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Association for Women in Communications Honors Four

The Tulsa Chapter of the Association for Women in Communication will celebrate excellence in Oklahoma Women on May 2 at the 45th annual Newsmakers Awards luncheon at Southern Hills Country Club. 

Each of the 2018 honorees blazed a trail for other women to follow:

Saidie Award Winner
Carole Lambert

Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award winner Carole Lambert said, “that’s a wrap,” in 2011 after nearly 30 years as news anchor for KTUL NewsChannel 8 in Tulsa.

She didn’t hang up her microphone or love of broadcasting after returning to her hometown of Springfield, Missouri. Instead, this Emmy award winning broadcaster gave a gift that allowed her Alma Mater Drury University to upgrade its broadcast studio to “state of the art” for teaching future broadcasters. Lambert also coaches students, judges competitions, and volunteers in the Drury Women’s Auxiliary supporting female students through scholarships and other programs.

In 1990-2011, Lambert hosted and produced KTUL’s “Waiting Child” weekly reports profiling special needs children in Oklahoma Department of Human Services custody looking for permanent families. Since its inception in 1980, these stories have resulted in more than 4,000 children finding adoptive homes. KTUL continues the series today.

Among her “Waiting Child” honors are the Congressional Angel Adoption Award, Adoption Excellence award by US Health and Human Services Dept., and Friend of Children award from OK Institute for Child Advocacy.

Lambert’s broadcast honors also include Oklahoma Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, Tulsa Press Club Media Icon Award, Silver Circle Society of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Best of Broadcasting professional achievement award from American Women in Radio and Television, and a permanent collection/exhibit of her professional life at the Pioneer Women Museum, Ponca City, in the exhibit of Oklahoma Women in Journalism.

Receiving a lifetime achievement award named after Saidie Adwon is fitting for Lambert who was interviewed for employment by and worked closely with Adwon at KTUL.  Lambert’s career embodies the spirit of Adwon who was the first female general manager of an Oklahoma TV station in the early 1980s.

Anna America
Anna America has a long personal and professional commitment to making Tulsa a better place to raise her family.

A University of Tulsa graduate, America started her career as a Tulsa Tribune reporter and City Hall was one of the areas she covered. She worked as a journalist for several publications, then in communications for the City of Tulsa, and eventually moved to the nonprofit sector.

America is the chief executive officer of the Child Abuse Network, working to help victims of abuse receive needed services and assistance.  Previously, she was executive director at two other nonprofits, Up With Trees and Communities in Schools.
In 2014, she was elected to represent southeast Tulsa on the Tulsa City Council. In 2016, she was re-elected without opposition and served as City Council chair, leading the largest group of women – five – ever to serve on the nine-member council. Her previous elected office was on the Tulsa School Board.

An active community volunteer, America is the proud mom of two children. Her daughter is a sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School, and her son is a student at Washington University in St. Louis. She is also wife to Tulsa environmental leader Michael Patton who is the director of Land Legacy, an Oklahoma conservation nonprofit.

Cindy Hulsey
Longing for a new career path after 17 years in the securities industry, Hulsey began a journey that led to the innovative for-profit Magic City Book Store that provides financial support to the nonprofit Tulsa Literary Coalition.

Magic City Books was one of the first stores in the country to adopt this hybrid model, recognizing that a good bookstore is much more than a place to buy books. It serves as a gathering place for the exchange of ideas and as a community event space for readings, book discussions, and other programs that illuminate important social and cultural issues.

A lifelong Tulsan and downtown enthusiast, Hulsey serves as executive director of the Tulsa Literary Coalition and general manager of Magic City Books. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Tulsa and a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma.

Before taking her current role, Hulsey’s career path led to Tulsa City-County Library where she created a system-wide staff training and development program, one of the first of its kind in the nation.  As Central Library manager, she won a Community Service Award from the Oklahoma Humanities Council for the “Novel Talk” program. During Central Library’s remodeling, she served as adult services coordinator.

When the opportunity arose to team up with Jeff Martin and Booksmart Tulsa, Hulsey shamelessly recruited her husband, Shannon Hall, to donate his time and considerable talents to help her create the 501©(3) nonprofit called the Tulsa Literary Coalition. The Coalition raised money to open Magic City Books, a for-profit independent bookstore in the Tulsa Arts District. Sales from the store provide a revenue stream for the operation and programs of the Literary Coalition.

By adopting this innovative model, Hulsey hopes to bring the magic of books to the Tulsa Arts District and her fellow Tulsans for many years to come.

Kayse Shrum, DO
Under the leadership of Oklahoma native Kayse Shrum, OSU Center for Health Sciences has experienced unprecedented growth with more than double enrollment and new academic programs.

Student enrollment has more than doubled as new academic programs have been established to meet the workforce needs of Oklahoma. To fuel the growth of OSU-CHS, President Shrum has raised more than $22 million in private support, including an $8 million transformative gift from the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation to support the construction of a state-of-the-art clinical skills simulation building.

Shrum is a native Oklahoman who earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She joined the medical school faculty at OSU Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) in 2002 and served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics from 2004–2011. In 2011, she was named provost of OSU-CHS and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2013, she was promoted to her current position as president of OSU-CHS, becoming the youngest and first female president and dean of a medical school in the state of Oklahoma. Shrum holds the George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Medical Excellence and Service and the Saint Francis Health System Endowed Chair of Pediatrics.

Under her leadership, OSU Center for Health Sciences has experienced unprecedented growth. During her tenure, she has made addressing the healthcare workforce shortage in rural Oklahoma a top priority for OSU-CHS. A fervent champion of rural health and primary care medicine, Shrum led the strategic efforts to create a sustainable rural primary care physician pipeline program, which starts with rural high school outreach programs and culminates with rural-based residency training programs.  President Shrum launched award-winning high school recruiting programs like Operation Orange and Blue Coat to White Coat, established the Rural Medical Track (a rural-focused medical curriculum), and  expanded the number of residency training programs in Oklahoma by securing a $3.8 million grant from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust and a $5.6 million grant from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

Shrum is active in a variety of professional and charitable organizations. She currently serves on the Oklahoma State Regents’ Task Force on the Future of Higher Education and holds leadership positions in osteopathic professional organizations, including vice president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, chair of the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics, and committee positions on the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Deans and the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates. She is also a board member of the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Saint Francis, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, BankSNB and Southwest Bancorp, PLICO, Oklahoma State University Medical Authority and Trust, and OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation. 

Shrum has been recognized for her leadership and many contributions to improving health outcomes in Tulsa and Oklahoma. She was named a finalist for the Journal Record’s 2015 Woman of the Year award and was inducted into Connors State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. She also received the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association’s Outstanding & Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and the Tulsa Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women’s Pinnacle Award for Health in 2012.

Preparing the Next Generation
Proceeds provide Rising Star Communicator scholarships to young women pursuing degrees in communications fields and allow the chapter to annually provide books to every student at Anderson Elementary School.

Updated 04-24-2018

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