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Meloyde Blancett, D-District 78, was born and raised in Oklahoma, where she learned the value of hard work and education from an early age. She worked her way through college, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Art in Journalism and Professional Writing. Blancett credits the time she spent working as a daily report for the Tulsa Tribune and Norman Transcript immediately after graduation for sparking her interest in civic engagement.
Throughout her professional career Blancett has remained committed to the importance of entrepreneurship, creativity, civic engagement and volunteering to improve her community. She owns a local business, The Blancett Group, which specializes in providing marketing and public relations consulting for private firms and public institutions across Oklahoma.
Blancett has extensive experience in the private sector. Before starting her business, she worked as an account director for Winnercomm, a national broadcast production and marketing firm. Prior to that, she served as Director of Strategic Marketing for Williams Communication Group and Staff Vice President of Corporate Communications for Thrifty Car Rental, the predecessor to Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc.
Blancett has also worked for the State of Oklahoma, having served two-and-a-half years as Deputy Director of of Marketing & Communications for the Department of Commerce, where she also served as Special Advisor to Secretary of Commerce & Tourism Kathy Taylor. In these roles, Blancett focused on helping our state attract and retain quality jobs and helping our communities develop their full potential through the Main Street Program, which provides support to municipalities that make improvements to their core districts.
Blancett knows that Tulsa needs service-driven leaders who have a long-term vision for our future and are willing to reach across party-lines to do what’s right for our community. She has and continues to serve Tulsa through involvement in numerous community and nonprofit groups including the American Diabetes Association, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, the City of Tulsa Economic Development Commission, the WaterWorks Art Center Advisory Council, the Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Camp Fire Green Country, the Tulsa Artist Guild, and Fab Lab Tulsa.
Today, Blancett lives and works in Tulsa as a business owner and an artist. She has a 27 year-old son and her hobbies include designing art-to-wear jewelry, running, and painting.
Facilitated by Elizabeth Osburn, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, this casual conversation with Tulsa legislators Carol Bush (R-District 70) and Meloyde Blancett (D-District 78) aims to educate WLC members on best practices and effective strategies for women to make meaningful connections with our local legislators.