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OKC Chapter Presents: Too Much Of A Good Thing - Oct 16, 2019
The Event Center (Formerly Jim Thorpe Event Center)
4040 N. Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
United States

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Category: OKC Chapter Events


 "Too Much Of A Good Thing?" - A Panel Discussion on the Role of Leadership in Promoting a Culture Where 'Things Get Done' and People Matter.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

11:30 - 1:00
The Event Center



Have questions or need additional information, contact [email protected] or  (405) 889-0498.

Click below to register by Friday, October 11:

 Program has not been recommended for CPE credit  





Erin E. Engelke, APR

Dr. Myron Pope, Ed. D.

Lyn Watson 

Kelly Jennings, MBA, ODCP

Dr. Jason Emerson, D.O.


Dr. Susan DeWoody 

 Executive Director

Chief of Strategic Engagement

Executive Director

VP of People & Culture/OD  D.O. Orthopedic Surgery

Provost & Chief Academic Officer

Calm Waters Center

for Children and Families

Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Crossings Community Church  Kimray, Inc.  Midtown Orthopedics & Sports Medicine  Oklahoma Baptist University


Erin Engelke is the Executive Director for Calm Waters, a nonprofit in Oklahoma City that serves children and families who have experienced loss due to death, divorce or other significant loss, providing free support groups and other services.

Prior to Calm Waters, Erin served in fundraising and public relations roles for Sunbeam Family Services, Feed the Children, World Neighbors, and MidFirst Bank. She has traveled extensively around the world, including Guatemala, Albania, and Peru and has a heart for seeing children and families thrive no matter where they live.

A graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, Erin serves on the Board of Trustees for The Christian Chronicle, President-Elect for the Public Relations Society of America, past president of the Association of Women in Communications, and an active member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City. Erin’s greatest pride is her family – her husband, son and two daughters.

She is frequently tapped to speak on issues relating to branding, non-profit marketing, and management. Her deepest passion is empowering other working moms to resist the pull to achieve work-life balance, instead seeking a fulfilled life. Her expertise and real-life perspectives have been heard on stages across Oklahoma, including as a TEDx presenter in 2014 and keynote speaker for the Junior League of Oklahoma City Leadership Development training, Metro Tech Health Occupations Students of America Conference, OSU-OKC’s Leadership Conference and the Oklahoma City Working Mom Summit. She is a writer and blogger, most recently launching her own website

Erin was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Oklahoma Christian University, PR Professional of the Year from the Public Relations Society of America, The Journal Record Achievers Under 40 2010 honor, is a 2013 40 Under 40 honoree from and 40 Under 40 Honoree from Oklahoma Magazine. She is also accredited in public relations (APR) through the Public Relations Society of America.


Myron L. Pope has over 25 years of work experience as a supervisor, manager, and educator in a variety of roles in non-profit organizations in Alabama and Oklahoma. He has a passion for creating structures that are instrumental to student access and success in higher education. He enjoys taking large complex issues and simplifying them through open communication and collaboration. He also has a desire to assist individuals in developing a better understanding of themselves as leaders, and to help them reframe how they approach their work.

As an academician, his research has focused on higher education related issues, including student success, community college student and administrative issues, faculty governance issues, institutional trust and risk, and resilience in students from underserved backgrounds. He also is involved with a number of initiatives targeted at increasing college admission, retention and graduation among youth in underserved/low-performing high schools in the Oklahoma City Metro. He has published also in scholarly journals and books on these topics. He has consulted, trained, and lectured throughout the United States and abroad on a variety of topics including leadership development, diversity initiatives in the workplace and society, higher education administration, team building, strategic planning, and college student success.

He currently serves on the board of the Urban League, the Edmond YMCA, the Oklahoma Blood Institute, and the board of the Institute for Evidence Based Change. He has been appointed by the governor on multiple occasions to serve on the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ Commission and the Administrative Citizens’ Advisory Panel (served as the chair), and most recently, the Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees. He has been active on the regional and national levels of several higher education professional associations, as well as serving as a consultant/evaluator with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

He has been very active in the community in the past as a coordinator of Leadership Edmond, a volunteer sports coach with the YMCA, a volunteer with the Watch D.O.G.S. program at his children's school, and he has served as a board member for the Edmond Public Schools Foundation, the YMCA and the HOPE Center of Edmond. He was the Edmond Chamber of Commerce board chair in 2011. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is originally from Sweet Water, AL, but he resides in Edmond with his wife, Shanna, and their three children, Michael, Allison, and Isaiah.


When you first meet Executive Director, Lyn Watson, it’s immediately clear why she oversees all Crossings Human Resources functions. Her warm, vivacious personality, extensive experience, and passion for helping others succeed make her the perfect person to encourage and challenge the Crossings staff.

Born in Durham, North Carolina, Lyn and her family moved to Lawton, Oklahoma following the completion of her dad’s seminary education at Duke. She has been in Oklahoma most of her life and attended college at the University of Oklahoma where she originally began training to become a dentist. “I wanted to be a dentist…until I took chemistry!” she joked. She calls Lawton her home town and has laughed about God’s sense of humor in how the Watson family came to Crossings.

Lyn first found Crossings when her daughter, Emily–who was just ten years old at the time–announced to the family: “our [current] church doesn’t teach the Bible, so I’m going to Crossings.” Lyn and her husband, Brad, along with their children, Emily and Ben, soon gave Crossings a try. “I love God’s sense of humor,” she said. “We’re still here 14 years later!” Lyn has been involved at Crossings in a variety of ministries and as a volunteer prior to joining the staff. One of her favorite aspects of the church is Crossings Students 912 ministry where she’s currently a Small Group leader.

Her natural leadership prowess has been evident since she began her career at DataTimes, an Oklahoma company which provided access to information before the Internet was born. Later in her career, Lyn began consulting and has owned her own businesses. Prior to coming to Crossings, she worked for a leadership company where she averaged an impressive 100 days of training per year.

While her past esteemed career opportunities have been highlights in her life, Lyn believes God is doing very important work through her right now. “God is showing me that his plan is the best plan. Everything I’ve experienced has prepared me for such a time as this.”

Lyn’s life experiences have included incredible highs: she has been married to her husband for 28 years; she saw her daughter, Emily, get married and begin her life in Tulsa; she has seen her son, Ben, prepare for graduate school following his collegiate career at OSU; she traveled extensively throughout the United States in her career; she received her SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional) certification in 2017. She has also experienced some very difficult lows, including being diagnosed with, battling, and beating breast cancer. Her roles as wife, mother, businesswoman, cancer survivor, leader, and volunteer have contributed to her unique calling to prepare the next generation of leaders at Crossings.

Lyn’s role as Executive Director focuses on three primary areas: staff development, career pathing, and culture.

“God is leading me to provide the Crossings staff the tools needed to grow themselves and others,” Lyn said. “One crucial goal I have for our staff is for every employee to feel valued, have a voice, and be heard.”

Lyn’s passions for professional and personal development, her adept ability to connect others, her fun-loving personality, her servant-heartedness, and her astounding drive exemplify the DNA of Crossings and we are fortunate to have her in this new role in 2019.


Kelly Jennings has been with Kimray since 2014, and in 2018 was promoted to Vice President of People & Culture. In this role, Kelly oversees the human resources and organizational development functions of the company. She also has over 20 years of experience in the training and development field.

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from West Texas A&M University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University.

Kelly is a board member and President for the Make a Difference Foundation. She also serves as a board member for WovenLife. 


Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Jason Emerson, DO focuses on orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He treats patients in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.


Although Dr. Susan DeWoody has also lived in Arkansas, Texas, and North Carolina, her heart and her roots are firmly planted in Oklahoma. Dr. DeWoody joined the administration at Oklahoma Baptist University in 2017 and currently serves as the Provost and Chief Academic Officer. She previously served as Vice President and Dean for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies at Montreat College in North Carolina, where she helped to initiate an institutional turnaround strategy for a struggling, Christian liberal arts institution.

Prior to that, Dr. DeWoody lived in Arkansas and served at John Brown University in increasing leadership roles from director to dean and then associate vice president, managing non-traditional programs, retooling and redeveloping degree completion programs, and leading the enrollment management operations for graduate and undergraduate online and degree completion programs.

Dr. DeWoody is a first-generation college graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Arkansas Tech University, a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Services from Northeastern State University, and a doctorate in education leadership in higher education from Dallas Baptist University. On a personal note, she enjoys baking, shopping as a competitive sport, petting all the dogs, and watching OU Sooner football. She has been married to Dr. Dale DeWoody (English PhD) for sixteen years and together they serve as the college ministry directors at New Hope Baptist Church in Bethel, Oklahoma.








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