Paralympian skier and best-selling author Bonnie St. John will be
the featured speaker at the 32nd Journal Record Woman of the Year
awards gala set for Oct. 4 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage
For more than 15 years, St. John has circled the globe as a
keynote speaker, consultant and leadership instructor for more than
500 companies, nonprofits and associations. St. John combines the
lessons she has learned as an Olympic athlete, a Rhodes scholar, a
successful author, a White House official and an entrepreneurial
businesswoman to guide both businesses and individuals to identify
and achieve peak performance goals. Her latest book, How Great Women
Lead, she co-wrote with her teenage daughter, Darcy. The book talks
about lessons learned by traveling the world interviewing
fascinating women leaders including Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza
Rice, the president of Liberia, movie stars, fashion designers, CEOs
and many more.
Honoring female business and community leaders is what the Woman
of the Year program is all about.
"The Journal Record Woman of the Year event is such important
recognition for the many women who do so much to make their
organizations and communities better," said Mary Melon, president
and publisher of The Journal Record. "The diverse representation
from across the state proves that women are making significant
contributions to Oklahoma. We are proud to have the opportunity to
honor them in a public way. Our speaker this year, Bonnie St. John,
has a wonderful message about women as leaders. Her book How Great
Women Lead is timely and relevant to our Woman of the Year program."
Eight women will be named this year to the Circle of Excellence -
an honor reserved for those being selected for The Journal Record's
50 Making a Difference for the third time. They include Janet
Cunningham, Deena Fisher, Kim Henry, Janet Levit, Cristy Morrison,
Marion Paden, Pat Potts and Robyn Sunday-Allen.
In addition, Lou Kerr will receive the program's fifth lifetime
achievement award at this year's event. As president and chairman of
The Kerr Foundation Inc., Kerr is involved in many activities,
boards and philanthropic endeavors.
Each year hundreds of nominations are received from across the
state for this program. Fifty honorees are recognized at the event
and in the publication Fifty Making a Difference. The Woman of the
Year will be announced during the evening program. Dana Weber,
president, CEO and vice chairwoman of Webco Industries, was the 2011
Check it out
* From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 4, Bank of Oklahoma, Integris
Health, Oklahoma Natural Gas and the Public Service Company of
Oklahoma will sponsor a forum for all past and present honorees of
the program at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. The forum includes panel
discussions and breakout sessions.
* A reception begins at 6 p.m., with the awards gala and dinner
starting at 7 p.m.
* Individual tickets are $150, and corporate table sponsorships
* Reservations for the banquet can be made by calling Ashley
Fitzpatrick at (405) 278-2820 or emailing
Event corporate sponsors
* Chickasaw Nation.
* Cox Business.
* Crowe & Dunlevy.
* Coppermark Bank.
* Eide Bailly.
* OGE Energy Corp. …