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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
OH&LA presented the Annual Stars of the Industry Awards, designed to honor Oklahoma's outstanding hospitality professionals for their service and commitment to the guest service and hospitality industry, on January 15, 2019. This year, submissions resulted in 54 nominees from properties of all sizes among the 10 categories.
The OH&LA held its annual Lodging Summit, including the Vendor Expo and Stars of the Industry Awards, on January 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn Edmond - and it was a great day by every measure.
Make plans now to attend the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association's annual Lodging Summit, Vendor Expo, and Stars of the Industry Awards program in January! This is our most exciting event of the year, in which lodging operators and their team members have the opportunity to network with colleagues and others important to the success of your operation. Our schedule, pricing, hotel accommodation info, and registration opportunity is online now.
Hundreds of association members recently attended an informational session on the "New Alcohol Laws Coming your Way," presented by attorney Adam Marshall with Barrow & Grimm. The 2-hour session covered the details of the new law, which goes into effect October 1. Mr. Marshall kindly shared his presentation for those who were unable to attend.
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