Jan Peery, May EYP Leadership Latte Event Recap

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Posted by Karla Docter on 06/18/2018

Jan Peery, May EYP Leadership Latte Event Recap by Karla Docter


With coffee in hand, young professionals mingled and networked while getting ready to listen to Janet Peery speak at May’s Edmond Young Professionals Leadership Latte, held at The Brew Coffee shop at Oklahoma Christian University. Jan is the CEO for YWCA Oklahoma City, the only certified domestic violence and sexual assault service provider with an emergency shelter in Oklahoma County. Jan spoke on a very important issue that directly and/or indirectly affects each and every one of us, as well as her experience growing into her leadership role at YWCA OKC, and personal and professional obstacles that she has been challenged with.


Jan shared some shocking Oklahoma statistics:

  • The CDC states that the lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner is greater for Oklahoma women than in any other state;
  • The Violence Policy Center ranks Oklahoma 15th in the nation for women killed by men in single offender, single incident homicides;
  • Domestic violence calls cost Oklahoma City Police Department over $8.5 million a year; and
  • The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey states that 25% of Oklahoma women experience rape in their lifetime and 48% of Oklahoma women have experienced sexual assault.


The staff at YWCA OKC are fueled by saving lives, shifting the way we look at these crimes, and how society treats those victimized. Jan’s passion for the work YWCA OKC does for the community shows as she discussed all of the free services available to those who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. Free services include: 24-hour hotlines, counseling, group support, advocacy, victim protection orders, forensic exams, sexual assault hospital advocacy, prevention education, social and economic justice, Our Sister’s Closet (resale shop), and so much more. Basically, if someone has been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, YWCA OKC has free resources to help! For more information on available services, please visit www.ywcaokc.org.


There are many ways someone can get involved with YWCA OKC, you can become a volunteer, coordinate a clothing/diaper/toy/toiletries drive, help us spread the word about their life saving services, and/or attend one of their fabulous events just to name a few.


An exciting event coming up on Saturday, June 23rd at 9pm, called “After Sash”! It is the Purple Sash Gala after party, and for just $30, guests will enjoy complementary wine, cash bar, photo booth by SmileTime, raffle items, snacks by Whiskey Cake and music by Drive! This will be an event you will not want to miss! More information is found on their website, www.ywcaokc.org/after-sash.


Jan stated one of the ways we can help, is by helping the community understand the issues, and breaking down the myths surrounding victimization. She said, “Domestic violence and sexual assault will rise to the level it is accepted in the community”, reminding us that we have a responsibility to help make an impact for future generations.


Jan shared several leadership tips throughout her talk, here are a few:

  • “I try to make those around me feel like they are doing their best”;
  • “Try to find the positive in any situation”;
  • The importance of “Appreciative Inquirery”;
  • Discover work that you can be proud of whether you get paid or volunteer, do something that makes a difference; and
  • Look at ways to build your team, and create sustainability for the future.


Jessica Lyle shared her takeaways, “The one thing I love about the Leadership Latte series is that we as young professionals get a one-on-one view of leaders in our area. Meeting Jan with the YWCA OKC was truly inspiring. One thing I took away as an emerging leader is her policy on her leadership team. It took a personal tragedy for her to realize that people, whether a CEO or an associate, have personal lives that can at times pull you away from your job. By creating a leadership team, she instilled trust in a group of professionals that could make decisions if she was unavailable. Mrs. Peery has a passion for what the YWCA OKC stands for and is a true advocate for domestic & sexual abuse.”


YWCA OKC is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. If you or someone you know could use some resources, please do not hesitate to reach out to YWCA OKC, at the office (405) 948-1770, through our 24-hour hotline: Oklahoma State Safeline (800) 522-SAFE, or online at www.ywcaokc.org.


We hope to see you at our next Leadership Latte, where we provide young professionals with the opportunity to build connections and meet high-level executives in the community. This series is sponsored by Reg Aldrich at Country Financial. We hope you will join us for our next Leadership Latte on July 11th, 7:30-9:00 am, at The Brew at Oklahoma Christian University, where we will hear from JD Younger, the Edmond Police Chief. 

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