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OKWIT meets monthly on the last Tuesday in Tulsa and the last Wednesday in OKC for leadership luncheons, networking or workshops.

September Power Luncheon – Bridging the Gap with Tech and Diversity


WHEN: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
TIME: 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
WHERE: NOAH’S Event Venue | 12710 E State Farm Blvd S | Tulsa, OK 74146


The Tulsa metro area is not only striving to be a leading technology hub for this nation, but is proving to be a contender. Tulsa was named one of only three cities in the world to be named a winner of the 2018 Engaged Cities Award, part of a philanthropic program underwritten by three-term mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg. Bologna, Italy and Santiago de Cali, Colombia were the other two winners.

To ensure that we as a community, made up of citizens, students, employees, and business owners, are fulfilling the requirements to be a leading city not only in the state of Oklahoma, but for the county – we must reflect on what we provide, where we are, and how big of a bridge is needed to be built in order to close the gap on technology skills and team diversity.

Join the OKWIT Power Luncheon as we bring you experts from both the government side and the business side to discuss key elements of being a nationally known technology hub, such as:

  • The need for a trained and diverse technology workforce.
  • The importance of affordable and accessible technology education.
  • The need for focus on diversity in technology both in corporate and in government and current efforts underway.
  • How technology and diversity are paired to improve communities.

How will your workforce transition as our region transforms? Be on the frontline of this conversation and register for this luncheon today. Gain insights to engage your workforce into being the next leader.


Our amazing luncheon line-up includes –


Panelist: Christina da Silva, Community Development and Policy for the City of Tulsa

Originally born the Republic of Panama, Christina da Silva immigrated to the US when she was about 5 years old, first moving to Nebraska and living in various parts of the US. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2010. Currently Christina works full-time as Director in the Mayor’s Community Development and Policy department, focusing on public health initiatives and outreach for Tulsa’s immigrant community. She is coordinating the City of Tulsa’s “New Tulsans” Initiative which is focused on developing a city-wide strategic plan focused on removing barriers for immigrant integration. Christina is also a graduate level student at Oklahoma State University in the Human Development and Family Sciences department, where she also provides support for research projects at OSU Center for Family Resilience. In 2018, Christina was named “People to Watch” by the Tulsa World.


Panelist: Jayme Bynum, IT Director, Infrastructure at SemGroup Corp

Jayme Bynum is currently the IT Director for Semgroup Corporation responsible for Infrastructure and Customer Services. She has over 25 years’ experience leading teams in support, development and execution of technical initiatives. With the majority of her career in the midstream energy sector, she has had responsibility for several IT disciplines including Client Services, Data Center, Network, Development, Security, Compliance and Application Development. Jayme has a history of success in partnering with business leaders to provide innovative, efficient and cost effective use of technology to meet business objectives. Jayme has a BS degree from Oklahoma State University in Management Science and Computer Systems. She supported her community through service and board memberships.


Panelist: Todd Gourd, CIO of Information Services at Cherokee Nation Businesses

Todd Gourd has devoted more than 20 years to supporting innovation, managing modern information technology and serving as a leader in the IT field.

Gourd currently serves as the Chief Information Officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses, the parent company of all Cherokee Nation–owned businesses. Gourd has executed multiple roles during his tenure at CNB, including president of the tribe’s durable medical equipment company, vice president of information services, senior manager of IT enterprise infrastructure, manager of IT systems administration, and IT network administrator.

In his role as CIO, Gourd is responsible for providing strategic vision and leading the IT department. The department has more than 140 IT professionals who support all business divisions of CNB

Gourd, a Cherokee Nation citizen, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Langston University and serves on the board of directors for Rogers County Volunteers for Youth and Junior Achievement of Oklahoma’s Tulsa Region.


Moderator: Kuma Roberts, Executive Director of Talent Attraction, Retention & Mosaic at the Tulsa Regional Chamber

Kuma Roberts currently serves as the Executive Director of Talent Attraction, Retention & Mosaic at the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce. Prior to taking on her new role, Kuma served as program manager for education aligning the business community to the resource needs of our public school system. It was in this role that Kuma developed her desire to work in the realm of social justice and business development.

In her role as Interim Executive Director Kuma identifies the needs and programs for growing, retaining and attracting a skilled and diverse workforce to achieve the Tulsa region’s short and long range business development objectives. She serves on various local boards including: Leadership Tulsa, TAUW Women’s Leadership Council Education Co-Chair, Tulsa Area Human Resources and Workforce Tulsa Youth Council. She is a proud member of Leadership Tulsa Class 51 and was recently appointed to the inaugural City of Greater Tulsa African American Affairs Commission. Kuma is passionate about education, equity, social justice and her community.


*Seated lunch will be provided.


This event is made possible by our corporate sponsors, Devon Energy, Pinnacle Business Systems, Coretopia and our event sponsors Cox Business.

2018 Fall Retreat – Be Brave!


WHEN: Friday, November 2nd, 2018
TIME: 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
WHERE: Devon Energy Center | 333 W Sheridan Ave | Oklahoma City, OK 73102


Do you have a future in Technology?

Oklahoma Women in Technology invites OKC career exploring women (HS graduates + High School students grades 10-12) to join us for day filled with fun activities, great speakers, inspiring local women in Tech, and SO MANY great resources all in 1 place to openly explore your possible future in TECHNOLOGY. This event is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors.

This half day event is aimed to educate career exploring women in Oklahoma about the breadth of career opportunities in STEM and specifically the Technology field. We want to inspire diverse enrollment into the array of technology training programs available to them, and to cheer their participation in the IT workforce. In recognition of the ongoing gender gap in IT within the classroom and in the workforce, we specifically market this event to women who are either a HS graduate OR a high school student (grades 10-12). While this event targets women, we openly welcome men who want to engage in the conversation and contribute to a more equitable, diverse society.



This event is made possible by our corporate sponsors – Devon Energy, Pinnacle Business Systems, Coretopia and by our event sponsors – Dell Technologies, Amshot.

Annual Gala!


WHEN: Friday, November 30th, 2018
TIME: 7:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.
WHERE: The Petroleum Club | 100 N Broadway Ave, Ste. 300 | Oklahoma City, OK 73102


Early Bird Individual Ticket Special, now through August 31st.

This has been another amazing year for Oklahoma Women in Technology (OKWIT) as we have seen tremendous growth across the state and broadened our impact for both men and women working in technology that are advocating for diversity at all levels. Our sponsorship for women in tech has taken center front, while our outreach to young ladies aged 13 to 18 years old has strengthened exponentially.

Join us for an evening of celebration at the second annual OKWIT Gala, hosted at the desirable Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City in their ballroom, highlighting OKWIT’s 2018 accomplishments and honoring female leaders in Oklahoma. This notable event will be filled with dinner, dancing, great times and honorable mentions of women making a difference in our state with the announcement of our OKWIT Trail Blazer award recipient.

We will be announcing our keynote speaker soon, whose dynamic background and forward thinking will resonate deeply with all who attend, no matter their background.

This is an evening you won’t want to miss, and all are welcome– so take advantage of the Early Bird Ticket Special now!

Dinner will be served, with a cash bar available.

Early bird individual tickets are $40, through August 31st.

Table sponsor for eight with preferred seating, wine service, ad in the event program, and sponsor recognition for $800.

Dinner includes –

  • Southwest Salad with Poblano Ranch Dressing
  • Duo of Filet and Chicken;
    • Filet with port wine mushroom sauce
    • Chicken breast with cream cheese, spinach, sun-dried tomato and cilantro
  • Roasted fingerling potatoes with asparagus and carrots
  • Fresh rolls with butter
  • Vegetarian available; red bell pepper stuffed with eggplant and tomato ragout on a bed of red lentil

Dessert includes –

  • Chocolate mousse pie with chocolate sauce and fresh berries
  • Salted caramel cheesecake with chocolate sauce and fresh berries

Recommended attire for the evening; cocktail & semi-formal. We also encourage you to have fun with our art deco theme; flapper dresses and zoot suits are weclome!


This event is made possible by our corporate sponsors – Devon Energy, Pinnacle Business Systems, Coretopia and by our event sponsors – Nutanix and Cox Businesses.


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Oklahoma IT Symposium 7:15 am
Oklahoma IT Symposium @ Hilton Garden Inn
Aug 15 @ 7:15 am – 5:00 pm
Oklahoma IT Symposium @ Hilton Garden Inn
  Don’t forget to check out the Diversity in Tech Breakout session, hosted by OKWIT!
OKWIT OKC Volunteer Info Session 11:30 am
OKWIT OKC Volunteer Info Session @ West on Western
Aug 24 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
OKWIT OKC Volunteer Info Session @ West on Western
What better way to #BeTheChange than to get involved? Join us for our first Networking Information Session on August 24th at West in OKC! Lunch will be provided. We will start the session with a meet and greet activity and then dive in and share what each committee does and how YOU can make an impact within an OKWIT committee. We will wrap up the session with time for a Q&A. Whether you have a couple hours to dedicate to OKWIT a month or 20 hours, we will find the right fit for you! Learn more about the different committee’s and the role of the committee members here – http://okwomenintech.org/membership/ This event is made possible by our corporate sponsors – Devon Energy and Pinnacle Business Systems.
OKWIT Tulsa August Event – Pursuing Your Passions 5:30 pm
OKWIT Tulsa August Event – Pursuing Your Passions @ 36 Degrees North
Aug 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
OKWIT Tulsa August Event - Pursuing Your Passions @ 36 Degrees North
  Each one of us has hobbies and ideas that could become great, but often we do not execute on those ideas. W hat does it take to make the jump and pursue those passion projects? Please join us to hear from an expert on this topic, Robin Berkstresser, as we discuss how to discover and work toward your goals and passions. Robin has lived the methods she teaches, from writing books to starting her own company, Rogue Recruitment. Accompany us as she shares both her experience, and provides advice of how to find the motivation and courage to turn your interests into something great! Appetizers to be provided, and cash bar available. This event is made possible by our corporate sponsors, Devon Energy, Pinnacle Business Systems, Coretopia and our event sponsor Cox Business.
OKWIT OKC August Event – Communicating with Confidence 6:00 pm
OKWIT OKC August Event – Communicating with Confidence @ Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
OKWIT OKC August Event - Communicating with Confidence @ Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel
  Join us this month as we discuss the importance of communicating with confidence! Confidence isn’t necessarily a feeling, it’s how you present yourself despite how you’re feeling – and this is something that can be improved over time. By acting confidently, you can influence how others perceive you and change how you feel about yourself; within each interaction it is not what you communicate, but how you communicate that makes all the difference. At this event, we won’t only discuss the lack of confidence, but also how egos and hot-headed temperaments can impact the way others perceive your message. Accompany us for a dialogue on cultivating emotional control, insight, charisma, and courage to voice your ideas and respectfully champion them. Appetizers to be provided, and cash bar available. We look forward to seeing you there, and promoting growth through confidence! This event is made possible by our corporate sponsors, Devon Energy and Pinnacle Business Systems, and Coretopia.
Young Professionals CO-OP Event 5:30 pm
Young Professionals CO-OP Event @ Dunlap Codding
Aug 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Young Professionals CO-OP Event @ Dunlap Codding
  Join Oklahoma Women’s Coalition for an opportunity to network with passionate and engaged young professionals from across the state. The first of its kind, the Young Pros Co-Op will bring together existing young professional organizations and networks to join in an empowering session highlighting timely issues impacting women in Oklahoma while providing opportunities to engage in current advocacy efforts throughout the state. Men and women welcome. Drinks and light hors-d’oeuvres provided. For more information please email nicole@okwc.org.