Chamber Chicks Day Out in Tulsa

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Posted by Laura Beth Breaux on 03/10/2017

Last Wednesday, the Edmond Chamber staff attended the 26th Annual Women's Business Leadership Conference in Tulsa to learn from incredible speakers and develop their leadership skills from expert women leaders.

"Santa Claus has the right idea...visit people only once a year." -Victor Borge

The event kicked off at 9:00 a.m. with Lyn Hester, founder of The International Center for Humor and Health and former VP of Marketing and Community Services for INTEGRIS Health. She is the author of several children's books, founder of the National Clown and Laughter Hall of Fame, and just all-around an incredibly funny storyteller!


"Never negate volunteer work. You never know where it will take you."

The next speaker inspired the crowd through her commitment to following her passion. Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim, Chairman of The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States, captured us by telling her amazing journey of "Following the Path of a Hero." She founded A STUDY OF HEROES, which is an educational program to address students in schools across the country about finding heroes such as Wallenberg, Dr. King, and Mother Teresa. 

If you haven't heard Raoul Wallenberg's story, he was responsible for saving tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust. When Rachel heard of him, she committed her career to searching for the Truth about his fate. She concluded the presentation to her rapt audience with one more bit of inspiration. "Follow the things you believe in. Stand up for them."


"Be aggressive and be bold."

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, founder of Red-Horse Financial Group and Red-Horse Native Productions, was the next speaker. Her background in the industries of entertainment and finance resulted in a fascinating and encouraging lesson on Surviving and Thriving in Male Dominated Industries. "Business is not a Miss Congeniality Contest. You don't need everyone to like you, but you should still always be nice! Act with compassion and remember that we are first called to loved people and not judge."

She is currently directing/producing the life biopic documentary of Wilma Mankiller (the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation) for PBS. 


The luncheon speaker was Jill Donovan of Rustic Cuff, who entertained and inspired attendees through her hilarious stories of failure and success that brought her to where she is today. At the end of her presentation, she surprised everyone with a free year of Cuff of the Month!


 "An opportunity to learn is an opportunity to earn (not just money)!"

After lunch, Suzanne Black shared with us her experience in consulting and "The Power of the Moment." She provided an immense amount of information and advice, and provided research to support her way of thinking. 

  • Challenges build resilience. Never give up, never give out, never give in. 
  • Wait for your moment, be patient, and then go for it! 
  • To thine own self be true. "I know when I'm being naughty to me."
  • Keep your energy up. YOUR energy works for YOU. 
  • Express kindness in business.
  • Life is a huge learning curve.
  • We tend to let life overwhelm us, and that's when we lose ourselves.
  • Texting is communicating, but it's not conversation.
  • If people want to know you then they will invest the time to get to know you.

"I love all of these wisdom nuggets from today. Take these home and chew on them!"

The conference ended on a high note with Chef Tiffany Poe from Pawhuska, OK. She is the owner of Tiffany Poe Culinary Services, Director of Culinary Operations and Clinical Instructor for Food Studies at OSU School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration, and owner of Grandview Inn Bed and Breakfast. Her lively personality and encouraging words were a perfect conclusion to a day filled with inspiration. A few take-aways from her presentation were:
  • Do not underestimate the power of writing things down. Lists are great!
  • Make decisions now to implement in your future.
  • Don't complain as much as you encourage.
  • Women break promises to themselves too often because they focus on promises to others. Don't break your own promises! 
  • Never make excuses.

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