Justice’s Story

Justice Waidner Smith

Women's Leadership Council Member

When did you join Women’s Leadership Council?  
I joined very early in the WLC’s history because I believe so strongly in women supporting women in the betterment our community.

What would you say to someone considering involvement with WLC?
I would urge all women who have a passion for Tulsa, a desire to make positive impacts and an appreciation for building relationships with other women to become involved.

What are some of the benefits you have enjoyed from attending WLC events?
I have attended mentorship and networking events, the Girl Rising film screening, and a Connecting Circle with Alison Anthony. Through these events, I have learned about the power of relationship building, explored the strife and perseverance of girls/women from around the globe, and grown personally from connecting with such an incredible network of women.

What motivates you to stay involved?
The power of learning about our community and the incredible work being done by the 61 partner agencies, the fact that I meet amazing new women at each event I attend, and the excitement of watching the collective power we have as women grow through the WLC.

Why do you invest in the Tulsa Area United Way and what made you decide to “step up” to WLC’s Leadership Society giving level?
After becoming more deeply connected with the Tulsa Area United Way via the WLC, I decided to increase my giving in order to more fully support them in the incredible work they do via the truly amazing 61 partner agencies.

Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement or providing inspiration?
This is such a hard question. I am inspired to action by so, so many of the women leading both internally at the United Way and externally via the partner agencies. For example, Felicia Collins Correia, Bobbie Henderson and Desiree Doherty – all current/former Executive Directors of United Way partner agencies – are three mentors who have greatly impacted my life for the better. Similarly, I am inspired by leaders like Becky Frank who served as the first female solo campaign chair, Caron Lawhorn who founded the women’s employee resource group at ONEOK, and Alison Anthony who is a trail blazer in our city for diversity and inclusion efforts, Each of these women are leaders in their companies, industries and the United Way. Watching all six of these women dedicate their time and talents to the WLC inspires me to do the same.

Do you volunteer?  What are your volunteer activities and what do they involve?
Currently, I volunteer on the Board of Directors at Camp Fire Green Country, and I have spent many years coordinating volunteers for mock interviews at Goodwill Industries of Tulsa. I also serve as the Vice President of Diversity for the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association where I work to bring diversity issues to the fore and to create a more inclusive Tulsa.