09/15/2010 03:16 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Glamour's Top 10 College Women (VIDEO): The Future Is In Good Hands

Last week I attended Glamour magazine's Top 10 College Women luncheon honoring some of the highest-achieving college women across the country. The two-hour, tear-jerking, awe-inspiring lunch left me feeling like I wanted to go back to college so I could open a school in a Third World country or shoot hoops with President Obama. Has my time come and gone?

For the past 53 years Glamour magazine has recognized not only women who have achieved academic excellence, but also those who have blazed their own path -- those who might make you say, "I want to vote for her for president one day," said Cindi Leive in a Today Show interview.

Past winners include women like Alexander Keenan (2009), who developed a hand-operated sanitizer and dreams to establish a nonprofit that creates health tests in impoverished countries, and Chikoti Mibenge (2006), whose mission is to help find a cure for AIDS.

This year's competition honored women like Emily Elbert, an international singer, guitarist and songwriter, who has played for members of parliament, art students in Puerto Rico and club-hoppers in Peru. Sophia Khawly, who created an organization to build schools in Haiti at the age of 14 and now dreams of working for the World Health Organization.

Read more about the 2010 winners on And watch the Today Show interview with Cindi Leive and some of the winners below.


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