The Journal Record recently named 50 Oklahoma women as finalists for the magazine’s 2017 Woman of the Year. Out of those numbers four live in Edmond and one is a Norman transplant from Edmond. They are Sherry L. Jordan, Annette White Klososky, Donna Miller, Victoria Woods, and
Ted Streuli, editor and associate publisher, saidThe Journal Record Woman of the Year honors Oklahoma’s most influential women. Streuli said they began recognizing Oklahoma’s women in 1981 as they sought to find Oklahoma’s most influential sector of the business community.
The program has evolved to become statewide and has added a half-day networking forum. The Journal Record saluted the 2017 honorees and their commitment to business, community and quality of life at a recent Woman of the Year gala Oct. 26 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. As The Journal Record celebrates the program’s 37th year, Streuli stated they salute all the outstanding women who have made a difference in Oklahoma.
Guest speaker for the event was Edmond’s own Shannon Miller, the most decorated Olympic gymnast in American history. Miller launched her company, Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness of Women, along with her series of fitness books, DVDs, and a content-based website, in July 2010.
Miller will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame this month.
She and her husband, John Falconetti, reside in Jacksonville, Fla., with their two children, Rocco and Sterling.
Sherry L. Jordan, Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, CEO
As a young teenager, Sherry L. Jordan had her sights set on the future. She was determined to overcome a difficult childhood, earning her bachelor’s of business administration in accounting from the University of Oklahoma.
“I paid my way through college and am of the opinion that no matter where you come from, you can be whatever you want to be as long as you are willing to put in the work to make it happen,” Jordan said. “I have always tried to look to the further and never blame anything on the past.”
Involved with her community, she volunteers with organizations such as U R Special Ministries, Wings and Edmond Mobile Meals. She has also held positions with the Edmond Women’s Club and is involved with the Rotary Club of Edmond.
Jordan was recognized for her influence in the community being named as the 2015 Outstanding Chamber Leader of the Year by the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives and as one of the 100 most influential women in the history of Edmond in 2009.
She believes in modeling what you stand for, always telling the truth and being direct in all communications. Her most important influence has been her husband because he has taught her to be a lifelong learner and a good parent.
Jordan and her husband, Brad, have two daughters, Taylor, 23, and Bailey, 22.
Annette White Klososky, SurveySaurus CEO
Annette White Klososky believes her purpose in life is to positively impact as many people as possible.
“From family members and friends to colleagues, clients and acquaintances, I am always present to serving and helping those around me achieve their version of success,” Klososky said. “The path I choose or the company I am building isn’t as relevant as the impact I have on the people along the way.”
Klososky said she has learned so much throughout my career, but the main thing is to always be a continual learner, stretch yourself and be coachable.
The CEO of SurveySaurus, Klososky launched her technology startup in 2016 after deciding to break out of her comfort zone. In one year Klososky has put together a team with locations around the globe, raised her first round of funding and was one of eight women accepted into the Women’s Startup Lab in Silicon Valley.
She volunteers with Infant Crisis Services, and the American Heart Association, among others. She was named a Sooner Stiletto Honorary Coach for the University of Oklahoma women’s basketball team in 2016 and featured in Entrepreneur Magazine for leadership and franchise ownership in 2005.
Klososky’s personal philosophy centers around being the best you can be, resulting in a commitment to continual learning, growth and willingness to lift others up.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 she said she learned to lean on her team and ask for their help. “It was a great lesson in leadership and personal development for me.”
Klososky and her husband, Scott, have four children: Kristin, 20; Alyssa, 20; Austin, 26; and Kacie, 32.
Donna Miller, Purse Power, CEO and Co-founder, Executive Resource Center, President
Donna Miller’s mother was a strong, fiercely independent survivor, who taught Miller and her three sisters that “to whom much is given, much is expected.”
“This shaped my most closely held value around making a difference,” Miller said. “I truly believe the value have is in the difference you make,” Miller said. “I care most deeply about creating career opportunities for women and reducing domestic violence.”
She created Purse Power and is CEO and Co-founder, and she is also President of Executive Resource Centerthat is working to help women use their purchasing power to buy products and services from companies that support women, and she has pledged to donate 20 percent of Purse Power’s profits to creating a funding stream for places and programs that make people safer.
Miller also acts as Oklahoma chapter chair of the Women Presidents’ Organization, an international organization that serves women business owners and serves on the board of the Oklahoma City YWCA.
“Donna has an extraordinary ability to capture the imagination of other leaders and encourage us to collaborate for the common good,” said Jan Peery, YWCA Oklahoma City CEO.
Miller and her husband, Kurt, are the parents of 17-year-triplets: Sean, Anastasiya and Seth Miller.
Victoria Woods, CEO and Investment Advisor
Featured prominently on Victoria Woods’ desk is a plaque that reads, “Those who say it cannot be done should never interrupt those doing it.”
Woods is the CEO/Chief Investment Adviser at Chappe/Wood Financial Services.
After becoming a top salesperson for the Montgomery Ward Corp. Woods became one of the youngest regional buyers for the company.
Following her success with the retail store, Woods started her own fashion accessory and cosmetics business at 25.
Trusting the advice of Roger McCarty, founder and CEO of Brokers International Ltd., Woods settled in Edmond and in 1988 she founded Chappel/Wood Financial Services as a home-based business.
Woods was elected as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, helping draft legislation for two new investment vehicles, the Roth IRA and Health Savings Account. She was influential in drafting legislation to create Passport to Financial Literacy in Oklahoma schools. She serves as a commissioner on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.
She funded events like th Kentucky Derby Soiree and Burgers, Beers and Golf Balls to benefit local nonprofits like the YWCA, Allied Arts of Oklahoma City and Kids’ Chance of Oklahoma.
Woods said she considers her 34-year marriage to her husband, Larry, as one of her greatest accomplishments, the best investment she has ever made and the strongest relationship she has ever built.
Stacy Eads, CEO
Although Stacy Eads, CEO of Levant Technologies LLC, lives in Norman now, she is a former Edmond resident.
Eads lets a slip of paper that reminds her to live in the moment to guide her life.
“Let reality be reality,” the note says.
“While I’m a perfectionist who always want to give more, sometimes more is simply living in the moment, taking a deep breath and loving the fortunate reality of this life I’ve built,” Eads said.
Se said training, mentoring and nurturing the growth of a team of 17 employees is her most cherished professional accomplishment.
“Seeing them achieve together, as a whole, the No. 1 Best Oklahoma Web Design Services firm in the metro for five consistent years in a row is astounding.”
The company was honored for Top 10 Customer Service in North America and won the 2017 Torch Ethics award, outperforming small business contenders in 54 counties and propelling the Norman-based company to the national and international spotlight.
Eads has been recognized on four 40 Under 40 lists around the metro, achieved CEO status and won numerous awards and honors all while under the age of 40.
Eads recognizes others have contributed to her success, and when asked to speak to the public, she shares her story from unemployment to CEO in hopes of inspiring others.
“If I can help just one person see their path, realize their goals, or seek out a member for support along the way, I am accomplished,” Eads said.
(Editor’s Note — Special thanks to The Journal Record and Ted Streuli for providing information and photos for this story.)