Angela Harless, 36
Managing Director, AcrobatAnt
Harless started working for the company that would become AcrobatAnt as a senior in high school, choosing to earn her bachelor’s degree in finance and her MBA locally so she could continue to work while attending college. Now, she’s one of the five owner/partners in the firm, overseeing finances while also leading agency client relationships, and can’t imagine working anywhere except for an advertising agency. “I love spending days, weeks and months on a project and then seeing a final campaign or design hit the market and start to get results for our clients,” she says. “I’m proud of the work that our agency creates and the outcomes we achieve for our clients.” Harless has also had two articles published on Forbes online and supports Meals on Wheels, Women in Recovery and her local church. “To impact the world, I have to get out of my comfort zone and experience more joy, hope, opportunities, struggles and great people than I could ever know sitting at my desk,” she says.
Dana Haynie, 34
Assistant Vice President of Growth and Marketing, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
As part of her job, Haynie and her team work to build awareness of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, highlighting what the center offers for patients. “The fact that I have the privilege of seeing the amazing impact we have on patients’ lives every single day is incomparable,” she says. “Knowing the difference we can make in someone’s life is extremely rewarding.” Haynie is also on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and is on the Tulsa Area United Way Women’s Leadership Council Steering Committee, recently accepting the role to co-chair their marketing committee. She volunteers at Light Lighthouse and has participated as a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer in the past. Through CTCA, she works regularly with organizations like Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and many others. “Personally, I have seen the amazing results the efforts of volunteers make, and it drives me to continue to give back,” she says.
Holly Becker, 39
Executive Director, Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa
A native of Kansas, Becker moved to Tulsa to attend the University of Tulsa and has lived in the city ever since. As executive director of the Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council, she works to cultivate a more creative Tulsa through advocacy, education and innovative partnerships. “I love being in the Brady Arts District, surrounded by creative people and a rebirth of downtown,” she says. Off the clock, she enjoys spending time with her family exploring nature and working on creative projects. She volunteers often at her children’s school and also volunteers for the University of Tulsa Alumni Association. “When you volunteer, you get the opportunity to learn more about others,” she says. “It has made me a more aware and well-rounded person.”
Allison B. Walden, 35
Senior Vice President of Resource Development, Tulsa Regional Chamber
Walden says she has the “best fund raising job in town” with the Tulsa Regional Chamber, where her department raises 75 percent of the Chamber’s revenue annually. She is so passionate about her job that she says her favorite place in Oklahoma is a Tulsa Regional Chamber Board of Directors meeting. “Some of the most intelligent and influential men and women in one place volunteering their time to enhance our region is humbling and inspiring,” she says. Although Walden loves her job, she admits she would love to cut an album and tour with Beyoncé. “My ideal self sings in a band, has an asymmetrical haircut, purple highlights and a sleeve of tattoos,” she says.
Levi May, 37
Director of Branding and Programming, NEWS102.3 and AM740 KRMG
KRMG had a banner year last year, winning multiple awards for both the station and individuals, and May says the results were because of the great team at the station. “The culture Cox Media Group provides is unquestionably the best in the country,” he says. “Great teams perform at this kind of level; I have a great team.” In his position, May helped build that team – the team the audience hears on air as well as the behind-the-scenes team. He is also active in the community and joined the board of directors for the American Red Cross after partnering with the organization when Moore was hit by tornadoes in 2013. He also serves on the Cox Media Group Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Cox Media Group Mentoring Edge and says, through KRMG, he has a passion for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma and Habitat for Humanity Tulsa.