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Women in Leadership Conference to Feature Global Fashion Designer

Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff

Oklahoma City University’s ninth annual Women in Leadership Conference will feature global fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff and leading business professionals for a powerhouse workshop and panel April 12 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 2018 event features presentations on gender in the workplace, dealing with adversity, visual storytelling, 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, a founder of the conference and director of communications for OCU’s Meinders School of Business. “The conference is designed for women and men and provides access to expertise with a highly interactive program format that will provide immediate 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 mcory@okcu.edu.

The keynote speakers will be Jeffery Tobias Halter, author and president of Y Women, presenting “It’s Time to Stop Asking Women to Lean-In and Ask Men to Stand Up”; Cindy Truong, Oklahoma County district judge, presenting “Thrive in Adversity: How Disadvantage is an Advantage”; Emily Jane Steinberg, a visual storyteller, presenting “Listening to See: Thinking Like a Visual Practitioner”; Therese Huston, author and founding director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University, presenting “How Women and Men Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and Why it Matters”; and Rebecca Minkoff, a fashion designer based in New York City, who will be joined by Valerie Naifeh, owner Naifeh Fine Jewelry, for “A Conversation with Rebecca Minkoff.” There will also be a meet and greet, reception and photo opportunity.

A panel discussion titled “Thrive in the Workplace” will feature Thayla Bohn, vice president of corporate human resources for American Fidelity; Deanna Farmer, executive vice president and chief administration officer for Enable Midstream Partners; Tonya D. Hayes, global program project manager for Dell; Casey Ross, general counsel and law professor for OCU; and Rhonda Sutton, chief administration officer for Chickasaw Nation Industries.

Dana Hertneky, television news reporter and anchor, will be the conference emcee.