By Josh Watson
November 3, 2020

Edmond Chamber hosts fall events

Despite COVID-19, Edmond Chamber events continue to offer professional development experiences and networking opportunities.

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce regularly hosts events to benefit members and the community. Though the fall has been a little different this year due to COVID-19, the events continue to offer professional development experiences and networking opportunities.

5th District congressional candidate forum

On October 21, the Chamber hosted a candidate forum for Congressional District 5 featuring incumbent Congresswoman Kendra Horn and challenger State Senator Stephanie Bice. Held at the Edmond Conference Center, the forum was also made available to anyone via Zoom, providing an opportunity for even more voters to hear from the candidates while practicing social distancing.

The evening’s presenting sponsor was Cox, the gold sponsor was CEC engineering services, and the silver sponsor was Dolese.

Annual Sporting Clays Tournament

Next in November, the Chamber will also host the annual Sporting Clays Tournament. Held at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie on November 13, the tournament will run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost to participate is $500 for a team of 4, and teams must register on the Chamber’s website.

This popular Chamber event is sponsored by Hi-Tech Plumbing and Leak Detect.

Annual Women’s Summit

A little later, the Chamber will also host its Annual Women’s Summit on November 19, featuring motivational speaker and workplace culture expert Shannon McKain from Dallas. She is a gifted speaker with authenticity and an ability to intimately connect with an auditorium filled with both employees and executives. The topic of this year’s summit is “Synchronicity: Connecting Your Team for Optimal Results!”

In 2020, business professionals are faced with numerous competing pressures, such as artificial intelligence, data, and analytics. However, many professionals still feel incredibly disconnected in the workplace. McKain will help participants create better interoffice relationships where each team member feels supported, encouraged, and valued. She will guide business professionals on improving relationships, growing stronger client connections, and increasing team productivity and performance.

“The baseline for everything we do in this world comes down to people,” McKain said. “[It’s] the connections that we have [and] the emotional awareness that we have. All that matters is what you decide to do right here, right now, in this moment.”

The Annual Women’s Summit will be held at the Gaillardia Country Club from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., but only 75 people can attend in person. Tables and chairs will be socially distanced, and masks will be required until attendees reach their seats. Those who cannot attend in person may view and listen online via Zoom. The cost to attend is $400 for a sponsored table of 4, $500 for a booth sponsorship (with two tickets and display space for the sponsoring business), or $25 for the Zoom option. Those participating via Zoom will not be seen in the online video. Tickets can be purchased online at the Chamber’s website.

The Women’s Summit is presented by Valliance Bank.

For updates on future Chamber events, be sure to review the organization’s events calendar online.

Kendra Horn and Stephanie Bice at the 2020 5th District congressional candidate forum put on by the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce (Photo: Brent Fuchs)

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About Josh Watson

Josh Watson is a freelance writer, public relations consultant, and tenured associate professor of communication at Oklahoma Christian University. He advises OC’s student-run PR firm, Eagle PR, and the university’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. Previously, he worked on award-winning state and national campaigns at McNeely Pigott & Fox in Nashville, one of the nation's top independent PR firms. Dr. Watson has helped his students earn numerous awards and recognitions, especially in national campaign competitions. His wife, Chara, teaches speech and theater at Oklahoma Christian Academy, where their four children attend.