By Sherry Jordan
November 2, 2021

2021 Edmond Chamber Women’s Summit talks work-life balance

The 2021 Women's Summit will be on November 18th, and professional businesswomen are ready to discuss work-life balance.
Linda Clark and Erin Engelke

Work-life balance has become a huge topic of conversation in the last decade across generations. Recent studies show 72% of people consider work-life balance when job searching, and companies with a positive work-life balance have 25% less employee turnover. But, how do people achieve this precarious balance in the era of Zoom calls, constant notifications, and non-stop busyness?

The Edmond Chamber’s 2021 Women’s Summit hopes to answer that question, provide resources, and spark inspiration in the search for work-life balance. On November 18, women can attend the mini-conference presented by Valliance Bank to hear from local experts Erin Engelke, APR and Linda Clark, MHRM about how to lead a joyful, fulfilled life and take comparison out of the equation.

Erin Engelke is the Executive Director for Calm Waters and has served in fundraising and public relations roles for Sunbeam Family Services, Feed the Children, World Neighbors, and MidFirst Bank. Erin is frequently tapped to speak on issues relating to branding, work-life balance, and nonprofit leadership. Her deepest passion is empowering other working moms to resist the pull to achieve work-life balance, and instead, seeking a fulfilled life.

In addition to serving as Mrs. Oklahoma 2020, Erin was named one of the Top 50 Women of the Year by The Journal Record, Top 25 Young Professionals in OKC, and Public Relations Professional of the Year from the Public Relations Society of America.

Erin will speak on different categories of life, supporting a sisterhood, and how to live a more fulfilled life beyond the idea of work-life balance.

Linda Clark has over two decades of experience in strategic human resources and operation leadership, and she is the principal behind a dynamic organizational development and human resources consulting practice.

Her signature charismatic and engaging presentations are driven by her passion for service, offering unparalleled learner-centered environments punctuated by storytelling and humor. Linda is a professionally recognized human resources strategist and provides advisory and consulting services to organizations in a range of industries. Both SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified, she developed curriculum and programs for Oklahoma City University, MetroTech, Rose State College, and the University of Central Oklahoma, and is the co-founder of DisruptHR OKC.

Linda’s presentation will focus on obligation versus joy, pointing to the positive and comparison among women.
This year’s event will include interactive activities with the speakers, giveaways, vendor booths, and lunch from Gaillardia Country Club.

The Chamber’s summit has historically hosted a variety of leadership-driven and development-focused speakers touching on topics specifically designed for women in business. Past nationally recognized speakers include Shannon McKain, Tracy Spears, and Denise Ryan.

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About Sherry Jordan

Sherry Jordan is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Edmond Chamber of Commerce. Sherry was promoted to this position in September 2016 and has served in several roles during her 15 years at the Edmond Chamber. Sherry has been the leader for the Chamber’s accreditation process in 2005, 2010 and 2015 which culminated in a 5-star rating. While there are over 8,000 chambers in the US, the Edmond Chamber is one of only 105 chambers to achieve this rating.

Sherry and her husband Brad have been married for 30 years and are parents to two daughters. Taylor is a teacher in Edmond Public Schools and Bailey is currently in medical school at the University of Oklahoma.