405-406-1790 • Oklahoma City business people find ways to a help make our community a better place.

Sharina Perry

Utopia Plastix 

2023 Innovator of the Year. Sharina Perry is a global player in the sustainable plastic-alternative industry. Her plant-based plastic resin, which she first created in her kitchen in 2018, now is used in 100 products with national and international companies.

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Speaking Date: Friday, February 2nd @ 12:00pm

Jenn Dowdy

Auto-Out Cooktop Fire Protection

Secure your property with Auto-Out, the dependable and cost-effective solution for suppressing stovetop fires. With our round-the-clock flame-activated system, you’ll always have the protection you need when it matters most. What sets us apart? We manufacture Auto-Out and ship it directly to you, eliminating middleman mark-ups and saving you money. Furthermore, we’re committed to working directly with our customers, offering personalized information and support. Don’t wait until it’s too late – opt for Auto-Out to enjoy peace of mind and safety.

 682-394-1146          [email protected]         

Speaking Date: Friday, February 9th @ 12:00pm

Rob Blakely

 Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in OKC

Deacon Rob Blakely is the Director of Pilgrimage for the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in Oklahoma City. Ordained in 2017, Dcn. Rob and his wife, Sharon, are very active in ministry throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. With 2 grown kids, he and his wife never pass up the chance to take a quick trip somewhere they have never been. Never a traveler, always an adventurer.


405-243-8324         [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, February 23rd @ 12:00pm 

Michaelle Statham

 Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter

Before coming to the Alzheimer’s Association, Michaelle Statham spent her career in service to Oklahoma citizens. Twenty-nine years of that service were with the State of Oklahoma, serving in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as well as Department of Rehabilitation Services. Ms. Statham put her skills of communication, process improvement and advocacy to work in various capacities at each of the agencies. After leaving State service Ms. Statham continued her work in non-profit organizations, serving as the Director of Substance Abuse Prevention Services in Oklahoma County and then as Director of Programs in the Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Statham has a passion for and commitment to using data for evidence-based programs and evaluation and working with people to improve our communities. As the Director of Programs for the Alzheimer’s Association she serves individuals and families who are touched by this disease through educational programs, support groups and referral to healthcare resources.


405-279-9165         [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, March 1st @ 12:00pm 

Charlie Ludden

Lyric Theater

A lifelong Oklahoma City resident, Ludden graduated from Oklahoma City Public School’s Northeast Academy of Health Science and Engineering. Ludden earned his bachelor of science degree in business marketing from Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Clara Luper Scholarship Program.

Over the past 14 years, Ludden’s passion for the nonprofit sector has included positions with Oklahoma City University, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Oklahoma United Methodist Conference, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Oklahoma County. Most recently, he served as development manager for the Oklahoma City Ballet.

A graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class XV, Ludden also serves on the board of directors for deadCenter Film. He’s performed in over a dozen productions across Oklahoma City, including Lyric’s 2023 summer musical, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’.

 405-524-9310 x211         charlie@lyrictheater.org

Speaking Date: Friday, March 8th @ 12:00pm

Leslie Osborn

Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor

Leslie will address what the OK Department of Labor is, their function, and what are the available programs for people and businesses across the state. Examples are free programs for small businesses on workplace safety trainings, wage and hour assistance for individuals who do not receive paychecks or for new businesses to properly pay wages. Also, she will be talking about occupational licenses across the state and the work done to make it easier and more efficient in acquiring and renewing. She usually ends with a call for civility and working together for a better Oklahoma.

405-406-6419          [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, March 22nd @ 12:00pm

Beth Adele, Ph.D., MBA

Associate Professor –  Chair, Mass Communications – Director, Nonprofit Leadership  OKC University

Navigating Fundraising with the Power of Collaboration

Unlock the door to successful nonprofit fundraising by discovering the power of collaboration between fundraising and marketing teams. This presentation introduces you to the basics of navigating the intricate world of fundraising for nonprofits, building meaningful connections with donors, crafting compelling messages, and avoiding common pitfalls. Join us for an engaging session that combines practical tips for fostering synergy between fundraising and marketing.

Beth, joined Oklahoma City University (OCU) as its Chair of the Mass Communications Department in the fall of 2019. Since then, she has added the titles of Associate Professor and Director of the Nonprofit Leadership graduate program. Prior to serving OCU, she was the Director of Marketing at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Beth as also served as the Acting Chair and Assistant to the Dean at Cameron University’s School of Business, as well as the Director of Career Services and Instructor of Marketing at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) where she was instrumental in the creation of the Veteran Higher Education Resources Office.  

Beth earned her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development at The University of Texas at Tyler with an emphasis in organizational development and change management. Her dissertation focused on examining the beliefs, behaviors, and outcomes of managerial coaching. Beth is also a graduate of UCO with her Bachelor of Music and Master of Business Administration degrees. She is an alum of Leadership Edmond Class XXIX and holds a Nonprofit Management Certification from the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits as well as an Instructional Design Certification from the Association for Talent Development (ATD). 

405-208-5326          [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, April 5th @ 12:00pm

Rachel Hubbard

KOSU Public Radio

Rachel Hubbard is a news veteran of more than 20 years and serves as KOSU’s executive director.

She began her radio career while still in high school, reading obituary and hospital reports as a part-time announcer and board operator at KTJS in Hobart, Oklahoma. Hubbard continued her radio career in 1999, joining KOSU as a student reporter. Following graduation from Oklahoma State University in 2003, Hubbard served as the station’s state capitol reporter and news director. She was promoted to associate director in 2007, managing the day to day programming and news operations of KOSU.

Hubbard spearheaded KOSU’s innovative collaboration with The Spy in 2012, giving a platform for local music and music otherwise not represented on the radio dial. She brought StoryCorps to Oklahoma City in 2018, allowing Oklahomans to share, record, and preserve their stories.

She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) and mentors young journalists through NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project. 

During her tenure at KOSU, Hubbard has won national awards for her news coverage from the Public Media Journalists Association, the Scripps Howard Foundation and Society for Professional Journalists. She has also received numerous state and regional journalism awards and has been named to Oklahoma Gazette’s Forty Under 40 and Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40.

Hubbard holds a Master’s of Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications from Oklahoma State University.

405-714-4422          [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, April 12th @ 12:00pm

Joe Dorman

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy

Joe Dorman serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. OICA, founding in 1983, is the statewide nonprofit organization that serves as the voice for Oklahoma’s children within state government. OICA continues to work with policymakers to help shape laws and policies based upon suggestions from the annual Fall Forum policy conference. In addition to working on various grant programs with collaborative partners, OICA is the state affiliate for the Kid Governor program, which provides curriculum to 5th grade teachers to help educate their students about the importance of civics and voting.

Joe served House District 65 as the state representative for 12 years, which included parts of Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady and Stephens Counties.  He authored key pieces of legislation for education, public safety, and government accountability. He was a candidate for Governor in 2014, and formerly served as a town council member in Rush Springs, as well as the chairman of the Watermelon Festival held on the second Saturday of August.

Joe is a board member of the Oklahoma Academy, Ground Zero, the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature Foundation, and is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and was selected by the Journal Record as one of the 50 most influential Oklahoma CEOs in 2022. He is also a former President of the Bricktown Rotary Club.

405-833-1117          [email protected]

Speaking Date: Friday, April 26th @ 12:00pm