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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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Featured Speakers

Time Session  
8:15 am Registration  
9:00 am Welcome and Introductions | (Moderator) Alexis Smith Washington, Associate Professor of Management and Senior Inclusion Officer at the Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University  
9:30 am Carla's Strategies: Maximize Your Success | Carla Harris, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley and Author of Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies to Surviving in the Workplace  
10:15 am Break  
10:30 am

Panel:  A Summary Report on the Status of Women in Oklahoma

12:00 pm Lunch  
1:00 pm Session* | Brooke Cotter Wells, United States Magistrate Judge (retired)  
1:45 pm Session* | Cheryl Wipper, Vice President and Global Head – Content, Learning and Communications, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants  
2:30 pm Break  
2:45 pm Session* | Keren Williams McLendon, President and CEO of Robinson Aviation, Inc.  
3:30 pm Wrap-up, Drawings and Evaluations | Alexis Smith Washington, Oklahoma State University  
3:45 pm Adjourn  
  *Session TBC  
  • Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits
    Sponsorship Gift Cost
    Platinum Gift: $6,625; Non-gift: $3,375 $10,000
    • 15 Registrations to conference
    • Optional booth space
    Gold Gift: $2,750; Non-gift: $2,250 $5,000
    • 10 Registrations to conference
    • Optional booth space
    Silver Gift: $1,375; Non-gift: $1,125 $2,500
    • 5 Registrations to conference
    Bronze Gift: $1,050; Non-gift: $450  $1,500
    • 2 Registrations to conference
    Sponsor Gift: $525; Non-gift: $225 $750
    • 1 Registration to conference

    *All options include logo and name on conference materials.


    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.


    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

  • 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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