By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Speaking with one voice, the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes nonpartisan efforts, while addressing issues important to the progress of Oklahoma’s women and girls.
Recently the Coalition has appointed Abbey Trent as their Partner & Donor Relations Manager.
Trent holds a bachelor’s degree in child development from the University of Central Oklahoma, with an emphasis in business.
“I’m looking forward to working with our partners and donors, whose support is vital to our organization,” Trent said. “There are many issues facing the women of Oklahoma, but I’m excited to help bring about positive change. We will work with our board of directors to accomplish this through education and advocacy.”
Trent brings essential leadership skills and human resource knowledge to her new position. Her experience with childcare is particularly relevant to the Coalition’s goal to enable mothers and families to thrive in Oklahoma.
“Abbey is a great asset to our organization and its mission,” said Danielle Ezell, executive director of the Coalition. “She can provide valuable insight and perspective as we work to advance public policy that is beneficial to women and girls.”
Ezell joined OWC as executive director in April following outgoing director, Diana Hartley, She comes to the Coalition from Teleflora where she led the human resources and technology marketing teams as the online floral retailer’s vice president of administration.
Former owner of 20 Hats, an award winning marketing and public relations firm, Ezell is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXV and past president of the Public Relations Society of America Oklahoma City Chapter.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Ezell earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her master’s in business administration from Oklahoma City University.
“I’m proud to join the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, an organization working to positively improve the lives of women and girls in our state,” said Ezell. “The Coalition addresses important issues that need our attention if Oklahoma is going to continue to thrive and grow.”
In 2007, four Oklahoma community leaders, Dr. Jean Warner, Donna Lawrence, Jan Peery, and Pat Potts came together with the common vision of a statewide coalition of women that would unite individuals and organizations as one powerful voice to initiate positive change for Oklahoma’s women and girls.
Their vision led to the founding of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, which was officially introduced to the public in February 2009.
The Coalition focuses on issues that include legislation that affects Oklahoma’s women and girls; health and wellness; alternatives to incarceration; violence prevention and response; and economic security.
On Thursday, October 22, the OWC annual OneVoice Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Skirvn Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.
Held each autumn, the luncheon is the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition’s largest event and a way to bring people from across the state together to focus on the challenges and solutions for Oklahoma women and girls. Last year’s event raised nearly $62,000.
During the event, men and women who want to improve lives through education and advocacy will join voices to create change through the Coalition. While there is no charge for the luncheon, guests are encouraged to financially support the group’s mission.
Visit www.okwc.org for more information. For luncheon sponsorship, contact Abbey at 405-286-0356.