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Event Name:TulsaFest 2021
Event Type(s):Event

TulsaFest is an annual members-only event featuring exciting educational programming from top speakers both inside and outside of the restaurant industry. This year's event will engage even more members as it will be held virtually over two action-packed days - March 30 and 31, and will be at no cost to members. We encourage you and your associates to join us for this special event, and our first of 2021!
Event Date:3/30/2021 - 3/31/2021

:  March 30 - 31, 2021

Cost:  Complimentary

in advance for this Virtual event
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

March 30 • 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Welcome and Education Session I - "Lead for Tomorrow: How to Thrive in the Age of Disruption"

followed by 2021 ORA Key Club Partner Recognition

DescriptionChange is happening faster than ever before: Are you prepared? As you experience daily disruptions to the way we work – from workforce trends to technology impacts to generational shifts – does it sometimes feel like you’re just treading water? How does a leader today balance ever-changing needs and priorities with achieving true value for an organization? In this thought-provoking program, Bill will share with you how the restaurant industry has adapted to the disruption and is turning into new opportunities. He will give you a hopeful, and much-needed, strategic perspective of the evolving workplace while equipping you with actions that you can apply today to lead for a better tomorrow.

Expect to leave with these outcomes!
    •    How to find the stability to thrive– not just survive– in this time of constant change
    •    See the new innovations and opportunities for the restaurant industry
    •    Better know your talent to create a reliable team that produces consistent results
    •    Leave with proven tactics that you can apply today to kill the chaos
    •    Become a stronger leader for tomorrow

March 31 • 2:00- 3:00 pm
Welcome and Education Session II -  "Why Managers Fail: How to Unleash Your Organization's Greatest Asset"

followed by 2021 ORA Key Club Partner Recognition


Do your managers slay the day? Are they driven to take on challenges? Are they focused on building a team of fellow slayers? Or do they and their team just get by, maintaining the status quo, held back by unleashed potential? In today’s fast-changing environment, you need high-performing teams led by high-performing managers. Managers account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement. The traditional way of measuring a manager’s success will no longer sustain today’s workforce. Unlock a new way of thinking and better equip yourselves and your managers to confront these challenges. Bill’s session shares how executives and managers can transform their organization’s performance through three paradigm shifts that can change your results for immediate impact.

Expect to leave with these outcomes!
  • Understand why you must embrace a new way to measure a manager’s success
  • Learn 3 key factors to help multiply your organization’s productivity
  • Dramatically elevate the quality of your employees’ development and judgment
  • Experience increased trust and confidence in your team so you can regain control of your time and priorities
  • Immediately reduce your stress while improving your team’s performance (and stress levels)
  • Become a stronger leader for tomorrow

March 31 - 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Education Session III - "I'm Toast: How To Avoid Burnout So We Don't Flame Out"

Description:  At the end of each workday, do you feel satisfied and in control, or overwhelmed and exhausted? What would it mean for you, your organization, and your family if you could consistently “Win the Day”? The reality is that information overload, the disruptive speed of change, and constant uncertainty is causing real burnout, resulting in an expensive turnover and a substantial loss of productivity and quality of work. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Leveraging the work that Bill does with leaders and teams across industries, he shines a light on how you can end the struggle and get back control for better physical and emotional health. In this keynote, Bill will share his secrets to managing your stress and workload for yourself and your team to prevent burnout … while still having a life!

Expect to leave with these outcomes!

  • Understand how burnout operates so you can dismantle it
  • Learn what it really takes to protect your “balance” from the forces of overload
  • Feel better consistently–at the office and outside it
  • Immediately reduce your stress while improving your team’s performance (and stress levels)
  • Become a stronger leader for tomorrow

for this Virtual event:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Speaker: Bill Fournet, Founder & CEO of The Persimmon Group 

Bill Fournet helps leaders and organizations turn disruption into opportunity, saving them millions of dollars, by innovating how they work. Fueled by his belief that to stay viable in today’s ever-changing world we need to approach work differently, Bill actively supports leaders as a management consultant, executive coach, and keynote speaker. As an in-demand speaker for leaders, Bill delivers thought-provoking, practical programs to help you Lead for Tomorrow by understanding workforce trends and staying ahead of the curve in times of great change. In all his work, Bill leverages more than 25 years of experience in leading successful teams including overseeing large and mega projects in excess of $10 billion to give leaders the tools and guidance they need to thrive in any situation.


In 2004, on the heels of years of experience in project management and leadership for companies that included AT&T, IBM, and MTV Networks, Bill founded the award-winning management consulting firm, The Persimmon Group. Believing that “corporate” life could be full of passionate and engaged people, he established a unique business philosophy and culture at Persimmon, which was honored as a two-time recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award for being one of the leading small businesses in America by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Persimmon has also been on the Inc. 500/5000 list for the U.S. Fastest Growing Companies and received many other business accolades, including Families and Work Institute’s Effective and Flexible Workplace Award. Bill has also been a multi-nominee for “Most Admired CEO” in his home state of Oklahoma.

Bill believes that the best possible work-life makes room for a fulfilling personal life, too, which is why his work also focuses on helping leaders to get more control so they can have more time to spend with their families and to do what they love. A proponent of diverse and forward-thinking leadership, Bill is a Society of Fellows member of The Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization that drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world.

As an avid backpacker and Scout, Bill relishes outdoor adventures, having backpacked hundreds of miles, summited 14,000-foot mountains, and paddled the Canadian Boundary Waters several times. He currently serves as Member, Executive Board of Directors Boy Scouts of America Indian Nations Council; District Chair for Tulsa Scouting, and Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 26.

Believing strongly in giving back, Bill also currently serves as Chairperson for Growing Together, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty through building vibrant, engaged communities within impoverished neighborhoods. He also is Committee Chair for STEAM Post 26, a FIRST Robotics program providing incredible STEM-related opportunities to local youth. A military and history buff, Bill earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in History from Oklahoma State University. He and his wife, Christy, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and have three sons.

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