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Next Business Meeting

April 25, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Department of Human Services | Sequoya Building

2400 N. Lincoln Blvd.

Oklahoma City, OK 73105




Speakers Bureau

Commissioners and Advisory Council members are skilled leaders who have spoken during various formats such as keynote, panel discussion, workshops, M.C., and lectures. We are available to speak at regular and special meetings of civic groups, service organizations, neighborhood associations, church groups, and other types of clubs and businesses. Our service is free; however, we accept donations.

Brenda Jones Barwick

Ms. Barwick is a strong national advocate for women in business, and in 2001 founded the national integrated communications agency, Jones PR. She has developed and implemented a national marketing campaign for the nation's largest women's business group, Women.


  • Impacting Public Policy, the voice for women in business in our nation's capital
  • Economic and Political Empowerment
  • Business Ownership

Pat Carr

Ms. Carr is the author of an inspirational & motivational book, “All Dreams Matter.” She has mentored women of all ages in business for over 30 years. As a successful business owner and entrepreneur, she is a home builder, decorator, image consultant, and motivational speaker.


  • Personal Development
  • Professional Image
  • The Power & Purpose of Our Dreams

Suzette Chang

Ms. Chang is the Founder/CEO of Thick Descriptions and the Executive Director of the Guthrie Public Library. For almost two decades she has attained African American female histories and understandings of identity, social constructs, and how these influences impact their daily lives and are linked to women with different historical experiences. 


  • History of Oklahoma Women
  • Language Assigned to Oklahoma Women
  • Biology and Culture: The Ongoing Conflict for Oklahoma Women

Carol Hefner

Ms. Hefner is the president of HELM Investments LLC,  and vice president of Cedars Commercial Real Estate and Development Company. She is president of Galimaro Food Development LLC and is founder of the Aliya Hefner Pediatric Fellowship at OU Children’s Hospital. 


  • Women in Commercial Development/Project Management
  • Building a Woman-owned Business
  • How to value Yourself in a Competitive World

Estela Hernandez

Ms. Hernandez is a civic and community leader who has worked tirelessly to stress the importance of community involvement and direct participation in solving issues facing Oklahomans at the local, state, and federal levels.


  • Women in Business
  • Faith
  • Education

Dr. Nyla Khan

Dr. Khan is a member of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team. She has presented lectures on various subjects at several universities around the United States. Her unrelenting faith in the critical focus that education can provide, motivate her to build bridges across racial, political, and ideological divides.


  • Historic Role of Muslim Women in Social and Political Activism
  • Women in Politics
  • Building Community and Engaging Young People in the Processes of Democracy

Mary Larson

Mary A. Larson, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Distinctive Collections at the Oklahoma State University Libraries, and she is a past president of the Oral History Association (US). One of her relevant areas of research has been gender bias in the interpretation and representation of the historic record. She is a past Commissioner for the OCSW and has also been appointed to multiple terms as a member of the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board.


  • Oklahoma Women’s History
  • Oklahoma Women during the Dust Bowl and Depression

Shiny Rachel Mathew

Ms. Mathew is s Partner and Co-Owner of Polston Tax Resolution & AccountingShe is the Best-Selling Author for “Get In the Game,” and she is a monthly FOX 25 TV Tax Segment Host, and a Guest TV Commentator on News 9.


  • Opportunities for Women
  • Being Financially Savvy
  • Networking

Dr. Delores Runnels

Ms. Runnels is the founder of Career Daze, a nonprofit organization focused on connecting the classroom with the real world. She serves as Senior Pastor along with her husband Keith, at The Father’s House Church located in Edmond. 


  • Motivational Speaker

Jill Shero

Ms. Shero serves as the strategic, grassroots director of Every Kid Counts Oklahoma, a non-partisan education reform organization aimed at amplifying the voices of and providing resources for Oklahoma educators, parents and community leaders who want a better education system for our kids.


  • Trafficking
  • Business/Development
  • Education

Karen Sneary

Ms. Sneary is the Director of Student Services at Canadian Valley Technology Center for the Cowan Campus in Yukon. She is active in a variety of student activities and serves on various committees for continuous improvement within the CVTech district.


  • Education: Higher Education, Public K12 Education, CareerTech Education
  • Educational Opportunities for Women

Victoria Woods

Ms. Woods is founder and CEO of ChappelWood Financial Services, a company creating customized strategies for millionaires and aspiring millionaires. Known as The Financial Diva, Victoria is an author, radio show host, and keynote speaker.


  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • Women-Powered Investing
  • Best “Client Experience” Practices

Adeline Yerkes

Ms. Yerkes is the former director of the Chronic Disease Services at the Oklahoma State Health Department. She has a long career in dealing with women’s health, especially obesity, gestational diabetes, and heart disease. 


  • Women’s Health
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Wellness
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