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Creighton Honors Woodard, Roskens at Women’s Athletics Fundraiser

Heidi Geier Woodard, BA’99, former Creighton award-winning softball player, active alumna and communicator, and Lisa Yanney Roskens, Omaha businesswoman, humanitarian, equestrian and sports enthusiast, will be this year’s recipients of Creighton’s Leader for Life and Believe and Achieve awards, respectively.

The Creighton awards will be presented at the Leaders for Life eighth annual fundraiser luncheon for women’s athletics May 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center. The Leader for Life award honors an individual whose actions have made a lasting impact on women’s sports at the University; Believe and Achieve recognizes an outstanding individual who has enriched the community through emphasizing women’s issues and female empowerment.

As a player in the 90s, Woodard remains Creighton’s all-time stolen base leader, with 83 stolen bases. At Creighton, she twice earned Academic All-American honors, while leading Creighton to back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference regular-season titles. She ranks second in school history with 243 career hits, and her .358 career batting average ranks third among school leaders. She was the first to record two 70-hit seasons and is one of only five with 200 career hits and 100 career runs.

Since receiving a journalism degree from Creighton in 1999, Woodard has been putting her communication skills to good use at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska. She also has embraced opportunities in new media, blogging on, and on Q98.5 FM – opportunities she leverages to raise funds for nonprofits.

Roskens is chairman and CEO of the Burlington Capital Group LLC, an international investment management firm. She developed and oversees the company’s strategic plan and opens new venture capital opportunities in the United States and abroad.

She has also provided leadership to a number of organizations, many of them in traditionally male-dominated arenas. She serves as chairman of America First Tax Exempt Investors, on the board of Agribusiness Partners International, and as chairman of Cantera Partners LLC. Roskens also serves on the Board of Directors of Doane College, is a past-member of the Brownell Talbot Preparatory School Board of Trustees and the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors.

Roskens also founded: “Take Flight Farms,” a program that incorporates horses into therapeutic and learning programs. Through equine-assisted psychotherapy, the organization helps more than 200 clients a year, more than half of them children. A sports enthusiast, she is a member of the Board of the Omaha Sports Commission and is president of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation. Roskens also founded and is the chairman of International, a world-class equestrian competition. She is also a runner, and has competed in multiple marathons and triathlons, including the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon Championship in 1996.

Register online at by April 29 to attend the luncheon. Tables of 10 are available at the captain level for $1,500 and leader level at $1,000. Individual patron tickets are available for $75.

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