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Oklahoma Chapter of Women in Lodging (OKWIL)
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The Oklahoma Chapter of Women in Lodging (OKWIL) is a joint initiative between the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association. This industry-wide forum is for Oklahoma’s female hospitality professionals and offers an opportunity to connect with top professionals and gain career momentum. The key focus for OKWIL is the professional development of women in lodging through quality education and solutions to some of the challenges that women face in today's workplace. Whether it be removing barriers or best practices, WIL and OKWIL is the place to engage on the next level! It’s also a place to explore women’s role in advocacy and getting engaged and involved in the role of government. 

If that is not enough, OKWIL members are committed to giving back to Oklahoma's community through its Community Outreach programming and the great work our members to do servicing all types of organizations in the community. Be it homelessness, fighting hunger or supporting battered and abused women and children, OKWIL members give of their time and resources. 

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. For a comprehensive list of AH&LA WIL benefits go to

If you or your property is currently an OH&LA hotel member, you are invited to join OKWIL.

Not sure if your property or company is a member of either organization?  
  • To confirm OH&LA membership contact Theresa Martin at (405) 942-6462 or
  • To confirm AH&LA membership, contact Blair Clemente, Senior Manager, Member Services  (202) 289-3177 or
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 working for businesses who are not AH&LA members are eligible to participate in Oklahoma’s chapter activities; however, they are not considered to have AH&LA or WIL member benefits 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
Chief Strategy Officer: 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
Christi Chambers, Hilton Garden Inn, Lawton/Ft. Sill
Chloe Coffey, Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown/Bricktown, OKC
Kristin Hall, Fairfield Inn Downtown, Tulsa           
Cheryl Jackson, Skirvin Hilton, OKC
Maci Slater, Best Western Plus, Weatherford          
Tanna Vu, Courtyard by Marriott North Quail Springs, OK
What's Happening
The Public Employee Occupational Safety & Health (PEOSH) notice for Oklahoma has been updated with a poster revision. Click the link below to view a PDF of the update. You can also find this update on our website.
Our most exciting event of the year - packed with education, networking, industry products and services, and the Stars of the Industry Awards program.
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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.
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