Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Betty Jackson Wins 1985 Corporate Woman Award

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Betty Jackson Wins 1985 Corporate Woman Award

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president and deputy director of architecture for the Oklahoma City office of HTB Inc., was named The J ournal Record Corporate Woman of the Year for 1985 Wednesday at the Skirvin Plaza Hotel.

Chairman Dan Hogan III and President Larry Fisk of the Journal Record Publishing Co. presented the award to her during the fifth annual Corporate Woman of the Year Award festivities.

In addition, The Journal Record created a new honor entitled Corporate Woman on the Move, which was presented to Susan Neely Cook, vice president of Liberty National Bank and Trust Co., and human resources planning manager of Banks of Mid-America Inc.

The Journal Record Corporate Woman of the Year award was created to recognize a growing and influential sector of the business community in Oklahoma City, Hogan told the sellout luncheon audience of more than 220 persons.

"It's not often that an award is bestowed upon a person so outstanding that she brings prestige to the award," said Hogan, "rather than the award bringing prestige to the recipient.

"Betty Jackson does, indeed, bestow prestige upon our award."

Criteria for the award range from a successful career path to community involvement to civic responsibilities. Nominations came from business and public sectors.

"In previous years," Hogan said, "we have named candidates for the award in advance and there have been six women in various fields of endeavor. This year, we have one Corporate Woman of the Year, whose identity has not been revealed in advance."

Explaining the Woman on the Move Award, Hogan said:

"The selection committee found two types of nominees - those who had fulfilled all of the required criteria and were well established in their corporate careers and those who demonstrated the ability to fulfill the criteria but were still tracking their career paths.

"The Corporate Woman on the Move award was designated for the latter."

In presenting the Corporate Woman of the Year award to Jackson, Hogan cited her career accomplishments.

"Betty Jackson, who has her degree in architectural engineering and her master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma, selected a curriculum and profession dominated by men.

"She joined HTB in 1950, a period when women represented less than 4 percent of the 12,756 practicing architects in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Census."

Jackson began as a draftsman and moved up the ranks to her current positin of deputy director of architecture as well as vice president.

"Betty Jackson's participation in the American Consulting Engineers Council and the Consulting Engineers Council of Oklahoma is responsible for her highest national honor," said Hogan. …

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