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2018 Celebration of Education in Oklahoma

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The 17th annual Celebration of Education in Oklahoma benefitting the college's scholarship fund, will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, at Oklahoma Memorial Union-Molly Shi Boren Ballroom.

Reception: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 7 p.m.

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2018 Celebration of Education Award of Distinction: Sharen Jester Turney

Sharen Jester Turney

The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma is pleased to announce Sharen Jester Turney as the 2018 Award of Distinction winner at the Celebration of Education in Oklahoma.

Turney will be honored at the annual awards dinner on Friday, April 27, at 6 p.m. in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom at Oklahoma Memorial Union.

A graduate of OU with a bachelor’s degree in business education, Turney is a retail executive with more than 30 years of experience launching ecommerce businesses and growing world-class brands across department, luxury and specialty concepts for Fortune 500 companies. Turney recently spent 16 years with Victoria’s Secret.  She first joined the company as president and CEO of Victoria’s Secret Direct, taking the catalogue and ecommerce business across the iconic one billion dollar mark.  Turney went on for 10 years as president and CEO of the $8 billion Victoria’s Secret brand (stores, direct, PINK, beauty), doubling the business and profit under her stewardship.

Turney was inspired by her mother’s connection with her students and dedication as a teacher and nutritionist, leading to her journey of studying business education at OU.

“When I think about it, we really all become teachers at some point in our life – during our careers and in our communities,” Turney stated.  “It is an honor to be a graduate of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.  I believe in the power of staying curious as it leads to a lifetime of learning about people, places and how connected we are in our global community.”

A native of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Turney was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2015, the highest honor bestowed upon an Oklahoman.  She also has been inducted into the Hall of Fame Business of Education at OU.  Recognized for her industry and philanthropic work, Turney was recently a Way to WIN honoree in appreciation of her support of homeless women and children on their journey toward independence in New York and previously an honoree of Children’s Hunger Alliance in Columbus, Ohio.  She is the recipient of the Fashion Medal of Honor for Fashion Retailing and received the Hug Award, an honor given to individuals in the fashion industry with a heart.  She also received the Dr. Catherine White Achievement Award from HeartShare Human Services, which promotes self-sufficiency for more than 35,000 children, adults, and families throughout New York.

Turney and her husband Charles currently reside in Ohio. Currently, Turney serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, is a member of the board of directors for M/I Homes, Inc., and serves on the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative advisory board at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  She also is actively involved with the Family Violence Coalition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Turney’s advisory roles span the globe, and includes London based Marks and Spencer, Gloria Jeans in Russia, and technology companies Feedvisor, NewStore, and Joox.  She serves on the board of directors for Full Beauty and Sweden-based global brand Happy Socks.  A frequent featured speaker and media guest with business and educational institutions, she enjoys interacting with people all over the world, discussing what the future holds for today’s and the next generations of curious minds.

Past Honorees

A list of all previous Celebration of Education in Oklahoma honorees can be found here.