David Wagner, partner and chief financial officer of Schnake Turnbo Frank, recently sat down with the Tulsa World to answer 5 Questions. Read more about our faith-based initiatives, challenges he sees in public relations and crisis management firms. And most importantly, what he misses about Wisconsin.

Read David’s responses in this issue of the Tulsa World.

Becky J. Frank recently provided a Business Viewpoint to the Tulsa World on the topic of Inclusion. Here’s a small excerpt from the full piece:

“For me, inclusion is foremost about building a foundation of respect for one another. It isn’t about changing people’s belief systems but rather reminding ourselves of the need to afford everyone the opportunity to be who they are.”

Read the entire Business Viewpoint with Becky J. Frank of Schnake Turnbo Frank: Inclusion builds a culture of respect. 

Schnake Turnbo Frank, a strategic communications and management consulting firm with offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, announced it was a 5-Star Recipient of Mosaic’s 2017 Inclusive Workplace Culture.

Mosaic’s annual Inclusive Workplace Cultures survey provides benchmark data for companies and organizations to gauge their strengths, opportunities and challenges. For those with exceptional diversity and inclusion practices, Mosaic awards the Top Inclusive Workplace Culture recognition. The five key metrics provide a general rubric for scoring survey responses, with recognition given at the three, four and five star level. Organizations demonstrating commitment to diversity and inclusion but in need of additional work in certain areas receive the distinction of Rising Star.

“Our firm is committed to promoting inclusive practices internally with our employees, and sharing best practices externally with our clients and the public,” said Becky J. Frank, chairman, CEO and managing partner of STF. “I am proud of the intentional steps our firm is taking to ensure everyone feels valued and accepted in our workplace and in our community.”

Schnake Turnbo Frank held an inaugural Inclusion & Diversity Summit in Oklahoma City in April 2017 and has continued the conversation statewide with the development of the I&D Consortium. Consortium meetings are free and available to the public, and meetings are an opportunity to network with  professionals and share best practices, resources and ideas with other leaders committed to making our state more inclusive and diverse. If you are interested in learning more about the Consortium, call 918-582-9151.

STF’s services also include an Inclusion & Diversity Audit to help organization’s understand their current I&D standing, as well as practical recommendations to advance your organization’s inclusion initiatives. Learn more about this audit.

Schnake Turnbo Frank, a strategic communications and leadership development firm with offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, announced it has promoted Erika Huffman to vice president of its Oklahoma City office.

Huffman has been with STF since 2011, serving as both an account executive and senior account executive.  She has more than 11 years of experience in strategic communications and her experience covers many industries including agriculture, entertainment, education and the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining STF, Erika worked in marketing and communications for a professional musical theatre nonprofit, an orthodontic group and a construction company.

“Erika is an outstanding performer and team member,” said Russ Florence, partner, president and COO of STF. “Her attention to detail, follow-through, commitment and pace are all outstanding. She is clearly a leader in the firm, and it’s fitting that she has the title to reflect it.”

Huffman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County and is a member of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday appointed Tulsan Becky J. Frank to the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Frank is chairwoman, chief executive officer and managing partner of Schnake Turnbo Frank, a public relations and management consulting firm.

The Legislature created the council in 1965 to encourage art. It receives appropriations from the Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts to provide matching grants to Oklahoma nonprofit arts organizations.

Read more about this appointment in the Tulsa World.

Inclusion and diversity programs are likely to make everyone uncomfortable, but advocates said the tension is worth the benefits to employees and the bottom line.

Experts spent the day explaining to Oklahoma’s business leaders how to face that awkwardness, how to implement programs, how to keep them going and how to gauge their success.

Hundreds of people turned out for Oklahoma City’s inaugural Inclusion & Diversity Summit. Public relations firm Schnake Turnbo Frank partnered with a handful of sponsors to bring the event to the Oklahoma History Center on Tuesday. Participants came from around the country to discuss how to get more diversity into the city’s companies and how to ensure people feel included once they get there.

Read the full story about our Inclusion & Diversity Summit in the Journal Record.

Schnake Turnbo Frank, a strategic communications and management consulting firm with offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, announced it has promoted David Wagner to partner and chief financial officer.

Wagner has been with STF since 2010 and most recently served as Tulsa region president and chief administration officer for the firm. In his new role, Wagner will be responsible for the overall financial operations of the firm in addition to his work with client services and business development. He has served more than 30 years in leadership roles in public relations, community relations, development and education.

“David is a community leader, a strategic counselor and  tremendous asset to our firm,” said Becky J. Frank, chairman, CEO and managing partner of STF. “His years of experience in education, nonprofit and corporate communication have given him great insight into the needs and goals of our clients.”

Wagner previously worked at Oral Roberts University where he held several positions, including vice president of university relations and development. Earlier in his career, he lived in Wisconsin and worked many years in the education field.

Wagner graduated with a bachelor’s degree from ORU and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served on boards with Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma and the International Christian Accrediting Association, along with his involvement with the Tulsa Area United Way.