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Member Spotlight

Brianna Shara is the Vice President of Sales & Ops for local tech firm, Clevyr.Mrs. Shara received a Bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Western Governors University. She has a diverse background in software development,  business intelligence, enterprise analytics strategy, and informational technology. Her approach to leadership comes from a place of personal accountability, absolute faith in her teams, and a fierce dedication to building lasting relationships with clients.Brianna’s passion for education and community has inspired her to join OKWIT and can’t wait to see what the future holds! ...

Cindy Silva is an IT Analyst at Diamondback Energy in Oklahoma City. Before working for Diamondback, Cindy worked as a lead software developer at Devon Energy for six years. She has developed numerous enterprise solutions through her background in data analytics, data modeling, and data delivery and integration. Cindy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from the University of Oklahoma. Cindy has been an OKWIT member since the first session in 2016 and this is her second year on the Board of Directors. She enjoys taking barre, yoga, and Pilates classes, traveling to visit friends and family, and enjoying time with her boyfriend and their chocolate Labrador and tabby cat....

Bailee Spear is a Business Analyst at Devon Energy, responsible for business process improvement in SAP support. Bailee earned her BBA in MIS and Marketing from the University of Oklahoma in May 2015, and her Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University in December 2017. She is currently a part-time Doctoral student pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership from Liberty University. As an OKWIT member since 2017, she is excited to take on a leadership role as the new Director of Special Events for 2020. She has previously held leadership positions in Make-A-Wish and Young Professionals in Energy....

Ashley Coffey is a professional technologist, STEM-advocate and podcast host of Coffey & Code. She currently serves as the Director of Technology and Integration at Steelehouse Productions, based in Tulsa, OK. Ashley has over 10 years of experience working in the technology industry, including roles in both the public and private sectors. Ashley’s passion for technology came to her during her 5 years of working at Apple, while Steve Jobs was still at the helm of the company. She provides industry expertise to the community on how to use technology as means of empowerment and innovation. Her mission is to help bridge the gap between technology and users. Ashley is a TEDx speaker and has presented professionally on emerging technologies at nation-wide conferences. She also serves as President-elect for local non-profit, Oklahoma Women in Technology and was a 2016 STEM award recipient for the '30 Under 30' program which recognizes young individuals making an impact in their community. Ashley is also actively involved in the Techlahoma community and XR Association, which plays an active role in promoting responsible development and adoption of virtual, augmented and mixed realty. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in nature with her husband and drinking lots of coffee....

Carrie Engelbrecht has worked in the Telecommunications industry for 19 years, gaining experience as a Business Analyst, Technician, Operations Manager, and Project Manager across the Engineering, Service Management, and Sales Support organizations. Carrie is currently a Technical Project Manager in Field Engineering at Cox Communications focused on technology-driven projects that improve network availability and reliability as well as build and operate future state network capabilities. She's demonstrated a forward-thinking mindset and exceptional leadership skills during her time on the Board of Directors for Women in Cable Telecommunications, Chair of the Market Engagement Team for Cox, co-leader of a companywide innovation program, and mentor for the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance. Carrie loves crafts and do-it-yourself adventures. She enjoys playing semi-professional pool (billiards) and spending time with her son Chandler and husband, Andrew.  ...

As the Director of Professional Development, Jenn Banda aims to ignite the talents of her OKWIT colleagues in 2020.  Behind her humor and smile, she is known to make things happen. Jenn is passionate about working with teams to implement national adoption strategies and coach skills growth within her fellow members. Want to dip a toe into volunteering with OKWIT?  Talk to Jenn about how you can help with one of our events in 2020! jbanda@okwomenintech.org...

Kate Williams, Ph.D. is the owner and founder of People First Content, a content agency dedicated to helping business owners develop and execute their digital content strategy. She also teaches business writing classes at the University of Tulsa. Before serving as Secretary, Kate served as Social Media Chair for OKWIT....