Connecting Beyond the Circle


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The Women’s Leadership Council is proud to introduce the new Connecting Beyond the Circle series, an expansion of our popular Connecting Circle series. While Connecting Circles are intimate gatherings for 6-12 women at the homes of some of our community’s top business leaders, Beyond the Circle events feature female leaders at sites that can host larger groups.

Additionally, Connecting Beyond the Circle will be offered to all WLC members registered as giving $500 or more annually to the Tulsa Area United Way. To confirm your giving information is correctly logged, please email or refer to the form on the right.

The objective of this series is to provide members with opportunities to further develop their personal, professional, and community building skills with cutting edge topics. Attendees can still look forward to networking, mentoring advice, and professional development opportunities as well.



Xan Black
Susan Crenshaw
Mandy Leemhuis
Jonathan Townsend
An Economic Case for STEM

Tuesday, June 6
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
at the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma headquarters 

Space is limited, so register yourself and a friend today!

Did you know …

  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) - related jobs will continue a steady 17% growth in demand through 2024, compared to 12% for non-STEM jobs
  • The average median hourly wage for STEM-related jobs is $37.44, compared to $18.68 for non-STEM jobs.
  • U.S. students have fallen behind, ranking 27th  in math and 20th in science of 34 countries in OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), an international organization of countries with highly developed economies and democratic governments.
  • Only 26 percent of 12th grade students scored at or above the proficient level on the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress); only 36 percent of all high school graduates are prepared to take a college-level science course.

Join us for an engaging panel discussion on careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and why encouraging our children to pursue these educational paths is important. 

We will enjoy Girl Scout cookies provided by our host, the Girl Scouts of 
Eastern Oklahoma (a Tulsa Area United Way partner agency), as well as a selection of wines and beers to pair with the sweet treat. Also be sure to stay to hear a short presentation from Girl Scouts President and CEO Roberta Preston and a tour of their new headquarters. 


Xan Black
Program director for Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance

Susan Crenshaw
Energy management leader for ONEOK

Mandy Leemhuis
Director of corporate responsibility for NORDAM and president of Tulsa 
Flight Night, a nonprofit funding STEM education programs and projects in Oklahoma

Jonathan Townsend
A community activist born and raised in Tulsa who currently serves as Mayor G.T. Bynum's assistant for community development and policy

Alison Anthony, moderator
Director of strategic outreach for Williams

Read more about the panelists here.



 Advocacy 101 Boot Camp: How One Person Can Make a Difference
More than 40 WLC members and guests attended the most recent Connecting Beyond the Circle, Advocacy 101 Boot Camp: How One Person Can Make a Difference, for a discussion on how to effectively engage and advocate at the local and state level for laws and policy objectives. Pictured are, from left, Lisa McLarty, WLC Education Committee Chair; Amber England, Executive Director of Stand for Children Oklahoma; Suzanne Schreiber, Tulsa Public School Board of Education vice president and District 7 representative; WLC Chair Susan Crenshaw; and TAUW Affinity Group Manager Kate Starr. Our facilitators used examples of how to influence decisions on education in our city and state, but the tools they provided will translate to whatever issues we might seek to influence. 


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