Our annual Newsmakers Luncheon is one of the highlights of being an AWC member. It is a time to celebrate and recognize talented women in the communication industry while expanding your network and building community.
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AWC Tulsa Newsmakers Luncheon 2019 Video
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 46th annual Newsmakers Luncheon. We had a wonderful time honoring these extraordinary women: Teresa Knox, Marina Metevelis and Mimi Tarrasch.
Also, a big thank you to our generous 2019 sponsors who helped make this event such a success: Cherokee Nation Businesses, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Quik Print of Tulsa, Tulsa Community College, Williams, OSU Medicine, Indian Health Care Resource Center, AARP, Commerce Bank, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), Langdon Publishing, Resolute PR, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, M. Susan Savage, Freedom Electrical Services, Inc., GTR Newspapers and Oral Roberts University
Congratulations 2019 Newsmakers Award Winners: Teresa Knox, Marina Metevelis & Mimi Tarrasch
Teresa Knox, Entrepreneur and Founder of Community HigherEd
Featured as one of 2017's Tulsans of the Year, Teresa Knox has continued to make press-worthy change in Tulsa throughout 2018. Her work has contributed to Tulsa’s music legacy and tourism through the revitalization of the historic Church Studio, the recording studio and home office to Leon Russell’s Shelter Records. Artists who recorded in Church Studio were award-winning talent such as Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Tom Petty, among others. In 2017 Church Studio was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She has also been involved in developing the area around it.
In addition, Teresa has been featured in the news for her purchase and restoration of Harwelden Mansion and plans to reopen it in 2019 as a premier event location and bed and breakfast.
In 1995 while working as a dental assistant, Teresa founded Community Care College after noticing a need for additional training options for skilled professionals. This was followed by Clary Sage College in 2004, and Oklahoma Technical College in 2009. All three are focused on helping students become self sufficient through entry level job skills and since 1995 have helped almost 10,000 students obtain an education. In 2015 she converted the colleges from a for-profit corporation to a public charity, 501(c)(3) called Community HigherEd.
Marina Metevelis, Tulsa's own Rosie the Riveter, historian, and longest serving TCC employee
At 96-years-old, Marina Metevelis was selected as one of four veterans to lead the 2018 Tulsa Veteran’s Day parade, “100 Years of Honor and Service." She is a leader and pioneer in the true spirit of female leadership, as demonstrated when wintry weather forced the cancellation of the Tulsa veteran’s parade, she still showed up, despite frigid temperatures.
Metevelis has played an important role in our country’s history. She is Tulsa’s own "Rosie the Riveter,” who built warplanes during World War II and one of only three original still living. Metevelis was just 16 years old and a high school senior when Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, thrusting the nation into war and her into a Boeing aircraft plant in Wichita, Kansas making B-17 Flying Fortress bombers. As a rivet inspector, she wore off the fingerprints on her right index finger and thumb by repeatedly running her fingers over a plane’s rivets.
Tulsa is fortunate to be the beneficiary of her legacy and continued community involvement. She is one of the original employees of what is now Tulsa Community College, working there for more than 45 years. Plus, she’s been a favorite storyteller of Tulsa’s underground history as a tour guide of the downtown tunnels.
Mimi Tarrasch, Chief Program Officer for Family & Children's Services Women in Recovery
Mimi Tarrasch is Chief Program Officer for Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery that provides an alternative to incarceration for women facing long-term prison sentences. Tarrasch, a family and child advocate, has more than 35 years of experience working for non-profits.
Tarrasch has been part of the senior management team at F&CS for over 20 years and has led the development of the agency’s early childhood division and managed numerous programs and special projects. In 2009 she was chosen to develop and operate the new Women in Recovery program, working closely with the program’s primary funder, the George Kaiser Family Foundation. As a national leader for incarceration alternatives, Tarrasch works with judges, district attorneys, public defenders and social agencies to create better solutions for women entangled in the criminal justice system.
Most recently, the state of Oklahoma and F&CS entered into an innovative funding model, Pay for Success, a public private partnership to transform chronic social issues. The only contract of it kind in the U.S., Pay for Success is aimed at reducing Oklahoma’s female incarceration rate by investing in WIR. In 2017, Tarrasch was honored with a Madam President Award from the League of Women Voters of Tulsa.