October 2021

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In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. October 21 Business Meeting & Installation of Officers (MANDATORY)
  3. September Meeting Highlights
  4. Meeting Feedback
  5. Announcements
  6. Calendar of Events
  7. October Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  8. Member's Corner
  9. In and Around Tulsa!
  10. Teach Me One Good Thing About...
  11. Board Members/Contact Information
Hello Tulsa Chapter!
I cannot believe it is October and it is almost time to pass the presidential torch! This year really did go by fast! I am going to miss my Board gatherings and our camaraderie for sure. I was surprised with lovely flowers at our September Board Meeting followed by a year-end celebration at Waterfront Grill. It was all very special with special ladies!
The September Chapter Meeting was our Executive of the Year event. We honored all executives and the event took place at the Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills. Our speaker was Felicia Senter representing Tulsa Tech, I so appreciated her words of wisdom. And I am pretty sure it is the first meeting I have been to, where t-paper came flying out from the podium. Thank you again to our Wine Sponsors, drawing items donated, committee chairs and all those behind the scenes, it was a wonderful event!
The October meeting is the last meeting for the 2020-2021 EWI Tulsa Board Members and it is also a business meeting with the installation of the 2021-2022 Board Members. Please note that this meeting has been pushed out a week and is planned for October 21st, the third Thursday of the month. Deadline to RSVP is October 15th!
What a challenging year for EWI. But I must say there were many positive things that came from it! Did you know that the Tulsa Chapter was awarded the Chapter of Excellence Award at LCAM this year? This is the fourth consecutive year to have this honor and it is no easy task to conquer all the requirements but, we did!

Not only that, BIG KUDDOS to Membership! We were also awarded the Growth & Retention Award, coming in at 94.12%. That is so amazing! It is a true testament to the committee’s efforts and all those that take part in Tulsa Chapter’s growth and retention! Thank you, Lori Heerlyn, for tracking and submitting these applications to EWI Corporate. As much as we have all been blessed, please keep in mind those faced with health and employment issues and keep them in our prayers.
Thank you everyone for your support this past year, I am honored to have served as president for the EWI of Tulsa Chapter.
Remember, at EWI of Tulsa, we are professional women coming together to help our companies, our Careers, and our communities thrive.
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October Business Meeting & Installation of Officers 

Monthly Meeting
WHEN:  Thursday, October 21, 2021, meeting starts at 6:00 pm
Please note change to Thursday of the 3rd week of October

WHERE:  Summit Club of Tulsa
                 Ballroom, 30th Floor
                 15 West 6th Street
                 Tulsa, OK

SPEAKER:  Business Meeting & Installation

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, October 15

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

*Safety measures are in place for this meeting: 
  • Masks will be provided.
  • We are limiting the seating at each table.
  • Tables and seating will be placed a safe distance apart.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
RSVP to our October Meeting!

September Meeting Highlights

Executive of the Year

(t.) Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson, Scott Burnett, Burnett Home Improvement, and Crystal Black, OneDigital.
(l.) Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech, our featured speaker for the evening!
(r.) Roberta Montgomery, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Heather Stephen, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., and Jamie Harris, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.


Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech
  • We are so blessed to have such wonderful people like Felicia that continue to give!!!
  • Loved Felicia's enthusiasm
  • Excellent! So good to hear from one of our own! Felicia was inspiring, encouraging, and entertaining!
  • Amazing. Well done asking Felicia to speak - she was outstanding.
  • Very engaging
  • THE BEST!!!!
  • So proud of the women in our chapter who have served as Corporate President! They should have been introduced too.
  • Felicia did a great job!
  • Felicia is a breath of fresh air! I loved her message and loved hearing an inspiring message from one of our own. We are lucky to have her in our chapter.

  • My new executive was able to attend for the first time, and was impressed with everything, i.e., the comradery, the venue, the meal and the presentation. Thank you for helping her feel welcome!
LCAM 2021
(l.) EWI of Tulsa Delegates Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc. and Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson
(r.) Kim Bowman, T.D. Williamson; Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech; and Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc.
EWI of Tulsa Attendees @ LCAM:
Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp.; Kim Bowman, T.D. Williamson; Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc.; Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson; and Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech

EWI of Tulsa received Chapter of Excellence Recognition and Chapter Retention Award @ 94.12% 

EWI of Tulsa enjoyed dinner with Oklahoma City Chapter attendees Christine Laird, ReMerge of OK (incoming VP/President-Elect Corporate Board); Ramona Carey, SSM Health-OK; Sierra Eberle, Arvest Bank (incoming OK City Chapter President); and Tracy Crook, Chapel Hill Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

Once again EWI of Tulsa brings home the Chapter of Excellence award from LCAM!


OCTOBER's Monthly Chapter meeting is a Business Meeting and Installation.
The date has been changed to
Thursday, October 21, 2021.

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.

  • October 1 - World Smile Day (First Friday in October)
  • October 10 - World Mental Health Day
  • October 11 - Columbus Day
  • October 15 - National Boss's Day
                         (annually Oct 16 unless it falls on a weekend)
  • October 15 - EWI of Tulsa Recruitment & Retention Committee Meeting
  • October 16 - National Sweetest Day
  • October 20 - EWI of Tulsa Programs Committee Meeting
  • October 21 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Chapter Meeting
                         (Business & Installation Meeting)
  • October 24 - United Nations Day
  • October 27 - EWI Joint Board Meeting
  • October 31 - Halloween
October EWI Birthdays

Virginia Cohlmia, Honorary Member.......October 3
JoLynn Meyer, T.D. Williamson..............October 4
Angie Walters, Schnake Turnbo Frank.....October 29

John Nicolaides, Admiral Express....................................Oct 6
Lynda Wingo, Miss Helen's Private School........................Oct 11
John-Kelly Warren, The William K. Warren Foundation.....Oct 14

October Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
Cimarex Energy Co..........2011
Moody's Jewelry...............2014
Wenzel Creative...............2017
Meals on Wheels.............2019

The 2020-2021 Board of Directors gifted these beautiful flowers to our President, Reta Jay, for her hard work and wonderful year!

Kudo's to Arvest Bank!
Featured in the Tulsa World on September 8th

Kudo's to Schnake Turnbo Frank and ONEOK, Inc.!
Featured in the Tulsa World on September 30th


Sponsor Firms of Carnival Rising | Fundraiser for Mental Health Association Oklahoma


LDKerns Contractors
TTCU Federal Credit Union


Sponsor Firms of Waltz on the Wild Side | Fundraiser for the Tulsa Zoo


Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
AVB Bank
TTCU Federal Credit Union

In and Around Tulsa!

September 30 through October 10

Health, Wellness, & Pet Care

Best self-help podcasts to listen to now

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Check out this article that was featured in the Tulsa World on 9/11/2021!

Separation anxiety: Ready to leave your doggo to go back to the office?

Click here to read the whole article!


 Who Really Has Separation Anxiety: Dogs or Dog Parents? 

Click here to read the whole article!

Teach Me One Good Thing About...

Public Speaking!

Lies We Tell Ourselves that Hold Us Back as Public Speakers

By Joey Asher

It might be because you believe one of the following lies.
Are you a lousy speaker?

Lie # 1: My topic is dull.
When I was a newspaper reporter, we had a saying: “There are no bad stories. Only bad reporters.”
The same idea applies to public speaking topics. I worked with an attorney who specialized in helping neighborhood associations. “There’s nothing interesting about neighborhood association law,” he told me.
“That may be the case, I said. But as a public speaker, your job isn’t to talk about the law. It’s to talk about how to help your audience solve problems.”
The attorney was planning to speak the following week to a neighborhood association. He focused his message on how to deal with the group’s biggest challenge: confronting a nightclub that was being disruptive to the neighborhood.
People are always interested in solutions to their key issues.

Lie # 2: I’m dull. Therefore, my speeches are dull.
OK. You may well be dull. Maybe even your wife says you’re dull. But even dull people can give engaging speeches. You must remember that the speaker’s job isn’t to showcase your personality; it’s to help your audience. (See Lie # 1)
The community association lawyer that I mentioned before wasn’t a particularly dynamic person. But he engaged his audience by leaving lots of time to answer questions on important issues.
He had so many questions that he had to cut everyone off because the night was getting late.

Lie # 3: I don’t have the time to create a great presentation.
You can create an engaging presentation even if you’re short on time.
To create a quick presentation, ask yourself the following question: “What are the three questions that my listeners would most likely ask me about this topic?” For your presentation, answer those questions and then sit down.
I urged the Supply Chain Vice President of a large retailer to use this strategy when addressing several thousand store managers. He had one slide with the three questions. He spoke for 20 minutes addressing the questions. When he finished, the CEO congratulated him on his best presentation ever.
It took him less than an hour to create his presentation. That left him time to rehearse.

Lie #4: You shouldn’t practice too much.
Many people claim it’s best not to practice too much. “You don’t want to come off as stiff and rehearsed,” they say.
I agree that you shouldn’t recite a speech from memory. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to practice.
I worked with a senior executive at a bank who told me that she was a lousy speaker despite a great deal of rehearsal. I found out that her rehearsal approach was to write out her speech word for word. Then she would practice it so many times that she could recite it from memory. The feedback she received was that she came off like a high school student reciting an essay from memory.
I urged her to make an outline of her key messages but not to write out the speech word for word. I then urged her to start practicing with only a few notes in front of her. She sounded far more natural.

Of course, she still had to practice a lot. The best speakers always do.
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, Transitional

Membership (Retention)
Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement

Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp

Samantha Schultz, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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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