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In this session we talk to Jill Quintana Hughes, Assistant Vice President of Advancement at the University of Oklahoma and former Disney Executive about how we can be intentional in developing our personal brand and the challenges we might experience along the way. For Jill's full bio and show notes, click here.


To help us understand why delegating is so hard, we invited Valerie Riley, CEO of LifeSquire, an assistant resource company, offering job placements, outsourced personal & virtual assistants as well as assistant training. Join us as we talk to Valerie about how we can get better at trusting others and ourselves as we grow our companies and learn to let go of control. Special thanks to VEST Member Jennifer Loren, Executive Director of the Cherokee Film Office for moderating this session. For Valerie and Jennifer's full bio and show notes, click here.

Join us as we talk to Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Pittsburgh International Airport about how organizations can remain competitive by creating a culture based on shared-responsibility where everyone in the organization has a clear, consistent, common understanding of it — and everyone works together in a deliberate and coordinated effort to cultivate it. For Christina's full bio and show notes, click here.

More than 50 million people now consider themselves creators, fostering a “creator economy” which is now valued at more than $100 billion. — The surge has been especially pronounced over the last year, with a growing cohort of women pursuing opportunities in the creator economy. But What are the opportunities for women? What are the challenges? Particularly as it relates to mental health. Join us as we talk to Suany Garcia, author of "The New Latina: 100 Millennials Shaping Our World.” and editor in chief at mitú. For Suanny’s full bio and show notes, click here.

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In this episode we talk to Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey, Global Head of Inclusion Programs for Women of Color at Google about different ways we can support, promote, and invest in women of color not just in the workplace but at home and in our communities. Special thanks to VEST Member Dr. Mautra Jones, President of Oklahoma City Community College for moderating this session. Read more about this episode here.

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It's that time again. When we welcome the new year, enthusiastic about setting new goals and developing new habits. The problem is, we don’t always follow through. So to gain perspective, we invited Ahniwake Rose, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, to talk about her approach to goal settings and to keeping herself accountable. Read more about this episode here.

In this episode, we talk to Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn about the systems that help manifest self-doubt in women, whether or not it is true that having more women in office will help us achieve progress more quickly, and what it is like for her to advocate for middle of the road policies in one of the most conservative states in the nation. Read more about this episode here.

In this episode we talk to Robyn Sunday-Allen, Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma City Indian Health Clinic about how the lack of women in leadership positions affect women's health and overall policy. We also discuss Native American relations in Oklahoma and why it’s important for women to continue to speak up despite the risk of being penalized for doing so. Read more about this episode here.

In this episode, Sevetri Wilson the Founder and CEO of Resilia, a technology company enabling nonprofits to increase capacity and Author of Resilient, talks about how we can build resiliency and overcome bias so we can build million dollar companies, with or without capital. Read more about this episode here.

In this episode, VEST Members Liz George, Founding Partner at the Law Office of Liz George and Danae Grace, Shareholder at McAfee & Taft talk about the challenges women still face in the industry and the differences between working for an established firm and running your own practice. Read more about this episode here.

Claudia San Pedro is the first woman and first Latina to serve as President of SONIC Drive-In, one of the largest fast food restaurant chains in the U.S. Though Claudia has been the first of many to do things throughout her career, she is making sure she is not the last. As Founding Member of VEST, she now uses her influence to help other women achieve career and economic mobility. Join us as we talk to her about her career journey and lessons she had to learn and unlearn along the way. Read more about this episode here

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