Kami Huddleston and Ashley Bowen Murphy have seen just about everything when it comes to branding blunders and now they’re sharing their secrets to help local female entrepreneurs avoid common mistakes.
Smart leaders know how important it is to have a stellar team, but hiring and retaining great employees is easier said than done. Whether you're just now considering hiring your first intern or you already have a large team but want to revise and refine your hiring strategies, we've put together a smart panel of local experts to help. These three local experts will dish on everything they've learned about putting together a dream team:
Brittney Matlock is co-founder and partner in PLENTY Mercantile, a sustainable lifestyle retail store with 2 locations in the Oklahoma Metro and an Event Venue at their downtown OKC location called The Venue at PLENTY. She studied sustainability and entrepreneurship at OSU and opened the first store just 6 months after graduating college. With over 6 years of gritty experience and over 80 employees during that time, she has learned a lot of what NOT TO DO on her way to learning what works for their business. Of their current 18 (non-owner) staff members, 3 have been there over 2 years, 1 over 3 years and 1 over 4 years. Every passing day hones her management style as she learned how to steer PLENTY towards success and away from risk, through and alongside her team.
An unlikely restauranteur, Molly Hall & her family started a food truck based on a family tradition simply to pay for her college. Graduating from OU with a Letters major & a Latin minor, Molly imagined herself teaching Latin. As graduation came & went, the Hall family realized they enjoyed what they were doing & decided to lean into their love for hospitality with a brick & mortar. The Hall's Pizza Kitchen opened in Midtown in May of 2016 & currently she acts as the General Manager & managing partner. She jokes that she will probably never make her Classics professors proud by selling pizza, but for Molly it's about a lot more than pizza. The HPK mission is to create memorable experiences for every guest. Their leadership team works hard to develop team members so they leave better than when they joined the team with an emphasis on connection-based hospitality. Ultimately, the hospitality they offer to guests starts with how they care for & act as a team. When not working, you can find Molly with friends or training for a half marathon.
Merideth VanSant is a fourth generation entrepreneur who lives, works and plays in her home state of Oklahoma. She has led teams that support various federal agencies in Washington DC. Through this work, she created and managed the rollout of national programs that still continue to enhance the safety, efficiency and expansion of transportation and aviation travel nationwide. This work awarded her the 2014 National Senior Consultant of the Year Award. Since then, she has built and sustained a multi-branch power yoga company. With more than 150 teammates nationwide and top spots in local and national rankings for service to community, her studio system was awarded MBO’s Visionary Award as the 2018 Top Revenue Producing Company in the industry. She has been featured on iTunes’ top business and entrepreneurship podcast and served as keynote speaker in national speaker series. Merideth has represented the U.S. State Department and Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India. She is the co-founder of True U, a national social enterprise company that brings yoga + mindfulness + leadership to underserved teens through the United Nations, National Girl Summits, Girls Inc. and local chapters across the country. Merideth holds a Masters of Science degree in human development from Oklahoma State University, a Bachelors of Science in human environmental science from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is currently finishing her Executive MBA from New York University in New York City. Merideth is a member of Leadership OKC Class 37, is on the board of an OKC organization that promotes community connection and serves on local committees that support historic preservation, arts and education in Central Oklahoma.
Premium in Practice admission of $25 includes lunch and the panel discussion. Treasury members are free.
Interested in launching your own nonprofit or business? Do you enjoy multitasking, are a self-starter, or just overall rockstar? Join us and hear from founders of local nonprofits about what it takes to run their organization. Learn from founders and CEOs of local nonprofits on how they made their dreams into a reality- lessons learned, the highs and lows of running your own nonprofit and what they would tell any young professional interested in starting their own organization.
The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of OKC is hosting Ready, Set, Launch at The Treasury and members are invited to attend for free.
Having trouble finding weekend motivation for your side gig or passion project? Pack up your laptop and meet up with some other side hustlers at The Treasury. You'll be inspired and motivated alongside other local women while you tackle the weekend work. You bring your projects and we'll provide the coffee, tunes and cozy work environment. Free for Treasury members; $10 for everyone else. Get your ticket here.
Maybe you've mastered marketing yourself or your business from behind the screen, but the real magic for your business is waiting in face-to-face interactions. If you want to learn how to make the most of relationships and turn collaborations into business growth opportunities, come learn from three talented local marketers. Get your ticket here.
Maggie Murdock Nichols owns and operates a firm focusing on targeted strategic marketing, creative direction and storytelling. Through experience in the nonprofit sector and corporate marketing, Maggie discovered a gap and realized she had the aptitude to fill it. A connector by nature, Maggie lends this attribute to the benefit of her clients. She has found a balance between business and genuine care that has led to lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships.
Vilona Michael owns a strategic marketing agency managing some of the biggest brands, districts and shopping centers in the Oklahoma City area for the past 10 years. Her multi-level approach, which consists of understanding current customers, identifying new target markets, building marketing strategies through innovative, cost-effective ideas and analyzing end-results help companies streamline their marketing efforts.
Heather Davis has more than 25 years of experience in real estate sales and is passionate about prioritizing relationships over sales targets to experience success. Degreed in public relationships, Heather has sold more than 700 homes and is known in the industry as a connector and outside-the-box expert. She loves finding specialized ways to market each home while still following the curated marketing plan she creates each year as trends are released.
These talented local panelists can speak to the importance of relationship marketing in a variety of industries and situations. Premium in Practice includes lunch and ample time to ask the panelists specific questions to help you be more productive and profitable at work. The event is $20 (free for Treasury members) and includes lunch. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.
Whether you're working to create a personal brand or you just want to make sure your company is following rock-solid branding practices, this lunch and learn event will be eye-opening and insightful. The talented designers behind Toast Design Studio will explain logo, identity and brand and go through audits of all three to help attendees see the big picture. Tickets are $20 (free for Treasury members) and include lunch. Space is limited to give attendees plenty of time to have specific questions answered.
About The Panel: Emily Smart and Tiffany Haendel have won multiple district and regional ADDY awards for their work, and they work with clients spanning many different industries, including the OSU Museum of Art, Centennial Hospice, ComplyU, Produce Gal, Brookhaven Village Shopping Center and The Treasury.
About Our Sponsor: Studio Flight is a full-service creative agency based in Oklahoma City with an emphasis in strategic branding, design, development, animation, and film. Based in the heart of the USA, Studio Flight is comprised of designers and directors, developers and strategists who are just as passionate about our favorite coffee shops and community as we are about producing quality work. We are built to take brands places.
Over 40 years of combined experience in:
Don't even think about Valentine's Day plans until you schedule a day to celebrate your girlfriends for Galentine's Day. Invite your friends and join us for a waffle bar, mimosas and plenty of chances to tell your friends how much they mean to you. This event is hosted by AndGraceFills and The Treasury.
Tickets are $20 (bring $5 cash for bottomless mimosas). Treasury events are always free for our members!
Women are asked too often to separate their home and work lives. The Working Mom Summit is a weekend for women who believe becoming a mom made them better at their jobs. Join us for two days of authentic connections with other local women while we embrace the rich overlap of who we are at work and at home. Enjoy an inspiring keynote, engaging panel discussions, educational breakouts and relationship building with other working moms at this two-day event. Here’s more information, including an itinerary and link to purchase tickets.
Come ask your burning questions about social media marketing at Premium in Practice, a lunch and learn series to help you get the most from your work. January's event will feature three panelists who are experts and marketing themselves and prominent Oklahoma City businesses on the top social media platforms. Whether you're an influencer looking to brand yourself as an individual or you run social media for a company or organization, the event will offer insight into best practices, tips and tricks for success. Get your ticket here.
Antigone LoVoi: As a personal stylist, Antigone used social media to grow her client list, eventually running the Instagram page for high-fashion brand, Alice + Olivia. After that, she launched her blog, See by Antigone. Once her social media following grew quickly over the first year of the blog, more and more people began approaching her for guidance in the social media realm. Eventually, this turned into a consulting business where she takes on clients for a variety of needs from content creation to building relationships with influencers to basic tagging and posting and more.
Marek Cornett: Marek is a social media strategist at Koch Communications, a public relations and digital media agency in Oklahoma City. After identifying an opportunity for a previous employer to use social media for their marketing efforts in 2010, Marek fell in love with the ability to connect the offline communities around the brand to the online community she was building. In 2012, she joined Koch Communications as a community manager and has made tweeting part of her daily life since. Bonus fact: Marek met her charming husband on Twitter, so it really is all in the family.
Annie Tucker: Annie is the marketing manager for The Social Order Dining Collective, managing the marketing and social media efforts of four restaurants, nine locations and seven different social media accounts. She is also owner/blogger of Take A Bite blog, a lifestyle and food blog. She's a social media addict, work out-aholic, baker, cook, decaf coffee (sue me) drinker, and born-and-bred Sooner.
Tickets are $15 (free for Treasury members) and include lunch from Upper Crust. Purchase your ticket here.
Entrepreneurs, freelancers and any women looking to ditch the coffee shop for a comfortable, efficient place to work are invited to an Open Coworking day. Enjoy office amenities like fast wifi, coffee, pastries & printing included in your $10 ticket. Get your ticket here.
You're invited to set your 2019 goals with the woman who literally wrote the book on goal-setting. Whitney English is the creator of Day Designer, a strategic planner she made to address a massive need for setting agendas and staying motivated. She's since sold that venture and turned her attention toward H.E.A.R.T Goals, her practical, purposeful method for setting meaningful goals.
Whitney will offer her unparalleled advice and input on goal-setting to walk attendees through her top tips for setting goals for the New Year. Tickets are $25 (free for Treasury members) and include lunch. Get your ticket here.
About Whitney: An entrepreneur since the age of 22, Whitney English has spent almost two decades bootstrapping and growing a variety of businesses ranging from stationery to home goods. Known to be a bit of a “Martha Stewart”, Whitney has worn the hats of artist, culinary expert, number cruncher, photographer, floral, interiors, and textile designer. Her heart lies in listening to and encouraging other entrepreneurs. Whitney’s work has been featured in O Magazine, Traditional Home, InStyle, Parents, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, and on the Today Show—twice. In 2006, she was selected as one of Country Living magazine’s Women Entrepreneurs. Her products have been sold in Anthropolgie and Target. After selling her most successful venture, Day Designer, in 2016, Whitney turned her focus to her family, business coaching, and H.E.A.R.T. Goals, her practical, purposeful method for setting meaningful goals.
Thinking about starting a journey into entrepreneurship? The decision to leave a salaried job to pursue starting your own business is a daunting one. At this event, hear from three experienced local entrepreneurs about their personal decisions to leave the corporate world behind for a passion project—or not.
Premium in Practice is a lunch and learn series designed to help you get the most out of your work. Join us to hear from these three incredible speakers about their personal journeys into owning their own businesses:
Michelle Briggs is a mother, advocate, entrepreneur and recovering attorney. Currently, mother to James (4) and Beau (18 months), as well as the founder of Basal Baby, a basics brand and convenience service helping parents to create custom capsule collections of their baby's most essential basics as they size up through the first year.
Jenni Duncan is the Co-Owner of Cafe Evoke in Edmond and Co-Team Leader of J. Duncan Co Real Estate Team out of Keller Williams Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Her passion for helping people and providing excellent customer service have helped her build not one but two successful businesses along side her husband Jason Duncan.
Ande Burchfield is an attorney and real estate investor in Oklahoma City. Her law firm works with business owners and other real estate investors. Clients use her firm for transactional work like starting or selling a business, structuring partnerships and financing, and contract negotiation. Ande began her legal career working at a boutique securities regulation firm as FINRA and SEC counsel to public and private companies. But she has been a landlord longer than she’s been an attorney, and she continues to manage and grow her real estate portfolio. She lives in OKC with her husband and two daughters.
The event is $10 (free for Treasury members) and includes lunch. Space is limited. Purchase your ticket here.
The Women Lead Oklahoma Trailblazer Series features women who are leading the way in their fields. Our speakers share their journeys and answer your questions about navigating the professional world.
Women Lead Oklahoma is thrilled to host a conversation with entrepreneur, business owner, and community builder, Aly Cunningham.
Aly Cunningham was raised in Enid, Oklahoma and moved to Oklahoma City in 2003, after graduating high school. She spent a few years wandering around college and working minimum wage jobs, until finding herself standing in front of an opened door of opportunity in the restaurant world. She met Shannon and Camille Roper at the original S&B’s Burger Joint while they were planning on opening a few more locations. After five years of opening six locations and learning the ins and outs of restaurant management, she left the corporate world and joined Shannon in founding Happy Plate Concepts, the parent company of the original S&B’s Burger Joint and the sweetest little diner in town- Sunnyside Diner.
Since opening the diner in 2016, Cunningham has sponsored close to 1000 necessity bags given to the homeless community through The Sunnyside Street Team, hosts a give and take pantry at each location- with 24/7 access, houses a coat closet at the downtown location, and is already planning the 19th annual Cookie’s Thanksgiving through Other Options Inc, to feed close to 1000 people on Thanksgiving day. In 2018, Sunnyside Diner added two locations to the Happy Plate Concepts family, allowing them to expand their community outreach, such as co-founding Drag Queen Story Hour OKC for kids. This monthly event encourages kids of all ages to be proud of who they are- no matter what that looks like. Cunningham’s role over the years has changed as company needs evolve, however, most days she can be found alongside her team, teaching them to be leaders and providing the friendliest service and a quality of food of which they can be proud.
When Aly is not in the restaurants, she can be found dancing in the living room with her wife, Stacey, and trying to keep up with their sweet 16’er, Maya.
Trailblazer Tickets are $15 (free admission for Treasury members) and lunch will be provided.