Friday, October 20, 2006

The Wonderful Jean Gumerson Has Died

Farewell to Oklahoma City's most extraordinary civic leader -- Jean Gumerson. She died October 18, 2006 and will be greatly missed by the whole state.

I have been in many meetings where someone said, "What we need to do is just clone Jean Gumerson and our problem will be solved" or "Where can we find some more civic leaders like Jean Gumerson?" From a personal perspective, she was always a wonderfully supportive friend to both Larkin and me. She was one of the first donors of a full scholarship to N.E.W. Leadership; back then, I was just learning how to fundraise and she was amazingly gracious and kind.

Click here to read the Oklahoman story about Jean and also to read her obituary. Her memorial service will be at 11 am on Saturday at Westminister Presbyterian Church in OKC. Rest in peace, Jean.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Lou Kerr to be Honored by OSU

President and chairman of The Kerr Foundation, Lou Kerr, will be honored by the Association for Continuing Higher Education on October 30 for her work with the Women's Business Leadership Program and the Jeanine Rhea/Oklahoma International Women's Forum Chair at Oklahoma State University. Lou has long been an advocate for women. I am personally indebted to The Kerr Foundation for it's early financial assistant to launch Oklahoma's National Education for Women's Leadership program.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Come to Kenya

I am assembling a mission team to travel to Kenya February 1 through 17, 2007. You can read about the project at and you can read about last year's mission trip to Kenya at

If anyone is interested in coming, contact me!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Joy Beaver, Audrey Oaks in Higher Ed Hall of Fame

The following were inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame last night: Marshall Allen (OSU), Don and Joy Beaver (Southere Nazarene University), Charles Butler (OU), David Levy (OU), Audrey Eleanor Oaks (OSU), James Plaxico (OSU), James Ronda (TU) and the late Robert Todd (Oklahoma City Community College). I'll be adding Joy and Audrey soon to the Noteable Women page of my website.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Women's Almanac Garners National Award

The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women has received an award for their Oklahoma Women's Almanac. Read the full press release here.