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March 13, 2024 | Cox Business Convention Center, Tulsa

We invite women in business to come together to hear from speakers who are known locally and nationally for their entrepreneurial success, women’s health knowledge and business development skills. Be Bold was chosen as the theme because we want participants to leave the conference feeling equipped to boldly step out feeling confident, empowered and supported. Presented in partnership with the Oklahoma International Women’s Forum.

  • Agenda
    Time Session and Speaker
    8 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
    9 a.m. Welcome and Introductions - Dr. Alexis Washington, moderator, Oklahoma State University and Mary Frates, president, Oklahoma International Women's Forum
    9:15 a.m.

    The POWER of being BOLD: Unlock your POTENTIAL - Dr. Tabatha Carr, founder and CEO, Good Girl Chocolate


    Learning Objectives:

    • Evaluate personal barriers to boldness such as self-doubt and fear, and develop individual strategies to overcome these obstacles in pursuit of personal and professional growth
    • Assess the impact of embracing boldness on personal and professional endeavors by analyzing real-life examples highlighting the transformative power of bold decision-making
    • Develop an action-oriented mindset towards embracing boldness by creating a personalized roadmap for implementing bold decisions in daily life.
    9:55 a.m. Q&A for Dr. Carr's session
    10:05 a.m. Five-minute break
    10:10 a.m.

    Research Panel
    Workforce in Oklahoma - Dr. Abbey Davis, director, Center for the Future of Work and assistant professor of practice at Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University

    United WE's National Entrepreneur Childcare project and Data - Wendy Doyle, president and CEO at United We

    Women’s Entrepreneurship - Dr. Victoria Yates, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University


    Learning Objectives:

    • Explore the current workforce trends and childcare research within Oklahoma
    • Analyze the presented data to understand the current state of Oklahoma involving females within the workplace and childcare
    • Develop a framework and create strategies to promote a better workforce and support childcare within the state


    10:40 a.m. Q&A for Research Panel
    10:50 a.m. 10-minute break
    11 a.m.

    Purpose Driven Leadership - Adela Valdez MD, MBA associate dean of CME and Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will be able to delineate and define the four fundamental principles that constitute purpose-driven leadership
    • Participants will demonstrate the ability to analyze and relate purpose-driven leadership concepts to practical organizational situations
    • Evaluate personal or organizational leadership approaches to identify areas for integrating purpose-driven principles
    11:55 a.m. Lunch
    1 p.m.

    Nuts about Success - Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry, president, My Husband's Nuts, Inc.


    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify key strategies in establishing a successful business by brainstorming at least three pivotal decisions or actions during an entrepreneurial journey
    • Formulate a personalized entrepreneurial strategy or action plan, outline specific steps and objectives to pursue individual business aspirations
    • Evaluate the role of support networks and interpersonal relationships in your life to establish a successful business and outline the significance of networking and mentorship
    1:40 p.m.

    Education = Empowerment - Karilyn Van Oosten, vice president of strategic business development, Unitek Learning


    Learning Objectives:

    • Analyze the role of education in personal and community empowerment and illustrate the impact of education on individual and societal growth
    • Develop a framework or action plan for promoting education-based empowerment initiatives within local communities or organizations
    • Evaluate the significance of community involvement and mentorship in fostering leadership and empowermen
    2:20 p.m. Q&A for Jennifer and Karilyn sessions
    2:35 p.m. 15-minute Break
    2:50 p.m.

    #SuccessWithoutApology: Women Succeed Differently - Rachael Melot, vice president of business development, Sovereign Bank and author of The Ten Commandments of #SuccessWithoutApology


    Learning Objectives:

    • Improve negotiation skills for appropriate earning and recognition
    • Understand the importance of building and promoting a professional brand
    • Explore effective strategies to self promote without apology
    • Identify societal norms and personal barriers leading women to apologize for success, and propose strategies to positively reframe success narratives
    • Improve appreciation for unique cultural backgrounds for effective problem-solving, innovation and company success
    3:30 p.m.

    Q&A for Rachael's session

    3:40 p.m. Drawings and Dismissed
  • Sponsorship
  • Oklahoma International Women's Forum Members

    Jill Castilla

    Freda Deskin

    Gordona Duca

    Tricia L. Everest

    Ann Felton Gilliland

    Dindy Foster

    Mary Frates

    Jane Gamble

    Barbara Gardner-Anderson

    Sue Hale

    Patty Hampgton Roloff

    Linda Haneborg

    Christine Hansen

    Lynn Hardin

    Dee Hays

    Anne Holzberlein

    Nancy Hyde

    The Honorable Yvonne Kauger

    Beth Kerr

    Laura Kerr

    Lou Kerr

    Jill King

    Robyn Klugman

    Ruth Leebron

    Paula Marshall

    Mary Frances Michaelis

    Debra Murray

    Lindy Ritz

    Jenelle Schatz

    Jana Shoulders

    Mary Ellen Ternes

    Molly Tovar

    Carol Wilkinson Troy

    Gina Volturo-Ellis

    Tracey Wills

  • Program Policies
    Review the CFW program policies. All programs presented by the Center for the Future of Work are subject to these policies.


    CEU and CPE

    The program content is appropriate for business professionals of all levels. For CPE purposes, the knowledge level of the course is "basic." There is no prerequisite education/experience or advance preparation required for participating in the program. Instructional delivery method—Group Live Based: Experts share their knowledge with participants through live presentations with question and answer opportunities available to participants.
    CEU and CPE credits available.
    Participants can earn up to 6.1 credit hours of personal development of CPE and .55 credit hours of CEU credits. Please see the agenda with credit breakdowns. Participants are required to attend and participate in complete session to receive credits. The Center for Future of Work, Oklahoma State University, is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:
    1 hour = 0.1 CEU Credit
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