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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.

Volunteer Info Session – OKC


WHEN: Friday, August 24th
TIME: 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
WHERE: West on Western | 6714 N. Western Ave | OKC, OK 73116


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 –



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

Tulsa August Event – Pursuing Your Passions


WHEN: Tuesday, August 28th
TIME: 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
WHERE: 36 Degrees North | 36 East Cameron Street | Tulsa, OK 74103


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 sponsors Cox Business.

OKC August Event – Communicating with Confidence


WHEN: Wednesday, August 29th
TIME: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
WHERE: Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel | 6300 Waterford Boulevard | Oklahoma City, OK 73118


Join us this month as we discuss the importance of communicating with confidence with speaker Anya Mashaney! 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.


Anya Mashaney is a real estate broker and co-owner of Spaces Real Estate, a boutique brokerage offering a service-centered experience for people buying, selling, renting, and investing in homes across the extended OKC Metro. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and has a lifelong passion for service and engagement with people. Anya is involved in her community through her service for the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Realtor Political Action Committee, Mayfair Heights Neighborhood Association, Rotary International’s Midtown Club, and Sisu Youth Services. Anya enjoys her limited downtime with her husband, her dogs, and her friends. You can find her lounging at home watching Netflix, at a local dive with a beer in hand, or attending a local non-profit event.

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.

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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OKWIT Tulsa – Networking Happy Hour 5:30 pm
OKWIT Tulsa – Networking Happy Hour @ Nola's ...Creole & Cocktails
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
OKWIT Tulsa - Networking Happy Hour @ Nola's ...Creole & Cocktails
Networking for women is increasingly important to developing careers in tech. Let’s put networking into action at our Quarterly Networking event at Nola’s Creole and Cocktails! Come enjoy appetizers and a drink while you courageously introduce yourself and make new connections to help you grow in your career path and personal endeavors. The best way to get the most out of this networking activity is to be involved – so come prepared with an introduction and experiences of your own to share! This event is made possible by our corporate sponsors – Devon Energy and Pinnacle Business Systems.
OKC May Event: Tech Meets Art 6:00 pm
OKC May Event: Tech Meets Art @ [Artspace] at Untitled
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
OKC May Event: Tech Meets Art @ [Artspace] at Untitled
Vast capabilities exist within our tech community, and we strongly believe in the value of considering all current options. For our networking happy hour, in collaboration with [Artspace] at Untitled, join us for an exploratory look at how technology can be utilized to create fantastical art and more. With breakout sessions from skilled instructor on fiber arts and technological crafts Kristal Boulden, and the chance to mingle with industry peers and meet new faces – discover something new and prepare to be inspired! Additionally, plan to check out the current exhibit featuring “Dislocated Histories” by David Crimson, which uses “old” processes of painting to speak on “new” processes or technologies. Cash bar and small plates will be provided by our corporate sponsors Devon Energy and Pinnacle Business Systems. Our art gallery venue is provided by [Artspace] at Untitled; free parking is available in the lot north of the gallery. Kristal Boulden is an academic librarian, educator, and maker. She currently serves as the Social Sciences & Humanities Librarian at the University of Oklahoma Libraries. Inthis role, she is the subject librarian for several academic departments and supports faculty and students in their teaching, learning, and research. An avid hand knitter, Kristal is passionate about fibers, textiles, and empowering people to learn handcrafts. She also coordinates and teaches fiber arts workshops at OU Libraries’ makerspace, Innovation @ the Edge. Kristal earned her Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tulsa.