Mentorship Program Prepares Next Generation

Cathy Gates and Megan Weinkauf share a strong desire to give back to their community. They are also both accountants and graduates of the University of Arkansas.

“This was a match made in heaven,” said Cathy. 

Cathy and Megan are a part of the Emerging Leaders Society mentorship program, a joint effort with the Tulsa Area United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Megan is a member of ELS and an accounting manager at Waterfield Energy. Cathy is a member of the Tocqueville Society and managing partner at Ernst & Young.

Megan and Cathy get together several times each year for breakfast. They share professional experiences and encourage each other. “She’s someone I can talk to about anything and she gives me great advice. She’s honest with me. And, often, it’s something she’s been through before,” said Megan.

“I have so enjoyed getting to know Megan – both personally and professionally – watching her grow and advance in life,” said Cathy. “This mentor relationship has allowed me to get to know someone I wouldn’t have known otherwise, to branch out.”


Cathy and Megan have many things in common – including a love for the United Way and its mission in the Tulsa area. Cathy is a member of the Board of Directors and Megan is serving on a Community Investments panel this year.

“Megan has a real passion for philanthropy. It’s refreshing,” said Cathy. 

“I look up to Cathy and her involvement in the community,” Megan said.

Their recent topic of discussion has been centered around Megan’s pursuit of an MBA. Cathy has offered advice on how to balance work, school and community service. 

“Everyone needs encouragement in life to reach their full potential,” said Megan.



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