Leading Ladies 2022

Thursday, October 20, 2022 – 5:30PM

Reed Conference Center
5800 Will Rogers Rd, Midwest City OK 73110


Vicki Hiatt, Kansas Democratic Party Chair

Vicki Hiatt is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a master’s degree in special education.  A native Kansan, Vicki is retired after a 30-year career teaching at-risk adolescents.  An expert in educating adolescents with behavioral disorders, Vicki has served in several teaching and leadership roles, providing training and leadership to educators. She has seen a change happening in Kansas when Kansas voters resoundingly rejected a measure earlier in August that would have paved the way for an abortion ban with an amazing voter turnout.

Vicki made the decision to run for political office after retiring because of her concern for the state’s slow economic growth and revenue shortages that forced cuts in state services, such as public education and mental health programs.  With the firsthand experience of running a house and senate campaign and political involvement with her county party, Vicki was elected Vice Chair of the Kansas Democratic Party in February 2017.  As Vice Chair, her focus was to recruit and train candidates statewide at all levels with the understanding that there are no “off” election years. Because of her passion to bring Democratic values to her home state, Vicki chose to continue her work with the state party and was elected Chair of the Kansas Democratic Party in March of 2019 and reelected Chair in February 2021. She was the leader in developing the Delegate Selection Plan for the 2020 DNC Convention which included planning and implementing a Party-Run Presidential Primary Election during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her innovative approach to this process utilized vote by mail and ranked choice voting to produce a dramatic increase in voter turnout. Building a strong state party infrastructure has been a goal for Chair Hiatt, and the recent defeat of an anti-abortion amendment on the primary ballot in Kansas was the direct result of the strong county party infrastructure that informed and mobilized voters all over the state.


Tamya Cox-Toure Excutive Director ACLU of Oklahoma

Tamya served as the first Legislative Counsel for the affiliate. She graduated with an undergrad degree from Oklahoma State University and went on to continue her education at Oklahoma City University School of Law. She joins us from Planned Parenthood Great Plains where she served as Regional Director of Public Policy and Organizing, overseeing the Public Affairs departments in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Tamya is committed to civil rights and civil liberties. She has traveled across the state and country speaking directly to communities on issues that impact their daily lives, as well as presenting on numerous panels covering a variety of topics, including race equity. Her dedication to the work is best summarized through her favorite Alice Walker quote, “Activism is my rent to live on this planet.”

Sarah Adams-Cornell Co-Founder of Matriarch Non-Profit and the Vice President of the Sovereign Community School Board

She is an advocate for Native American culture, education and rights. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation, serves as a board member for the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance, is a core member of Idle No More Central Oklahoma and co-hosts a radio program, Warrior Womyn, which addresses topics concerning Indian Country and current news.

Sarah has taught thousands of children about Native American culture through presentations she and her family offer to schools in the Oklahoma City metro area. This began in an effort to replace Land Run reenactments in her daughter’s school. Sarah, in conjunction with OKCPS Native American Student Services, is currently working on a historically accurate, culturally inclusive curriculum, “Oklahoma History Day,” to present as an alternative to Land Run reenactments in Oklahoma schools. Sarah believes that all children benefit from an accurate education about Oklahoma and US history.

Creidt: via Cottey College



$125 Individual Ticket Entree: Pork Chop or Vegetarian Option
$125 General Admission Ticket (After August 30)
$250 *Preferred seating at Guest Speaker’s Table (4 available) / and 1 ticket to the Chair’s Reception *Contact Scott Hamilton Directly for Reservations scott@okdemocrats.org

$150 Individual Tickets Chair’s Reception


DIRECTOR | $1,500

  • 1 table (10 tickets) at Gala Dinner
  • 2 tickets to the Chair’s Reception with Special Guest Speaker
  • Honorable Mention, both video and audible, during the event

PRODUCER | $2,500

  • 1 table (10 tickets) at Gala Dinner
  • 4 tickets to the Chair’s Reception with Special Guest Speaker
  • Honorable Mention, both video and audible, during the event


  • 1 table (10 tickets) at Gala Dinner
  • 6 tickets to the Chair’s Reception with Special Guest Speaker
  • Honorable Mention, both video and audible, during the event
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