November 2020

Bring Your
In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. November 12 Chapter Meeting
  3. October Meeting Highlights
  4. Meeting Feedback
  5. Announcements
  6. Chapter Marketing Brochure
  7. November Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  8. My EWI Connect Webinar Announcement
  9. Coffee Connect
  10. Board Members/Contact Information

President's Letter

Hi EWI Tulsa Chapter!

We did it… our first remote Board Installation!  Thank you again to Dana Nichols, Felicia Senter, Judy Russell, and Trish Richey for such a surprising and fun evening!
I feel very blessed to have a board who will represent the 2020-2021 theme of “Bring Your Smile” (by the way, they already did this way before they agreed to serve).  As we start a new year, I would like to say that when you “Bring Your Smile” to your daily routine, it can be a positive change in attitude and uplifting to others. I hope your every day begins with a SMILE!  We plan to distribute the cute smiley sponge to everyone at our first “In Person” meeting as a reminder of this year’s theme.

We have elected to assist A New Leaf during the Christmas Holiday for our non-profit philanthropy.  For November’s meeting we will hear from Lindsey Stewart and quite possibly a client from A New Leaf to learn more about their organization, the services they provide to those with mental and/or physical challenges and how this not only affects their way of life but also, impacts our community.

We will also be encouraging EWI members to sign-up to serve on the various committees. I truly believe this is the best way to get involved, get to know other members on a more personal level and to grow both individually and professionally. If you miss our monthly meeting on November 12th, no worries, a committee chair will be reaching out to you! Please consider where you would like to serve and then volunteer. You can either contact the committee chair or me, we would love to hear from you as well. 

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming meeting.

With kind regards,
- Reta

November Chapter Meeting

Thursday, November 12, 2020
5:55 pm - Join Meeting
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins

Business or business casual


Please RSVP by Friday, November 6.  You can RSVP by clicking the button below or by emailing here. If you are unable attend, please let us know why.


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

Connection information included below.

Featured Guest: Lindsey Stewart - A New Leaf. A New Leaf is a nonprofit organization on a mission to provide individuals with developmental disabilities (including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder) with vocational and residential services to increase their independence and individual choices.

We are hosting a Pizza Party for A New Leaf (ANL) and their 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 and provide cloth masks with ANL & EWI logo’s.  Look for a Survey with more 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 Next Chapter Meeting!

October Meeting Highlights

Trish Richey, 2019-2020 Board President     JoLynn Meyer pinned
Reta Hallam, 2020-2021 Board President     by Lori Heerlyn    
October 28, 2020 Joint Board Meeting 
Comments on Meeting:
  • Trish has handled this year with such grace. Reta has big shoes to fill, but I think she's geared up for it!
  • Very special for a Zoom installation. So sweet and personal!
  • Congratulations to the new Board!!
  • Sam has done an excellent job facilitating our Zoom calls.
  • The meeting [was] too long. 
  • Excellent meeting.
  • I commend the Chapter and the leadership for their efforts in making the best of this time we are experiencing!


Welcome to our newest member!

JoLynn Meyer is the third representative from T.D. Williamson and is an Executive Assistant to Bill Rees, WH Vice President. JoLynn was pinned in October by Lori Heerlyn. Tonya Solomon is her mentor!.

Thank you T.D. Williamson for your continued support and welcome, JoLynn!
Chapter Marketing Brochure

Our new chapter marketing brochure is available to help us recruit new members and firms and help other professional women advance their professional growth and enrich their relationships.

Click here to get your copy!

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
November EWI Birthdays

November 5 - Heather Stephen, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
November 6 - Linda Safley, Sustaining
November 11 - Pat Desormeau, Sustaining
November 15 - Kari McGuire, Onx, Inc.
November 16 - Linda Polson, Sustaining
November 20 - Debbie Burton, Alzheimer's Association

November 23 - Becky Frank, Schnake Turnbo Frank

November Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
Tulsa Community College........................2006
Warren Professional Building Corp.........2010
Elevating the Conversation Around Self-Expression
(an EWI Professional Development Webinar)

November 3, 2020 at 2:00pm
Sign up at this link Webinar Registration

In an era, ripe with choices, you can choose to serve up negativity or to brighten the world through your influence. Assertiveness is a core communication skill. Assertive women have donned many labels for expressing themselves effectively and standing up for their point of view, while simultaneously respecting the rights and beliefs of others. We take the high road in this conversation and discuss the positive effect of assertive behavior on yourself and others who are watching your communication style.
Coffee Connect 

Our first Coffee Connect is with Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech, Immediate Past Corporate President EWI

Hi, Felicia! Thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions. I don’t know if you are a coffee drinker, but I’m drinking coffee. If we were going to meet at a coffee shop, tell me where would we meet and what would you order?  Elizabeth, I am not a big coffee drinker, so if we were meeting for coffee, I would invite you to Café Felice and we would enjoy a Mocha Latte’ with cinnamon and whipped crème. 

The past year has caused epic changes in how we work and live, what has been the biggest challenge for you?  My biggest challenge during this pandemic has been not being able to see my mother.   

What has been a change that has been positive that’s going to be a part of your life moving forward?  Selfcare and taking time for myself.   

What is your favorite book and why? Tumbling by Diane McKinney-Whetstone.  It’s a story of love, family ties and how to survive. 

What, if anything, can you tell us about the book you are writing? I am writing a book on being a caregiver. It’s a book of inspiration.  Dedicated to my mother.

Favorite quote? I have two and could not pick, so here they are,  

"I asked God for all things, so that I might enjoy life, he gave me life so that I can enjoy all things”. 

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou.   

What is your idea of perfect happiness? I am still looking for perfect happiness.  Things that make me smile and bring happiness is giving to others and my wonderful family.   

Thank you, Felicia for representing EWI Tulsa in everything you do. Your leadership exemplifies our core values of integrity, excellence, respect, and collaboration and we are grateful to be a part of your squad! 

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
918-836-1900, x125

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.
2019-2020 Board Members
Front row: Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc, Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractor, Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson.
Back row: Dana Nichols, Cimarex Energy, Crystal Black, One Digital, Frank Troutman, Stoney Creek  Hotel, Heather Stephen, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Samantha Schultz, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp. 

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