Join us at 36 Degrees North to learn how entrepreneurs can up their mental game with the Founder and Owner of Poppi's Spa + Lounge, TJ Woodberry! A longtime Tulsa Native, TJ brokered exotic auto sales internationally and launched a nonprofit to help women find start-up capital. Come hear how wellness and mindfulness can help you level up. Light apps and drinks included, courtesy of Indigo Technology.
Where: In person at 36 Degrees North + Livestreamed
When: May 26, 5:30 - 7:30pm
What is Startup Grind: Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Our monthly fireside chat provides ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections, and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.
During #SGWomen Month we proudly recognize the accomplishments of successful women leaders all over the world. They are founders, venture capitalists, engineers, executives, educators, and leaders who represent our community.
TJ Woodberry is a self-taught, self-funded entrepreneur who describes herself as “a builder.” She is the owner of Poppi’s Spa + Lounge and holds real estate interests throughout the Tulsa metro area. A longtime Tulsa resident, in 2017 Woodberry left a successful career in international auto sales to focus on her own family and wellbeing, but quickly realized her drive to create needed an outlet. In 2021, she launched the nonprofit initiative “Founded and Funded by Women” to make sure other women have access to the start-up capital they need to build their own businesses. “I’m happiest, I’m most myself when I am helping other women realize their dreams,” Woodberry says. “I think there are a lot of women out there who [...] haven’t met those lucky breaks yet. I want to make sure they get the chance.”
Poppi’s Spa + Lounge
Founder and Owner
TJ Woodberry is a self-taught, self-funded entrepreneur who describes herself as “a builder.” She is the owner of Poppi’s Spa + Lounge and holds real estate interests throughout the Tulsa metro area. A longtime Tulsa resident, in 2017 Woodberry left a successful career in international auto sales to focus on her own family and wellbeing, but quickly realized her drive to create needed an outlet. …
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy/Marketing Officer
Director of Innovation & Product Development
As reflected by Resolute’s service offerings, Nicole brings a unique, integrated perspective to meeting today’s business and organizational challenges. She leads the firm with more than 15 years of public relations and marketing experience having advised a wide range of industries including social services, healthcare, transportation, retail, technology and finance.
Nicole’s work and community involvement have been recognized with several awards such as the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Tulsa 40 from the Tulsa Business & Legal News and numerous Silver Link and Bronze Quill awards. In 2018, she was the recipient of the PRSA Tulsa Professional of the Year award.
Nicole serves on the boards of Tulsa Ballet and The Forge. She is also an adjunct professor at Oklahoma State University.
Steve Smith is an aerospace executive with extensive experience in innovation, data analytics, product development, and go-to-market strategies.
Steve is currently serving as Director of Innovation & Product Development at FlightSafety International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway and a leading provider of pilot training services and virtual flight simulators. In this role, Steve develops concept-to-market product roadmaps and leads multiple cross-disciplinary Agile teams innovating a wide range of new, industry-leading flight simulator and pilot training technologies and products. Prior to his current role, Steve worked as an “intrapreneur” at FlightSafety by leading a break-away, independent R&D lab to successfully innovate, patent, and field a completely new, state-of-the-art flight simulator product line. Steve started his career at FlightSafety as an aerospace engineer pioneering many of the helicopter simulation and data analytics techniques still widely used in the industry today. During his 25 years at FlightSafety, Steve has become an industry-recognized expert in the areas of helicopter simulation, innovation, data analytics, and reverse engineering technologies. Steve is a patent holder, a recipient of numerous corporate and industry awards, and a frequent public speaker.
When not in the office, Steve is an avid marathon runner and Ironman triathlete, which combined with his extensive background in data analytics, inspired him to co-found Achieve AI, an early stage startup disrupting the future of athletic performance by enabling the rise of the Quantified Athlete. Through his work at Achieve, Steve enjoys helping other athletes train better, prepare better, and perform better to achieve their goals.
Believing a rising tide of innovation raises all boats, Steve is an advocate for accelerating innovation and technology in the Tulsa area and works with community, academic and other corporate leaders promoting such development. Through 36deg N and MassChallenge, Steve enjoys advising and mentoring multiple startups and entrepreneurs, especially in the areas of innovation, product development, and go-to-market strategies. Steve also serves as a judge for the annual pitch competition at MassChallenge Texas and has led group innovation and product development seminars for Austin, TX area entrepreneurs.
Steve is also on the Board of Directors at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.
Steve holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
True North Ventures
Alex Lobodiak heads the business development & sales for GeoSafe and owns a boutique consulting company, True North Ventures. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs with their go-to-market and growth strategies.
Alex is also involved as an advisor, mentor, director, or board member for Startup Grind, 36 Degrees North, Oklahoma Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program, Oklahoma Venture Forum, and All Kidz. He earned his MIS degree and an entrepreneurship-focused MBA, both from OU (Boomer!).
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