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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.

OKC October Event – Conquer Your Fears!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: StarSpace46, Inc. | 1141 West Sheridan Ave, 2nd Floor | OKC, OK 73106

Struggling to find the best way to handle conflict in your workplace? Trying to work up the nerve to quit your job and apply for a new one? Then this is the event for you!


Join us as we face and conquer our fears at our very first open dialogue event at StarSpace46! Through a moderated audience-driven Q&A we’ll dive into several intimidating and “scary” topics, including how to identify and handle workplace discrimination, negotiations with your boss, interviewing for a new position, and more.

Regardless of your experience level, we want to hear from you! Come prepared with your questions for discussion, as well as your own personal experiences to be shared, and let OKWIT help you conquer your fears!

In addition to some interactive conversations, we’ll be hosting a costume contest with prizes!!

Appetizers and cash bar will be provided by our incredible corporate sponsors – Devon and Pinnacle Business Systems – and our generous event sponsor, Cox Business

Tulsa October Event – CyberSecurity Escape Room!

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct 30th, 2018
TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: QuickTrip Corporation | 4705 South 129th East Ave | Tulsa, OK 74134

Corporate Security is a top concern for companies today, and each employee plays an important role in mitigating security risk. This October, during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, join us at QuikTrip Corporation to immerse yourself in a unique security training experience and learn how you can make a difference in your company’s security. Experience how QuikTrip Corporation built out a custom escape room, designed to train participants on their corporate security policy. You will have the opportunity to attempt the escape room scenario, which is themed after Sherlock Holmes. No matter your job title in your organization, there is something for you to both learn and enjoy at this event.

Appetizers and drinks will be available, thanks to our corporate sponsors.

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

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


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.

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.

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 welcome!


We are excited to announce that our 2018 OKWIT Gala keynote speaker will be Emily Sutton! Emily joined the 4Warn Storm Team in December 2009 as KFOR-TV’s first female meteorologist. Sutton is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) by the American Meteorological Society and has been awarded the National Weather Association (NWA) Seal. She is the only meteorologist in Oklahoma with both seals.


Since distinguishing herself while storm chasing live during the historic May 2013 tornado outbreaks, Sutton continues to cover significant storms firsthand for KFOR-TV. Her storm chasing gained national recognition with video showcased on CNN, MSNBC and The Weather Channel. Sam Anderson profiled her storm chasing experiences for “The New York Times Magazine” and blog “The 6th Floor” in August 2013. She was featured in a storm chasing article for “Popular Mechanics” Magazine. KFOR’s team coverage of the May 20, 2013 Moore tornado won an National Emmy.


Her passion for weather started at a young age but wasn’t realized until joining the Storm Chase Team at the University of Missouri where she saw her first tornado in 2004. Sutton graduated with honors and dual degrees in Atmospheric Science and Media Convergence Journalism.

She’s been awarded “Best Meteorologist” in OKC (So6ix Magazine), Norman (Best of Norman) and Enid (Best of Enid). Besides weather, Sutton loves to sing and had the honor of singing in front of thousands at Tennessee’s famous NASCAR track, Oklahoma City Baron’s hockey and Thunder basketball.


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


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OK WISE 18 6:00 pm
OK WISE 18 @ Embassy Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 14 @ 5:30 pm
OK WISE 18 @ Embassy Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center
  The OK-WISE Conference is an interdisciplinary event allowing women in STEM & entrepreneurship showcase their work and build networks. The conference features speakers such as Gene Nora Jessen, original member of Mercury 13, Carolyn Rodz, founder of Alice – an AI-Based business accelerator, and former White House Adviser Michelle Millben. Other speakers and panelists will cover a variety of topics spanning the scientific, economic, and societal impacts of women and have all been selected based on their significant accomplishments in scientific research, business and entrepreneurship, and/or their societal impact through public service. It is our hope that this conference will spark new vision, encourage further research, foster new collaboration, and ultimately lead to more innovation. The conference will feature morning, lunch, and evening keynote addresses, along with 6 Q&A topical panels and 3 matchmaking sessions. Each matchmaking sessions is designed to connect attendees with community leaders, entrepreneurship support organizations, or businesses that can serve as resources for women working in STEM or entrepreneurship. To participate in a matchmaking session, please indicate your interest on your registration form and you will receive follow-up information ahead of the conference. Students and faculty: use promo code STUDENTTEACHER for free purchase of tickets and bring your official student/faculty ID on the day of the event www.okcatalyst.com/okwise
September Power Luncheon – Bridging the Gap with Tech and Diversity 11:30 am
September Power Luncheon – Bridging the Gap with Tech and Diversity @ NOAH’S Event Venue
Sep 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
September Power Luncheon – Bridging the Gap with Tech and Diversity @ NOAH’S Event Venue
OKWIT Power Luncheon Bridging the Gap with Tech and Diversity 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. Please inform us of any food issues by emailing info@okwit.org before Friday, September 14. This event is made possible by our corporate sponsors, Devon Energy, Pinnacle Business Systems, Coretopia and our event sponsor Cox Business.