Opening Keynote Speaker | January 26, 2018 | 8-9:15 a.m.
Kate Van Dellen
President of New Trees Education, LLC and Aerospace Engineer
Kate Van Dellen started flying airplanes before she could drive a car. And learning how to manually adjust and strategize all the possibilities of what could go wrong made Ms. Van Dellen an excellent problem solver. So, it was with no surprise, she became an aerospace engineer.
Ms. Van Dellen worked at a variety of aircraft companies solving problems by providing emergency response support. With problem solving as a core skill, Ms. Van Dellen decided to take her talents to speaking around the globe on topics she was most passionate about solvin: STEM and gender equality. Her speaking brought her to the classroom and auditoriums of students where should encourage them to allow themselves to evolve their dreams.
In 2015, Ms. Van Dellen started her own company, New Trees Education. A company dedicated to encouraging students to succeed in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) driven course. Ms. Van Dellen continues to hellp students overcome preconceived notions and limiting self-talk…one thought at time.
Local Power Hour Keynote Speaker | January 27, 2018 | 12:45-2 p.m
Chief of Economic Development, Office of the Mayor (Tulsa)
Kathy Taylor has long served as a tireless advocate and change agent for Tulsa. Through decades of steadfast public service and personal investments through the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, Ms. Taylor is known for her dedication to issues that advance the success of future generations.
At her core, Ms. Taylor believes the businesses built, education kids receive, and attractions created directly drive Tulsa’s ability to become one of the country’s most innovative, collaborative and livable cities. She currently serves Tulsa’s Mayor, G.T. Bynum, as Chief of Economic Development, drawing from years of experience as a business executive and corporate attorney. It’s an office she knows well, having served as Tulsa’s 38th mayor herself.
Through the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, Ms. Taylor and her family work to stay at the forefront of being an innovator and collaborator in Tulsa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Tulsa Startup Series, Cultivate 918, Kitchen 66, 36 Degrees North and most recently Mother Road Market are just a few of the programs created by LTFF in hopes of breaking down the barriers that prevent entrepreneurs from succeeding.
Ms. Taylor currently serves as Chair of the Leadership Council for ImpactTulsa, member of the Board for Reading Partners, USS Tulsa Ship Sponsor and is a member of the Board of SONIC®, America's Drive-In®. Kathy has been honored by numerous civic and education organizations, including the University of Oklahoma College of Law, the Tulsa Historical Society, the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, and many others.
WE Achieve Awards Ceremony Keynote Speaker | January 27, 2018 | 7-9:30 p.m.
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Leadership Speaker & Coach
Dima Ghawi’s journey of escaping confinement, crossing continents and transforming her life’s purpose is where she harnesses the energy and power to shatter the glass ceiling. Ms. Ghawi is committed to inspiring individuals to attain personal and professional growth, while simultaneously helping organizations increase diversity within their leadership ranks.
Ms. Ghawi shares her unique leadership journey with one goal in mind: motivate and activate those around her to reimagine their potential and grow into leaders. She draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. Ms. Ghawi has honed a keen expertise in developing women leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce.
In addition to her global empowerment work, Ms. Ghawi serves on numerous nonprofit boards. She has been recognized for her services with the 2014 President of the United States Bronze Volunteer Service Award, the 2014 Baton Rouge Business Report’s DzForty Under 40dz Award, and the 2016 Louisiana State University DzEsprit de Femme Award.dz She has been featured in numerous publications for her professional and philanthropic work.