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The Oklahoma International Women’s Forum and the OSU Spears School of Business present the Women’s Business Leadership Conference. This conference will journey through women facing challenges, growing through leadership and gaining excellence.


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Registration information:

Fee: $225 per person if registered before March 2, 2022.
$300 per person if registered after March 2, 2022.


  • Agenda

    Wednesday, March 9, 2022

    Welcome and Introductions

    Facilitator: Alexis Smith Washington, Ph.D. Senior Inclusion Officer, William S. Spears Chair and Associate Professor of Management, OSU Spears School of Business
    Mary Frates, President, Oklahoma International Women’s Forum
    Ken Eastman, Ph.D., Dean, Norman and Suzanne Myers Chair and Richard W. Poole Professorship, OSU Spears School of Business
    Lou C. Kerr, Chair, Oklahoma International Women’s Forum


    Overcoming Challenges and Rising to the Top—Becoming One of the Most Powerful Female Legal Authorities in Georgia

    Honorable Carol W. Hunstein (Ret.)
    Carol will discuss her career in law and the challenges she faced in overcoming polio, cancer and the loss of a leg. She married, had a child, attended college and law school. After a successful career as an attorney, she won election to the Superior Court of DeKalb County in Georgia. She then rose to the top of her profession by becoming the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. Her amazing journey will be inspirational to those who might like to follow in her judicious footsteps.


    Recognizing Your Value

    Kim Booker is the director for the Center for Sales and Service Excellence and assistant professor of Professional Practice within the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

    In today’s business environment, your value is a powerful combination of life experience, skills and character. Professional business women may underestimate and lack recognition of their true worth resulting in missed opportunities that would better align with their personal and career goals. In this session, we will discuss specific ideas on how to effectively navigate self-promotion in the workplace and be recognized for your most recognizable strengths.


    Leadership at Every Level

    Carolyn Carter  is the former Chief Executive Officer of Grey Group, Europe Middle East & Africa

    Moving up the leadership ladder requires developing and demonstrating the right leadership skills for every level. Drawing on over three decades as an international communications executive, Carolyn will share what she’s learned from her own leadership journey as well as the leaders she has helped develop and the successes and failures of the many company leaders she has worked with.


    Leadership Stories

    Caron Lawhorn is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of ONE Gas, Inc.

    We all have experiences that teach us valuable lessons about leadership. Caron will share some stories from her career and the impact each had on her evolution as a leader.


    Power Moves

    Chelle Luper Wilson is the owner of Power Moves Communications and Pink Saige Boutique

    Chelle will address both her professional and personal life in how women can become leaders. She will also address her company—Power Moves Communication and how her passion for creative problem solving thrives in environments with those who excited about change and are eager to generate new ideas that improve programs/products.


    The Art of Success and Why You are Worthy

    Glenda Radigonda is the owner/operator of G Gallery & Glass Studio.

    Glenda will share with you through her successes, tips on how to define and make it happen. You deserve it! She has a lifetime of experiences through being an actress, an artist and so much more by living a life with positive energy. Her examples will help you define your goals and achieve them.


  • Speakers

    Kim Booker

    Kim Booker is the director for the Center for Sales and Service Excellence and assistant professor of Professional Practice within the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Booker brings over 25 years of experience in direct sales, sales leadership, entrepreneurship and sales training to the program.

    Carolyn Carter

    Carolyn Carter is the former Chief Executive Officer of Grey Group, Europe Middle East & Africa, responsible for marketing communications operations in over 40 countries. The Grey Group represented more than one fifth of Fortune 500 companies and became part of WPP in 2005. During her tenure, Carolyn drove a profit turnaround and installed a new generation of leadership, including naming five women to country CEO positions. She currently serves as Vice President of the International Women’s Forum (IWF).

    Honorable Carol W. Hunstein (Ret.)

    Carol Hunstein overcame enormous personal challenges to become the second female chief justice of Georgia and a symbol of judicial independence. The native of Miami, Florida, survived childhood polio and later bone cancer. After graduating from high school, she married and had a baby, but the marriage didn’t last and her cancer returned. She lost her leg and nearly her life at age 24. A chance meeting with the head of a vocational rehabilitation program led to an opportunity to attend college for free. She became the first person from her family to graduate from college. She followed that with a law degree in 1976. One of only six women in her law school class of 65, she ended up marrying a classmate from Atlanta. She moved with him to Georgia but found the local firms weren’t interested in hiring a woman lawyer, so she practiced law on her own for eight years. In 1984 she won election to the bench of the Superior Court of DeKalb County, becoming the first female superior court judge in the county. In 1992 Georgia Governor Zell Miller nominated her to a seat on the state Supreme Court. She was later re-elected by the voters four times. The most bruising of those campaigns came in 2006 when she faced a candidate backed by an out-of-state business group seeking tort reform. The outside group and the Georgia Republican Party combined to spend nearly $2 million trying to unseat her. Her own campaign raised $1.38 million, which itself was more than double the record for a candidate for the Georgia Supreme Court. The voters chose to retain her. Justice Hunstein was chosen as a Rosalynn Carter Honorary Fellow in Public Policy at the Emory University Institute for Women's Studies. She received an honorary LL.D. from Stetson University School of Law and serves as honorary member of their Board of Overseers. She is a member of Florida Atlantic University's Hall of Fame. In 1999, the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession presented her with the Margaret Brent Award for her achievements. In January of 2006, she received the Commitment to Equality Award from the State Bar's Commission on Women and Minorities in the profession. In March of 2007, she received the Shining Star Award from the Atlanta Women's Foundation. In 2009 the Honorable Carol W. Hunstein was unanimously elected Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.

    Caron Lawhorn

    Caron Lawhorn became senior vice president, chief financial officer, of ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS) in 2019. She began her career in public accounting with the accounting firm now known as KPMG, joining ONEOK, Inc. in 1998. After serving in various roles in accounting and finance, she became president of ONEOK’s natural gas distribution segment in 2011 and senior vice president, commercial in 2013, a role she continued following the separation of ONEOK’s natural gas distribution segment in a tax-free exchange that created ONE Gas. Lawhorn is a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAON), a manufacturer of heating and air conditioning equipment headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She chairs the board of regents for Tulsa Community College and is a recent past chair of the board of directors for the Tulsa Area United Way. She is an ex officio member of the board of directors of the Southern Gas Association and a past board chair. She is also a trustee for the Tulsa Stadium Trust and serves on the finance committee of the American Gas Association. Lawhorn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Tulsa, where she was named a Distinguished Alumna of the university and in the College of Business. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

    Glenda Radigonda

    Glenda Radigonda is the owner/operator of G Gallery & Glass Studio. I believe there is joy to be found everywhere. Sometimes you must work a little to find it ... but it’s there!
    I have been called the “energizer bunny” by many. My life is filled with many joys. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, actor, glass blowing artist, teacher, art gallery owner, golfer, tennis player, writer, poker player, voiceover artist, speaker, charity volunteer, and a pragmatic optimist. Mostly, I am blessed.

    Chelle Luper Wilson

    Chelle Luper Wilson enjoys entrepreneurial success as the owner of Power Moves Communications and Pink Saige Boutique, and dedicates time continuing the legacy of her mother, the late civil rights activist Clara Luper, through the establishment of the Clara Luper Legacy Foundation. She credits her professional development through her work experience in management, marketing, advertising and sales for Allstate Insurance, Sally Beauty Company and Pro-Line Corporation. Chelle made history at the 1994 NAACP National Convention by becoming the first youth ever elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors At-Large position. She is currently active with various charities, civic and social groups including Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; The Links, Inc.; PTA; National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation; Langston University Alumni Association; Mocha Moms; National Association of Women Writers; National Women of Achievement; African American Intellectual History Society; National Council of Negro Women; African American Museum of Dallas, and is a charter member of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Langston University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is currently pursuing graduate work in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, with an emphasis in African and African American Women, at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Chelle Luper Wilson is a Silver Star member with 26 years of uninterrupted service, initiated into the Alpha Zeta Chapter (Langston University) in 1992, where she held the positions of President and Ivy Leaf Reporter. She is happily married to Dr. Marc A. Wilson (Life Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.) and the couple resides in Frisco, Texas with their three daughters Sasha, Sydney and Saige, and son William.

    Alexis Smith Washington (Facilitator)

    Dr. Alexis Smith Washington is the Spears School of Business Senior Inclusion Officer, Associate Professor of Management and William S. Spears Chair of Business Administration. Alexis received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior at the A.B. Freeman School of Business of Tulane University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University. Alexis’s focal research areas span workplace issues such as gender and diversity, as well as bias and discrimination. Currently, Alexis is working on projects that examine the impact of social identities such as gender, race, and sexual orientation on the ways individuals manage their professional image at work and organizational factors that facilitate the inclusion and advancement of underrepresented minorities. With more than 10 years of experience conducting applied research, Alexis has also consulted for a multi-firm legal services organization, wherein she designed and implemented surveys on female lawyers’ engagement, satisfaction and productivity. Through this project, she identified avenues for improving individual productivity and organizational methods for increasing worker empowerment. Additionally, Alexis is currently consulting for Oklahoma’s GRDA to implement leadership training and succession planning procedures. Alexis’s experience and research interests have produced research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology; the Journal of Applied Social Psychology; the Journal of Management; the Journal of Managerial Psychology; the Academy of Management Perspectives; Research in Organizational Behavior; and the European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology. She had contributed to several edited books including the Handbook of Prejudice and Discrimination and the International Encyclopedia of Organizational Studies.

  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    Learn more about available sponsorships here or contact us at 405-744-5208.


    For additional questions, please call Kelle DeBord at 405-744-5208 or email


    Platinum Sponsorship: $10,000

    Platinum Sponsor Benefits

    • 15 Registrations to conference
    • Optional booth space
    • Logo and name on conference materials

    Gift: $6,625; Non-gift: $3,375


    Gold Sponsorship: $5,000

    Gold Sponsor Benefits

    • 10 Registrations to conference
    • Optional booth space
    • Logo and name on conference materials

    Gift: $2,750; Non-gift: $2,250


    Silver Sponsorship: $2,500

    Silver Sponsor Benefits

    • 5 Registrations to conference
    • Logo and name on conference materials

    Gift: $1,375; Non-gift: $1,125


    Bronze Sponsorship: $1,500

    Bronze Sponsor Benefits

    • 2 Registrations to conference
    • Logo and name on conference materials

    Gift: $1,050; Non-gift: $450


    Sponsor $750

    • 1 Registration to conference
    • Logo and name on conference materials

    Gift: $525; Non-gift: $225


    (Please make checks payable to OSU Foundation and send to OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development, 294 Business Building, Stillwater, OK 74078)


    *The IRS requires us to inform you the extent to which your gift for this event is tax deductible. The fair market value of benefits you will receive is listed within each level; therefore the amount of your gift may be greater than the benefit amount listed and may be considered tax deductible. Consult a tax professional for guidance on how this applies to you or your company.

  • Sponsors

    Platinum Sponsor


    Gold Sponsor

    Phillips 66

    Wills Holdings, LLC

    The Kerr Foundation logo

    womens foundation

    Silver Sponsor


    Marilyn Mabrey Sulivant & Dan Sulivant


    Grant Thornton

    Mabrey Bank Logo

    The Kerr Foundation logo

    Mariner wealth advisors


    Bronze Sponsor

    Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity

    OMRF logo


    KOSU logo

    OSU Office of the President


    Mary Frances Michaelis



    Exellence Engineeering

    Conoco Phillips

    Heelz First



  • Program Policies

    Cancellation Policy: If a participant would like to cancel her/his registration less than 5 days prior to the program, you are welcome to send a substitute. A refund is available given notification no later than 6 days prior to the program. If you are cancelling your registration or transferring your registration to a colleague, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208 or CEPD will send you an email confirming your cancellation and refund if applicable.


    For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints, please contact the program manager, Kelle DeBord at 405-744-5208 or


    The program content is appropriate for all business professionals from entry level to executive. For CPE purposes, the knowledge level of the course is "basic." There is no prerequisite education/experience or advance preparation required for participating in this conference.

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