Laura Boyd, President and CEO of Policy and Performance Consultants, is named to Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame

January 18, 2011

Laura Boyd named to hall of fame

Transcript Staff The Norman Transcript The Norman Transcript Tue Jan 18, 2011, 01:33 AM CST

NORMAN — The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women will honor the eight newest inductees into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Oklahoma History Center in April.

Former state Rep. Laura Boyd of Norman is among this year’s honorees.

The program will begin at 3 p.m. April 7 in the Chesapeake Event Center followed by a celebratory reception in the Devon Great Hall.

Inductees are Dr. Boyd; Chloe L. Brown, Tulsa; Joy D. Culbreath, Durant; Marcia J. Mitchell and Kathryn L. Taylor, both of Tulsa; Ardina J. Moore of Miami; Dr. Cynthia S. Ross, Lawton; and Helen Harrod Thompson of Ardmore.

Boyd has spent her entire life at the cross section of education, business and society. She has experience from student to professor, from consultant to small business owner, and from political national leadership mentor to elected office holder.

Boyd served as a state representative from Norman’s House District 44 from 1992 to 1998 and became the first woman to receive the nomination from a major political party for the office of Oklahoma governor in 1998. In 2002, she was a nominee for lieutenant governor. She serves as national co-chair of Women’s Business Policy for President Obama.

In addition to her career as a public servant, Boyd has 16 years teaching experience in positions ranging from lecturer to assistant professor at undergraduate and graduate levels. She has a PhD in psychology and an MS in humanist education/counseling; these degrees are augmented by 24 years of private counseling experience.

The mission of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women is to improve the quality of life for women, families and children in Oklahoma. The commission established the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 1982 to recognize Oklahoma women who are pioneers in their field or in projects that benefit Oklahoma, who have made a significant contribution to the state of Oklahoma, who serve or have served as role models to other Oklahoma women, who are “unsung heroes” who have made a difference in the lives of Oklahomans or Americans because of their actions, who have championed other women, women’s issues or who have served as public policy advocates for issues important to women.

Ninety-six women have been previously inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame. A complete list of previous inductees can be found at: http://women.library.okstate.edu/hof.

It could have been us…

It could have been us: Oklahoma, Idaho, Alabama, Minnesota, Maryland, Virginia…..or any of the 50 states. Any of us could have been the victims of the hatred displayed today in Tucson, Arizona.

Today is an urgent call to come together and re-affirm our republic, our democracy, our way of governing, our respect for those who risk life, family, and fortune to govern.

#1- Vow to speak to and about each other with respectful language and images. We are ALL God’s children regardless of color, politics, geography, faith, gender, or sexual orientation. Each life is precious.

#2- Listen as well as speak.

#3- Know that ultimately we are all dependent on something else for our joy, purpose, and well-being.

#4- Look out for one another: we do not need to confront those with differing opinions who cannot hear us; we should not turn a deaf ear to those who would threaten us; we must be watchful and respectful of one another, both allowing for our differences and taking action to protect others when we have reason to be concerned about the judgment and actions of those who would not allow for peaceful existence and differences.

Today’s tragedy IS a tragedy for all of us. We pray for the wounded, the deceased, their families, and the bystanders in particular. And we pray for the return of civility and respect in our political and personal discourse.

Amen.

Finally: It’s not all the parent’s fault!

Mixed news, but a new study from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health has reviewed a large research set of healthy foods/nutrition selections by young people over a 30 year period and concludes: (no surprise) kids’ diets today are very different and far less healthy than those of their parents and (surprise!) there are many more significant outside influences on kids’ selections that render parents’ influence very weak. Friends, advertising, availability, cheap costs, etc. are more significant than the pleas and instructions from parents, including healthy eating when that is provided at home.

Yet with 17% of youth ages 2-19 obese (according to the CDC), this new ‘perspective’ simply broadens our responsibility to include communities, school cafeterias, vendors, food industriesand government to ensure food literacy for our youth, to make healthy choices more available and affordable, and to inundate advertising toward good decisions concerning nutrition.

No, it’s not all our faults as parents. In fact, we clearly are minor players in this dilemma. However, we must rally, maybe we have to force, the other influential factors in protecting our youth to be more responsible themselves.

No, it’s not my fault. But there is still plenty for me/us to do!