Inclusion & Diversity Consortium


As various populations grow, and our nation becomes increasingly diverse, it is imperative for organizations to understand the changing demographics and the impact they will have on your business. In April 2017, Schnake Turnbo Frank held the inaugural Inclusion & Diversity Summit. The first of its kind in Oklahoma City, the event kicked off with a keynote by a national speaker, followed by panelists and local speakers. These experts shared their knowledge, best practices and insights on issues ranging from corporate culture, to supplier diversity, to ROI.


To continue the dialogue around inclusion and diversity, Schnake Turnbo Frank created the I&D Consortium. Our first meeting was held on June 29, 2017 and met quarterly for the remainder of 2017 to provide leaders in the community with an opportunity to network, learn and grow with I&D experts and other community leaders on their journey to making our workplaces and communities inclusive and diverse.


Beginning in 2018, we have moved to having monthly meetings (with the exception of July and December). At this time, and thanks to our wonderful sponsors, there are no membership dues and our meetings are open for everyone to attend with no charge for the meetings. This was all decided after talking with attendees at our first I&D Consortium in 2017, as we want to ensure that everyone has access to information, resources and the community discussion regarding Inclusion & Diversity.


If you are interested in being added to the I&D Consortium email list, or have a question about the Consortium, please email Tahira Taqi at or call her at 405-808-0760.

January Meeting

Date: Thursday, January 25
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Coles Garden (1415 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111)

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Tahira Taqi by January 17: or 405-808-0760

January Meeting Presentation Deck

February Meeting

Date: Thursday, February 22
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel (1 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Tahira Taqi by February 16: or 405-808-0760

March Meeting

Date: Monday, March 26
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Chesapeake Energy (6100 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73118)
Parking: Members should enter the parking garage (located under the big green field) from Western Avenue, and will have reserved parking on the first floor of the garage. Members should exit the garage on the NE corner and follow the signs to Creekside (the building with the blue star on the map below) and go up to the second floor for the event. Should you have any questions the day of the event regarding parking, you can contact Kesha Jones at 405-703-9675

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Tahira Taqi by March 20: or 405-808-0760

March Consortium presentation deck

April Meeting

Date: Monday, April 23
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Will Rogers Theatre (4322 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73118)

“We Don’t Want You Here” Panel

Oklahoma is a diverse state and organizations continue to work hard to create diversity within their workforce. But it’s important to make our environments inclusive – an atmosphere in which all people feel valued and have access to opportunities. All too often, diverse individuals instead hear that they are not wanted and not valued. In this panel, hear our panelists’ experiences on what it’s like to be diverse in our communities and workplaces, and actionable suggestions on what individuals can do to make our workplaces and communities more inclusive of everyone.

Alyssa Bryant, Lawyer
Lieutenant Wayland Cubit, FACT Unit for Oklahoma City Police Department
Yovana Medina, Director for the Domestic Violence Victim’s Assistance Program at YWCA OKC
Adam Soltani, Executive Director for CAIR-Oklahoma 

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Tahira Taqi by April 18: or 405-808-0760

May Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 23
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Tahira Taqi by May 17: or 405-808-0760

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Champion Sponsors

Bank of America
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Devon Energy

Oklahoma Natural Gas



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