Event Details

  • September 8, 2017
  • 7:45 am - 3:00 pm
  • $125


  • Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University 
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 432-4000

Event Description

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. 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 also very excited to welcome as our Keynote Speaker, the one and only Vicki Lawrence. During her senior year in high school, where she was voted “Most Likely to Succeed,” Vicki Lawrence sent comedienne Carol Burnett an invitation to her local fire department’s“Miss Fireball Contest.” Included with that invitation was a local newspaper article mentioning Lawrence’s resemblance to the television star. Burnett, who had been searching for an actress to play her kid sister in her new television varietyseries, arranged to attend the contest and meet Lawrence. The rest is television history. During its 11-year run, “The Carol Burnett Show” won 25 Emmys, one of which Lawrence earned(she was nominated five times). After the show ended, Lawrence starred in her own series, “Mama’sFamily” from 1983 to 1990.Besides national recognition as an actress, Lawrence has also been a game and talk show host(“Win, Lose or Draw” and “Vicki!”), recording artist, theater performer and writer. She receivedcritical acclaim as the only talk show host since Oprah Winfrey to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy in her premier year. Lawrence also received a gold record in 1973 for her international hit single, “The Night the LightsWent Out in Georgia.” On stage, she appeared in numerous productions including “Carousel,”“Send Me No Flowers,” “My Fat Friend,” and live from the Grand Ole Opry, “Nunsense 3: TheJamboree,” which aired on TNN. An avid women’s rights activist, Lawrence regularly speaks to groups across the country about herlife, career, and women’s health issues, reminding them always that “life is much too serious to betaken seriously!” Before appearing on “The Carol Burnett Show,” Lawrence sang with the YoungAmericans musical group and was in the Academy Award-winning documentary film about thatgroup. In 1988, she was the first woman honored as “Person of the Year” by the Coalition of LaborUnion Women. Lawrence has worked with the Humane Society as well as the American HeartAssociation and its “Go Red for Women” campaign. Her autobiography — Vicki!: The TrueLife Adventures of Miss Fireball” — was published in 1995.

Event presented by:

  • Women Working Wonders
  • (517) 364-3631