanthropy, W3 supported/funded projects include:


  • A $250,000 MicroSelection HDR V2 that reduces radiation treatment for Patients
  • A state-of-the-art stereotactic breast biopsy machine for Sparrow’s Radiology Department.
  • A dedicated room for the compassionate treatment of sexual assault victims.  
  • A Transition-to-Hospice Program that helps terminally ill Patients and their families ease into end-of-life care.
  • An Infant Bereavement Program for the heartbreaking times when parents lose a newborn. 
  • Pocket-sized cards outlining symptoms of heart disease and stroke specific to women, created and distributed throughout the region.
  • A comfortable (and comforting) family lounge in Sparrow’s Neurosciences Center.     
  • Softer, more comfortable examination gowns for women undergoing mammograms at Sparrow.      
  • A lactation clinic at Sparrow to assist mothers who may have challenges breastfeeding their new babies.        
  • The creation of the Deb Atkinson W3 Endowment 
  • A $1 million pledge to Sparrow's new Herbert-Herman Cancer Center

Kaleidoscope is designed to empower, enrich and inspire the women of our community. W3 is proud to continue the legacy of this event, now in its 43rd year and previously hosted by the MSU Alumni Association.