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Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

26th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Hotel | Tulsa, Oklahoma

Learn more about moving toward your career goals, developing yourself and others, and enhancing your leadership skills from expert women leaders.

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jill donovan

“What Feels Like the End is Often the Beginning”

Jill Donovan

Jill Donovan’s need for a creative outlet and her lifelong obsession with cuff bracelets turned into more than she ever dreamed. Join us as Jill shares the story of Rustic Cuff.

Suzanne Black

“The Power of the Moment”

Suzanne Black

In our search for certainty in life, most of us like to see ourselves as effective planners – for our lives, our careers, how we wish to be seen by others. Yet the reality is that everything in life can change in a moment in three areas central to every day in every life. Those areas are encapsulated in words, thoughts, and deeds or actions. You are invited to join the speaker to share the Power of The Moment to appreciate past moments and develop opportunities for greater ‘moment benefits’ in the future.

rachel bernheim

“Following the Path of a Hero”

Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim

From the time that I first learned about Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish World War II Hero and Third Honorary Citizen of the United States, my life began to change — both personally and professionally. Sharing his remarkable and inspiring story has become a part of my life’s work. Today, I hope to take you on both paths; learning both about Raoul Wallenberg and a little about me.

lyn hester

“Take 2 Chuckles & Call Me in the Morning”

Lyn Hester

A good laugh relieves tension, lowers your blood pressure and makes other people wonder what you’re up to. This presentation is filled with humorous stories, tools for relieving stress and incorporating more humor in your life. So, if you like to laugh or just need an emotional break, this one’s for you.

valerie mohl

“Surviving and Thriving in Male Dominated Industries: Case Studies in Film and Finance”

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

After nearly thirty years of owning businesses in the film and finance sectors, I have navigated through sexism, racism, financial highs and lows as well as inaccurate and slanderous press coverage. Keeping my faith, sustaining through prayer, relying on female mentors and support groups, I have now emerged as a balanced, happy, veteran business owner, forged by fire, who hopes to empower and encourage other female leaders in tough industries. This session will include clips from my recently completed but as yet unreleased documentary MANKILLER (filmed in Oklahoma) for PBS, on the life and leadership of Wilma Mankiller, the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

tiffany poe

“Write Your Life Recipe”

Chef Tiffany Poe

A good recipe can give you success in the kitchen, but an exciting “life” recipe can help you achieve your dreams. Join Chef Tiffany Poe for an inspirational and passionate message about living life to the fullest, balancing a “full plate” and never forgetting the secret ingredients that makes every decision and life challenge you face, even “sweeter”!

Jill Donovan

Jill Donovan, was born in Baltimore, raised in Pensacola and graduated from ORU where she met her husband, Terry. She went on to earn her law degree at the University of Tulsa and was an adjunct law professor and practicing attorney for 8 years.

Four years ago while on a short sabbatical, she started Rustic Cuff from the floor of her guest bedroom. Today her designs are in more than 350 boutique stores across the country. The first two Rustic Cuff storefronts opened in 2015 and three more stores are set to open in OKC, Edmond and Dallas in the very near future!

Jill is inspired by daughters Ireland and Peanut, as well as her amazing customers, each of whom she would call a friend. In her spare time she loves break dancing, playing tennis and seeing Barry Manilow and Michael Buble in concert. As often as possible.

Suzanne Black

Suzanne Black, marketing, business development and health care services specialist, also holds a real estate Brokers license. She has over 25 years experience in consulting and the international business and financial sectors which included: manager for Allied Bank International, a New York headquartered consortium-owned international bank; manager for Bedford Capital Financial Corp.; president and chief operating officer of The Lyford Cay Members’ Club; marketing, business development and human resources consultant to major national and international organizations.

Considered a trailblazer she was the first woman and Bahamian to head an international bank branch, an international private members’ club, and to chair international financial conferences for The Central Bank of The Bahamas and the Association of International Banks and Trust Companies in The Bahamas (AIBT). She was also co-chair and conference executive on behalf of The Central Bank of The Bahamas and the AIBT for a conference under the aegis of Euromoney of the United Kingdom . Ms. Black attended the University of Tampa, the American Graduate School for International Management and the Canadian National Voice Intensive at the University of British Columbia.

She was featured as the sole interviewee for Portraits, a one hour television show produced by Cable Bahamas, and Dr. David Allen for his Love 97 radio and television shows People Helping People. Ms. Black hosted a television special for the Nassau Institute, and has also appeared on shows for Bahamas Broadcasting Television in her role as Chair for financial conferences. She currently co-hosts for Guardian Talk Radio and is the initial stages of developing her own radio show.

Offices held include The Bahamas Institute of Bankers Chair, Bahamas Financial Services Board Director, Bahamas International Financial Conferences Chair, International Women’s Forum (IWF) Board and IWF Leadership Foundation Director.

Awards include the British Empire Medal; The Bahamas Silver Jubilee Anniversary of Independence Award for contributions to national development in the financial services sector; Sojourner-Douglass College Doctor of Humane Letters; Association of International Banks & Trust Companies Appreciation Award; IWF Women Who Make a Difference Award; Zonta Club of New Providence Living Legends Award; Bahamas Humane Society Be Humane Award.

A former Co-Chair and current Honorary Board member of the Bahamas Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme, she was Master of Ceremony and a host for Royal visits.

Ms. Black is the Founder and past President of IWF Bahamas, a member forum of IWF. She was Conference Chair and host for an IWF conference and host for IWF Board and Leadership Foundation meetings.

Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim

Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim, Chairman of The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of The United States, has been a part of the Committee since its founding in 1981. Rachel has been instrumental in the search for the Truth about the fate of Raoul Wallenberg, working closely with the American and the Swedish governments as well as other international organizations, agencies, and researchers. She is recognized as an expert on the life of Wallenberg and has shared her expertise in settings as diverse as the United States Congress, on US military bases, The United Nations, in centers of worship, at universities, civic organizations, senior centers, television, radio, correctional facilities and at schools and educational conferences. A STUDY OF HEROES, the educational program of the Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States, was conceptualized by Rachel as a result of her experiences addressing students in schools and classrooms across the country. Whenever she told the powerful Wallenberg story the classroom or auditorium would become still – no wiggles, no giggles – only rapt attention. She came to the realization that American children need heroes such as Wallenberg, Dr. King, and Mother Teresa. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Rachel studied developmental child psychology and had the privilege of studying the myths of the hero with Professor Joseph Campbell. Bernheim authored the monograph Raoul Wallenberg: A Hero For Our Time, numerous articles for publications in America and abroad, and has served as a consultant on books, films and documentaries about the life of Raoul Wallenberg. Rachel is listed in The Foremost Women in the Twentieth Century and Who’s Who of American Women. Rachel is the recipient of Salem Academy’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. She has served on the Boards of Salon de Virtuosi and Givat Haviva Educational Institute. She was a member of The National Council of The Glimmerglass Opera Company of Cooperstown, New York. Additionally, Rachel served on the Board of the American Division of the Peace Board; as Secretary of the Board of The American Symphony Orchestra; on the Auction Committee of the Young Adults Institute; as Co-Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the Sarah Lawrence College Alumnae Board; and on the Board of the New York Heart Association. Rachel received The New Sweden ’88 Medal from the Swedish Consul General to New York. On March 13, 2007, Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim, by appointment of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, was awarded The Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star at the level of Commander. When presenting this Award to Rachel, Ambassador Ulf Hjertonsson, Consul General of Sweden, stated, “To receive this order, there is a strict rule: You must have accomplished things beyond the call of duty. And that is a fitting description of your efforts on establishing the Raoul Wallenberg legacy.”

Lyn Hester

Lyn Hester, since founding The International Center for Humor and Health, Lyn has delivered her message of humor to thousands of people across the country including:

Paralyzed Veterans of America National Conference, New Orleans & Long Beach, Calif.
The Fountains at LoCholla, Tucson Arizona
Farmers Insurance Regional Conference, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Putnam Hospital, Putnam, New York
Loudoun Healthcare Center, Leesburg, Virginia
Voluntary Hospitals of America, Philadelphia
Lyn has hosted her own live, daily talk show and was previously Vice President of Marketing and Community Services for INTEGRIS Health.

In 1989, Lyn founded the National Clown and Laughter Hall of Fame, now a division of The International Center for Humor and Health.

She is the author of several children’s books including Stop, Drop & Roll in conjunction with the Learn Not to Burn series of the Oklahoma City Fire Department and Mary Lou Likes Blue, as well as a book of humorous stories, Take Two Chuckles and Call Me in the Morning.

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, of Cherokee ancestry, is the owner/founder of RED-HORSE NATIVE PRODUCTIONS, INC. which has become the preeminent collaborator with American Indian tribal nations to bring important Native stories accurately and respectfully to the screen. Red-Horse Mohl’s body of work spans over three decades of film and television content creation and production. She is currently directing/producing the life biopic documentary of Wilma Mankiller (the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation) for PBS. In addition to her entertainment expertise, Ms. Red-Horse Mohl is also the owner/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc., a financial advisory firm focused on gaming and tribal finance. She has more than 30 years in-depth experience in the financial services and investment banking industry having assisted/advised clients on transactions totaling $3 billion. Red-Horse Mohl earned a B.A. with Cum Laude honors from UCLA and has been profiled in cover stories of the WALL STREET JOURNAL, FORTUNE SMALL BUSINESS and MINORITY BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR. She holds seven FINRA registrations and is a licensed life insurance agent in the state of California. Red-Horse Mohl was inducted into the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Hall of Fame in 2008 and she serves in ministry as the founder of both H.A.P.N. (the Hollywood Access Program for Natives) a non-profit training organization providing on the job mentorship to Native Americans in the film and television industry and “Jesusize” a dance/exercise ministry serving urban women in rehabilitation residence at the Anne Douglas Center in downtown Los Angeles. In 2006 Red-Horse Mohl and her family founded the White Earth Cass Lake Annual Short Term Mission Trip whereby mission teams repair and weatherproof trailers and homes, lead VBS activities for the community children and distribute elder gift bags every summer on Ojibwe reservations in Northern Minnesota. Red-Horse Mohl has been married since 1982 to former NFL professional Curt Mohl, and together they have three children. Their youngest daughter Chelsea currently competes on the Beach Volleyball Team at Stanford University.

Tiffany Poe

Chef Tiffany Poe, Poe has been sharing her passion for food and hospitality education for more than a decade. She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Oklahoma State University and Le Cordon Bleu. She is the owner of Tiffany Poe Culinary Services a consulting, food styling and corporate coaching company. She is currently the Director of Culinary Operations and Clinical Instructor for Food Studies at Oklahoma State University School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration.





  • Dan Sulivant and Marilyn Mabrey Sulivant
  • V. Burns Hargis and Ann Hargis


Cancellation Policy:

If a participant would like to cancel her/his registration less than 5 days prior to the conference, you are welcome to send a substitute. All guarantees have been submitted to the hotel, so refunds are not attainable. A refund is available given notification no later than 6 days prior to the conference. If you are transferring your registration to a colleague, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208 or

For additional information Contact:

Kelle Scott, Program Coordinator, Center for Executive and Professional Development
Oklahoma State University, 215 Business Building
Stillwater, OK 74078-4011 USA
Telephone: 405-744-5208