2016 Conference Agenda and Speakers

Updated:  April 2016
Fri. Apr. 22
5:00 – 6:30 PM – Informal Dinner with Becky Sadowski at Casa Romo Restaurant                                 (Dutch Treat)

4:45 – 7:00 PM  – Registration

7:00 – 9:00 PM – Executive Board Meeting 
Opening: Flag Salute/ Moment of Inspiration
Roll Call
Acceptance of 2015 Convention Minutes
Name Committee for 2016 Conference Minutes
Parliamentary Procedure Workshop
Finance Committee – Budget/Treasurer
Chapter Dissolution & Correspondence
Greetings from International/Nashville PSA 
Participation Awards – Annie, Essay, Newsletter, SEE, Schools for           Africa, World Fellowship, Order of the Rose

Sat. Apr. 23 

  8:15 – 9:00 AM Registration

  9:00 AM - 1st General Session  
                     Welcome, Introductions, Moment of Inspiration, Business Update, 
                     Roll Call, Introduce Incoming Presidents

  9:45 AM – Speaker – Lacy Mitchell, “No Excuses!”

10:25 AM – Creative Women Awards 

10:55 AM – Break/Store/Baskets

11:20 AM – Speaker – Becky Sadowski, “Promoting Educational Excellence 
                    Through Programs and Projects: Searching for the Perfect Fit”

12:00 PM – Luncheon and Awards - Scholarships, Annie Award, Newsletter 
                     Award, Gold/Red Chapter Awards, Chapter Service Award; 
                     Basket Winners.

  1:30 PM – Speaker – Robin Hilger – “El Sistema Oklahoma: Transforming 
                     the Lives of Children in OKC Public Schools”

  2:10 PM – Essay Winners  

  2:55 PM – Speaker – Pam Harding – “Traveling Around the World in Your 

  3:40 PM – Celebration of Life

Downloadable Conference Schedule - HERE


Lacy Mitchell,  
“No Excuses!”

Lacy Mitchell currently serves as Assistant Principal at Charles Evans Elementary.  Ms. Mitchell holds a Master of Education from East Central University.  She has 9 years of experiences as an educator, as a classroom teacher for 4th and 5th grades and an administrator.  Her responsibilities include leadership, coordination, supervision, and management of school programs and operations.  She assists in the administration of 31 classrooms, mild/moderate, and severe/profound special needs.  Ms. Mitchell is passionate about AVID, a framework for college readiness, promoting rigorous curriculum and strategic support.

Becky Sadowski, “Promoting Educational Excellence through Programs and Projects: Searching for the Perfect Fit”

A member of the Society for 26 years, Becky Sadowski currently serves as Southeast Regional Director, chair of the 2016 Convention Steering Committee, and Parliamentarian for the Tennessee State Organization. At the international 
level she 
has been a member of the Golden Gift Fund Committee and chair of the Leadership Development and Membership Committees. She has also served as chapter president as well as the 2003-2005 Tennessee State Organization President. Becky’s DKG membership has provided many opportunities for personal and professional growth. She attended the Basic and Advanced Leadership Seminars in her state organization and is a graduate of the 1999 International Golden Gift Leadership Management Seminar. Becky is a frequent breakout session presenter and speaker at all levels of the Society. She was a keynote speaker at the 2005 SERC and has facilitated the Advanced Leadership Seminar three times in her home state of Tennessee.

Serving as a Special Education advocate has been Becky’s passion. Her career includes serving as a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, a Lead Teacher for the Memphis City Schools, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis, and a Special Education Specialist and Educational Consultant for Shelby County Schools, as well as Head of the School of Education at Lambuth University. Becky has served as the President of the Tennessee Association for the Gifted and was a Keynote Presenter at the Tennessee Legal Education Conference on Special Education. She received the Jo Patterson Award in Gifted Education in Tennessee 
in 1996.  
Married to her college sweetheart for 46 years, Becky has two grown children and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her four granddaughters. She is active in her church as well as in her community.  A “lifelong learner,” Becky often refers to one of her favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis- “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Robin Hilger – “El Sistema Oklahoma: Transforming the Lives of Children in OKC Public Schools”

Robyn Hilger, a native Oklahoman and clarinetist, attended Oklahoma City University, graduating summa cum laude in 1999 with her bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education. She later completed her master’s degree in School Administration
at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2010. Ms. Hilger is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence/Young Adult Music with specialization in Band.

From 1999 until 2007, Ms. Hilger served as the Fine Arts Team Leader and Band and Orchestra Director at Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School in Oklahoma City, where she was honored as the OKCPS District Teacher of the Year and the Oklahoma State Teacher of the year in 2006.   In 2007, she joined the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools as Chief Programs Officer.   Between 2007 and 2014, Ms. Hilger developed a number of innovative and award-winning programs to help educators.
Of those programs, she is most proud of the Teachers Warehouse, which supplied more than 1.7 million dollars in free supplies to OKCPS classrooms.   

In June 2014, she was selected as the Executive Director of El Sistema Oklahoma,
a five-day a week, after-school program for children in Oklahoma City Public Schools.  El Sistema serves 220 children each day, who form three symphony orchestras. The program, which is non auditioned, nurtures not only the artistic mind with music, but the body with nourishment through a snack, and the analytical mind with tutoring when called for.  El Sistema Oklahoma is provided free of charge to participating Families.

Robyn resides in Oklahoma City with her partner, Stephen Sharpe and furry children (cats) Gordon and Elliott.

Pam Harding – “Traveling Around the World in Your Classroom”

Pamela Harding is a retired elementary teacher of 36 years, most of which were spent with First Graders.  She now serves on her local School Board of Education.  Pam is also the leader of her Bokoshe Girl Scout troop, which has been active since 2003 and has served 115 girls during those years.

Pam has been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma for 23 years.  During that time, she has served her Beta Lambda Chapter as Treasurer, 1st and 2nd VP and chapter President.  She attended her first State Convention in 1998 and has been at every state conference and convention since then.  Pam has held State Leadership positions of State President, 1st Vp, 2nd VP, Secretary and is a graduate of the Golden Gift Leadership Management Seminar 2010.  She has attended 9 SW Regional Conferences and 8 International Conventions.

Pamela graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1969, with graduate hours at SIU and Northeastern State Univ. Tahlequah, OK.  She received the Gamma State 2008 Chapter and 2013 State Achievement Awards.

Pam also serves her community as treasurer of the Bokoshe United Methodist Church Community Breakfasts, treasurer of the Dogwood Service Unit of the LeFlore County Girl Scout troops, and a member of Bokoshe Pride – a community service group.