December 2020

Bring Your
In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. December 10 Business Meeting
  3. November Meeting Highlights
  4. Meeting Feedback
  5. Announcements
  6. Committee Recruitment
  7. A "Thank you" from EWISP Scholarship Winner
  8. December Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  9. EWI Professional Development Webinar
  10. Coffee Connect
  11. Wellness Center
  12. Board Members/Contact Information

President's Letter

Greetings Tulsa Chapter!

The Holidays are upon us and there are so many things to be thankful for!  Here are just a few thankful things from my list: good health, sweet children and soon to be grandson and especially God’s favor.  I am blessed and I wish all of you these same happy things!
We heard from Lindsey Stewart with A New Leaf and one of their clients, Kari Inman, during November’s meeting.  I truly appreciate this organization and what they stand for, I hope you can see the need to bless their clients and staff by contributing to their celebration and protective masks. Don’t forget to seize the opportunity to give, by responding to the Survey Monkey that was sent out on November 13, 2020.

We had a short meeting in November, didn’t we?  You are welcome (are you smiling?)!  But, do not count on that every month, we have a few surprises coming your way and great speakers lined up for you now and in 2021.

Our next meeting is a Business Meeting on December 10th. Our guest speaker in December is Lewana Harris, Developmental Instructor/Organizational Development for ONEOK, she will be speaking on Resilience and Post Traumatic Growth. Also, we will report the results of our Chapter's spirit in gift giving and then host A New Leaf’s event on December 17th.

Staying connected is so important!  Be sure to, stay in touch with your EWI sisters, reach out to loved ones and to friends as you Bring Your Smile during this Holiday Season.  It will warm the hearts of others… and yours as well!

Many Happy and Warm Wishes,

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December Business Meeting

Thursday, December 10, 2020. 
5:55 pm - Join Meeting
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins

Business Casual

No charge

Please RSVP by Friday, December 4.  You can RSVP by clicking the button below or by emailing here.

If you are unable to attend, please let us know why. December's meeting will be a business meeting. Please make every effort to attend as a Quorum is required for voting purposes. 



Connect remotely on Zoom via this link: Zoom Link
Personal Meeting ID 884 0275 8384 (required)

To call in: 1-346-248-7799
Via mobile +13462487799,,88402758384# US (Houston)
Connection information included below.

Lewana Harris, ONEOK Development Instructor
Topic:  Resilience/Post-Traumatic Growth

Reminder:  We are hosting a Pizza Party for A New Leaf (ANL) and its Clients of 124+, on December 17th.  Our Chapter will be collecting funds through December 10th.  The goal is $1,300.00. This will fund a holiday pizza party for everyone at ANL and provide cloth masks with ANL'S logo. You should have received a Survey on November 13th with additional information and sponsorships &/or donation opportunities.


NEW MEETING ID NUMBER and Connection Information if you are new to Zoom

How to connect on a laptop:  Go to and type in the Personal Meeting ID 884 0275 8384.  Follow the prompts to either download the Zoom laptop application or join through your browser.  A prompt should pop up to connect you to audio.

How to connect on an iPhone:  Download the Zoom App, open the app, click join meeting and type in the Personal Meeting ID 884 0275 8384. A prompt should pop up to connect you to audio.

How to connect on an Android/Samsung Phone: Download the Zoom App, open the app, click join meeting and type in the Personal Meeting ID 884 0275 8384. A prompt should pop up to connect you to audio.

RSVP to our December Meeting!

November Meeting Highlights

Residents of a New Leaf joining our November monthly meeting. Hello, ladies!

Lindsey Stewart from a New Leaf.

Photos courtesy of Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc.
Comments on Meeting:
  • [Lindsey Stewart, A New Leaf] was excellent! Very refreshing to hear/see someone so upbeat via Zoom.
  • I like that the virtual meetings are kept short!
  • [Technology] issues were my connectivity here at the house. Was able to participate by phone though.
  • All programming is spot on and relevant.


Jane Mudgett will be the speaker at our January 2021 meeting. We have pre-purchased several copies of Jane's Five Alive book and they are available at a discounted rate of $5.00 per book for EWI members! Additional details will follow at a later date.
Committee Recruitment!

Behind every great organization stands a team of hardworking and enthusiastic members!

If you're looking for an opportunity to show everyone what you can do in action or would like an opportunity to engage with some fun people, read on about the committees you can join at EWI of Tulsa.

Business-Career-Development Program (BCDP) Committee. 

EWI understands the importance of giving back to the community. One of the main ways we do this is through our scholarship programs. Since 1980, EWI of Tulsa has awarded over $575,000 in scholarships.

The EWISP (Executive Women International Scholarship Program) scholarship is an annual, competition-based program which awards college scholarship money each year to qualifying high school seniors. Judges select winning students based on their scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, good citizenship and extra-curricular activities. Our first-place winner is entered in the international competition for an opportunity to receive an additional scholarship.

The ASIST (Adult Students in Scholastic Transition) scholarship is available to adults facing economic, social, or physical challenges, who are looking to improve their situation through educational opportunities. Students first apply and compete at the local Chapter level. Chapter-level winners are submitted to the Corporate level for an additional scholarship opportunity.

EWI of Tulsa also holds a Reading Rally every year to promote literacy. A donation of books is made to a local school with a goal to make a lasting and positive impact in our communities.

The BCDP Committee will help coordinate these scholarship competitions, their judging, and assist in the planning of the scholarship banquet next year. A function leader will be appointed to help coordinate the Reading Rally and the school we will serve.

Contact Samantha Schultz at for more information.

Come join me to help plan meaningful monthly meetings. More committee members mean more fresh ideas, and in this current COVID climate, interesting ZOOM meetings are a welcome diversion! We meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month, but until the all-clear is given, we will be meeting via conference call. This is such a fun committee - I hope you'll consider joining me!

Contact Susan Miller at for more information. 

Please contact Elizabeth Bugay at if you are interested in joining our team. We will schedule a Zoom happy hour soon with existing and new members!


Corporate Committee
Another opportunity for service and participation in a committee is service on the Corporate Board. EWI Corporate Board Members lead and guide our organization and represent Chapters from across the country, please consider supporting EWI at this level. Contact Cortney Ihde at
A “Thank You” from EWISP Scholarship Winner

"Because of your help, I am close to finishing my first semester of college! I thank God for this opportunity to be able to receive this scholarship from you. There were some hardships I have faced during my school year, however, God strengthened me by reminding me that there are people like you all who want me to succeed. These reminders fill up my heart with gratitude and thankfulness to be able to go to schools here in the US and have the access to education that I wouldn't have had if it wasn't for your help. I am emailing to share that gratitude of mine and to let you know that you really made an impact in my life. Although we can't see it at the moment, I believe that your help is sown into my life and we will be able to see the fruits in the future. Thank you for making a difference in my life; I will forever be thankful for your help. May God bless you all".
Nuami Lam Tung

(Nuami was our 3rd place EWISP scholarship winner this year and is attending ORU.)
Please contact Reta at if you would like to donate door prizes for our upcoming meetings!
Please send any announcements you would like to share in the Connect to Elizabeth Bugay by emailing her at
December EWI Birthdays

December 1 - Betty Oswald, Sustaining
December 6, Rosemary Gaffey, Sustaining
December 17 - Gene Callahan, Honorary Member
December 25 - Judy Russell, ONEOK, Inc.
December 25 - Myra Trahern, Sustaining
December 27 - Vernice Bersche, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
December 29 - Jan Ehrle, Mid-America Land, Grain & Cattle Co.
December 30 - Roberta Montgomery, Sustaining

December 7 - John W. Lindsey, Helmerich & Payne
December 16 - Chris Swart, Coldwell Banker Select
December 16 - Eva Blair, T.C. Blair & Associates

December Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
T.C. Blair & Associates........2016
EWI Professional Development Webinar
Leading with Clarity & Confidence
(even from your living room)

December 1, 2020 at 2:00pm, 2:00-3:00pm (CST)
Sign up at this link Webinar Registration

When we made our 2020 goals, we certainly didn’t plan for a pandemic to impact how and where we work and lead. Leading from your living room doesn’t need to hinder your ability to show up as the best version of you. Join us for a free webinar to learn simple strategies to lead as your most clear and confident self, even while working remotely.

This webinar will provide you practical tools to:
• Reveal your leadership values and brand and use them to advance your career
• Shift from stalling and into creativity and coach your teams to do the same

• Overcome the fears that keep you from influencing others as your best self
• Influence with clarity and confidence, even while working from your living room
Coffee Connect 

Angie Waters, Schnake Turnbo & Frank, 2018 EWI of Tulsa Chapter President, is our guest for the December Coffee Connect. 

Hi, Angie 
Thank you for meeting me for the Coffee Connect. I’m drinking an Iced Coffee Mocha with whipped cream. What are you drinking? Usually something alcoholic…but not before 5:00p.m.! Right now, it’s iced tea with lemon.

Before we start with our Q&A, I want to let everyone know how we met. I applied for a position in response to a posting from Schnake Turnbo Frank. With your encouragement, I felt confident going into my final interview with Meals on Wheels where I am now employed. Many thanks.

How long have you been with Schnake Turnbo Frank and how has your position evolved during that time?  I’ve been with STF since 2013. I was hired to be the executive assistant for Becky Frank. I still support Becky but also support another partner, David Wagner and our chair emeritus, Steve Turnbo.

I know that you are a breast cancer survivor and that you are deeply involved in helping other breast cancer survivors. Can you tell us about your own experience and the work that you are doing for other women who are survivors? I was diagnosed in 2005 at the age of 37 (with no family history), with a very aggressive and fast-growing breast cancer. I never did those “self-breast exams” because, quite frankly, it was strange to “touch yourself”. But I did keep up with my yearly exams. It was right before one of those that I found a lemon-size growth in my left breast. After a mammogram (my first) and core biopsy, it was confirmed, I had breast cancer. I was immediately scheduled for surgery. I had a double-mastectomy, lots of chemo and radiation and I survived!! I knew there was a reason this happened to me and about two years after treatment, I founded BCAP (Breast Cancer Assistance Program). We paid rent, mortgage and utilities for breast cancer patients in treatment. We operated for nearly 13 years, raised right at $500,000 and assisted countless number of patients! I was honored to have met so many fabulous people along the way. I continue to stay active in the breast cancer world by supporting other organizations and visiting with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

What is something that no one at EWI knows about you and that you feel comfortable sharing? For instance, do you like to hula hoop to relieve stress? I like to think I’m sort-of an open book but here’s something that jumped into my head: I loved college and could have been a life-long student. I actually graduated with enough hours for two degrees – I just loved learning and taking classes!

You are a proud mama and grandmother. Tell us about your family and the one tradition that COVID will not take away from your family during the holidays. COVID cannot take away the love we have for our family! We have learned to Facetime and Zoom and Julia loves to see Mimi and Papa on the phone. Norm and I have such love our two kids, Tony and Chandler (and their respective significant others, Sarah and Kendric) and LOVE LOVE LOVE our grandbaby Julia. She will be joined early next year by Anna and we can’t wait! Unfortunately, we just cancelled our Thanksgiving plans due to COVID – we just have too many people with underlying conditions to risk it. But my dad is still cooking!

What advice would you like to share with new EWI Tulsa members about participating in our organization? Jump in with both feet! This is an amazing group of strong, well-connected leaders. The friendships built along the way are the bonuses!!

Thank you, Angie for everything you have done for other women and for EWI of Tulsa. 

Wellness Center
How are you feeling?

Many of us are struggling to find ways to adapt and be resilient during this time of COVID-19. If you’re feeling sad, worried, or stressed, find out right now what other people are doing by clicking this link:

In order to lift everyone's spirit during this time, member firm Montereau added 47,000 lights to their Grand Lawn. 
Making Spirits bright. Thank you, Montereau!

Photo courtesy of Tinesa Siebert, Montereau

Merry Christmas, EWI of Tulsa. Blessings for a safe holiday season. We look forward to seeing you soon in 2021.

2020-2021 Officers & Directors

Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors

Vice President/President-Elect
Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson

Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank

Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc.

Joni Whitehead, The Rowland Group
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Samantha Schultz, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Membership (Recruitment)
Tinesa Siebert, Montereau

Membership (Retention)
Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement

Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp

Elizabeth Bugay, Meals on Wheels

Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy

Judy Russell, ONEOK, Inc.

Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech
Our Vision
To enhance professional growth and development within a diverse group of women while empowering them to make a difference as they inspire others.

Our Mission
EWI brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of:
  • Promoting member firms;
  • Enhancing personal and profession development, and,
  • Encouraging community involvement
Our Values
Integrity | Excellence | Respect | Collaboration
2020-2021 Board Members + Advisors
Samantha Schultz, JP Morgan Chase & Co., B/C/DP, Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Advisor, Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech, Advisor, Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy Co., Advisor, Joni Whitehead, The Rowland Group, Sergeant-at-Arms, Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank, Secretary

Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors, President, Tinesa Siebert, Montereau, Membership Recruitment, Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson, Vice President/President-Elect, Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp, Programs, Elizabeth Bugay, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, Communication, Gloria McQuade Burnett Home Improvement, Membership Retention, and Judy Russell, ONEOK, Inc., Advisor

Not Pictured:
Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc., Treasurer
2020-2021 Board Members
Front row:
Elizabeth Bugay, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, Communication, Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement, Membership Retention, Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors, President, Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp., Programs, and Tinesa Siebert, Montereau, Membership Recruitment

Back Row:
Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Advisor, Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank, Secretary, Joni Whitehead, The Rowland Group, Sergeant-at-Arms, Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson, Vice President/President-Elect, and Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc., Treasurer

Not pictured:
Samantha Schultz, B/C/DP, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

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