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Talent in Tulsa connects innovative companies with diverse talent to help grow Tulsa into a vibrant and inclusive community.

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Princess Austin

Recruiter

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Princess Austin

Recruiter

I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since a young age, I have loved to perform and followed my creative passions here to Tulsa. When I was 13, my mother took me to audition for the Cincinnati School of Creative and Performing Arts. I had never interviewed or auditioned before, and I didn’t have much formal training, but I took the stage and hoped my passion and character would shine through. It turns out they thought I was pretty good! I then had the incredible opportunity to become part of a community of diverse and interesting people, each of whom was following their dreams of careers in the creative arts. It was inspiring for me, and from that early age, I knew I would always be sure to keep creativity in my life.

I first came to Tulsa to study at Oral Roberts University, but I quickly felt the call of the performing and creative arts. During my time dancing and in theater, I had developed a love for makeup. If you ask my mother, it started even before then with an infatuation for small makeup kits. Through makeup, I discovered the incredible creative community in Tulsa and started my own business doing makeup for weddings, artists, and performers here in town. As a small business owner, I decided to pursue my MBA to learn more about building my business and brand. I now have my own brand and clothing line called Worthy Girl, dedicated to empowering women worldwide.

Receiving my MBA helped me continue to develop my own business and also introduced me to the world of recruiting. I love having the chance to talk with candidates about their dreams and passions and helping them achieve them. I always tell them how welcoming Tulsa has been and how much I love the community that exists here. I’ve experienced firsthand the incredible support for startups, business, and talent in this town, and can’t wait to help you discover it as well!

Donna Draper

Recruiter

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Donna Draper

Recruiter

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, before moving to Portland, Oregon, when I was 12 years old. I’ve always loved talking to people - growing up, my teachers always noted that I got along exceptionally well with my classmates. I think the opportunity to speak with candidates about their diverse experiences and interests is what initially drew me to recruiting. That, along with my love for research, has always been one of my favorite parts of this job and led me to own my own recruiting and talent advisory services company for nine years. Before helping people find their dream job, I worked as a writer and as a college adjunct faculty member teaching math. Throughout my career, my goal has been to help connect people to opportunities they love and the knowledge they need to improve their lives.

When I’m not working, I try and spend as much time outside and active as possible. I love to go for hikes, run and just spend time out in nature. I’m also an avid fitness enthusiast and teach fitness classes at a local gym. I am the proud mom of two boys, along with two Labradoodles, and find so much joy in getting my whole family together. I’m blessed to have had the chance to travel the world, as both part of my work and as life has moved me across the country, and I love to explore new places and meet new people.

My time working with inTulsa has shown me just how friendly and welcoming Tulsans can be. In addition to incredible jobs and companies in Tulsa, the people are some of the best in the world. Everyone I’ve had the opportunity to work with has displayed a tendency to go above and beyond in helping one another. The inTulsa network is carrying out important work for the city of Tulsa, and I couldn’t be more excited to play a part in changing the lives of this growing community.

As a recruiter connecting technology companies with top talent, I have been beyond impressed with the projects and products coming to life in Tulsa. I have previously worked in other tech hubs like Portland, Seattle, and the Bay Area and can tell you that Tulsa displays the best characteristics of each of them. A combination of innovative entrepreneurs and energetic talent has built a community poised to tackle some of the most exciting societal and technological challenges of the future. If that sounds like something you want to be a part of, I’d love to talk!

Cassy Hendrix

Recruiter

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Cassy Hendrix

Recruiter

I was born in Shawnee, OK and spent most of my childhood living in Edmond. Having both my grandparents in Tulsa, and my parents born and raised in Tulsa, it was only a matter of time before my family moved back. I was excited to move here the summer before my sophomore year of high school. I knew I didn't want to go too far for college, so I chose OSU Tulsa, where I got a bachelor's degree in business. It was there I realized that whatever I did, I wanted to work with and help people. While in college, I worked at a local restaurant where I met my husband, Josh. We married and started our family, now of 4 (and two dogs). We love raising our daughters in Tulsa. It's a wonderful place to raise a family, and has only gotten better over time. We take advantage of the music scene, amazing local parks and restaurants as often as we can!

As I began my career, I knew I wanted to work somewhere I could learn, grow and become an expert. I knew the Helmerich name from seeing it at parks, buildings, etc. With the help of some connections, I interviewed at Helmerich & Payne and landed in HR, working in Recruiting. That was over 10 years ago!  My work introduces me to people who have done amazing things everyday and there is nothing more satisfying than having a part in connecting someone to their dream job. I have a passion for helping people, understanding an organization's culture and trying to find the right fit; All with a deep focus on developing long lasting relationships. I have industry experience in Oil & Gas, Financial Services, and Technology. Having worked in both corporate and staffing environments I know how to craft an amazing candidate experience and long term relationship while also executing with speed and efficiency.

I was hopeful there was a way to blend my professional life with something I can be passionate about. I feel like I really found that blend at Atento Capital. Growing up in Tulsa, I have seen lots of changes over the years. I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of that change and on the front lines being a voice telling the story to job seekers. Being a part of a team that has a direct impact on the community is what gets me up everyday excited about work. As a Recruiter, I am passionate about our mission for job creation in Tulsa, helping people land their dream job, and ultimately helping the city to continue to become more vibrant and inclusive.

Aaron Miller

Talent Strategy

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Aaron Miller

Talent Strategy

Growing up in Chicago, I was obsessed with Fisher-Price cars. After my parents would tuck me into bed, I would sneak out from under my covers, grab the cars & people, and invent stories of intrigue and drama in the lives of these characters. This playful proclivity towards imagining how citizens thrive and interact blossomed into a passion for building civic environments with people at the core.

I crafted my own major at University of Michigan (Metropolitan Strategic Development), bore witness to the effects of unreliable transit, educational inequity, healthcare disparity, and housing issues on my students as a middle school Teach For America teacher in Tulsa, and built a vibrant talent ecosystem and neighborhood in Tulsa’s Arts District during my 5+ years at the George Kaiser Family Foundation. As the founding Board Chair of 36 Degrees North, Tulsa’s basecamp for entrepreneurs, I was able to strategically meld the need for entrepreneurship and talent initiatives with the nuts, bolts and bricks of the built environment.

After 7 years in town, I made the difficult decision to leave Tulsa to pursue a master’s degree in Learning & Organizational Change at Northwestern University. I researched workplace leadership and studied talent, culture, org design and org effectiveness. I worked on Culture Transformation at General Motors in Detroit and then launched the Talent Development function at Tempus, a rapidly growing health tech data company in Chicago using artificial intelligence to cure cancer, depression and other diseases.

You could take me out of Tulsa but you couldn’t take the Tulsa spirit out of me. I boomeranged back to Tulsa in 2020 with my partner Joe to blend my expertise in Talent Strategy with a citywide, Atento-driven mission to build unbelievably successful organizations within a well-connected network. At my core, I care deeply about creating warm, accessible organizations and civic ecosystems that facilitate growth and development. Tulsa welcomed me with open arms when I moved here in 2010 and I am incredibly honored to welcome countless others to the magic of Tulsa.

Megan Thomas

Head of Talent

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Megan Thomas

Head of Talent

I grew up in a small town just north of Seattle and I look back on my childhood with fondness. My father was a professor at the University of Washington and for my whole life commuted so we could have a country life. When I was five I told him I wanted a sheep and the next day we went out and bought 3 which was the beginning of our “Hobby” farm. That’s how he rolled. You dream it and we do it. We never made any money but I learned a ton about life and caring for others. This was the beginning of many animals and people that we would bring home to help along their path. Having grown up in a small town my father wanted me to get out and experience the world. I went to Los Angeles and spent the next 20 years there learning about many different cultures and traveling the world.

My professional career started after I graduated with a dual degree in Engineering and Liberal Arts from Harvey Mudd and Scripps College. I set out to prove myself in corporate America. My first job was at the Boeing C-17 plant making a military transport. It was an amazing job. I got to experience a tactical descent over the ocean during a test flight, work on infrared night vision landing technology, and conceptualize future innovations as part of their R&D team. But soon I found my strength was not building the airplane but leading and organizing technologists who could. Lacking any business skills, I went to USC to get my MBA and balance out my knowledge between technology and business. This opened doors to program management and catapulted me into the world of consulting. I leapt from building airplanes to helping improve the delivery of healthcare. For a little more than 10 years I spent embedded in our country’s healthcare system driving hospitals and payers execution on complex initiatives for transformations, technology implementations, and operational improvement. With all these transitions at the core was helping people execute on complex, charged transformations that needed strong leadership. When my husband and I were ready to start a family, I felt torn in the desire to continue to pursue my career and the desire to be a mother. I worked for probably the world’s most caring organization at the time, Point B, which gave me the opportunity to be an internal recruiter. Unknowingly at the time, this would be the next 5 years of my life as I focused on transforming our own operations to scale hiring to meet rapid growth.

When I met Atento it felt as though these past three careers in technology, consulting, and talent acquisition were all preparing me for this opportunity. For the last 10 years, I’ve watched the city of Tulsa change as I visited family here during the holidays. The investment in the people and programs have put Tulsa in a perfect position to truly be an amazing place to live and work. Atento acts as an integrator of all the pieces people and companies need to flourish here. It’s rare to see such a strong collaboration, sense of community, desire to help, and the strength in resources and talent to execute. I keep pinching myself each day as I work with great people all extremely passionate about having an impact that is laser-focused on this great city. It was my dream job and I am dedicated to working hard to support the Tulsan workforce development.

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