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The Oklahoma Chapter of Women in Lodging (OKWIL) is a joint initiative between AH&LA and OH&LA. This industry-wide forum is exclusively for Oklahoma’s female hospitality professionals and offers an opportunity to gain career momentum. The key focus for OKWIL is long-term careers, professional development of women in lodging through mentoring and promoting long-term careers in hospitality for women through continued education, and enhancing professionalism and success through networking. Members of WIL come together to focus on removing barriers and providing solutions to some of the challenges that women face, through mentoring opportunities, workshops, best practices, and community outreach initiatives. It’s also a place to explore women’s role in advocacy and getting engaged and involved in the role of government. 

OKWIL is a community open to all members designed to ensure women have the same professional opportunities as their male counterparts.  With two-thirds of all hospitality management positions held by men, this segment is in need of everyone’s attention. OKWIL membership gives you prime access to high-powered women who empower women. 

With more than 2,000 members strong, AH&LA's WIL membership is FREE to all women employed at an AH&LA Partner State Association member lodging property, regardless of your position within the company. Once your property has joined AH&LA WIL, contact OH&LA to confirm chapter membership.

All those wishing to join will need their AH&LA Member ID. Not sure if your property or company is a member of either organization?  Take these two steps:
  • To confirm OH&LA membership contact OH&LA Member Care Manager Debbie Weiss at (405) 942-6462 or
  • To confirm AH&LA membership, contact Blair Clemente, Senior Manager, Member Services  (202) 289-3177 or @ahla.combclemente
Men wishing to support the mission of OKWIL may also become a member at no cost, so long as their lodging property or company is an AH&LA member. Individuals that are not AH&LA members are eligible to participate in Oklahoma’s chapter activities; however, they are not considered to have member benefits in AH&LA or AH&LA WIL chapters outside the state of Oklahoma.

We have a powerful story to tell and our engagement in matters affecting our industry and our community is what will lead to change. You can make a difference and we hope you will join us to act with one, unified voice.

Officers (2-year terms)
Chair: Jennifer Burgess-Right, Coury Hotel Collection, OKC            
Vice Chair: Micha Krodel, Colcord Hotel, OKC
Exec VP: Patti Colley, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association

Council Members (1-year terms)
Sherri Banister, Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, Edmond                          
Amber Beutler, Choctaw Casino & Resort, Pocola
Melanie Briley, 21c Museum, OKC              
Cheryl Jackson, Skirvin Hilton, OKC
Maci Slater, Best Western Plus, Weatherford          
Teresa Street, River Spirit Casino Tulsa
Tanna Vu, Hilton Garden Inn, Lawton-Fort Sill, Lawton
What's Happening
Join us on Sept 25th for our education session to prepare our managers and supervisors on how to work with employees with all abilities! HospitAbilities is a skills-based certification for students of all abilities. Through this certification program, we will be assisting in training and certifying students of all levels of ability across our state.
Lodging and tourism professionals and industry suppliers are invited to join the OH&LA Board of Directors for an OH&LA Member Event to discuss industry issues and formulate association activities via Committee Meetings. These discussions will be followed by the STR 2019 Forecasting Luncheon, in partnership with STR and presented by Vail Ross, CMHS, Senior Vice President of Global Business Development & Marketing, and conclude with the OH&LA Board of Directors meeting. Only OH&LA members may attend and vote at committee meetings.
OKWIL is excited to bring you our next event on October 2, 2019. We will be holding a Community Outreach Day at The Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to our community! The Homeless Alliance works to end long-term homelessness in Oklahoma City by building the capacity of the community through collaboration with other agencies, identifying and filling gaps in homeless services, bringing nationally-recognized best practices to the community, and working to build a system that is more efficient and caring!
OKWIL Event: The Gift of "Done!"
On May 30th, we had a great time at our OKWIL Event: Finish: Giving Yourself the Gift of Done! Thirty of our members enjoyed learning from Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood on how to complete tasks at work efficiently, without adding additional pressure to their lives. Chronic projects starters learned about the importance of removing pressure from their projects, so they can ultimately finish and improve their overall productivity. We enjoyed seeing all of you, and look forward to our next OKWIL event!
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