VEST Her

Erika Lucas

A podcast where we explore the invisible barriers holding women back in the workplace and share stories of women building power collectively.

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Seventy percent of Healthcare workers are women, including ninety percent of nurses, and ninety three percent of midwives, yet only twenty five percent of healthcare leadership roles are held by women. Why is that?In this episode we talk to Robyn Sunday-Allen, Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma City Indian Health Clinic about how the lack of women in leadership positions affect women's health and overall policy. We also discuss Native American relations in Oklahoma and why it’s important for women to continue to speak up despite the risk of being penalized for doing so. VEST is a private network of women building power collectively. 

Nov 20

44 min 29 sec

Sevetri Wilson is the Founder and CEO of Resilia, a technology company enabling nonprofits to increase capacity. She is also the Author of Resilient: How to overcome anything and build a million dollar business with or without capital. Prior to founding Resilia, at age 22, Sevetri bootstrapped her first company, Solid Ground Innovations, to seven figures without raising any outside funding. Since launching Resilia, Sevetri has raised more than $11M, making her one of only 50 Black women in the U.S. to have raised more than $10M in venture funding. Sevetri has been named a Rising Star on the Forbes Cloud 100 List and her company Resilia was named as one of Venture Beat’s top startups to watch out for in 2019. Sevetri is also a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Public Service, the Jefferson Award. Join us as we talk to Sevetri about how we can build resiliency and overcome bias to build a profitable and meaningful companies. This recording was part of a more intimate coaching session with VEST Members and has been repurposed to accommodate this episode. Follow Sevetri onLinkedinTwitterVEST is a private network of women building power collectively. 

Nov 2

46 min 17 sec

When it comes to law school, women outnumber men in both enrollment (54%) and graduation (51%) rates with women of color representing 20% of those numbers. Women also account for almost half, or 47% of all law associates, though that percentage drops to just 22% (three percent women of color) when looking at the number of equity partners at law firms. There is also a big discrepancy in earnings. Median weekly earnings for women lawyers are reported at $1,665USD while men reported earning $2,324 USD. In this episode, VEST Members Liz George, Founding Partner at the Law Office of Liz George and Danae Grace, Shareholder at McAfee & Taft talk about the challenges women still face in the industry and the differences between working for an established firm and running your own practice. Follow Danae GraceDanae Grace is a transactional lawyer known for her representation of her clients’ interests in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, and general corporate matters.  Her primary focus is representing private and public companies in mergers and stock and asset acquisitions and sales of all sizes. Danae’s achievements have earned her inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch and Oklahoma Super Lawyers‘ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars” for multiple years, which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorney. Danae is the Chair of the Oklahoma Business and Corporate Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association.Follow Liz GeorgeLiz is the founder and managing attorney at Liz George & Associates law firm located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Liz received her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she received honors from the National Association of Women Lawyers and the Oklahoma Bar Association.  In addition, Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music from Cameron University School of Music in Lawton, Oklahoma. Active in both her local community and legal industry, Liz serves as a Board Member for Blanchard Public Schools.  Liz also sits on the Board of Directors for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Oklahoma City.  In addition, she is an active member of the American, Federal, Oklahoma and McClain County Bar Associations. Liz was honored for her service to the community with the Oklahoma County Bar Association Pro Bono Award in June 2016. She was also named a Rising Star by Oklahoma Super Lawyers, 2015 – 2020 and as a Super Lawyer in 2021.  In 2018, Liz was listed in Oklahoma Magazine’s 2018 class of 40 Under 40 honorees. Liz also serves as an adjunct professor teaching Skills Courses in Civil Procedure to first year law students at Oklahoma City University School of Law.About VESTVEST is a network of influential women committed to supporting one another through our career journey and building power collectively by working together to expedite the pipeline of women in positions of power. We make it easy to gain proximity to other influential women so you can grow your network, be top of mind for opportunities, and learn from the experiences of other women. Our extended network use us as a talent bank and trusted pipeline to fill career opportunities, board appointments, investment and public speaking opportunities. 

Sep 28

55 min 42 sec

Claudia San Pedro is the first woman and first Latina to serve as President of SONIC Drive-In, one of the largest fast food restaurant chains in the U.S. She was recently recognized as HERoes Women Executive Role Model, and LATINA Executive of the Year by LATINA Style. Prior to SONIC, Claudia was appointed by Gov. Brad Henry, as the first female and first Hispanic to serve as director of state finance for the state of Oklahoma. It was in this role that she developed a love for understanding where the money comes from, how it's being used to make a difference in people's lives. Though Claudia has been the first of many to do things throughout her career, she is making sure she is not the last. As Founding Member of VEST, she now uses her influence to help other women achieve career and economic mobility. Join us as we talk to her about her career journey and lessons she had to learn and unlearn along the way. This recording was part of a more intimate coaching session with VEST Members and has been repurposed to accommodate this episode. Follow Claudia San PedroAbout VESTVEST is a network of influential women committed to supporting one another through our career journey and building power collectively by working together to expedite the pipeline of women in positions of power. We make it easy to gain proximity to other influential women so you can grow your network, be top of mind for opportunities, and learn from the experiences of other women. Our extended network use us as a talent bank and trusted pipeline to fill career opportunities, board appointments, investment and public speaking opportunities. 

Sep 19

48 min 14 sec

Jill Wesley is the Founder of the Science and Soul of Speaking where she works with accomplished professionals who are already doing incredible work and now need to speak about it on bigger stages.Across her career, Jill has trained and coached over 80,000 executives and high-performing employees in some of the world's top companies and institutions like LinkedIn, Twitter, Square, Adobe, NetApp, Cisco, Stanford Law School, NFL Players Association, Johns Hopkins University, Panasonic, to name a few. Jill has used her method as Head of Speaker Coach for TEDxSanFrancisco to coach speakers for multiple TED and TEDx events. As a speaker, she has delivered more than 300 keynotes in all 50 states and in 25 countries. Join us as Jill talks to us about the power of using our voice and stories to ignite movements and seed lasting change in our communities. This coaching session was recorded in 2020 as part of a more intimate coaching session with VEST Members and has been repurposed to accommodate this episode. Contact Jill Follow JillAbout VESTVEST is a network of influential women committed to supporting one another through our career journey and building power collectively by working together to expedite the pipeline of women in positions of power.We make it easy to gain proximity to other influential women so you can grow your network, be top of mind for opportunities, and learn from the experiences of other women. Our extended network use us as a talent bank and trusted pipeline to fill career opportunities, board appointments, investment and public speaking opportunities. 

Aug 21

47 min 34 sec

True or False: Some of our biggest adversaries in the workplace have been other women. Women have often been put in situations where we've felt we have to be territorial. This has led to a cultural divide and competitive landscape amongst women. How do we break up with this notion so we can claim power collectively, in a way that still acknowledges the roots we have and the lessons we need to learn from and with each other?To coach us through this conversation we invited Farai Chideya. Farai is a prolific author and multimedia journalist whose work has been featured in CNN, Newsweek, NPR and more. She is also the host of her own Podcast, Our Body Politic, where she unapologetically reports how women of color impact today’s major political events and where she has led fruitful and balanced conversations with culture makers, politicians, artists, and leaders.This session was recorded in August as part of a more intimate coaching session with VEST Members and has been repurposed to accommodate this episode. Special thanks to Mautra Jones, Executive Director of the Langston University Foundation and VEST Member for moderating the session. Contact or follow Farai on:LinkedInTwitterAbout VESTVEST is a network of influential women committed to supporting one another through our career journey and building power collectively by working together to expedite the pipeline of women in positions of power.We make it easy to gain proximity to other influential women so you can grow your network, be top of mind for opportunities, and learn from the experiences of other women. Our extended network use us as a talent bank and trusted pipeline to fill career opportunities, board appointments, investment and public speaking opportunities. 

Aug 19

54 min 17 sec

Women account for almost all of the job losses since the Covid-19 pandemic started and are nearly twice as likely as men to lose their jobs, post-pandemic. Women of color experience even higher rates of unemployment and discrimination. In a recent study, Newsweek reported how the pandemic could cost a typical woman in America, $600,000 in lifetime income. To make things worse, according to Mckinsey, more than half of women who remain in the workplace are experiencing burnout. One in four women are considering downshifting their career or dropping out of the workforce entirely. For working mothers, particularly those with young children, the number is one in three. So what do we do about it? As public leaders and CEOs take a closer look at policy and infrastructure needs to better support women in the workplace, we reached out to executive coach Jenne Fromm to help us now! How can we self-assess burnout? What questions should we be asking and what can we do to get back to being the best version of ourselves. This session was recorded in May as part of a more intimate coaching session with VEST Members and has been repurposed to accommodate this episode.  Enjoy!Contact Jenne FrommAbout VESTVEST is a network of influential women committed to supporting one another through our career journey and building power collectively by working together to expedite the pipeline of women in positions of power. We make it easy to gain proximity to other influential women so you can grow your network, be top of mind for opportunities, and learn from the experiences of other women. Our extended network use us as a talent bank and trusted pipeline to fill career opportunities, board appointments, investment and public speaking opportunities. 

Aug 19

45 min 50 sec