Five standout community leaders are honored for their relentless dedication and passion.
Sgt. Stephanie Jackson, Melissa Baker, Dr. Brenda Lloyd-Jones, Jo Bright and Carlisha Williams
The Women of Inspiration program recognizes women impacting the lives of area youth and the community. This is the fourth consecutive year for the awards, presented by Williams and the Tulsa Shock.
The 2013 program’s five honorees were invited to attend a pre-game reception at the BOK Center before the July 13 Williams Women of Inspiration game. Williams also recognized the women during a special half-time ceremony and presented
the top honoree with a trip to the WNBA 2013 Inspiring Women’s Luncheon, courtesy of World Travel.
Here are the 2013 Williams Women of Inspiration Honorees:
Occupation/role: Girls On the Run (GOTR) program manager, YWCA Tulsa.
Passions: Running (Baker will run the 2013 NYC Marathon); teaching young girls to be healthy, joyful and confident through GOTR; living the YWCA mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Community impacts: Race director for YWCA Tulsa’s Race Against Racism; H.O.P.E board member; American Diabetes Association/Tulsa’s Young Professionals board intern; Toastmasters 2013-14 district treasurer; Toastmasters Breakfast Club vice president of public relations; event committee member for various nonprofits.
Occupation/role: Retired; former director, Salvation Army North Mabee Boys & Girls Club.
Passions: Children and education; She believes that college is a must for every child and tries to provide as many opportunities and exposures as possible — college visitations, TCC, and job-ready programs.
Community impacts: Assisted more than 20,000 children at the Mabee Center through cultural, recreational and education programs including college prep, tutoring, and mentoring; former Tulsa Air and Space Museum board member; founder of a free ACT college examination preparation program for high school students.
Sgt. Stephanie Jackson
Occupation/role: Family Violence Unit supervisor, Tulsa Police Department; adjunct professor, University of Phoenix.
Passions: Volunteering at various Tulsa charities with the goal of building up young women through mentoring, service projects and education; advocating for victims of domestic violence.
Community impacts: Domestic Violence Intervention Services board member; national instructor for child passenger safety; domestic violence instructor for Tulsa Police Department; member of Tulsa Black Police Officers’ Coalition and Delta Sigma Theta service sorority.
Dr. Brenda Lloyd-Jones
Occupation/role: Associate chair and associate professor, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.
Passion: Making a positive impact in the lives of children and their families.
Community impacts: President of The Mothers Group Inc.; focus group facilitator for the OU Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic; mentor with New Voices, a collaboration between Leadership Tulsa and the Tulsa Area United Way; founder of the annual Santa Community Project in Tulsa.
Occupation/role: Founder and executive director, Women Empowering Nations; 2011 Teach for America Corps member; motivational speaker.
Passions: Mentoring young women; youth leadership development; education; international travel; inspiring individuals internationally to lead, serve and be the change they want to see in the world.
Community impacts: Organizes/leads Women Empowering Nations’ Literacy and Empowerment program, Girls Leading Our World mentor program and annual leadership conference; hosts/facilitates experiential learning travel seminars to West Africa for Tulsa teens; educator, KIPP Tulsa College Prep; U.S. Goodwill Ambassador to the Republic of Gambia, West Africa; Miss Black Oklahoma U.S.A. 2007; 2013 Circle of Friends in Service Award recipient; member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Metropolitan Baptist Church.