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OKWIT currently meets virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, we hold events monthly on the last week of the month in Tulsa and OKC.

Our events include leadership luncheons, mentoring circles, networking socials, workshops and more. 

Virtual Event – Self-Love & Self-Care Strategies in 2021

Oklahoma Women in Technology invites you to a virtual self-love/self-care event on February 24 @ 12pm, with guest speaker Jordan M.Pyle!

About this Event

Oklahoma Women in Technology invites you to our ‘Self-Love & Self-Care Strategies’ virtual event for February 2021! Guest speaker, Jordan M. Pyle will share key strategies & activities that you can fit into your daily life to promote a healthy balance of self-love & self-care in these unprecedented times. Registration is required.

Ticket price for non-members or ‘Friends of OKWIT’ members: $10

‘Advocate’ and ‘Contributing Executive’ members receive two free tickets. One for you and a friend. When you register for the event, use your Member ID (located in the top left-hand corner of your OKWIT emails) as the promo code and register up to two attendees at no cost. Want to become a member today? Visit OKWIT’s membership page to learn more about our different levels.

About our Speaker:

Jordan Mackenzie Pyle, M.S., is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Central Arkansas. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and family units who have experienced trauma or exhibit problematic sexual behaviors related to maltreatment. Jordan also believes in bringing awareness to mind/body connection within the therapeutic experience. Jordan utilizes a Rogerian person-centered approach and believes in incorporating each client’s unique cultural and personal factors to help the client feel empowered and in control of their mental health journey.

Jordan completed a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Arkansas in 2019 and her bachelor’s degrees in both Psychologies and Forensic Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2015. For the past seven years, she has presented research at national, regional, and local conferences on topics ranging from child maltreatment to multicultural competencies in therapy. She was recently named the 2020 recipient of UCA’s Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award for her work with undergraduate students. After completing her doctorate, Jordan plans to further her passion for trauma work by contributing to evidence-based trauma/problematic sexual behavior treatments for individuals and their families. By doing so, she hopes to one day help break the cycle of abuse. In her spare time, Jordan enjoys naps and spending time in Oklahoma with her fiancé and their two cats.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event is made possible. OKWIT thanks our corporate sponsors, Devon Energy, Paycom, ONE Gas, and Coretopia! Interested in becoming a sponsor? Visit okwit.org or email us at info@okwomenintech.org to get in touch with our sponsorship team. Our organization is 100% volunteer-run & operated. Thank you for your support!

When: Wed, February 24, 2021
Where: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM CST

Virtual Event – Book Discussion for “Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up” by Patricia Ryan Madson

About this Event

Join us on Wednesday, March 3rd at 12pm CST for this virtual book club discussion on Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up by Patricia Ryan Madson.

In an irresistible invitation to lighten up, look around, and live an unscripted life, a master of the art of improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by generations of musicians and actors.

Let’s face it: Life is something we all make up as we go along. No matter how carefully we formulate a “script,” it is bound to change when we interact with people with scripts of their own. Improv Wisdom shows how to apply the maxims of improvisational theater to real-life challenges—whether it’s dealing with a demanding boss, a tired child, or one of life’s never-ending surprises. Patricia Madson distills thirty years of experience into thirteen simple strategies, including “Say Yes,” “Start Anywhere,” “Face the Facts,” and “Make Mistakes, Please,” helping readers to loosen up, think on their feet, and take on everything life has to offer with skill, chutzpah, and a sense of humor.

See you there!

Support Oklahoma Women in Technology by purchasing a copy of your book through our Amazon Smile link.

Thank you to all our Corporate Sponsors for your continued support! Devon Energy, Paycom, ONE Gas, Coretopia

When: Wed, March 3, 2021
Where: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM CST

COVID-19 JULY UPDATE

COVID-19 Update

Updated January 2021

 

With the safety of you, your families, and our communities as our top priority, we are modifying our all OKWIT events from in-person events to virtual gatherings.

 

During this uncertain time, we are working to provide new remote ways to engage our membership. Please keep in touch with us through our social media, website, and membership e-newsletters as we announce online activities to foster interaction and education from your homes.

 

The threat of COVID-19 spread is being taken very seriously by OKWIT leadership, and we will continue to monitor the situation to make decisions for future events. As always, thank you for your support and participation in Oklahoma Women in Technology. Our hearts and thoughts are with all of you.

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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
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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.
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