University of Tulsa

Mentoring Event

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Thursday, March 9, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 pm

University of Tulsa Campus

Faculty Lounge - McFarlin Library 

Light refreshments served

Mentoring is a proven strategy to upskill and build capacity for leaders, create career pathways, develop high potential talent, and to foster an inclusive work environment to attract and retain diverse talent. Book your own bespoke mentoring event now.

How Will Mentoring Event Work?

Registration: Sign up here to confirm your participation and to select mentors.

Mentor Selection: When you register you will be asked to identify and rank the mentors you want to connect with at the event.  We will do our best to ensure mentees are able to connect with their preferences; however, based upon demand, mentees may be assigned to other mentors. Mentor matches will be given at the event.

Event Flow: The event will open with an opening presentation, followed by the speed mentoring. Each round will be a 7 minute one-on-one mentor session, with a 3-minute break between each session to transition to the next round. We will close the event with time to network.


Meet Our Mentors


Onikah Asamoa-Caesar

Onikah Asamoa-Caesar is the owner and founder of Fulton Street Books & Coffee. Fulton Street Books & Coffee was created to center the stories, narratives, and lived experiences of Black folks, Brown folks, and marginalized communities.

Onikah moved to Tulsa in 2013 as a Teach for America Corps member. After her service, she worked on various state level criminal justice policy initiatives under the office of Senator Mike Johnston in Denver, Colorado. After moving back to Tulsa, she helped launch the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa, an initiative of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, focused on creating a cycle of opportunity for Tulsa's most vulnerable families.

When she is not reading, Onikah enjoys good food, great hikes, spending time with friends and family, and traveling with her little one.


Dr. Elizabeth Smith

Dr. Elizabeth Smith is Assistant Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education at the University of Tulsa. Her research focuses on equity in school-university partnerships and education policy. Smith completed an interdisciplinary PhD program in Public Policy with a focus on Education Policy and also has a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, all from the University of Arkansas.  She was a low-income kid whose life was changed because of all she learned and did in college and now she hopes to improve the lives of those in her community through teaching, research, and policy change.

Ashley Jackson

Ashley Jackson

My name is Ashley Jackson and I graduated from TU with a BSBA in Accounting and Business Law Management as well as an African American Studies certificate and Sociology minor. I received my MBA from Baylor University and I currently work for Oklahoma State University - Tulsa as the Director of Fiscal Affairs. Prior to my current role, I worked for General Electric for a decade and RectorSeal in various roles ranging from accounting/finance, commercial negotiations, and mergers and acquisitions.

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Dr. Chris McNeil

I am originally from Lawton, OK, but I can call many places home after growing up in a military family. My father, retired Army and Physician’s Assistant, and mother, Special Ed Teacher and Speech Pathology Assistant, still reside in Lawton while my older sister, Nurse Practitioner and Midwife, is in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. I have three young kids, Moses, Madison, and Marshall McNeil, my wife Jessica, and two dogs named after Ninja Turtles (Leonardo and Raphael).

I am a second year Emergency Medicine Resident Physician at OSU Medical Center, strength and conditioning coach/personal trainer at the YMCA, founder of the nonprofit Youth Medical Mentorship, and the current Zone 2 Union School Board Member. I enjoy coaching wrestling as a former OSU Cowboy Wrestler, and I also started a mentoring chapter in Oklahoma of Black Men in White Coats to help more minorities get into the medical field and have more positive experiences within medicine. I love being a Father/Husband, serving my community through my own spiritual gifts, and finding ways to bring the best performance out of teams, individuals, and myself!


Angela Surratt

Angela Surratt was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended Booker T. Washington high school and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from the University of Tulsa and was very active on campus and held leadership positions in multiple organizations. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration and a graduate certificate in Public Health from Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Sciences. Angela is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in Health Care Administration at Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Sciences. Angela has 8 years’ experience in higher education specifically working in medical education and creating pipeline programs for high school, undergraduate, medical doctor and physician assistant students and those who identify as tribal, rural and underrepresented in Oklahoma. She currently works for Aya Healthcare as a Program Coordinator. Her duties include providing administrative support to the Program Management team, ensuring a smooth and efficient business process and surpassing vendor partner and client expectations. Cultivating and maintaining valuable relationships with clients and vendor partners. Meticulously review documentation for accurate details and process documents swiftly. Assist with client, vendor partner, contingent worker inquiries as needed, while maintaining the highest degree of confidentiality and manage all daily and weekly administrative tasks and duties, to include running reports in a timely manner. In 2021, Angela was accepted as a fellow in the New Leaders Council - Oklahoma and completed her fellowship in May 2022. In 2017, Angela was a recipient of the NextGen 30 under 30 award for Healthcare. Angela enjoys attending church, volunteering, creating art, listening to music, spending time with family and friends, being a part of community groups and working within her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated as the Technology Chair. Angela has a strong passion for working in healthcare, with underrepresented youth and adults, and assisting in community and educational endeavors to expose these groups to avenues that may not seem attainable.


RPC Perez Chamu

RPC Perez Chamu (they/them) is a non-binary, queer person who is a passionate advocate and community organizer working across social justice advocacy and immigrant rights organizing spaces. They currently are working at Dream Action Oklahoma, a queer, youth, and immigrant-led organization that is empowering local immigrant communities through advocacy and education to ensure justice for all immigrants. As a native of Tulsa, RPC also managed the Peer Health Educator Program at Take Control Initiative and strategically developed the core group of college students, expanded partnerships with local colleges, and increased funding for the program. Interested in improving the quality of life for communities of color in North and East Tulsa, RPC organized extensively with local organizations to advocate for increased access to resources, visibility, and equity within all levels of government. After high school, RPC served in the United States Army as a Transportation Specialist. After their military service, they earned their Associate in Sociology and an additional Associate in Business Administration at Tulsa Community College. They graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and obtained their Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science in 2021. RPC was a member of the Hispanic Student Association and the Presidential Leadership Society at OSU-Tulsa. During their time at OSU, RPC presented their research over immigrant detention policies and their thesis “Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Trauma: An Examination of Family Separation at the Southern US Border” at local conferences in Oklahoma.

Through grassroots organizing and relationship building, RPC has advocated for the advancement of BIPOC individuals in leadership and advanced the call for justice. While working full-time and studying full-time, RPC served on the board for Martha’s Foundation, a non-profit working to provide transitional living for pregnant teens. RPC has volunteered with the El Centro’s Power of Families Project that specializes in connecting Latinx families with resources, and in other capacities for organizations like, Terence Crutcher Foundation, Justice for Greenwood, El Centro, & Padres Unidos de Tulsa. As someone with family directly-affected by the social issues that they are advocating for, RPC understands the crucial need to address disparities for underrepresented and underserved communities. They aim to create and implement policy changes and increase public awareness for immigrant communities in Tulsa.

Through direct advocacy efforts and engaging with local communities, RPC is driven and focused on generating social change and removing systemic barriers for BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ folks in Oklahoma. In their free time, they enjoy taking pictures, painting, and stretching with their cats.

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Jenny Briggs

Jenny Briggs (she/her) serves as Director of Learning & Impact with Amplify Youth Health Collective. Jenny is a lifelong Tulsan who brings a strengths-based, systems-oriented approach and passion for youth voice to her work with Amplify. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 2014 and is licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers at the LMSW level. Jenny has over a decade of experience at the intersection of public health and community-based social work. In her current role, Jenny guides the strategic vision for Amplify’s capacity-building programs, supporting program staff and external partners to advance youth sexual health and well-being in Tulsa. In addition to working as a sexuality educator for four years, Jenny’s experiences include positive youth development, trauma-responsive care, team management, program development and evaluation, and leveraging community partnerships to achieve long-term goals.

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Rachael Lorenzo (They/Them)

Indigenous Women Rising, Co-Founder & Abortion Access Lead; Assistant Commissioner of Engagement, New Mexico State Land Office

Rachael Lorenzo (Mescalero Apache/Laguna Pueblo/Xicana) is a queer parent of two and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They were born in Las Cruces, New Mexico to young parents and were raised on their father's ancestral land in Laguna, New Mexico. Rachael graduated with a BA in political science and a Masters in public administration, focusing on public health; both degrees are from the University of New Mexico. Rachael studied political campaigns, participated in policy analyses, and has been consulted for their expertise in public health policies that could impact Indigenous communities. Rachael was not only raised on traditional values but also on politics. Throughout their academic career, Rachael volunteered for political campaigns, ranging from city council elections to presidential campaigns. Rachael was selected as a fellow for President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, Obama For America (OFA). Currently, Rachael is not only part of Indigenous Women Rising but also serves as an appointee: Assistant Commissioner of Engagement and Tribal Liaison at the New Mexico State Land Office, under the first Latina and woman to serve as Land Commissioner, Stephanie Garcia Richard.


Alex Neuman

Alex Neuman

Learning Designer & Co-founder

Colearn and Explore Change Partners

Alex Neuman is an experienced learning designer, trainer and facilitator. He is a co-founder of Colearn and Explore Change Partners as well as former Head of Learning Design at Hyper Island. He is the co-author of the Hyper Island Toolbox and has helped lead programs for organizations including Google, IKEA, Spotify, Greenpeace, Adidas, Condé Nast, Swedish Institute and more. Alex has also worked extensively with the Peace Education charity CISV International building curriculum and leading training around the world.


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Miriam Ortiz Y Pino

Certified Professional Organizer, Simplicity Expert & Coach, Entrepreneur

Miriam Ortiz y Pino ​works with entrepreneurs and other busy and creative people to eliminate the distractions, simplify systems and create routines so they can do their best work and live a fuller life. The More than Organized Blog was recognized as one of the top 5 Simplicity Blogs, one of the top 100 productivity blogs, and one of the top 20 home office organizers. Miriam holds certificates in Workplace Productivity, Residential Organizing, Courageous Coaching Method, Fire Starter Session Facilitator and Sacred Money Archetypes Coaching.


Brett Parry

Brett Parry

Founder & Career Architect

The Cultural Mentor

Australian born, living in the USA. A deep faith in the ability of the curious mind to navigate expanding global horizons. I believe the skills to do this can be taught with compassion, action and knowledge, all with an intentional plan to achieve high level personal and professional outcomes. I am a cross-cultural consultant and facilitator, speaker, mentor and coach. At the Cultural Mentor, I lead a global network teaching better understand of cultural gaps and how to bridge them.



Giovanna Rossi

President & CEO

Collective Action Strategies, LLC

Giovanna is a leadership consultant and results coach with 20+ years working with entrepreneurs, government and non-profits to improve the lives of women and families using intersectional feminism and mindfulness. She holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics and is the founder of the Family Friendly Business Award® and host of The Well Woman Show on NPR One.


Keith Allen West

Founder & CEO

Wild West Skincare

An Actor and Entrepreneur, Keith Allen West is known for his energetic presentations on branding, marketing and extreme career growth strategies. He applies his wildly successful entrepreneur skills to acting as a business. He has worked with actors and directors from multiple Academy Award winning films. Since 2014 he has reached the Inc. 500/5000 list with two of his cosmetics companies by growing revenue over 1,000%.


Carmen White Janak

CEO & Black Mental Health Advocate

Carmen White Janak is a leader and facilitator in the diversity, inclusion, and equity field across multicultural and multi-ethnic ecosystems. Carmen possesses an ability to create an environment whereby her audience can participate in frank and often challenging discussions of uncomfortable subject matters; this remarkable skill is seen as she weaves humor with practical wisdom and encourages empathy within these complex conversations across a multiplicity of community, educational, and business arenas. It is her ability to be a leader of leaders that fuels her work on every level causing her to be a sought-after speaker and facilitator. 


Amy Whitfield

Director NM State Office

of African American Affairs

Amy Whitfield is Special Projects Coordinator for the NM Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD).  Ms. Whitfield has had a strong career in social services working in small non-profits serving numerous groups in both direct service and non-profit executive management.  In her current role she is responsible for planning and implementing projects that move forward the strategic plan goals of CYFD Administration. 

About Your Host

Tamara Thorpe is a leadership expert and world-renowned champion for talented Millennial & Gen Z professionals–aka the next great generation of leaders. With a dynamic and compassionate approach to leadership development, Tamara helps emerging leaders build their legacies by effectively dealing with day-to-day challenges of leadership, as well as focusing on the future by helping them learn to create culturally smart, inclusive workplaces (aka “woke” workplaces).

A firm believer that people matter most to an organization’s success, Tamara brings over 30+ years of on-the-ground experience with leading international and multicultural teams, as well as an extensive background in mentoring and leadership, identity development, diversity & inclusion and intergenerational issues to the table.

Tamara is committed to creating spaces and opportunities for people to be mentored and access the support and resources they need to succeed personally and professionally.

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