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The local Women in the Workforce Luncheon welcomed business women personally for the first time in over a year.

The nearly two-hour event on September 9th at The Foundry on Shawnee was hosted by the Tahlequah Region Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by Gabrielle Perry, Operations and Events Manager for TACC, and Angela Tinsley of Remax Select.

“The Women in Business lunch was perfect,” said Nathan Reed, CEO of TACC.

Over 40 local business women attended the lunch and were briefed on how the pandemic presents new challenges and opportunities for women in the workforce.

Morgan Scholz, Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Startup Junkie Foundation, was the guest speaker for lunch.

“She’s really great at what she does, and that’s the kind of thing she does for a living,” Perry said. “She said mentoring is a big thing for her and she wants to keep being a part of it. It’s her way of doing what she loves and making a positive impact on the community at the same time. “

Talking about career advancement during the pandemic and beyond, Scholz said success and advancement were measured differently.

“She said a lot of it is how you see it personally and how the people in your office see it. She said that you can have a great office relationship and that you can always be the person who stays for a long time and does all the work. It still won’t put you above anyone else, ”Perry said.

Scholz said that employees can take a step above others when they begin to understand their worth and what they bring to the team.

“The pandemic presented its challenges where many people had to work from home to home-school their children, and it may look different for everyone, but you can still do these things if you are not in an office setting said Perry.

If some people find it easier to work from a computer screen, then develop skills so they can channel it in person, Scholz said.

Scholz brought up the topic of human resources – reassessing recruiting and retention – reminding the group that it was an unprecedented time for everyone.

“She said that if you have to spend money in this HR position, it costs money to hire someone because it will cost you money to leave the seat open and then hire someone you can keep,” Perry said.

Scholz thinks it is important that every person in every team feels valued. An example would be asking those who didn’t quit the job to explain their main reason for staying.

“A lot of people looked for jobs during the pandemic because they were evicted from a position they’d been in for a while,” Perry said.

These people ended up taking jobs that weren’t necessarily career-oriented but can open the door to other opportunities or opportunities.

“The downside is that they’re only there for the job and they won’t be there for a long time,” Perry said. “It will only be a temporary position, and if this is not what you are looking for, you need to be able to identify it early on in order to retain the good people who will make your company better through the pandemic. ”

The Mingle & Jingle lunch is scheduled for December 9th, and Perry said planning for it should begin sometime this week.

“We look forward to bringing this event back quarterly and will see everyone in December for the next,” said Reed.

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For more information on Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce membership and events, please visit www.tahlequahchamber.com.