Women of Inspiration 2014
For the fourth consecutive year, Williams and the Tulsa Shock are proud to honor five inspirational women with the 2014 Williams Women of Inspiration ceremony held on Saturday, June 28. These women serve Tulsa and the surrounding area with dedication and passion, while impacting the lives of area youth and the community. Hall of Famer and Langston University women's basketball head coach Cheryl Miller will speak at the pre-game reception for the nominees prior to the Shock hosting the Los Angeles Sparks that evening.
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Mia Fleming is an award-winning television personality and the founder of “Mia’s Million Reasons Why”, an innovative business and philanthropic movement for social change. Mia worked at FOX23 News in Tulsa, Oklahoma for nearly 10 years. After 2 years as a writer, producer and assignment editor at FOX23 News, Mia worked her way up to reporter, then anchor and eventually show host of a show she created called, “Tulsa Talks”. Through “Tulsa Talks” she started campaigns such as the “Fill the Plate” Hunger Awareness Challenge which feed more than 2,300 families each year. Mia has always felt a connection to helping those in need. As the co-founder of the MVP Foundation, she has helped raise over $150,000 to support programs for inner-city kids. Mia has helped raise awareness and, in some cases, funds for a myriad of organizations close to her heart, such as the Salvation Army North Mabee Boys & Girls Club, the Mental Health Association, H.O.P.E (benefiting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C awareness, prevention and education), the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the Tulsa Dream Center, and the MS Society, to name a few.
Instrumental in moving the Shock franchise to Tulsa, Frank serves as chairman and CEO of Schnake Turnbo Frank, a strategic communications and management consulting firm. She combines a strong business network and public relations savvy with a relentless passion for the Tulsa community. It was during her inaugural speech as 2012 chair of the Tulsa Regional Chamber where she declared an infectious statement: “I love this town.” Her love for Tulsa and Oklahoma is shown through her leadership in organizations including the Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW). Frank is the 2014 board chair for TAUW and chaired the record-breaking 2013 TAUW campaign. In addition, she serves on the advisory committee and is a past chair of the TAUW’s Women’s Leadership Council. Frank’s community involvement also includes past leadership roles at The Salvation Army, Leadership Oklahoma, Tulsa River Parks Authority, Tulsa Zoo Friends, Summit Club and the Tulsa Press Club. For her dedication to the community and her contributions to the business world, Frank was recognized as the 2014 TulsaPeople Tulsan of the Year, the Tulsa World “12 to Watch” in 2012, the Association for Women in Communications 2012 Newsmaker Award and the Tulsa Business Journal’s Women of Distinction in 2011.
Sharon King-Davis is proud to be a 4th generation Tulsan that was taught by her family to make the world a better place by instilling the values of helping people, especially those that are less fortunate. Sharon has served on numerous Tulsa non-profit Boards, as well as City and State Boards, Authorities and Commissions. One of her favorite places to serve is at The Little Lighthouse. Sharon says that miracles happen daily at Little Lighthouse, a tuition free academy, especially with special needs children. Sharon feels it has been her civic honor to serve the City of Tulsa by leading 3 successful voter initiatives. She was the Chair for Tulsa’s year long Centennial Celebration and Oklahoma’s Kickoff Celebration, which included the unearthing of the 1957 Time Capsule containing “Ms. Belvedere”, the Plymouth Belvedere. Her greatest joy has been teaching her preschool Sunday School class for the past 33 years. Sharon attended Tulsa Public Schools and more specifically, Nimitz Jr. High and Memorial High School. She graduated from Colorado Womans College in Denver and returned to Tulsa following graduation. Sharon was blessed to be married to Coleman Davis for 36 years before his death and has raised 3 beautiful, fun, warm, smart and savvy daughters – Kelley, Kalen, and Kasey - and 2 “perfect” grandbabies, Cooper and Eden, who are being raised to be 6th generation Tulsans with the same family philosophy to make Tulsa a better place for all!
Nancy McDonald has served the Tulsa Community as a volunteer for over 45 years. She has been active on many non profit Boards and served as President of the Magic Empire of Girl Scouts, Margaret Hudson, Community Service Council, Rainbow House, Tulsa Boys’ Home, RSVP and PFLAG Tulsa as well as National President of PFLAG and V.P of the National Association of Partners in Education. She has testified in Congress on behalf of equal rights for LGBTQ persons and met with President Bill Clinton. President George H. W. Bush honored her as one of the outstanding directors of community engagement in public schools. Nancy was one of the architects for Tulsa Public Schools voluntary integration plans for Booker T. and Carver Middle schools. Presently she serves on the Boards of the Community Service Council, the Metropolitan YMCA and Booker T. Washington Hall of Fame. Nancy also coordinates the Partners program for her Church serving Gilcrease and Jackson Elementary and McLain Seventh Grade Academy. She is on the Advisory Council for the Assistance League and Tulsa Girls Art School.
Sabrina is the Director of the TulsaWORKS program at Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Inc. and has been there for 30years. She is responsible for the occupational skills training programs at Goodwill which are Life Skills, Workplace Computer Skills, Employment Essentials, Private Security, Forklift and the Job Connection program. Goodwill’s mission is to provide work opportunities, job training and support for people with disabilities or other employment barriers. In other words, Goodwill helps people obtain the skills needed to maintain and retain employment. Even after 30 years, Sabrina can be found running to work-excited about the prospects of serving those who may need “a hand up and not hand out.” Sabrina is from Junction City, Kansas -where she found her love for people and her voice for music. Her parents were extremely instrumental in forming her work ethic and made sure she knew how to treat others. “Treat all with dignity and respect-no matter what the circumstance.” Her husband-Gerald Ware have celebrated 21 years of marriage this past May. They have one son-Justin Ware who will begin his senior year at Jenks High School this fall. Sabrina serves as a Rotarian for the Rotary club of North Tulsa and various Tulsa committees.
Honorees were honored during a halftime ceremony on court and received a number of gifts, including a concourse table to promote an organization or non-profit of their choice, $50 gift certificate to Wild Fork, a 1-hour massage gift certificate courtesy of the YWCA and an engraved award from Williams and the Tulsa Shock. The 2014 Williams Women of Inspiration Top Honoree will be awarded a trip to the 2014 National Women of Inspiration Luncheon celebration courtesy of World Travel.