March 2021

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In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. Happy 65th Anniversary!
  3. March 11 Monthly Meeting
  4. February Meeting Highlights
  5. Meeting Feedback
  6. Announcements
  7. Calendar of Events
  8. March Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  9. EWI Professional Development Webinar
  10. Members Corner 
  11. Board Members/Contact Information
Greetings Tulsa Chapter!

Spring is in the air and love seems to be everywhere… or is it just me?  I am certainly going through some major changes (all positive) and I thought I might share with you.  I sold my home, I am moving to Fort Smith, Arkansas (Woo pig sooie - still working on my hog call) and getting married to a Sod Farmer.  Are you envisioning something like “Green Acres” at this point?  Honestly, I did not expect this at all but, God has a different plan for me.  I will continue my position at LDKerns Contractors but be working remotely which is a wonderful opportunity for me and it also allows me to continue my term as president of the Tulsa Chapter!  All is well and good; I smile when I think about it! Thank you all for your support and warm wishes.  My executive is hosting a gathering on March 5th at the Mayo Hotel downtown from 4:00 to 6:00 if you can stop by to see me off!

It was so nice to hear from Mary Kell with the City of Tulsa at our February meeting.  I think everyone can agree her passion was delightful and the presentation was very informative.  Who knew there were so many great things going on in our wonderful city?

EWI's Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting (LCAM) is an annual professional development conference where members from our Chapters gather to connect, network, and grow professionally through keynote speakers, workshops, seminars, group discussions, and more. During LCAM, delegates also conduct the business of the organization during our annual meeting. We also hold social gatherings, Reading Rally events, recognize our members for their accomplishments, and learn new ideas. Registration is now open, this event is September 16 – 18 in Albuquerque, NM.  Be sure to check it out here: and visit with your executive about attending.

Our next Chapter meeting is March 11th with a focus on Community/Professional & Personal Development. The Programs Committee has invited Ellen Stackable, Executive Director of Poetic Justice, “Unlocking the Voices of Incarcerated Women”, as our speaker. We will also invite the Corporate Board to join us on the Zoom Meeting! For April, we plan to have a Firm Night with Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma and look forward to hearing from them.

As always, I hope you all are staying connected!

Spring Weather Wishes,
Linda Polson provided the photos from 1956 and included a photo of the original chartering minutes. Diane Jarvi also provided great color photographs. A big thank you to Linda and Diane! 

Linda also provided information regarding some milestones in EWI of Tulsa's more recent years. Please note the fundraising that took place in many of these years that is the backbone of EWI of Tulsa's scholarship programs!

1983 – EWI hosted its first area conference with 350 plus registrants, from 25 chapters in 17 different states.

1986 - Acknowledged for the third year running as the best chapter in all of EWI.

1993 - Jeannie Murphy, took on the Corporate challenge of designing EWI Tulsa’s “Literacy” project.  Her vision was a Day of Reading in all TPS elementary schools with book donations. Vision accomplished: every school had a rep or executive reading in a class along with 2,400 books to Head Start.

(Photograph from 1993 Tampa Annual Meeting)

1994 - The dawn of a new program that would continue for many years  - a book drive and reading program at Tulsa Public Schools. 

1996 –The Tulsa Chapter celebrated its 40th anniversary.  Myra Trahern made a surprise presentation on behalf of Tulsa’s first President, Elizabeth MacDonald Brimm.  Elizabeth donated her engraved EWI silver tray that is passed on each year to the incoming President. 

1997 –The EWISP banquet featured one of EWI of Tulsa’s long-time executives, Hans Helmerich, as keynote speaker and the award of over $10,000 in scholarships to students from the 26 area schools. That year EWI collected over 1,000 books to donate to Friends of the Tulsa Public Library and the 9th Annual Scholastic Classic netted more than $26,000. EWI of Tulsa also recruited 14 new member firms. Myra Trahern served as Corporate President.

1998 – For the first time EWI of Tulsa elected four delegates to the annual meeting and awarded EWISP scholarships totaling $10,000.  

1999 – A membership blitz resulted in 99 member firms, making EWI of Tulsa the second largest chapter in the world! EWI of Tulsa awarded over $20,000 in scholarships and netted over $40,000 in its Scholastic Classic. The EWI of Tulsa website was launched.

2001 – EWI of Tulsa added 10 new member firms and raised more than $36,000 at its golf tournament. September 2001 was a sad chapter in our nation’s history and the EWI Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting was held in Nashville that year. EWI of Tulsa representatives watched news reports of the terrorist attacks with hearts aching for our country and the families that were grieving.

2003 – The term for all EWI of Tulsa chapter officers changed to coincide with Corporate officers who are installed at September Annual Meetings. Ten new firms were added and $15,000 was awarded in EWISP scholarships and $9,100 in ASIST scholarships. Over  $17,000 was netted at the 15th Annual Scholastic Golf Tournament.

2004 – Saw the installation of EWI of Tulsa’s President, Lori Hart, who followed in the footsteps of her mother, June Ellen Shelton, the EWI of Tulsa President in 1984!

(Photograph from a Scholastic Golf Tournament)

2005 – EWI of Tulsa EWISP scholarship winner, Race Clark, received perfect SAT scores and was featured in the Tulsa World. Race was a National Merit Scholarship finalist and the second place winner of the EWI Corporate EWISP program.

(2009 - Henry Zarrow)
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March Monthly Meeting

Thursday, March 11, 2021
5:55 pm - Join Meeting
6:00 pm - Meeting Begins

Business Casual

No charge

Please RSVP by Friday, March 5.  You can RSVP by clicking the button below or by emailing here.

If you are unable to attend, please let us know why. 


Location (Via Zoom)

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.


Ellen Stackable, Executive Director of Poetic Justice
"Unlocking the Voices of Incarcerated Women"

Poetic Justice seeks to rewrite the narrative about women who are incarcerated by equipping them with tools for healing from trauma, showing the world their inherent worth, that they may be agents of change.

To learn more about Poetic Justice see their website.

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 March Meeting!

February Meeting Highlights

Vision Tulsa
Economic Development Projects
Route 66 Training Depot
Air National Guard Mission Training Center
Tulsa Fairgrounds
TCC and Langston University
Until we can be together in person, this is truly the next best thing!
If you missed Mary Kell's presentation at our February meeting or if you would like to watch again, email ewitulsa@gmail to request a PDF of the presentation.

Meeting Feedback

Mary Kell, City of Tulsa
  • Nice to see projects and updates for Tulsa area
  • I found it really interesting to see the great projects that are going on in Tulsa! I would not have been aware of it if not for her presentation!
  • Very informative
  • Loved the update on the projects
  • I appreciated learning more about the various City of Tulsa projects and their current stages of development. The photo slides were especially helpful.
  • Very sharp and enjoyed her presentation. Would like to invite her back again in a year to get an update on the projects.
  • Great to see the progress on the projects here in Tulsa.
  • I’m very appreciative of last night’s informative program. Mary did an excellent job giving the City’s progress on numerous projects. She was well prepared & kept it interesting.
  • It is wonderful to see all the wonderful things going on in Tulsa's growth and development!
  • Programs does a great job! No suggestions!
  • Programs has done an excellent job of providing interesting, diverse topics. Well done!
  • I am a new member, and I was under the understanding that the meetings are held over lunch time. Evening meetings are sometimes hard for me to attend. I was unable to be available during the meeting time. I will try to make the next meeting. Thanks!
  • Right now have none. The food tonight was delicious though. ;-)
  • More of the same informational meetings.


EWI's Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting (LCAM) is an annual professional development conference where members from our Chapters gather to connect, network, and grow professionally through keynote speakers, workshops, seminars, group discussions, and more. During LCAM, delegates also conduct the business of the organization during our annual meeting. We also hold social gatherings, Reading Rally events, recognize our members for their accomplishments, and learn new ideas. Registration is now open, this event is September 16 – 18 in Albuquerque, NM.  Be sure to check it out here: and visit with your executive about attending.
EWI of Tulsa to award $10,000 in ASIST Scholarships
Application Deadline:  Friday, March 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm
The Executive Women International Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Scholarship Program for the benefit of non-traditional students is currently accepting applications.  EWI of Tulsa will award five scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each.
The ASIST Scholarship is a non-discriminatory, educational scholarship program for the benefit of nontraditional students pursuing an associates, bachelor or master’s degree, or a technical/professional certificate. These include persons who are:
  • Past high school age and who are entering a college, university, or trade school and/or the workforce for the first time
  • Non-traditional students already enrolled in a college, university, or trade school program
  • Re-training due to changes in the workplace
  • Otherwise are not the traditional college, university, or trade school, recently finished with high school
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Clearly define career goals and objectives
  • Specify the educational requirements to attain the above goals and objectives
  • Utilize re-entry programs available through colleges/universities/ technology centers, community agencies and service groups or career professionals
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Applicant must reside within the EWI Tulsa Chapter boundaries: Tulsa County, Osage County, Creek County, Rogers County, and Wagoner County.  
Applications must be completed online.  Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 26, 2021, at 11:59 pm.  EWI of Tulsa winners will be notified in June and invited to attend the Scholarship Program Awards meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 8.
The link to the application is:
If you have any questions, please contact:
  • Janis Cohlmia, General Manager, Tropical Plant Design, Inc.
  • Roberta Montgomery, Administrative Assistant, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

We are looking for your company SWAG to share with our new members!  If you have items (i.e. note pads, koozies, pens, cups, highlighters, masks, etc.) we are happy to include them in the new member “Welcome” bag.

Please contact Tinesa Siebert at:

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


  • March 1 - Registration Opens for EWI Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM
  • March 2 - EWI Professional Development Webinar, Your Energy is Your Power
  • March 10 - New Member Orientation
  • March 11 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Chapter Meeting
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
  • March 17 - EWI of Tulsa Programs Committee Meeting
  • March 17 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Board Meeting
  • March 19 - EWI of Tulsa Recruitment & Retention Committee Meeting
  • March 26 - EWI Corporate Chapter Leadership Call
March EWI Birthdays

March 19 - Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson
March 24 - Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc.
March 27 - Johnnye Potter, Sustaining Member

March 16 - Dr. Joseph Moore, Moore Funeral Homes
March 29 - Liza Wenzel, Wenzel Creative

March Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
JPMorgran Chase & Co.............1956
Mrs. DeHaven's Flower Shop.....1956
ONEOK, Inc................................1958
Schnake Turnbo Frank................2011
Mitchell Bonds.............................2015
LD Kerns Contractors.................2017

EWI Firm Anniversaries

JPMorgan Chase - 65 years
Samantha Schultz, Representative

The city's first bank, Tulsa Banking Company, opened its doors on July 29, 1895. The name changed to First National Bank in 1899 and received its trust powers in 1928. In 1905, First Tulsa moved into its third home at Second and Main. Described as "the finest in the Southwest," the building was the "skyscraper of the mid-continent." This five-story building featured Tulsa's first elevator, which baffled the Indians and customers who came from throughout the Territory to ride the "mysterious contraption." In 1920, the Bank moved to the corner of Fourth and Main, its home for 30 years.

The Bank celebrated its 55th anniversary in 1950 by moving into its new headquarters, the First National Building at Fifth and Boston. On February 28, 1992, First Tulsa's name was changed to Liberty Bank and Trust and the holding company changed its name to Liberty Bancorp. In a merger with Columbus, Ohio based Bank One Corporation, the name was changed to Bank One, effective December 6, 1997. In a final change, Bank One merged with JPMorgan Chase, effective July 1, 2004.

When I joined JPMorgan Chase in 2019 and asked to remain in EWI of Tulsa, they were thrilled!  Remaining active in the organization is certainly a priority and the firm greatly values what EWI has to offer.  JPMorgan Chase takes pride in having been a charter member of EWI. Samantha Schultz
EWI Professional Development Webinar
Your Energy is Your Power!
Lisa M. Liszcz Ph.D., Founder & President
Liszcz Consulting, LLC
March 2, 2021 at 2:00-3:00pm (CST)
Registration Link

Are you exhausted? Drained? Wiped out? Do you wonder to yourself, “How did my life get here?” In this one-hour virtual presentation, you will learn how to discover and leverage your special talents so that you rejuvenate yourself, gain more energy, and energize your life. Lisa M. Liszcz, Ph.D. found through her coaching and research that many professional women have lost the enthusiasm they once had for their careers. Many feel irrelevant and like they are “token” leaders. They don’t feel valued by their peers and upper management. Many women feel exhausted. They want to be more creative and autonomous. They want to help others, but they don’t have the time or energy to do so. This presentation is based on Dr. Liszcz’s best-selling book, Feminine Emergence. She will share how you can balance your energy for success and joy in your career and your life. Dr. Liszcz will outline what is missing from a life, team or organization that is out of balance. 
You will learn her three secrets for success:
  1. The Most effective way to have unencumbered and unlimited success in your career is to learn one thing that does not require you to take another course or get another degree. It's simple and will help you be more of who YOU are.
  2. By eliminating 50% of what you're currently doing, you can live out the career and life of your dreams. You will at least double your confidence, energy, and sense of peace; and you will become a more authentic leader.
  3. the key to creating the career and life you desire is to spend 10 minutes a day on one simple strategy that no one is talking about. It's easy, painless, and you can do it anywhere. It's just 10 minutes!
Welcome New Members!
Harriet Orleans, Tulsa City-County Library  

Originally from Ghana, my family and I moved to Oklahoma when I was young. I attended the University of Oklahoma for both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees and never attended a single football game – a major point of pride for me.
The Tulsa City-County Library (TCCL) has been a big part of my life since I was a small child as my parents drove me there every week to pick out a stack of books to devour. As a teenager, I volunteered on the Teen Team helping with the annual Summer Reading Program and then worked as a Shelver until I began college.  After graduate school, I accepted an Executive Assistant position at TCCL and returned to my favorite place of comfort. I have now been at TCCL for over five years and I hold the position of Senior Executive Assistant and Commission Support.
In my spare time, I enjoy baking and run a small home-based bakery called Sweet Harriet’s Bakery – check me out on Instagram!

Osha Thompson, Flintco
Although Osha Thompson may share her first name with a group construction people know well – the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) – she was named after a family friend’s last name.

“We think it was shortened from Russian to make it more Americanized,” Osha said. “But what an appropriate name for me at Flintco — I care about people’s safety and I’m a hub of information.”

Born in Claremore, Oklahoma, and raised in Chattanooga, TN, Osha was in the Air Force Jr. ROTC during high school and joined the U.S. Air Force when she graduated. She served during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a Knowledge Operation Management Specialist working in an IT and administrative capacity.

Her primary role was to help transition a military base in Colorado to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX, where she was stationed. Osha learned skills she would need in her future role at Flintco — communication, coordinating processes, setting up mobility and relocation.

“We were setting everything up from Ground Zero,” Osha said. “That’s kind of what I am here. I’m the nerve center.”

Osha’s Native American heritage plays a significant role in her life as an enrolled tribal member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and lineage to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, where she worked in various roles, including HR and in casino administration. Osha enjoys connecting with her creative side through painting, creative writing and playing music. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters and two grandsons.

In the News!

JPMorgan Chase is contributing $250,000 to the the Tulsa Economic Development Corp. (TEDC) to help it expand its small business and entrepreneurship programming! Read all about it in the Tulsa World here.  

Rose Washington, CEO of TEDC, said in a statement. “COVID-19 wreaked havoc on small enterprises, forcing many to pivot for survival. Critical resources must be made available to help save those who lack access. We are grateful to have Chase as a partner who shares our vision and believes in the economic prowess of Main Street.”
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 professional 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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