The Norman Transcript

March 2, 2014

A world of possibilities

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Women’s Leadership Luncheon hosted by the Norman Chamber of Commerce this week carried an unspoken theme — the world is full of possibilities.

Decorating Den Interiors was the presenting sponsor and Fowler Honda the lunch sponsor. Catering was provided by Benvenuti’s Italian Restaurant.

Denise Wille-Smith (not to be confused with movie heart throb Will Smith) introduced herself and gave away a gift bag. Wille-Smith is an enterprising entrepreneur and a bride-to-be who moved her fledgling business to Norman when she followed her heart and fiancé here. Her enthusiasm for her business, for Norman and for her soon-to-be husband is contagious. Wille-Smith appears to be living her business slogan: “A world of possibilities delivered to your door.”

It was a great lead-in for the inspirational speaker, Jacqueline Cornaby, who would follow.

At our table, I became better acquainted with Mandy Haws of Sooner Bowling Center, Stephanie O’Hara of “O” Asian Fusion and NSC Solutions and Karena Crawford of Norman Nerds.

They thought it was really cool that my first concert was BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) with ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) as the warm up band way back in the ‘70s.

I learned that one of them is nicknamed “Blondie,” another has the secret talent of being able to arrange flowers and another’s first job was selling beer from a cart at age 15 — and no, I’m not telling which is who, you’ll have to ask them yourself.

The luncheon was an opportunity to network, have fun, and be inspired.

Back in the good old ‘70s there was a lot of talk about women hitting the glass ceiling. Wednesday, Cornaby told us that the barriers we face today are often created by limited thinking. She encouraged us to think the truth we want to live.

Today, I will have time to write the stories I need to tell.

“We are women, hear us roar,” as Helen Ready said.

Joy Hampton



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