November 2021


Together we can do great things.
- Mother Theresa

In This Issue
  1. President's Letter
  2. November 11 Monthly Meeting
  3. October Meeting Highlights
  4. Meeting Feedback
  5. Announcements
  6. Calendar of Events
  7. November Birthdays and Firm Anniversaries
  8. In and Around Tulsa!
  9. Board Members/Contact Information




Hello EWI of Tulsa. 
November is here and I hope this finds each of you healthy and well. I am honored and humbled to serve as your 2021-2022 Chapter President. Our chapter is an amazing group of women and I am excited for what we will accomplish this coming year. The theme I have chosen for my Board is “Together we can do great things.” It is one of my favorite quotes from Mother Theresa and exemplifies what EWI is to me: a group of diverse, intelligent, professional women who come together to network, collaborate, and serve our community. And we do it well.
I have set some goals for my Board to achieve this year and would like to share the two that are most important to me. The first is to retain and grow our chapter membership. The EWI of Tulsa chapter is very strong and resilient. We are weathering the pandemic mightily and have remained engaged with each other. Retention and growth are vital to any chapter. I remember recently hearing past EWI Corporate President Felicia Senter say “In EWI we all serve on the membership committee.” Indeed. Let’s work together to retain and grow our chapter membership.
My second goal is to build robust Board Committees. Committee service can be very rewarding. It provides an avenue for personal and professional growth and opportunities to collaborate with other members. Committee service also allows you to share your talents and bring fresh ideas to the table. Please consider serving on a committee. We will have committee sign-ups at our November Chapter meeting.
Lastly, I want to thank Reta Jay for asking me to serve as her Vice President on her 2020-2021 Board. I value her steady and positive leadership style, as well as the friendship. Thank you, Reta.
Looking forward to seeing you at our November Chapter Meeting.
Together we can do great things!
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November Monthly Meeting

WHEN:  Thursday, November 11, 2021
               5:30 pm Social, 6:00 pm Meeting 

 WHERE:  Tulsa Tech, Lemley Campus (31st & Memorial)
                   Client Service Center Building
                   (south end of Campus)
                   3638 South Memorial Drive, Training Room #9
                   Tulsa, OK
                   Parking:  Large Lot (west side of building)
SPEAKER:  Committee Presentations & Sign-Ups

DRESS:  Business 
COST: $40.00. Please bring checks payable to EWI of Tulsa to the meeting or mail to Heather Stephen, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., 1437 S. Boulder Ave., Suite 1400, Tulsa, OK  74119

In order to provide the appropriate seating arrangements and dinner servings, it is important that we have all RSVPs by Tuesday, November 9

RSVP: by clicking the RSVP to our November 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 November Meeting!

October Meeting Highlights

Installation of Officers

2021-2022 Board Members
Front row:
Liza Wenzel, Wenzel Creative (Communications); Tamara Conner, ONEOK, Inc (Vice President/President-Elect; (Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson; (President); Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement (Membership Retention); 

Back Row:
Joni Whitehead, System One Oklahoma (Sergeant-At-Arms); Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp. (Programs); Crystal Black, OneDigital (Secretary); Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank (B/C/DP Director); and Tonya Solomon, ARC Document Solutions (Membership Recruitment)

Not pictured:
Heather Stephen, Treasurer, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

A special thank you to Marnie Knight for graciously taking photos despite having company and arranged for them to have dinner without her that evening.


2021-2022 Installation of EWI Board of Directors
  • The meal was delicious & service was extraordinary.
  • Best meal yet!
  • Summit is always a beautiful place to have a meeting.
  • Loved all of the Mother Teresa quotes, it was all so very well done. May be my favorite installation yet!
  • The Installation was professionally conducted.
  • The program was well thought out and well organized.
  • Would love to see the after hours events come back. Or maybe offer volunteer opportunities outside of the Chapter meetings so everyone has a chance to get together more than just once a month. We could have a group event at the Tulsa Food Bank, doesn't have to be something big or complex


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 Liza Wenzel by emailing her at

  • November 07 - Daylight Savings Time Ends (Fall Back Sunday)
  • November 11 - Veterans Day
  • November 11 - EWI of Tulsa Monthly Chapter Meeting
  • November 17 - EWI Board Meeting
  • November 18 - Great American Smokeout
  • November 25 - Thanksgiving 
  • November 27 - Small Business Saturday
  • November 30 - National Day of Giving
EWI Committee Meeting Dates 
  • Board Meetings – 4th Wednesday • 4:00 - 5:00pm virtually (Exceptions: Nov & Dec meetings will be held the 3rd week of the month due to holidays)
  • Programs – 3rd Wednesday at Noon. 
  • Membership – TBD (once committee members are established)
  • Communications – TBD (once committee members are established)
  • B/C/DP – TBD (once committee members are established)
  • SAA – TBD (once committee members are established)
November EWI Birthdays

November 5 - Heather Stephen, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
November 5 - Pam Elmore, Miss Helen's Private School
November 6 - Linda Safley, Sustaining
November 11 - Pat Desormeau, Sustaining
November 16 - Linda Polson, Sustaining
November 20 - Debbie Burton, Alzheimer's Association

November 23 - Becky Frank, Schnake Turnbo Frank
November 26 - Ryan Kirk, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

November Firm Anniversaries

Firm Anniversaries
Warren Professional Building Corp.........2010

In and Around Tulsa!

Oklahoma Cabins to Book This Winter

Cooler temps are finally here in Oklahoma, and I don’t know about you, but I personally love camping in the fall and winter much more than in the summertime! The weather allows for more time spent hiking and being active outside without the bugs and snakes you may get at many Oklahoma campsites and state parks.

This fall and winter, consider booking a staycation at one of Oklahoma’s many cabin rentals across the state.

Here are a few to consider when booking your stay:

Broken Bow: Beaver’s Bend State Park

Davis: Turner Falls Park

Ardmore: Lake Murray State Park

– Ashley Glass, Jones PR and The Oklahoma 100
2021-2022 Officers & Directors

Lori Heerlyn, T.D. Williamson

Vice President/President-Elect
Tamara Conner,ONEOK, Inc.

Crystal Black, OneDigital

Heather Stephen, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Joni Whitehead, System One Oklahoma
918-836-1900, x125

B/C/DP Director
Kelli Gernandt, Arvest Bank

Membership (Recruitment)
Tonya Solomon, ARC Document Solutions

Membership (Retention)
Gloria McQuade, Burnett Home Improvement

Susan Miller, Warren Professional Building Corp

Liza Wenzel, Wenzel Creative

Reta Jay, LDKerns Contractors

Trish Richey, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Kim Bowman, T.D. Wiliamson

Jody Davis, Accent Moving, Storage & Logistics/Mayflower

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

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