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Conference to Address Underrepresentation of Oklahoma Women in Leadership Roles


CONTACT:    Abbey Trent
Oklahoma Women’s Coalition

Conference to address underrepresentation of Oklahoma women in leadership roles

OKLAHOMA CITY – Women who are interested in learning how to increase their involvement in politics and public service are invited to attend the “Pipeline to Politics” conference, presented by the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition and the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center’s Women’s Leadership Initiative at the University of Oklahoma. The nonpartisan program will teach participants about effective organization and communications strategies to lead successful campaigns for issues or candidates.

The conference is set for 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma headquarters, 6100 N. Robinson Ave. in Oklahoma City. A networking mixer for participants and elected officials will be held 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, at Bellini’s Ristorante in Oklahoma City.

The Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma is also a sponsor of “Pipeline to Politics.”

Although Oklahoma has had women serve as governor and lieutenant governor, women comprise only 14 percent of the state Legislature, ranking 49th in the nation. The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition and the Carl Albert Center seek to address the historic underrepresentation of women in politics and public life by providing tools to conduct successful campaigns.

There will be two tracks from which to choose: “Ready to Run” and “Ready to Lead.” Conference presenters will include elected officials at all levels of government, such as Ward 1 Oklahoma County Commissioner Willa Johnson, State Sen. A.J. Griffin, State Sen. Kay Floyd, former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal. Other sessions will be led by experts in campaign management, fundraising, media and messaging, including Neva Hill, veteran campaign consultant; Carolyn Thompson, director of government relations for Superintendent Joy Hofmeister; Mandy Winton, membership and marketing executive, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma; Sheree Powell, director of communications, Oklahoma Department of Human Services; Katie Fitzgerald, executive director of Center for Children and Families; and Amber England, executive director of Stand for Children.

Registration is $75 and is open to women throughout the state. A limited number of discounted registrations are available for full-time students. To learn more about the conference or to register, please visit To register via phone or for accommodations on the basis of disability, call the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition at (405) 286-0356. Lodging is available at a discounted room rate at the Wyndham Garden Oklahoma City North. To reserve a room, call (405) 286-4777 and ask for the Girl Scout event rate.


About the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition
The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office or political parties. We seek to identify and promote bills and policies benefiting women and girls that can win support from Republican and Democractic members of the Oklahoma Legislature. For more information, please visit

About The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center Women’s Leadership Initiative at The University of Oklahoma
The women’s leadership programs at the Carl Albert Center seek to address the historic underrepresentation of women in politics, public service, and other leadership roles. Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower women to become political leaders. We accomplish this mission through a series of educational initiatives designed specifically for women in Oklahoma.

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