Former Strategist and Pollster to Speak at League Birthday Party

Heather News

Bring a friend and an appetizer and join us to celebrate the League’s 92nd birthday at 6 p.m.,  Thursday, Feb. 16 at The Sophian Plaza, 1500. S. Frisco. Sheryl Lovelady, director, Women’s Leadership Institute at OU’s Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, will talk about the dearth of women in elective office and why it matters. We’ll also have a “Dress for Electoral Success” style show with hints on how to dress for each event on the campaign trail – from knocking on doors to meet the voters to the inaugural ball.

Read more about our exciting speaker below.

We hope to see you and at your friends at this very fun and special special event. RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 14

Lovelady is the Director of Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. She coordinates civic education programs that address the historical under-representation of women in politics and public service, including the annual N.E.W. Leadership undergraduate program and the Pipeline to Politics initiative. She also contributes to the Center’s overall approach to civic education, providing leadership to programs such as community Scholars, which places undergraduate students in community-based internships so that they can develop professional experience and skills, gain insights in to the dynamics of community organizations, and learn how nonprofit organizations function and interact in the broader community.

Sheryl began her career as a professional photographer before entering the political and government sectors. She served on the executive staffs of the Oklahoma Senate Appropriations Chairman and Senate President Pro Tempore and was named Executive Director of a statewide legislative caucus organization. In this capacity she provided oversight of fundraising, campaign and policy strategies for majority members of the Oklahoma Senate. She has also worked with clientele throughout the United States as a strategic consultant, with a Washington DC and Florida-based public opinion research firm.

Most recently, she served as Communications Director for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma and began a private media and public policy consulting firm that works with public and private sector clientele. She is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa and the US Department of Defense JCOC leadership program. She serves as President of the Gordon Cooper Technical Center Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation and the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum.