Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership

Background: Clydella Hentschel served as Co-Chair of the Tulsa Area United Way Campaign along with her husband David Hentschel in 1992. She was the first woman to serve in many roles in Tulsa, paving the way for other women. Her long history of community service and leadership is exhaustive. She served on many boards in the community and with United Way agencies through the years. As a volunteer, board member or event chair, she was always in the trenches, raising funds, poring over financial documents, never shying away from the hard work.

Purpose: The Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership honors female leaders in the Greater Tulsa area who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment while devoting time and energy to our local community in a meaningful way that inspires other women to reach their full potential. The honoree for this award demonstrates exceptional leadership skills, makes a lasting impact through support of multiple United Way and community non-profit organizations and is viewed as a trail blazer, leader, innovator, and visionary.

Eligibility Criteria

• Longstanding female volunteer leader
• Consistently supports United Way agencies and community organizations
• Consistently demonstrates exceptional leadership skills
• Mentors and supports other volunteers in the community

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The Selection Committee will hold all nominations in confidence. Please note that nominations may be resubmitted in subsequent years, but nominations will not be carried over automatically. All nominating agencies will be notified of the winning recipient in January. The selected honoree will receive her award onstage during the Tulsa Area United Way Awards Luncheon.

Nominations are due by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2023. Please contact Madison Cotherman at 918-295-6659 or online here with any questions.

We continue to celebrate past recipients of this prestigious award:

2022 – Karen Keith
2021 – Marla Bradshaw
2020 – Caron Lawhorn
2019 – Frauke Petersen
2018 – Linda Johnston
2017 – Libby Johnson
2016 – Becky J. Frank
2015 – Ruth K. Nelson
2014 – Mary Ann Hille
2013 – Dr. Nancy Feldman
2012 – Clydella Hentschel