September 2021

Bring Your
In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. September 9 Monthly Meeting
  3. August Meeting Highlights
  4. Meeting Feedback
  5. Announcements
  6. Calendar of Events
  7. September 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!
September is finally here! The first month of Autumn or shall I say the Fall season! College and Professional Football begins!  Not sure why am I acting like I know about either one of these events but, I do know we have a lot of sports enthusiastic members, and you are surely happy, this time of the year! (I was told I should say “Go Hogs”!)
The August Chapter Meeting was hosted by Lori Heerlyn current Vice President, it took place at Ti Amo’s with Lisa Riley filling in as our guest speaker, what a great idea inviting her a she was definitely well received.  The reviews from our survey were wonderful on all accounts and I believe Lori has quite frankly “Got This”, we are going to be in good hands, and I think we all can agree that Ti Amo’s is a great place to meet! Thank you, Lori and Felicia, for your TEXOMA updates and we enjoyed hearing from Felicia about her new venture “Letuce by Felicia”.
The September Chapter Meeting is our Executive of the Year event.  We have elected to honor all executives because of their support of EWI during these challenging times.  This event will take place at the Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills, our speaker is Felicia Senter representing Tulsa Tech, she will speak to “Perseverance during a Pandemic”, the food has been selected and the wine is on order, we just need you!
September 10th is the last day to sign up for EWI's Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting (LCAM).  This 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 October meeting is the last meeting for the 2020-2021 EWI Tulsa Board Members and oh, how I have loved working with these ladies!  It is also a business meeting and the installation of the 2021-2022 Board Members. Please note that this meeting has been pushed out a week and is being planned for October 21st, the third Thursday of the month.
We have had many popular door prizes at our monthly meetings, and it is very much appreciated!  If you would like to contribute a door prize for September &/or October, please contact Lori Heerlyn at
What is Labor Day?... It is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers.  So, Happy Labor Day, EWI of Tulsa and to all the firms that help us prosper!
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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September Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting
Executive of the Year

WHEN:  Thursday, September 9, 2021, meeting starts at 6:00 pm

WHERE:  Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills
                 1902 East 71st Street
                 Tulsa, OK

SPEAKER:  Felicia Senter, Tulsa Tech

DRESS: Business 
COST: $50.00. 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, September 3

RSVP: by clicking the RSVP to our September 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.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
RSVP to our September Meeting!

Our Guest Speaker
Felicia Senter

Tulsa Tech

Felicia J. Senter has worked for Tulsa Tech for 17 years, she is the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Deputy Board Clerk. She has been an active member of the EWI Tulsa Chapter since March 2011, holding her first office during the same year, by stepping in as Sargent at Arms (SAA) after the rep from her firm resigned. Additionally, she has held the position of Programs chair (2 times), Chapter Vice-President and Chapter President.

Currently, she is the Past Corporate President of Executive Women International, recording secretary for the Alpha Chi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a member of The Links, Inc., Board Member with OkACTE and Secretary for the Mid Western Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She is very active in her church, serving as Connect Team Leader and on the New Member Care Team.

Felicia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Education from the Langston University. 
We look forward to hearing from her.

August Meeting Highlights

Left to Right: Felicia Senter (Tulsa Tech), Kim Bowman (T. D. Williamson), Reta Jay (LDKerns Contractor), Lori Heerlyn (T. D. Williamson)
Top Photo Left to Right: Crystal Black (One Digital), Trish Richey (Helmerich & Payne, Inc.), Dana Nichols (Cimarex Energy Co.)
Bottom Photo Left to Right: Reta Jay (LDKerns Contractor) and Lori Heerlyn (T. D. Williamson)


Lisa Riley - Pinot's Palette
  • We love Lisa Riley... and what a pinch hitter to fill in as speaker at the last minute! Truly loved her humorous story of how her lucrative business began.
  • Inspiring, liked her story about owning a Pinot's franchise w/3 locations a lot.
  • Membership should recruit Lisa Riley to join EWI again.
  • Awesome! Loved her, so inspiring!!
  • Probably my favorite speaker we’ve had so far. Very funny, engaging and inspiring!
  • Love her story.
  • Pinot's Palette needs to be recruited again pronto. What a strong lady!
  • She was so engaging and so transparent. Would be great if she would rejoin EWI!!!
  • Fun and informative - Exceptional business woman.
  • Love our Programs team! Keep up the great work.
  • I like these uplifting speakers.
  • Keep up the great work!
    • Board: Thank you so much everyone!


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

Please contact Lori Heerlyn at 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

  • Sept 6 - Labor Day
  • Sept 8 - EWI Reading Rally
  • Sept 9 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Chapter Meeting
  • Sept 12 - Grandparent's Day
  • Sept 15 - EWI of Tulsa Programs Committee Meeting
  • Sept 17 - EWI of Tulsa Recruitment & Retention Committee Meeting
  • Sept 16-18 LCAM
  • Sept 22 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Board Meeting
  • Sept 24 - Native American Day
September EWI Birthdays

Tascina Foster, TTCU Federal Credit Union............Sept 2
Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement......Sept 5
Sheila Sayne, Mitchell Bonds PLLC..........................Sept 10
Kim Bowman, T.D. Williamson..................................Sept 13
Lou Winsworth, Sustaining.......................................Sept 23
Sam Schultz, JPMorgan Chase & Co......................Sept 28

Brian Mitchell, Mitchell Bonds PLLC.......................Sept 9
Tim McNulty, Warren Professional Building Corp.....Sept 10
Dr. Steve Tiger, Tulsa Tech.......................................Sept 17

September Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
Tulsa Marriot Southern Hills..............1999
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management....2001
Miss Helen's Private School..............2003
AVB Bank..........................................2018
A special shout out to the below firms for their years of dedication to EWI of Tulsa:
Tulsa Marriot Southern Hills                         22 years

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management               20 years

Miss Helen's Private School                         18 years

AVB Bank                                                       3 years
To EWI Tulsa:

Check out this very sweet note sent to us from Amy Nguyen.  In 2019, Amy was a first place EWISP recipient and received an $8,000 scholarship.  She is currently a Junior at The University of Tulsa.

"I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to the program and the EWI Tulsa chapter. This organization has alleviated many of my previous concerns for college and financially supported my college career. Thank you all for helping me pursue a higher education. I am happy to say that with your assistance, I am on track to take the MCAT next semester and start the application process for medical school. I would not have been able to do this without the generosity of the EWI Scholarship Program."

Say "Hi" to Curry who joined the
EWI Board Meeting at LDKerns office in August!

Curry joins the EWI Board meeting in August!
Try Meditation

Feeling stuck in a rut creatively?

Try meditation to kick start your creative process. Although meditation’s purpose is to calm the mind and reduce stress level, it also has a physical effect on your brain.

The simple act of regular meditation frees up the parts of your brain that deal with memory, focus and cognitive ability. Research has shown that meditating stimulates the high-frequency brain waves that signal attention and perception — all qualities associated with creativity.
Modern life causes us to be constantly overstimulated, but research has shown meditation can reduce the hypervigilance of your reptile brain, increasing creative potential and more.

– Cyndee Woolley, APR, C2 Communications

In and Around Tulsa!

Jazz on the Green

Saturday, September 4th, 2021 
Gates open at 6pm
Live music commences: 7:00pm 
Live music concludes: 11:00pm
Guthrie Green (main lawn) 
111 E Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103
*Follow signs for entrance.

Chair or blanket 
Comfortable clothing and shoes/sandals 
Smiles and good vibes encouraged

Teach Me One Good Thing About...

How to fold a fitted sheet!
Some things in life are more difficult than they need to be.
Here's a little help with something that should be easy!
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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Executive Women International (EWI)

EWI of Tulsa is a chapter of Executive Women International ("EWI"). If you want to know more about EWI including the many development opportunities or connect with members in other chapters, please take the time to review the EWI Corporate website.