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OKWIT meets monthly on the last week of the month in Tulsa and OKC.

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

Meet the Author Live Q&A with Tarah Wheeler

Join us for OKWIT’s first Meet the Author Q&A, featuring best-selling author Tarah Wheeler! This event will be held on Instagram Live.


When: Wed, May 27 | 4pm CST

Where: Follow @okwomenintech on Instagram to watch and participate live during the event!


Tarah Wheeler is Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America leading a new international cybersecurity capacity building project with the Hewlett Foundation’s Cyber Initiative. She is an inaugural contributing cybersecurity expert for the Washington Post and a Foreign Policy contributor on cyber warfare. She has appeared on Bloomberg Asia on US-China trade and cybersecurity. She is the author of the best-selling Women In Tech: Take Your Career to The Next Level With Practical Advice And Inspiring Stories. She is an information security researcher, political scientist in the area of international conflict, author, and poker player. She has been Head of Offensive Security & Technical Data Privacy at Splunk & Senior Director of Engineering and Principal Security Advocate at Symantec Website Security. She has led projects at Microsoft Game Studios (Halo and Lips) and architected systems at encrypted mobile communications firm Silent Circle. She has spoken on information security at the European Union, at the Malaysian Securities Commission, for Foreign Policy, the OECD and FTC, at universities such as Stanford, American, West Point, and Oxford, and multiple governmental and industry conferences. She has $3640 in lifetime cashes in the World Series of Poker. Reach her at @tarah.


Thank you to all our Corporate Sponsors for your continued support: 

Devon Energy, Paycom, ONE Gas, Coretopia


OKWIT Virtual Book Club

Our first OKWIT Book club series will feature the book “Women in Tech” by Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack. Discussion sessions will take place beginning the week of May 25th. Please sign-up below if you would like to participate.


OKWIT will not provide copies of the book. Please check out your local library system for e-book rentals, or purchase through your favorite social-distancing method. If purchasing through Amazon, please consider supporting Oklahoma Women in Technology through smile.amazon.com.


Thank you to all our Corporate Sponsors for your continued support:

Devon Energy, Paycom, ONE Gas, Coretopia


COVID-19 Update

With the safety of you, your families, and our communities as our top priority, all scheduled OKWIT events for March and April are canceled, and our Spring Retreat is postponed until further notice.


As of March 15th, we are following the CDC guidance which recommends canceling any events with 50 or more people for eight weeks. 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.


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


As always, thank you for your support and participation in Oklahoma Women in Technology. Our hearts and thoughts are with all of you.


Katy Battiest
President & Executive Director
Oklahoma Women in Technology

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The Future is Female! OKWIT Spring Retreat 2019 – Tulsa 8:00 am
The Future is Female! OKWIT Spring Retreat 2019 – Tulsa @ Girl Scouts of America
May 3 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hello, Oklahoma ladies! Oklahoma Women in Technology would love to invite all young women 13-18 years for a behind-the-scenes look into the variety of career opportunities available in the Oklahoma tech industry. We welcome individual attendees as well as larger groups and their chaperones. This free-to-attend event will be in Tulsa and includes the chance to meet women who make an impact in tech roles and companies across our state and see first hand what it is like to have a career in tech. Tech is a growing field in Oklahoma as traditional companies are evolving into tech companies. Come explore the many forms a tech career can take on Friday, May 3. We can’t wait to see you there! Who can attend? In recognition of the ongoing gender gap in IT within the classroom and in the workforce, we specifically market this event free of charge to females in local area middle and high schools (ages 13 – 18). While this event targets women, we openly welcome men who want to engage in the conversation and contribute to a more equitable, diverse society. Lunch and Prizes! Each attendee will receive a complimentary lunch, a bag full of SWAG, an official OKWIT Future is Femake t-shirt, and have the chance to win raffle prizes. When does registration open and close? Registration is currently open and will close on Friday, April 26th at 5 p.m. Space is limited, and registrations are accepted on a first come basis. Can I register a group of people? Contact info@okwit.org to register a group larger than 15 participants. Schedule 8:00 AM – Students arrive at first venue and register 8:30 – 9:00 AM – Breakfast and Networking 9:00 – 11:45 AM – Breakout Sessions & Tour 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM – Lunch 12:45 – 1:00 PM – Closing Transportation and venue details We ask that schools/individual attendees provide their own transportation to the GirlScout campus, where each breakout or tour will be within walking distance. There will be designated parking lots for buses and other vehicles to use. Parking lot details, venue addresses, and the order in which we will visit each venue will be provided by April 27th via email after registration.
Behind the Scenes Mentor Session – Tulsa 11:30 am
Behind the Scenes Mentor Session – Tulsa @ ol’Vine Fresh Grill
May 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Behind the Scenes Mentor Session – Tulsa @ ol’Vine Fresh Grill
Behind the Scenes Mentor Session – Tulsa   When: Thursday, May 9th Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM Where: ol’Vine Fresh Grill | 3523 South Peoria Ave | Tulsa, OK 74105   Lunch provided You must be an Advocate or OKWIT Contributing Executive to register. However, as one of these members – you may register for yourself plus one (your plus one does not have to be an OKWIT member). Seating is limited to 15, so be sure to register early. Use your MemberID to access tickets! You can find this after logging in to your member account here.   OKWIT’s Behind The Scenes Mentor Sessions are a great opportunity to meet with IT leaders in a small-group setting. Often we have set for ourselves the goal of being a manager, director, or a CXO because the path to that role seems logical for one’s career. Yet do we really understand the day-to-day activities and challenges of holding such a position? What is it really like to head a department or lead a division? What skills, knowledge, and credentials are needed to sit in that seat? Were there specific preparations to obtain the position? And once in the role, how does one traverse the day? This session mentor will share “a day in the life of their role” and what it took to get there and retain the position.   About Jennifer Kingham:     Ms. Kingham is the Chief Information Officer at NGL Energy Partners since April 2014. Prior to joining NGL, she served as the Chief Information Officer and Senior IT Audit Manager for nine years at a professional advisory firm. Additionally, she spent 12 years of her career at Williams in various IT technical and management positions. Ms. Kingham has a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and graduated Cum Laude.
Right-Brained in a Left-Brained World – Tulsa 5:30 pm
Right-Brained in a Left-Brained World – Tulsa @ Elgin Park
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Common measures of success in business focus on “Left-Brained” traits: facts, order, analysis. Increasingly, creativity, or “Right-Brained” traits, are being highlighted as an important component of success. How do we bring balance between these two dominant ways of thinking? How do we adapt to what our environment expects? Join us as Gena Nelson, Chief Data Strategist at dataStrat and Enterprise Data Architect for ONE Gas, shares her journey as a “Right-Brained” person living and working in a “Left-Brained” world. Ticket price for non-members: $10 OKWIT members on the level of ‘Advocate’ or ‘Contributing Executive’ can use your Member ID as your discount code to waive ticket price. Want to become a member today? Visit https://okwomenintech.org/membership/ to learn more about our different levels. This event is made possible by our corporate sponsors, Devon Energy, ONE Gas, and Coretopia.
Networking Happy Hour – OKC 6:00 pm
Networking Happy Hour – OKC @ VZD’s Restaurant & Bar |
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a Networking Happy Hour on Monday, May 29th from 6p-8p at VZD’s Restaurant and Bar. Enjoy drinks, appetizers and music while you courageously introduce yourself and make new connections to help you grow in your career path and personal endeavors. We will also be introducing our new Program Chair and discussing plans for the rest of the year. VZD’s Restaurant & Bar is a locally owned and operated bar located in the heart of the Western Avenue district of Oklahoma City. For three decades, it has been a hub for live music and fountain for beer and fabulous mixed drinks. VZD’s reopened in the fall of 2015 after being remodeled and revamped but still offers locals all the tradition it has always entailed. This event is made possible by our corporate sponsors, Devon Energy, ONE Gas, and Coretopia