Organized by the Tom Love Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma, the OK-WISE conference highlighted the work and achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as female entrepreneurs.
I was there at the invitation of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, which was one of the sponsors of the conference along with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Devon Energy, the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Catalyst Programs, TOAST Design Studio and Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.
Millben checked a lot of the right boxes with the OK-WISE audience. She is an Oklahoma native and graduate of Putnam City High School, Oklahoma City University and the OU School of Law. She was a youth pastor.
She worked as a congressional adviser, for the Justice Department and in the Obama Administration. Today she lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where she is co-founder of MGMC Enterprises LLC, a woman/minority-owned consulting firm in the areas of government relations and communications.
And she is a woman who champions women as catalysts for changing society by promoting diversity, inclusion and valuing everyone’s story.
“This conference is a testament to the continued progress that Oklahoma is making, to advance opportunities for women to lead in science, entrepreneurship and innovative technologies, and lead the way for our state’s economic progress,” she said. “Women are very collaborative, super innovative and have the skills that it takes.”
The OK-WISE conference also featured two other keynote speakers, along with panel discussions with women who are impacting areas of society, health care, technology, public policy, startups and environmental science.
Panelists shared their personal stories of how they built their business or carved out their personal niche.