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: Coles Garden (1415 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111)

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

May Presentation Deck

June Meeting

Date: Wednesday, June 27
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Devon Boathouse (725 S. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73129)

Topic: “Navigating Microaggressions in the Workplace”

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

Navigating Microaggressions presentation deck

August Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 29
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business (2501 N Blackwelder Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73106)
Meeting Topic: Developing Leadership and Manager Commitment to Inclusion & Diversity

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Tahira Taqi by August 23: or 405-808-0760

August Meeting Presentation Deck

Michelle Wimes, Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer
Ogletree Deakins

Michelle P. Wimes serves as the Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., one of the nation’s largest labor and employment law firms. In her role, Michelle leads the firm’s efforts to attract, develop, retain, promote and advance a diverse group of attorneys across the firm’s national platform of 53 offices in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Additionally, Michelle leads the firm’s attorney training and professional development efforts. She is based in Ogletree Deakins’ Kansas City office.

Michelle has extensive experience in delivering strategic leadership, client development and talent management programming. She is deft at implementing change management strategies necessary for comprehensive and effective diversity and inclusion and professional development initiatives and programming. Previously, Michelle practiced law for 14 years where she handled all aspects of employment litigation while serving as an equity partner at a Kansas City-based firm. She focused on matters involving employment discrimination, harassment, and civil rights issues while representing clients before the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as local, state and federal courts.

Later, Michelle spent four years on the senior management team of a premier Am Law 100 law firm as their Director of Strategic Initiatives, spearheading diversity and inclusion strategies and programming for lawyers across nine offices in the United States and Europe.

Prior to a career in law, Michelle was an elementary and middle school teacher in Kansas City. She received a B.A. from the University of Missouri and performed graduate work at the University of Seville in Spain and undergraduate work at the University of Xalapa in Veracruz, Mexico. Due to her studies and her extensive legal work in Latin America, she is fluent in Spanish. Michelle earned her law degree, with trial advocacy honors, from Tulane Law School. She is the proud wife of federal district court judge Brian C. Wimes and the mother of three daughters, Sydney, Gabrielle, and Saige.

September Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Bryant Center (2200 N Bryant Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73121)

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Tahira Taqi by September 21: or 405-808-0760

September Meeting Presentation Deck

October Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Metro Tech STEM Academy (1901 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73111)

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Tahira Taqi by October 19: 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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