Oprah Winfrey Inspires National University Students
National University hosted global media leader Oprah Winfrey for an inspiring and exclusive special lecture for students and the University community. Ms. Winfrey spoke about the value of leading a purpose-filled life, and answered students’ questions about the power of education to transform lives. As part of the presentation, Ms. Winfrey also participated in a Q&A with students, moderated by National University System Chancellor Dr. Michael R. Cunningham.
The event was conducted in-person at the National University administrative headquarters in San Diego, and accessible through live streaming to the University’s 30,000 students, as well as to faculty, staff and alumni. During the presentation, Ms. Winfrey spoke on the theme of “Live Your Best Life” and then responded to questions from 11 National University students representing a range of regions, backgrounds and academic specialties.
“We are so very honored to offer our students this remarkable experience with the one and only Oprah Winfrey, someone who is respected and beloved around the world for her leadership in inspiring us all to be better people,” said Dr. Cunningham, Chancellor of the National University System, which includes National University. “So much of what Ms. Winfrey speaks to in leading an intentionally good life resonates with our students, who are themselves dedicated to education and passionate about giving back to others.”
Students and recent alumni who attended the in-person event were selected based on leadership skills and a submitted short essay on ways that education has inspired them to contribute to society For the Greater good. The live presentation was also made available to students, faculty and other members of the National University community at designated campus locations through two-way streaming capabilities, allowing Ms. Winfrey to engage with students representing different geographic regions served by the University. Ms. Winfrey took questions from students at these other campus locations, including those in Los Angeles, Fresno and Sacramento.
Ms. Winfrey was host and producer of the highest-rated talk show in television history, and serves as CEO and Chief Creative Officer of OWN – Oprah Winfrey Network. Her passion and commitment toward building a brighter future through education is well-known. Through her private charity, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, Ms. Winfrey has awarded hundreds of grants to organizations that support the education and empowerment of women, children and families in the United States and around the world.
San Diego-based National University is the second largest private nonprofit university in California with 30,000 students, online programs and more than two dozen campus locations in California and Nevada. Launched in 1971 to serve a growing adult learner population, the University is committed to serving its communities and students For the Greater good.