OMAHA, Neb. -- Connie Ryan was given Creighton University’s annual Leader for Life award at the University’s fundraising luncheon earlier today on campus. The award honors an individual whose actions have made a lasting impact on women’s sports at the University. The event included a keynote address by seven-time Olympic medalist Shannon Miller as well as a speech by Creighton women’s basketball player Megan Neuvirth.
Ryan is best known on the Creighton University campus as a driving force for enhancing women’s athletics at Creighton. As chair of the Leaders for Life committee, she has been instrumental in its growth and development since its inception in 2005. During her tenure, the Leaders for Life luncheon has raised more than $150,000 for women’s athletic scholarships.
Ryan attended Creighton University from 1971 through 1973 and obtained a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from the University of Nebraska Medical College in 1974. In 1982, she joined the family business – Streck Laboratories, a manufacturer of quality control products for clinical laboratories – as a technical sales representative. She progressed through management roles in product and sales areas and in 1992 was named president and member of the Board of Directors.
In the past 18 years, Streck Laboratories has become recognized worldwide as a leader in the cell stabilization that is vital to accurate medical testing. Streck products are sold throughout the United States and in 42 countries worldwide.
Connie Ryan is closely connected to the Creighton community as a member of the Creighton University Board of Directors, as a philanthropist whose family generously provided funding for the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center, and as a champion of women athlete-scholars, dedicated to enhancing leadership opportunities for women in all areas of life.
She has said, “I am proud of the success we have had in advancing the women’s athletic program at Creighton. I feel very passionate about women’s athletics, not only because it is a personal interest of mine but because of the program’s importance in developing leadership skills that will benefit these young women long after they graduate from Creighton University.”
Connie Ryan is a registered member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She is an officer of the Methodist Hospital Board of Directors and of the Bio Nebraska Life Sciences Association Board of Directors. She is a member of boards of directors for Methodist Health Systems and the Omaha Community Foundation. She is past president of the Nebraska Business Association. In addition, she is a member of Chief Executives Organization, the World Presidents’ Organization and the Nebraska Chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization. In 2002, she completed the rigorous Harvard School of Business Owner/President Management Program.