Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cynthia Cope Named Corporate Woman of Year

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cynthia Cope Named Corporate Woman of Year

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Journal Record Staff Reporter

Cynthia Cope, regional manager for external affairs at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., was named The Journal Record Corporate Woman of the Year for 1993 at an annual banquet Wednesday.

The Journal Record's Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award was presented to Jo Elda Aragon, president and chief executive officer of Thrifty Office Supply Inc.

Cope is the 13th recipient of Corporate Woman of the Year Award, which was inaugurated in 1981 to recognize a growing and influential sector of the business community in Oklahoma City. The award is based on criteria ranging from a successful career to community involvement to civic responsibilities.

More than 300 people attended the annual banquet at the Marriott Hotel. The keynote speaker was Alan C. Greenberg, chief executive officer and chairman of the international brokerage firm of Bear, Stearns Co.

Dan Hogan, publisher of The Journal Record and chairman of the Journal Record Publishing Co., presented the awards.

Cope thanked the selection committee for choosing her as the recipient and commended The Journal Record for initiating the award. She also praised Southwestern Bell for its commitment to advancing women within the organization.

"Southwestern Bell was one of the first to get started in selecting and recognizing women and preparing them to be in management roles. I am so happy that is where my career is."

Then in reference to Southwestern Bell's announced reduction in force, she jokingly added, "I am real proud to still be a corporate woman."

Cope began her career with Southwestern Bell in 1971 after graduating from Oklahoma State University. She began as a service representative in Alva, Okla., and has been business office supervisor, unit manager and district manager in Oklahoma City, manager in Weatherford, Okla., and college recruiter in the former corporate office in St. Louis.

Cope has received six Southwestern Bell Internal Recognition Awards and one annual Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance. She also has participated in activities with the Southwestern Bell Pioneers Group.

"It is true that you receive your inspiration from your raising. I got my inspiration from my mom and my sister. They are extremely professional working women, though maybe not corporate women."

She also mentioned her husband and best friend, Jack, "who keeps me level."

Aragon was the second recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The award was first presented in 1991 to recognize women who had begun their own businesses. In 1992, it was renamed The Journal Record Woman of Enterprise Award because it was presented to Brig. Gen. Marcelite Harris of Tinker Air Force Base.

The presentation was initiated in 1985 as The Corporate Woman on the Move Award to recognize a career woman who was tracking well but had not quite reached her goal. …

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