WEN Houston Chapter Downtown Luncheon

Alison Anthony, Director, Strategic Outreach and President, Williams Foundation - Williams Company

Engaging Stakeholders for Impact & Results in a New Reality of Industry Opposition: As we endeavor to advance energy development and pipeline construction through key project milestones, we are encountering more activism directed against our industry than ever before. Alison Anthony will review the changes and challenges within this new reality of the energy industry. Although these changes are surely accelerated by the technologies many of us use today to communicate – like texting, social media, and blogs – these technologies are not the sole cause of the changes in community response, stakeholder acceptance, and regulatory outcomes for our projects. With the challenges comes opportunity to consider how we respond to change and communicate as an industry. And on a more personal level, regardless of your role or professional journey, considering this page from the project outreach and communication playbook, we can also apply the same principles of stakeholder engagement and integrated communication to gain professional influence and produce significant results.

Speaker Info: Alison Anthony is the director of Strategic Outreach at The Williams Companies, Inc., and president of The Williams Foundation. Alison grew up in Enid, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English. Actively demonstrating her commitment to helping people reach their full potential, Alison was honored by the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women with the 2007 Pinnacle Award for significant contributions toward improving the status of women in the community and for taking risks on behalf of others. The Journal Record recognized Alison as one of 50 Women Making a Difference in the state of Oklahoma for 2010, 2012 and 2013. Most recently, the Tulsa YWCA named Alison to their “100 Women of Moxie” in honor of their 2014 centennial, the American Fundraising Professionals honored Alison and her husband Mark with the Spirit of Philanthropy Award, and the Association of Women in Communications named Alison as a 2014 Tulsa Newsmaker of the Year. Other community involvement includes currently serving on boards for Community Action Project, The Tulsa Ballet, Oklahoma Arts Institute, and Oklahoma Heritage Association. In addition, she serves on the Oklahoma State University’s Women of OSU Council and is past Chair of the Tulsa Area United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council. Alison is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIII. She and her husband Mark Wilson, in Tribal Relations for OU's School of Community Medicine, reside in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and have five children. When they aren’t cheering on their daughters in college and high school soccer, Mark and Alison enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with their lively and large extended family.

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