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Linda Alvarado, Colorado businesswoman and part owner of the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team, will be the keynote speaker at the 38th Journal Record Woman of the Year event set for Oct. 11 in Oklahoma City.
Alvarado is well-known for breaking stereotypical roles. As president and CEO of Alvarado Construction Inc., she has achieved much success in the male-dominated construction industry. And, in 1992, she became the first Latino and first female owner of a Major League Baseball franchise.
Spotlighting female business and community leaders is what The Journal Record’s Woman of the Year program is all about.
“This is a tremendous class of 50 women making a difference in Oklahoma,” said Ted Streuli, associate publisher and editor of The Journal Record. “They come from all parts of the state and represent all sectors, from law to health care, banking, nonprofits, media, academia and more. The Journal Record will be proud to honor each of these women in October.”
The 2018 honorees will be recognized at the banquet at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and in the publication Fifty Making a Difference. The Woman of the Year will be announced during the evening program. In addition, six women will be inducted to this year’s Circle of Excellence – an honor reserved for those being selected for the third time. They include Mary Jane Calvey, Jill Castilla, Pageant Ferriabough, Ann Felton Gilliland, Dee Hays and Stacey Ninness.
Presenting sponsor of this year’s program is Cigna. Event partners include Chickasaw Nation; Commerce Bank; Cox Business; Delta Dental; Eide Bailly; and Sonic, America’s Drive-In. Reception sponsor is Crowe & Dunlevy and entertainment sponsor is AT&T. Forum Sponsors include Continental Resources; HoganTaylor; Impact Oklahoma; and Oklahoma Natural Gas.
2018 Fifty Making a Difference honorees:
• Cherokee Ballard, Oklahoma Natural Gas, Nichols Hills.
• Sara Murphy Bondurant, Legacy Legal Center PLLC, Oklahoma City.
• L. Dawn Byram, Timberlake Construction, Oklahoma City.
• Mary Jane Calvey, Real World Management Solutions, Oklahoma City.
• Pamela Gutel Campbell, Junior League of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City.
• Jeanette Capshaw, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman.
• Jill Castilla, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Edmond.
• Breea Clark, University of Oklahoma/City of Norman, Norman.
• Robyn Devore, BKD CPAs and Advisors, Tulsa.
• Dr. Bobby Doscher, Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center, Oklahoma City.
• Stacy Eads, Levant Technologies LLC, Norman.
• Kim Fairchild, HoganTaylor LLP, Tulsa.
• Gigi Faulkner, Re/Max First, Oklahoma City.
• Pageant Ferriabough, Busine$$’s Resource Unlimited Inc., Tulsa.
• Ann Felton Gilliland, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, Oklahoma City.
• Leigh Goodson, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa.
• Dee Hays, Excellence Engineering LLC, Tulsa.
• Sharon Heatly, Norman Public Schools, Norman.
• Susan Huntsman, Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa.
• Danne Johnson, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City.
• Mautra Jones, Langston University, Langston.
• LaVonda Jones, Vision Bank, Ada.
• Jena Kodesh, Northern Oklahoma College, Red Rock.
• Ann Lacy, The Ann Lacy Foundation, Oklahoma City.
• Scarlet Le-Cao, Omega Investments, Oklahoma City.
• Lesli Massad, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Oklahoma City.
• Louisa McCune, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Oklahoma City.
• Bansari Mehta, Retina Vitreous Center, Oklahoma City.
• Donna Miller, Purse Power Inc., Edmond.
• Lydia Nightingale, Variety Care, Oklahoma City.
• Stacey Ninness, Neighborhood Services Organization Inc., Oklahoma City.
• Roseline Nsikak, New Day Recovery Youth and Family Services, Oklahoma City.
• Brenda Parks, Republic Bank & Trust, Norman.
• Katricia G. Pierson, East Central University, Ada.
• Deemah Ramadan, DBG Construction LLC, Oklahoma City.
• Jo Rowan, Oklahoma City University, Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment, Oklahoma City.
• Brandy Semore, Oklahoma Women in Technology, Edmond.
• Dena Sherrill, REI Oklahoma/Colton Sherrill Memorial Foundation, Durant.
• Kayse Shrum, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Science, Tulsa.
• Joanna Smith, Hearts for Hearing, Oklahoma City.
• Robin Smith, WeGoLook, Oklahoma City.
• Jeanean South, Green Shoe Foundation, Edmond.
• Kimberly Teehee, Cherokee Nation/Cherokee Nation Businesses, Catoosa.
• Kristin Thomas, Continental Resources, Oklahoma City.
• Ginger Tinney, Professional Oklahoma Educators, Norman.
• Cindy Truong, District Court, Oklahoma City.
• Susan Walton, Suited For Success Inc., Oklahoma City.
• Cara Cowan Watts, Tulsa Pier Drilling, Claremore.
• Linda Whittington, Corner Energy LLC, Oklahoma City.
• Darla Zuhdi, Darla Z Singer/Songwriter, Edmond.
In addition, five nonprofit organizations will be recognized at the event for their efforts in making a difference in the lives of women and girls in Oklahoma. This year’s Programs Making a Difference honorees include Oklahoma Women in Technology, ONABEN, Rebuilding Together OKC, R.I.S.E. Program Inc. and Shiloh Camp.
• A forum for all past and present honorees of the program is set for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, 1 Park Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City. This year’s forum theme is Passion. Power. Potential.
• A reception begins at 6 p.m., with the awards gala and dinner starting at 7 p.m., at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
• Individual tickets are $160; regular tables and corporate table sponsorships are also available.
• For banquet reservations, email [email protected]
or call 405-278-2820.