City Year Tulsa welcomed women from throughout the community to the inaugural Women’s Leadership Luncheon on April 21, 2015 at the Tulsa Garden Center. The event was a celebration of City Year Tulsa AmeriCorps members who serve tirelessly on a daily basis as tutors, mentors and role models for students in Tulsa’s highest-need public schools.

State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister delivered the event’s keynote address to a distinguished list of over 150 attendees, including area business and community leaders. “Thank you to the City Year corps members. What you are doing in schools is truly amazing work. Unfortunately, we have gaps and those gaps need to be filled, but you are standing there alongside those students so that they can graduate with their peers.” She spoke directly to the women in attendance, “Despite obstacles facing public education in our state right now, great things are happening. And great things are going to happen in the future. And I have hope because of the people right here in this room. We have momentum right now and I want to keep that momentum moving forward.”

The Women’s Leadership Luncheon was co-chaired by notable education champions Kathy Taylor (CEO of Impact Tulsa and former Mayor of Tulsa) and Dr. Kayse Shrum (President and Provost of OSU Center for Health Sciences).

“We couldn’t be more grateful to our City Year Tulsa champions like, Joy Hofmeister, who make this important work possible,” said Dr. Thomas K. McKeon, City Year Tulsa Executive Director. “Our Women’s Leadership Luncheon provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our supporters, as well as our City Year AmeriCorps members who bring energy, talent, and dedication to the students they serve every day.”

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