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This event occurred on
April 13, 2023
Edmond, Oklahoma
United States

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Constitution Hall in the Nigh University Center
2nd Street and Garland Godfrey Drive
c/o 100 North University Avenue
Edmond, Oklahoma, 73034
United States
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Annette White-Klososky

Founding Partner of Future Point of View
Annette is a sought-after consultant and executive coach in all facets of organizational culture and leadership development. She focuses on aligning the strategic direction of the organization with the strategic development of its people. Annette is a founding partner of Future Point of View. She provides overall direction and guidance to the operational activities of the organization to maximize growth and profitability as well as day-to-day Leadership and management of all company functions. Annette is a serial entrepreneur. She is the owner of the Women’s Executive Board and Oklahoma Chair for the Women Presidents’ Organization. She serves as a partner in Executive Development Associates as a senior leadership development consultant and operational executive. Annette has a unique blend of entrepreneurism, leadership, and organizational development expertise, with 20 years of experience working to influence change and positive results within organizations today.

Carl Patterson

Licensed Professional Counselor at Pivot Inc.
Carl Patterson was born in Jersey City, NJ and now resides in Oklahoma City, OK. He has acquired a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master's degree in Counseling from Southern Nazarene University. Carl is also a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and a spoken word performer. He presented at the 2017 University of Central Oklahoma Tedx event and he is the author of the upcoming poetry books titled, The Mis-Execution of a Black Son and Hate, and Everything Else We Survived.

Chuck Ralls

City Manager of Comanche, OK
Chuck Ralls has served as the city manager of Comanche Oklahoma for the past seven years. He chose to pursue a career in municipal government after working in the private sector for over two decades. Chuck is a fifth-generation Okie and he is proudly leading his hometown where collectively his family has served for over eighty-five years. He is passionate about mentoring students and preparing the next generation for the challenges they may face entering the workforce. In 2017 Chuck received a special commendation from Governor Mary Fallin for his work with the Oklahoma Workforce Commission through student engagement. He has also been involved with the UCO MPA program over the past six years, helping prepare future municipal and non-profit leaders. Chuck has also spoken at conferences such as the Oklahoma Municipal League and the City Manager’s Association on best practices for mentoring students and working with interns.

Jennifer Williams Molock

Assistant Vice President, Inclusive Community at the University of Central Oklahoma
Dr. Jennifer Williams Molock is a high-energy, enthusiastic professional with broad experiences spanning the educational pipeline of K-12, postsecondary undergraduate/graduate students. She understands the importance of Inclusive Excellence as she leads institutional levels of community, belonging, diversity, and equity efforts in her role as Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Community at the University of Central Oklahoma. Over the years Dr. Molock has led and cultivated innovative initiatives for Black and Brown girls and women serving as a mentor, coach, and educator. Dr. Molock is the Founder and President of Crown Control, a school and community-based leadership development and mentoring organization for Black/African American girls and young women. Crown Control is an entity of The JMo Empowerment Group, LLC which she co-founded with her husband, Jay aimed at empowering individuals and groups to seek “Excellence on Purpose.”

Laurel Wilson

Perspective Shifting Speaker + Co-Author of Keep Looking Up
Laurel Wilson was born and raised in Denver, CO. She received her bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Oklahoma State University. Wilson is the Bestselling co-author of the book ‘Keep Looking Up: Transforming Grief into Hope After Tragedy.’ Laurel Wilson grew up in a loving home and family life with mom as a successful Entrepreneur and dad as a corporate salesman living the typical American life. She lost her father to suicide with no explanation and three years later she lost her brother the same way. Laurel realized that she has a choice with these tragedies, to give in to the grief or to fuel her reason to live. She decided to use these tragedies to bring some good into the world by creating a positive guide for those who are suffering from loss and for those close to them. She now travels the country and the world helping men and women personally and professionally by giving them the courage to dig deep and to focus on ‘What Is’ instead of ‘What Ifs.’

Malena Putnam

CEO of Yay Dude! and Chicks in Charge
Malena Putnam grows brands and communities through strategy, storytelling, and social events. She owns Yay Dude, a media and marketing company, focused on promoting small businesses and local arts, eats, style, and events. She’s also the CEO and co-founder of Chicks in Charge, a leadership and social group for women business owners and managers. She hosts a weekly podcast, The Coop Chicks in Charge podcast, featuring a guest boss Chick every week. Malena was nominated as a Journal Record Woman Making a Difference in 2022 and the Alpha Chi Omega Woman of the Year in 2022. She’s a wife and mom of three and loves yoga, hiking, travel, and reading.

Organizing team


  • Grace Hibbs
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