Voices Gala 2019
The 2019 Voices of Inclusion Gala will take place on Friday, March 29th at 6:30 pm in the Great Hall of the Sam Noble Museum. There will be dinner provided by Abbey Road Catering and a live auction. Proceeds from this evening support the Women's and Gender Studies' internships, scholarships, instructional and program support, and the WGS Center for Social Justice's Activist-in-Residence program
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Partner: $2,000, which includes a table for eight, premium seating, special recognition at the event, and sponsorship displayed.
Advocate: $1,000, which includes a table for eight and sponsorship displayed.
Ally: $500, which includes four seats (half a table) at the event and sponosrhsip displayed.
Individual ticket: $125, which inlcudes one ticket to the event.
OU Alumna Claudia San Pedro, president of Sonic, America’s Drive-In, will deliver the keynote address at the gala celebration.
A native of Mexico City, she immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 2 so her father could attend medical school. With the help of a dedicated teacher, she learned to speak English when she was in kindergarten and later attended public schools in Norman, where her father was a physician. San Pedro earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Massachusetts and an MBA from OU. She served on the Oklahoma Senate fiscal staff and was later appointed the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as director of the Oklahoma Office of State Finance. She joined SONIC in 2006 as vice president of investor relations and treasurer. She was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2015 and assumed her current role as president in January 2018.
Courage Award Winners
Ellen Stackable is the founder and executive director of Poetic Justice, a Tulsa-based nonprofit that provides restorative writing workshops for incarcerated women in Oklahoma, which she was moved to create in 2014 after learning that Oklahoma leads the world in the number of incarcerated women per capita. Poetic Justice has since expanded to every women’s prison in the state, with the mission of helping women find their voice, find hope, and find the power to change. Last fall, Stackable served as the Activist-in-Residence for OU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department. She recently was honored as one of 10 finalists for CNN Hero of the Year.
Courage Award Winners
Wilma Mankiller was the first woman to lead a major Native American nation in the United States. She served 12 years in elective office at the Cherokee Nation, the first two as deputy principal chief followed by 10 years as principal chief. During her three terms, Mankiller tripled her tribe’s enrollment, doubled employment and built new housing, health centers and children’s programs. Under her leadership, infant mortality declined, and educational achievement rose. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 1998. Until her death on April 6, 2010, Mankiller worked tirelessly for the advancement of native peoples and women’s rights in the United States and abroad.
Chelle' Guttery, who joined OU’s Disability Resource Center in 2012, is being recognized as a caring advocate for OU students and employees with disabilities. Her responsibilities include disability compliance oversight for students with disabilities for OU’s Norman, Health Sciences Center, and Schusterman Center campuses. Guttery is responsible for staff and faculty development on best practices for accommodating students and employees with disabilities. She is staff adviser for the Disability Inclusion and Awareness student group, focusing on inclusion and advocacy for those with, and in support of, disabilities.