May 2017

Ride the Waves
of EWI
Energy Wisdom Integrity
In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. RSVP for the May Meeting
  3. April Meeting Highlights
  4. Did You Know???
  5. Firm Highlight
  6. Spotlight on Our Past
  7. Board Reports
  8. Announcements
  9. Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  10. Tech Tips
  11. Board Members/Contact Information

President's Letter

I may be partial, but the programs just seem to get better each month.

What a pleasure to have Miss Oklahoma, Sarah Klein as our guest speaker. Her story is amazing and she’s not bad as a pianist. Wasn’t that incredible!

Her platform is a soft spot for me. My son Tyler served in the Iraqi Conflict for 10 months and in Saudi Arabia for another 12 months. I was fortunate to have several people help make him feel appreciated by sending him packages almost each month. Unfortunately, there are too many of our soldiers that do not have that support.

Sarah mentioned the Hugs Project. If you would like to support our troops you may do so at

Thank you to each one that contributed to the meals for Cynthia Sublett. As I mentioned, she is recovering from a brain stem concussion. The journey has been difficult and trying at times. Please keep Cynthia and her family in your prayers.

May is our Scholarship Banquet. The finalists have been chosen and we are once again, making a difference in our community.

LCAM 2017!!

What is LCAM? It is our Leadership Conference & Annual Meeting. This is the time you get to learn more about the organization. I remember my first LCAM. WOW!! It was held in Atlanta. I was overwhelmed with how organized the whole event was. I didn’t know the first thing about Robert’s Rules of Order, Academy of Leadership, or really anything I was getting into. However, I walked away with such an impression of these ladies. I tried to take it all in. Just let me say, I took a ton of notes.

Please check your calendars and see if you can join us in Dallas, September 21-23 for LCAM. We need 200 attendees to make it a success. That means each Chapter needs to have an average of five attendees. Come on Tulsa, we can blow that number out of the park!!!

Thank you for allowing me to serve such a wonderful group of ladies.


May Chapter Meeting


Thursday, May 11, 2017 
5:30 pm - Check-In/Registration & Icebreaker
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins

Location:  Tulsa Community College Metro Campus
Center for Creativity
909 South Boston Avenue
Tulsa, OK

Business or Business Casual

$40 Members and Guests
$30 Sustaining Members

RSVP by noon on Friday, May 7, by clicking the button below.

Please bring checks payable to EWI of Tulsa to the meeting or mail to:
     Dana Nichols
     Cimarex Energy Co.
     202 South Cheyenne Avenue
     Tulsa, OK 74103
RSVP to our Next Chapter Meeting!

April 2017
Chapter Meeting Highlights

Left Photo: Shantel Austin, Burnett Windows, Inc., Sarah Klein, Miss Oklahoma, Guest SpeakerJody Davis, Accent Moving &Storage Inc., Agent for Mayflower Transit, LLC; Jessica Bushong, Guest

Right Photo: Shelley McKain, GuestLinda Safely, Direct Energy

Left Photo: Sara Smith, guestSam Johnson, United States Beef Corp. (Arby's); Lisa Stansill, United States Beef Corp. (Arby's); Tawna Scott, guest

Right Photo: Mary Morrow, Sustaining MemberRachel Cain, Allegra Print and Imaging; Margaret Harrison, Tulsa Community College; Janis Cohlmia, Tropical Plant Design

Top Left Photo - Surprise 60th Birthday Party for Jamie Harris:  Seated: Tammy Ruhmann, guest; Robbyn Riesdesel, guest; and Jamie Harris, Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Standing: Marilyn Hyatt, guest; Jenny Caho, guest; Roberta Montgomery, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.; Brenda Martin, guest; Judy Kidd, guest; Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.; Evone Choice, Guest; Ann Phillips, guest; and Teresa McSherry, guest

Top Right Photo:  Jamie Harris, Helmerich & Payne, Inc. and Tonya Jimenez, Hyatt Regency Tulsa

Bottom Left Photo:  Sarah Klein, Miss Oklahoma, guest speaker, telling the audience about her Miss Oklahoma journey and her mission of Supporting our Troops from Deployment to Employment

Bottom Right Photo:  EWI Members and guests listen to Miss Oklahoma
Speaker / Program:
  • What a wonderful representative for our state for the Miss American program. She has such a caring heart for our deployed and veteran service people!
  • She is a talented and brave girl, putting herself out there. Respect!
  • I would have liked to have seen us collect for her charity work at the event.
  • Sarah was amazing and I loved hearing her story and play the piano.
  • Sarah delivered a sweet, encouraging message.
  • Enjoyed hearing about her mission and the piano playing was incredible.
Venue / Catering:
  • This venue is always consistent and welcoming.
  • Food was not hot.
  • Excellent meal, hot and flavorful. great coffee and excellent wait staff.
  • Very tasty!
  • Absolutely the best meal we have had all year.

Did You Know???

We have added an icebreaker before each meeting starts to facilitate networking as requested by YOU, our members! Make sure to get to the meeting by 5:30 to participate.

Firm Highlight

Since 2000, LynnCo has helped clients improve supply chain management by digging deeper into their logistics, acting as a long-term partner every step of the way.  LynnCo founder Lynn Fritz had spent his career streamlining supply chain logistics.  Fritz was the first to use technology solutions to support a nationwide network of offices that provided complete supply chain and logistics services, bringing method and consolidation to a fragmented industry.  Two years in a row, LynnCo was awarded "Fastest Growing Company in Oklahoma"

Representative: Jeanette Sefers

Spotlight on Our Past

Here’s this month’s edition of the continuing story of EWI of Tulsa and the women who have helped shape our organization for the past 61 years.  This month we feature Teri Edmondson, a woman who celebrates 40 years as a member of EWI this year.
1986 Chapter President
Teri Edmondson
Ernst & Young
(currently with The William K. Warren Foundation)
Member Since 1977
Corporate Theme: “Yes, We Can!”
Yes, We Can!" -- the theme chosen by Corporate EWI for 1986 – became Tulsa Chapter's banner. The financial difficulties of the oil dependent Southwest are faded memories today, but in 1986 Tulsa businesses were struggling.  Lean years were ahead and our own member firms were likewise affected.
At the outset, we knew survival depended upon maintaining our Chapter's strong executive involvement.  One way we did that was by including them in programs throughout the year.  Our Executives Night Banquet in November featured six of our executives who appeared to be randomly selected to participate in an impromptu television panel entitled, "Yes, Tulsa Can!"
You had to be there to fully appreciate the excitement generated by the evening's program, with studio lighting and TV cameras.  The Finale (a well-kept secret until the very moment) surprised and delighted everyone when the TU Pep Band burst into the room playing a rousing march while the cheerleaders performed a "Yes, We Can!" cheer.
In 1986, we… 
  • celebrated Tulsa chapter's 30th anniversary;
  • included photos in the Chapter directory for the first time;
  • attended Annual Meeting in Edmonton, Canada, and the Area Conference in San Antonio;
  • enjoyed Firm Nights at Cohlmia's and Furs by Laura;
  • Christie Favor of Jenks High School won Tulsa Chapter’s scholarship; and
  • Joseph H. Williams, Chairman and CEO of The Williams Companies, was selected the Executive of the Year.
In addition, the Tulsa Chapter was acknowledged for the third year running as the best chapter in all of EWI.  Our achievements included having a net growth of two member firms with every firm having at least one active representative.  Also, we achieved a whopping 54 percent average for the year of Executives attending our Firm Nights and Executives' Night.
We began the year proclaiming, "Yes, We Can!" and it was with a profound sense of shared accomplishment that we ended the year with a resounding, "Yes, We DID!"

By: Linda Polson


April Board Reports

Membership Report
We currently have 53 member firms.An email with firms recommended for posting was sent to membership on April 11.

Current Leading Ladies: