This year’s Vision in Education Leadership Award honors Alison Anthony, President of The Williams Foundation, Inc. and Director of Strategic Outreach for Williams for her local and national contributions to education, diversity, inclusion, and community development. The award will be given at the annual Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner Thursday, Sept. 14. Tickets are available to employees at a discounted rate of $60.
Anthony is an authentic and inclusive leader who consistently embraces the responsibility of supporting education initiatives for Tulsa and Williams, including the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and the TCC Engineering Alliance. Recently, she helped to showcase Oklahoma STEM efforts when Williams and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation co-hosted the National STEM Funders’ Network in Tulsa.
The Vision Dinner will be held at the Cox Business Center in Downtown Tulsa. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14, with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are available to employees at a discounted rate of $60. For more information and to RSVP, contact the TCC Foundation at (918) 595-7836 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Anthony’s work in the areas of education, volunteerism, and community involvement makes the Tulsa area a better place to live,” said TCC President & CEO Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D. “We have all benefitted from this hard-working leader who steps forward with innovative ideas, is not afraid to take risks on behalf of others, and connects people for collaborative solutions.”
In addition to honoring Anthony, the evening will mark the 10th anniversary of Tulsa Achieves and showcase how the community has benefitted from the program. Since 2007, Tulsa Achieves has assisted more than 15,000 students in attending college and covered tuition and fees after federal student aid is exhausted.
Funds raised through the TCC Foundation Vision Dinner and other gifts to the Foundation support Goal 5c of the College’s Strategic Plan and help ensure that the College is best able to support student success. The Foundation’s contributions to the College are instrumental in opportunities for all TCC students.
“TCC Foundation scholarships provide the critical link to students between their educational aspirations and their accomplishments,” said Lauren Brookey, TCC Vice President of External Affairs and President of the TCC Foundation. “In the last 10 years, we’ve increased our scholarship giving and tripled the amount we give each year to students.”
The Vision Award is presented annually to an individual dedicated to education excellence and community leadership. Past honorees include:
- 2016 – Congressman Tom Cole – U.S. House of Representatives 4th District of Oklahoma
- 2015 - Susan Harris, former Tulsa Regional Chamber Senior Vice President of Education & Workforce
- 2014 - Jake Henry Jr., President & CEO of Saint Francis Health System
- 2013 - Don Walker, former TCC Foundation Trustee and CEO of Arvest Bank
- 2012 - Keith Ballard, Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools
- 2011 - Lynn and Stacy Schusterman, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
- 2010 - Gov. Brad Henry, Oklahoma Governor
- 2009 - Montie Box, Sand Springs business leader
- 2008 - David Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma
- 2007 - John-Kelly C. Warren, CEO of the William K. Warren Foundation
- 2006 - Michael Johnson, Senior VP & CAO of Williams, former Tulsa Public Schools Foundation chair and TCC Foundation Trustee
- 2005 - Early Childhood Advocates: Martin Fate (posthumously), Leonard Eaton, Bill Doenges, Robert LaFortune, George Kaiser, Nancy McDonald, Pete Churchwell, Sen. Ted Fisher, and Rep. Ron Peters
- 2004 - Ron King, former President & CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Oklahoma
- 2003 - Dr. Jim and Ann Halligan, former President and First Lady of OSU-Tulsa
- 2002 - John Gaberino, former Senior VP & General Counsel of ONEOK, Inc. and advocate of OSU-Tulsa and the OU/OSU Graduate Research Center
- 2001 - Ken Lackey, The Nordam Group, former President of OU-Tulsa and former Chief of Staff for Gov. Frank Keating, current TCC Foundation Trustee
- 2000 - Dr. Paula Marshall, CEO of Bama Companies and former TCC student