Women leaders at The Ohio State University continue to blaze new trails when it comes to finding ways to empower other women and help them open doors to opportunity. The six women who make up the 2018 Glass Breakers all measure their success, in many ways, by how they are helping others, including providing needed mentorship to tackling issues as complex as dramatic changes to sexual harassment policies.
Karen Dennis (MPE)
Director of men’s and women’s track and field/cross country
Dennis is one of the most respected women in the country’s track and field community and recently led the Ohio State men’s indoor track and field team to its first Big Ten championship in 25 years. She’s the first female collegiate coach to win a men’s championship. In addition to her work at the university, she’s also involved on the international track scene and led the U.S. women’s national team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Dennis is known by her peers as someone who is passionate about empowering other women and helping them excel in a sporting culture that’s dominated by men. In 2012, she hired an all-female coaching staff, one of the few — if not the only — in the country.
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