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Women in Leadership Conference to Feature Corporate Leaders

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Oklahoma City University’s eighth annual Women in Leadership Conference will feature leading business women for a powerhouse workshop and panel April 13 at the Cox Convention Center downtown.

The conference is a one-day professional and personal development event that offers enhanced leadership training, high-level networking and inspirational presentations from global business leaders. The annual conference provides the opportunity for the next generation of senior leaders to learn from talented speakers and connect through conversations on important issues.

The 2017 event features presentations on storytelling and communication, executive presence, liespotting, decision making and other topics.

“We have assembled top executives and thought leaders who will share their perspectives and personal stories on topics impacting women as professionals, entrepreneurs and students,” said Melissa Cory, director of communications for OCU’s Meinders School of Business. “The conference is designed to give participants access to expertise with a highly interactive program format that will provide actionable takeaways that benefit their employers, and their personal and professional lives.”

Conference registration is $199 and can be made online at okcwomeninleadership.com, or by calling Cory at 405-208-5540 or emailing [email protected].

The keynote speakers will be Marianne Cooper, sociologist in the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, presenting “Climbing the Career Ladder: How Women Can Navigate Gender Issues and Get Ahead”; and Pamela Meyer, founder and CEO of Calibrate and author of the book “Liespotting,” presenting “The Art and Science of Getting to the Truth.”

Other speakers and their sessions will include Deborah Shames, co-founder of the production company Eloqui, with “The Great Escape: Break Away from the Pack with Compelling Stories”; Barbara Crandall, professor emeritus of management at the Meinders School of Business, with “Mindful Decision Making”; Janet Peery, CEO of YWCA in Oklahoma City, with the lunchtime address; and Charmaine McClarie, CEO and president of the McClarie Group, with “Executive Presence.”

There will also be a multi-generational panel discussion titled “Game Changers” with Robyn Elliott, cabinet secretary of the Chickasaw Nation; Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s Travel Stops; Freda Deskin, CEO and founder of ASTEC Charter Schools; and attorney Emily Nash Kitch.

More about the speakers:

Pamela Meyer

Pamela Meyer is founder and CEO of Calibrate, a leading deception detection training company based in Washington, D.C. Before writing the bestselling book “Liespotting,” Meyer spent years with a team of researchers surveying all of the research findings on deception, and underwent extensive training in facial micro-expression identification, interrogation skills and statement analysis.

Prior to that she was an Internet and media executive as founder of Simpatico Networks, a New York-based social media company. She is a certified fraud examiner, has an MBA from Harvard, a master’s degree in public policy. Her TED talk is in the top 20 talks of all time with more than 14 million views worldwide.

In “Liespotting,” Meyer shares the art and science of getting to the truth including:

  • The role of self-deception in personal and customer interactions
  • How to spot deception in someone’s words and body language
  • Signs that someone is concealing critical information you need in order to be helpful
  • How to spot self-bias
  • How to ask questions that elicit the truth and build trust
  • The significant role authenticity plays

Marianne Cooper

Marianne Cooper is a sociologist at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and an affiliate at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. She was the lead researcher for “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg.

Cooper is a contributor to LeanIn.org, a contributing writer to the Atlantic, and a LinkedIn influencer. She is an expert on gender, women’s leadership, diversity and inclusion, financial insecurity, and economic inequality. She writes, speaks, and consults about these issues for media outlets, companies and professional groups such as Kraft, American Express and Amazon.

Her recent book, “Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times,” examines how families are coping in an insecure age.

She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Deborah Shames

Prior to co-founding Eloqui with David Booth, Deborah Shames was an award-winning film and television director. She founded the only female owned production company in the San Francisco Bay area — Focal Point Productions — which she ran for 15 years.

Shames directed luminaries including Wendie Malick, Rita Moreno, Danny Glover and Angela Lansbury.

Shames coaches female executives on presentation and communication skills. She preps authors, CEOs and executives before media tours, and works with celebrity and on-air talent at major television studios. She is frequently engaged prior to national sales meetings or product launches as a keynote speaker or coach, and for leadership development training.

Eloqui trains clients including TD Ameritrade, Amgen, Mattel, Samsung Chemical, Hyundai Hata and Fisher-Price, as well as law, financial and insurance firms. Shames coaches individuals to identify their strengths, utilize their authentic voice and drive business.

Shames and her partner David wrote “Own the Room: Business Presentations that Persuade, Engage, and Get Results.” It was published by McGraw-Hill and is now it’s in third printing. In December of 2016, Shame’s book, “Out Front: How Women Can Become Engaging, Memorable and Fearless Speakers,” will be published by BenBella Books.

Barbara Crandall

Barbara Sigmon Crandall, Ph.D., is a native Oklahoman and professor emeritus of management at the Meinders School of Business. Crandall specializes in organizational behavior, organizational culture and leadership. She also serves on many campus committees.

Crandall is a certified mediator, has contributed articles and cases to several books and taught in China, England, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and Nicaragua. She has been involved in fundraising and building the Ronald McDonald House of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Children’s Health Foundation and Children’s Hospital Foundation.

After studying at University of Oklahoma and University of Central Oklahoma, Crandall began her teaching career at Oklahoma City University. She retired as management chair emeritus in 2014. She enjoyed teaching at OCU for more than 25 years as well as short-term assignments in China, England, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and Nicaragua.

Crandall specializes in organizational behavior and organizational communication. She taught organizational behavior and is a certified mediator. Crandall has contributed articles and cases to several books and has consulted with such organizations as Veterans Hospital of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations, Oklahoma State Police Academy, Tinker Credit Union, Coors Brewing Co. and Johns Manville Corporation.

Janet L. Peery

Janet L. Peery serves as the CEO for YWCA Oklahoma City, where she has provided leadership for the past 19 years. She is a certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional (CDSVRP), and has been instrumental in establishing the YWCA as a leading provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services in Oklahoma.

During her tenure, Peery established the YWCA SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program, paving the way for the SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) for Oklahoma County. She helped establish YWCA’s Dating Violence Prevention Education Program, Domestic Violence Education for Incarcerated Women, and the Oklahoma County Task Force for the Prevention of Family Violence.

Peery is a founding member of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition and currently serves as an appointee on the Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force, on the advisory boards for the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, OCU Meinders School of Business, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, legislative co-chair for the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and a member of the board of directors and co-chair for the Jim Thorpe Patient Advisory Council. She has served on the boards for the Homeless Alliance and Mount Saint Mary, and various regional and national committees. She is a member of LOKC Class XXIV and Rotary Club 29.

Charmaine McClarie

Described by many of her clients as “thought provoking” and “challenging,” Charmaine McClarie has been helping corporate leaders and executives communicate the big picture about themselves and their organizations for more than 20 years.

By profession, McClarie is an executive coach, but in practice she is a mentor, leader, and confidante. She has helped hundreds of executives lead highly successful organizational and career transformations in a variety of Fortune 500 companies, including YUM Brands, The GAP Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Tate and Lyle, Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson and Tyson Foods.

A popular professional speaker and leadership expert, McClarie is a member of the executive education faculty at Smith College and also lectures at the University of Missouri, Bloch School of Business. The New York Times, London Financial Times, Forbes and People magazine have all turned to McClarie for her opinion on leadership and communication. McClarie is the creator of the Executive Success Principles® program and president of the Los Angeles-based consulting firm McClarie Group. Ninety-five percent of her clients are promoted within one year of her initial engagement.

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