Lamb’s mission is to keep bright, talented young professionals in Oklahoma

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Lamb’s mission is to keep bright, talented young professionals in Oklahoma

Lt. Governor Todd Lamb will host the Lt. Governor’s Young Professionals Conference at noon Wednesday, Oct. 7 on the Devon Tower’s 50th floor.

This conference will bring together young professionals from throughout the state, providing them an opportunity to engage and connect with other young leaders as well as Oklahoma industry frontrunners.

The theme for the conference is “Beat Texas”. Lamb, in many of his conversations with young professionals, continually says it is time to “Beat Texas” at more than just football. Oklahoma needs to “Beat Texas” in terms of economic development, job creation, lower taxes and retention of college graduates, he said.

The conference is filled with speakers and breakout sessions with topics on leadership, entrepreneurship and culinary expertise centering on Oklahoma professionals and leaders.

“We want young professionals to learn more about the entrepreneurs and CEOs in our great state,” Lamb said. “Keeping our next generation home is paramount to growing our economy. Young professionals are important to the present and the future.”

Speakers this year have a wide range of entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and natural leadership. The keynote speaker will be Dana Weber of Webco Industries, an international company with headquarters in Sand Springs.

Weber was appointed chief executive officer of Webco Industries in March 2011. She has been president of the company since June 1998 and has been with Webco full-time in various positions since 1977. Webco is a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality carbon steel, stainless steel and tubing products.

Weber graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Juris Doctorate. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Weber is active in the Tulsa Metro Chamber, The State Chamber of Oklahoma, Tulsa’s Young Professionals and many other civic organizations.

The Lt. Governor’s Young Professional Conference will also include four speaker panels.
Food & Community: Panelists will include Katie Morgan, co-owner & operator of Katiebug’s Shaved Ice; Brian Bergman, organizer of H & 8th and Mike Thornbrugh, manager of public & government affairs for QuikTrip. Attendees will find out how food trucks and festivals interact with customers via social media, how to increase fan base and build trust in their brand. Panelists will also discuss how Oklahoma politics impact the food and beverage industry.

Entertainment & Marketing: Panelists will include Jeff Ewing, president of Energy FC; Rob Gardenhire, vice president of marketing and digital media for the Tulsa Drillers and Scott Munz, vice president of marketing & public relations for the Oklahoma State Fair. Panelists will discuss how to reach the millennial market and how to approach corporate sponsorships. Attendees will also hear about the impact Oklahoma City’s sports franchises are having on the city and the state in general. 

Leadership: Panelists will include Ashley Kehl, senior consultant of Victory Enterprises; Matt Newman, director of business management of Covanta Energy and Bea Jai Webb, director of Whiz Kids. Attendees will get the chance to listen as leaders in their own fields share their stories of how to successfully lead a company, industry or organization, whether it’s in politics, non-profit or the energy industry.


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