Inclusion in Action

Strategies to make your workplace more inclusive — no matter what your title

Diversity and inclusion benefits everyone in our community. Many large employers have robust programs to encourage inclusivity in their workforce. But what about smaller companies and nonprofits? How can each individual make a difference no matter what level they are operating on and the size of their organization?

Justice Waidner Smith, diversity and inclusion manager at ONEOK, will open the session with the "why" behind inclusion in the workplace. She'll cover how it impacts every level of an organization with examples of research and how to handle change management.

Taryn Norman, chief equity and inclusion officer at Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS), will discuss how her organization faced head on the need for inclusion before funding or staff time could be allocated. She'll provide relevant information for everyone to use — regardless of budget or staff size.

Next, attendees will have a chance to take a look at themselves and their networks to see how inclusion impacts their every day lives. Yvonne Davis, HR generalist/diversity and inclusion at LUXA Enterprises, and Sunny Patel Chatterjee, president, operations at 3S Hotels Group will lead the group in interactive discussion and activities to make these ideas come alive.

Join our panelists for Women United's diversity and inclusion luncheon to learn practical ways you can make your every day surroundings more inclusive for everyone.

Inclusion in Action 
March 27, 2019
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tulsa City-County Library Central Branch
Pocahontas Greadington Learning & Creativity Center
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK 74103

Cost: $25/person

Lunch from Women in Recovery's culinary program

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Justice Waidner Smith is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager for ONEOK, a Fortune 250 energy company. She has worked in the field of culture and inclusion for more than 15 years. She has experience implementing strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives; background in organizational development and change management; and is a subject matter expert on numerous diversity issues. Justice earned a B.A in Social Identity Theory and Writing from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and an M.A. in Intercultural Leadership and Management from the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Vermont. 

Taryn Norman is the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS). She also co-chairs The Tulsa Chamber’s Mosaic Nonprofit group. Originally from England, Taryn came to the U.S. for graduate school, teaching to pay her way through a masters and PhD in literature and feminist theory. Taryn’s passion for inclusion work is motivated by her desire to ensure all survivors have equitable access to services that treat the whole person. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her family and listening to true crime podcasts.

Yvonne Davis, HR generalist/diversity and inclusion at LUXA Enterprises, served on the 2018 Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice (OCCJ) Inclusive Leadership Institute and is founder and president of the Hope Community Outreach Center of Sapulpa. Yvonne holds a master’s in organizational leadership and a bachelor’s of science in business management/HR management. She received the Leadership Tulsa Star Award in 2016, participated in Leadership Tulsa Class 48 and was named one of Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2016.

Sangita “Sunny” Patel Chatterjee, CEO of 3S Hotels Group and a Certified Hotel Operator (CHO), grew up in Zambia, Africa and completed her education across two continents. Sunny earned her nursing degree and spent nine years as a Cardiac ICU nurse in addition to completing a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Oklahoma. She also held the title of Miss Asia International 1997 and worked with the Oklahoma State Senate Caucus, where she was responsible for PAC operations, fund raisers, and assisting in campaign activities.

Today, she manages four hotels in Green Country, and she is vested in a portfolio of 9 hotels and 5 In development. Sunny is well known as an accomplished leader with demonstrated business and management skills. In addition to being a phenomenal businesswoman she is the proud mother of a set of twins.

Sunny is highly active in the community for advocating best practices in the Small Business Community. She currently serves on the Small Business advisory board Tulsa Chamber, Diversity and Inclusion Chair for the United way, Girl Scouts Board as well as a recent nomination to the Arts Council by the Governor.


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