July 2021

Bring Your
In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. July 8 Monthly Meeting
  3. June Meeting Highlights
  4. Meeting Feedback
  5. Announcements
  6. Calendar of Events
  7. July Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  8. EWI Professional Development Webinar
  9. Members' Corner 
  10. Teach Me One Good Thing About
  11. Tulsa!
  12. Bethany Niman Update and Thank You
  13. Fourth of July Recipes
  14. In Memoriam - Betty Oswald
  15. Board Members/Contact Information
Greetings Tulsa Chapter!

Can you believe it is July already?  If you think you are patriotic, wait until you have a child or someone close serve in the Military! Semper Fi (Always Faithful) comes to mind when I think of our Military, our Nation and the Fourth of July!

June’s Chapter Meeting – What a great turn out for our first “In Person” meeting since March 2020! This personal/professional development program featured Christi Williams. “Re-entry Services in Tulsa via Muddy Paws”. Christi has served multiple roles in her career working in adult corrections facilities and now a Student Support Specialist with Muddy Paws. We appreciate Christi’s time with us, and her presentation is provided within this Connect issue for your review and convenience.   

July’s Chapter Meeting is the BC/DP Banquet and Business Meeting. We are planning a great dinner, celebrating with our Scholarship winners, and conducting a little business along the way. Please know we will have safety measures in place. Because the meeting on July 8 is a business meeting, it is required that the monthly fee be collected whether you are present or not, so we encourage you to attend. The Nominating Committee will present the proposed 2021-2022 Board at the July Meeting and we will take a vote! The BC/DP Committee has been working hard to make this a special evening for our members and guests, I cannot wait to partake! 

Yes, we did! We pinned multiple new reps at the June meeting and have more to come, thanks to our devoted Membership Committee. What a great time to be involved in this sisterhood!

TEXOMA = Texas and Oklahoma EWI Chapters (Dallas, Corpus Christi, Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and Tulsa). Please consider attending the 42nd Annual Texoma Board Forum! The Dallas Chapter of Executive Women International is beyond thrilled to host the event – IN PERSON this year! Look for more details in this Connect issue and in your email!

EWI's Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting (LCAM) is our annual professional development conference where members from all Chapters gather to connect, network, and grow professionally through keynote speakers, workshops, seminars, group discussions, and more, September 16 – 18 in Albuquerque, NM.

The August Chapter Meeting will focus on Professional Development, our speaker is Jody Davis with Accent Moving, Storage & Logistics. Lori Heerlyn will conduct this meeting and it will take place at Ti Amo South. It all sounds good to me!

Prayers go out to Betty Oswald’s family…we grieve with them; it is a loss in our EWI family as well.

Please have a safe Fourth of July celebration, God bless and I hope to see you at the July 8 meeting! 

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July Monthly Meeting

Business Meeting and BC/DP Banquet!

WHEN:  Thursday, July 8, 2021, meeting starts at 6:00pm

WHERE: Tulsa County Main Library - Aronson Auditorium, 400 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103 (*see safety measures outlined below)

DRESS: Business 
COST: $40.00. Please bring checks payable to EWI of Tulsa to the meeting or mail to Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc., P.O. Box 871, Tulsa, OK 74102

In order to provide the appropriate seating arrangements and dinner servings, it is important that we have all RSVPs by Friday, July 2.

RSVP: by clicking the RSVP to our July meeting below.  

*Safety measures are in place for this meeting: 
  • Please bring your own mask.
  • We are limiting the seating at each table.
  • Tables and seating will be placed a safe distance apart.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
RSVP to our July Meeting!

Our Guest Speakers

Ginger and Dave Kollmann

Ginger Kollmann is an Executive Director and Head of J.P. Morgan's Private Bank in Oklahoma, handling all aspects of the region’s operations while managing a team of bankers and investment professionals. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Ginger spent 12 years in the commercial and wealth management divisions at the Bank of Oklahoma. Ginger is a board member of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, a Trustee for the Tulsa Stadium Trust, and a graduate of Leadership Tulsa.

Dave Kollmann is President of Flintco (a $1.3 billion dollar construction firm) and is known for bringing high energy to his role. Dave celebrated his 28th anniversary at Flintco this year and considers himself fortunate to work alongside three area managers who each have more than 20 years of tenure with Flintco. Dave joined the Oklahoma Business Roundtable in 2015 where he currently sits on the executive committee; a member of the Oklahoma State Chamber and Tulsa Regional Chamber boards, a Foundation Trustee for Tulsa Community College and Board of Governors of Oklahoma State Foundation.

June Meeting Highlights

Reunited and It Feels So Good!
Left - Tamara Conner, ONEOK and Angie Walters, Schnake Turnbo Frank; Upper right - Tinesa Siebert, Montereau and Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement.

Speaker - Christi Williams
Re-entry Services in Tulsa - Good News to Tell!

Slide deck available: here
Upper left - Invocation by Teri Edmondson, Sustaining Member; Upper right - lining up for pinning ceremony; Bottom left - EWI of Tulsa 2020-2021 President, Reta Hallam, LDKerns Contractors; Bottom right -Greetings from Osha Thompson, Flintco, LLC and Joni Whitehead, SystemOne.
1. Tonya Solomon, ARC Document Solutions pinning JoLynn Meyer, T.D. Williamson; 2. Tinesa Siebert, Montereau pinning Harriet Orleans, Tulsa City-County Library; 3. Janis Cohlmia, Tropical Plant Design pinning Julianna Adams, William K. Warren Foundation; 3. Roberta Montgomery, Helmerich & Payne pinning Kim Looney, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa; 5. Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne pinning Kacie Baker, World Travel Service; 6. Tamara Conner, ONEOK pinning Osha Thompson, Flintco, LLC; and, 7. Gloria McQuade, Burnett, Home Improvement pinning Kari McGuire, ONX, Inc.


Christi Williams, Re-Entry Services in Tulsa: Good News to Tell
  • Very informative. Love that it is a local organization
  • I enjoyed learning about this program and how they are helping women integrate back into society. Such a needed thing
  • Not sure she was the best person to represent such a fabulous organization but it was clear she is so very passionate about Muddy Paws
  • So good to be back in person- Christi was very engaging and you can tell she is passionate about what she does
  • Very interesting, great use of time and very conscientious
  • Wish she could have more time for her presentation - so good and informative
  • Great first meeting back in person!!
  • Learned a lot about programs for women in prison
  • I knew Muddy Paws was a dog grooming place, but had NO IDEA how much of an impact they have on our community!
  • Good information
  • Member: Room setup wasn't the best
    • Board: We agree; it was the best we could do with the tables they provided us
  • Member: Career advancement advice
    • Board: Noted
  • Member: Hearing and seeing Teri again brought a tear of appreciation and a gratefulness for the bond we share as a chapter
    • Board: We are in total agreement with you!
  • Member: Programs are amazing - this was an exceptional program
    • Board: Thank you on behalf of the Programs Committee!
  • Member: Please use Google form for RSVP
    • Board: Noted


TEXOMA = Texas and Oklahoma EWI Chapters (Dallas, Corpus Christi, Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Tulsa).  Please consider attending this event! 

Registration form:  here
The Dallas Chapter of Executive Women International is beyond thrilled to be hosting the 42nd Annual Texoma Board Forum – IN PERSON this year! Please pass this information along to your Chapter members.
We do apologize for the delay in getting this information sent, but sincerely hope you will join us on July 30th & 31st for an amazing event at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. This will be a wonderful professional development and networking event, along with some fun of course! We have some amazing speakers lined up, as well as both our current Corporate President, Kristi Emmons Jones and immediate Past President and Advisor, Felicia Senter, who will conduct a “Corporate Corner” and Q&A.
Please find attached a quick overview of the agenda and the registration form. Once completed, please email it to Dawn Redmond dawnredmond@ebby.comThe deadline for registration is Thursday, July 22nd. As we get closer to the event we’ll send the detailed agenda with speaker descriptions, etc.
Click here to reserve your room or call 214-651-1234.
Again, we do hope you’ll join us in late July for this wonderful event! Please let us know if you have any questions.
See you soon!

Lisa Tignor
2020-2021 EWI of Dallas President
There is still time to register for this event to be held in Albuquerque, NM
September 16 – 18 
We encourage all EWI Members to register as soon as possible for our conference and annual meeting. This year, members can register for themselves and Chapters should contact the EWI Corporate Office to register for Leadership Caucus training. 

Conference Registration ends September 10, 2021 - $750.

Leadership Caucus Registration Rates:
  • One Registration - $200.
  • Two Registrations - $150 each.
  • Three or More Registrations - $125 each.
All Chapter Members are welcome and encouraged to attend Leadership Caucus training.

In addition, we will be offering a special purchase opportunity for a commemorative LCAM 2021 T-shirt, which will be available during registration at the conference for pick up by those that purchase one. You may add this item to your registration as you complete the form. 

Be sure to check it out here:  https://ewiconnect.com/page/lcam2021 and visit with your executive about attending.

The Tulsa Chapter is proud to participate in a $500 LCAM sponsorship to support professional development! We love supporting our organization!
Winning a door prize is exciting! Be sure to thank the members and representatives that month after month donate prizes. Many thanks to the following donors for the June meeting prizes:
  • Eva Blair | TCBlair & Associates
  • Joni Whitehead | System One
  • Colleen Farris | Moody’s
  • Reta Hallam | LDKerns Contractors
  • EWI of Tulsa Chapter

Please contact Lori Heerlyn at lori.heerlyn@tdwilliamson.com if you would like to donate door prizes for our upcoming meetings!
Door Prize Disclaimer: MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN! 
Please send any announcements you would like to share in the Connect to Samantha Schultz by emailing her at seschultz19@gmail.com.

  • July 01 - Canada Day
  • July 04 - Independence Day
  • July 06 - EWI Professional Development Webinar, Setting and Meeting Fundraising Goals - Made Easy
  • July 08 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Chapter Meeting
  • July 15 – Professional Development Opportunity, Women in Business | Improving your Negotiation Skills via Jenks Chamber
  • July 16 - EWI of Tulsa Recruitment & Retention Committee Meeting
  • July 21 - EWI of Tulsa Programs Committee Meeting
  • July 22 – Deadline to Register for TEXOMA Board Forum
  • July 23 - EWI Chapter Leadership Call
  • July 28 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Board Meeting
  • July 30 & 31 – TEXOMA Board Forum in Dallas, TX
July EWI Birthdays

July 3 - Rita Young - Sustaining Member
July 17 - Alandra Baggett - Sustaining Member
July 19 - Kim Looney - Meals on Wheels
July 20 - Crystal Black - One Digital
July 21 - Trish Richey - Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

July 2 - Tory Baker - T.D. Williamson
July 18 - John Hamill - Honorary Member
July 20 - Bob McGrew - T.D. Williamson
July 30 - Sabrina Nunnelee - Mid-America Land, Grain & Cattle

July Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
Admiral Express Office Supply..........2003
ARC Document Solutions..................2019

Admiral Express – 18 Years

Marnie Knight, Representative

Admiral Express is a family, just as EWI is a family. I am dedicating this piece to one of our original founding family members, Don Ekstrand. Sadly, we lost Don to COVID early this year.  When he entered into a rehabilitation facility a couple of years ago, he was able to lean on his Admiral Express family to help with this difficult transition. His immediate family live hundreds of miles away and we have now adopted some of them into our family while working together in our mutual love of one of the best people we've ever been blessed to know.

Admiral Express began in 1984 when Al Yoak researched opening an office supply store and found the perfect location at the corner of Admiral and Sheridan at the Ekstrand Business Center. Because the country had entered into a recession, no bank would risk making a loan to Al for this business. While standing dejected in the parking lot of the business center and looking up in the sky, Don Ekstrand happened to look out the window at a café that was located next door and saw this young man staring up in the sky and was curious why. Don approached Al and “the rest is history!” Don became Al’s partner, but his contribution was beyond monetary. He was the first delivery driver, helped customers in the store, and the company's accountant. Don eventually became the sole proprietor and continued to work in the accounting department until his retirement.
I started at Admiral Express over 32 years ago. At that time there were four employees and Al’s executive office was furnished with a 1950’s office chair, a shag rug, and a folding table. The original location was eventually closed and the current furniture showroom with offices and a warehouse was opened in Broken Arrow over 15 years ago. Admiral Express has since expanded into an additional building next door and the plan is to move into a larger facility in the near future.  Admiral Express has locations in Oklahoma City, Joplin, Springfield and Springdale. A company that started with two people has now grown to nearly 100 employees in four states! We’ve come a long way since that start and Admiral Express would not be the company it is today without Don.
We have a team of designers in our dedicated furniture department with hundreds of furniture manufacturers to choose from, we have specialists for the following services: janitorial, breakroom, managed print services, auto toner replenishment and much more! Call me and I will be happy to tell you all about all of the wonderful products and services that our family has to offer you. Of course, all EWI members receive an additional discount.  For those of you already doing business with us, thank you very much. We really appreciate you!

Marnie Knight

Setting and Meeting Fundraising Goals Made Easy

Kim Dyer, Presenter

July 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET / 12:00 PM PT
Register here:
Meeting Fundraising Goals

Most non-profit and networking organizations are motivated to do good and rely on fund raising to further their cause.  As you may know, just setting a goal doesn't necessarily mean you will meet that goal. Kim Dyer will share some of her best tips to simplify the complex using the smart goal method.

Members will learn:

  • The Smart Goal Method
  • How to Create a Fundraising Plan
  • The three keys to a successful fundraising campaign
Kim Dyer is the Co-Founder of Keystone Capital Management Group, LLC.  She helped develop her company's trademarked DNA process, Dynamic Needs Assessment, which holistically focuses on the five key areas of financial life.  Kim received her BA in accounting, then went on to receive her MBA.  She currently holds the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation and served for three years as president of the local chapter of the Exit Planning Institute in Arizona. Most recently, Kim attained the IRS designation of Enrolled Agent.  Kim is originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming and now resides in Glendale, Arizona where she enjoys golfing, following sports, and family.
Witness the Next Era for Senior Support Services in Metropolitan Tulsa
On July 15, 2021, Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa will break ground in a special groundbreaking ceremony of its new headquarters located at 51st & Darlington. This new building allows the expansion of operational and service programs to help the organization meet the increasing demand for senior nutrition and support services in northeastern Oklahoma. 

Meals on Wheels has served the Tulsa Metroplex for 51 years. For the past 39 years, the organization has been working in a 9,000 square foot facility. The new 23,250 square foot facility will allow Meals on Wheels to deploy additional staff to handle the current demand for much-needed services. The new building will include administrative offices, a volunteer training and deployment center, a collaboration space, a large state-of-the-art commercial kitchen with specialized cooling solutions, an expanded dry dock storage area, and a new distribution site. The outdoors will be professionally landscaped with plenty of parking for volunteers.

The design and décor will aid the goal of creating a wholesome place to work and volunteer, while supporting seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes.

Meals on Wheels Serving Hot Meals Again in Broken Arrow

Source: Tulsa World

Teach Me One Good Thing About...

The Tulsa Regional Chamber recently posted on social media, [m]ajor news for northeast Oklahoma: Canoo, an electric vehicle manufacturer, is building its first manufacturing facility at MidAmerica Industrial Park and is bringing 2,000 new jobs to the region. This announcement is an example of how strong collaboration drives innovation and positions the Tulsa region for long-term growth in emerging industries and technologies.

We applaud MidAmerica Industrial Park for their leadership on this project, the numerous local and state partners who collaborated on this opportunity, and the investors in the Tulsa's Future regional economic development program who helped bring this project to fruition.

Leaving on a Jet Plane?

Looking for a direct flight from Tulsa to Austin? If yes, American Airlines recently announced daily nonstop service from Tulsa International Airport to Austin, Texas, beginning Nov. 2.  Austin will be American’s sixth nonstop served destination from Tulsa, along with Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Los Angeles; and Phoenix. The addition of Austin comes as American is extending its new nonstop flight from Tulsa to Phoenix year-round and adding a second daily year-round flight from Tulsa to Los Angeles.

Allegiant Airlines has also announced a new nonstop route from Tulsa to Austin beginning November 18. 

And that's not all folks! Breeze Airways recently launched service from Tulsa International Airport with nonstop service to Tampa, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana and San Antonio, Texas. 

It's time to fly away!

Bethany Niman
Update and Thank you

I wanted to drop EWI of Tulsa a quick a note and thank you for all the support you have given to me during my undergraduate studies. A month ago, I officially graduated from Northeastern State University with a Bachelors in Psychology. Amazing news came just a few days before graduation. I got into LAW SCHOOL at the University of Montana and I start in the Fall of 2021! In sixteen days, my family and I will be closing the doors to our business and making the move to Montana! I wanted to share this exciting news with your organization and send my heart felt thanks! I wish I could have become an active member of the organization, but please know that what you all are doing for women in the community and in school is amazing and life changing!
Thank you and God Bless - Bethany

4th of July Dessert Recipes

Source: The Oklahoma 100.com

No-Bake Berry Trifle
Patriotic Party Mix
Red, White & Blue Mini-Cheesecakes
Flag Fruit Pizza
In Memoriam 


At Trish Richey’s installation at the Mayo Hotel, I sat beside Betty.  She had lost a clip-on earring, we looked for it feverishly and could not find it…
  • Betty:  Oh my, well, it probably fell in my blouse.  
  • Me:  Well, let me know if you need to be Frisked!
  • Betty:  Go ahead and Frisk Away!
What a sweet, funny, and kind lady!  By the way, we did find her earring on the floor near our table.

Reta Hallam
LDKerns Contractors

November 2019 photo of Betty and Mary Marrow courtesy of Reta Hallam

Ms. Betty was always one that I would look for to see her smile. I loved the way she patted my hands. I don’t think I ever saw her have a bad day. She took the time to welcome me and encourage me from my first meeting. She encouraged me to become president, long before I believed in me. She was a true example of EWI sisterhood. I’m sure she was met at the gates of heaven with “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Thank you Ms. Betty.
Tonya Solomon, MASI

Betty Oswald was one of the loveliest ladies I have ever known.  During my year in 1991 as President of the Tulsa Chapter of EWI, Betty was my friend, a mentor, she was always ready and cheerful to help in any way, and she proudly represented The University of Tulsa and her Executive with pride and loyalty.  Betty was loved by all who knew her and she will be dearly missed.  I have many fond memories of Betty, some of which are shown below during 1991.

With love,
Marilyn Cinocca, Past President

Photo courtesy of Marilyn Cinocca

Betty Oswald - 1985 EWI of Tulsa Chapter President
Script from 50th Chapter  Anniversary

I am Betty Oswald and I offer you greetings from the Chapter of 1985.  Our theme that year was "Legacy of Leadership".
I was installed in a beautiful ceremony at the "Top of the First" by my good friend and past president Lou Winsworth.
Board Meetings were held in The University of Tulsa Board Room.  I had fun planning and preparing the dinner for each one.
We had two excellent firm nights.  Cities Service Oil and Gas Corporation hosted our first at their Technology Center with a rousing Western theme Bar-B-Que. 
ONEOK Inc., Oklahoma Natural Gas and Huffman, Arrington and Gaberino law firm hosted our second firm night in their beautiful new home, ONEOK Plaza.
We dared to be different with our CASINO PARTY at the Westin Hotel for Executives' Night where not only our Executive of the Year, Mr. E. G. Frank of Telex Corporation, was honored, but also our past presidents.
We had outstanding attendance at the Annual Meeting in Orange County and representatives attended Area Conferences in Toronto, St. Louis and Spokane as well as having a representative at the chartering of a chapter in Orlando.  We had a member serving on the Corporate Board and two members serving on Corporate committees.
Our industrious Ways and Means Committee published a cook book.
We had two important community activities - we participated in the Designer Show Case to benefit the Tulsa Philharmonic and we donned our new T-Shirts and jeans to participate in helping keep Tulsa clean on Blue Jeans Day.
We were awarded the Chapter Recognition Award for the year 1985 at the Annual Meeting in 1986.  This award recognizes outstanding professionalism, innovation and imagination in the areas of Public Relations, Membership Development and Programs.
It was a very good year.

Photos from 1985 courtesy of Linda Polson

Casino Party at Westin Hotel

                                                                              LCAM IN Orange County - Gorgeous!


Special thanks to Linda Polson, Roberta Montgomery and Diane Jarvi for the many photos. Thank you to everyone that provided photos. Because of the overwhelming number we received and due to limited space, we were not able to share them all. It is just another testament to how much she was truly loved by her EWI sisters.
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, System One Oklahoma
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, Transitional

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, System One Oklahoma, 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, Communications, 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, Communications, 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, System One Oklahoma, 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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