What does your organization do? The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for Oklahomans through entrepreneurialism, education and community enrichment. To fulfill this mission, the Foundation acts as a grantmaker, innovator and convener. Fostering a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem is the key to economic development in our community. We fund initiatives that promote entrepreneurial thinking and spur economic development in Tulsa.
Why did you decide to partner with 36°N? After writing the first State of Entrepreneurship report, we determined there were so many great resources that existed for entrepreneurs in Tulsa, but no where for everyone to convene. We were so excited to partner with other organizations in Tulsa to create a basecamp for entrepreneurs to connect with these resources, mentors and each other to build a more vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Currently serving as President and CEO of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, Elizabeth Ellison is known as one of the driving forces of Tulsa’s entrepreneurial scene. Her passion in this area led to the Foundation’s support of the entrepreneurial efforts of 36°North, The Mine, TCC Startup Series Powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and Startup Weekend. Connect with Elizabeth on LinkedIn
Meredith Peebles is the COO for the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. Prior to joining LTFF, Meredith spent more than five years working for ConocoPhillips in various supervisor, advisor, and analyst roles in the finance and human resources organizations. Meredith graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 with a BA in Economics and a minor in International Studies. While at OU, she served as Panhellenic President and was honored as a Big Woman on Campus for her service to the university community.
Currently Meredith serves on the board for The Mine (fellowship for social innovation), the Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) associate board andis an active volunteer in her local church. She was recognized as a 2016 Tulsa Business & Legal News Top 40 Under 40. Connect with Meredith on LinkedIn
Before joining LTFF as Grant Manager, Natalie Deuschle worked both in the US and abroad to create positive social impact. During her studies at Colby College, she launched an income generating project in Battambang, Cambodia, which was recognized by former USAID Administrator, Rajiv Shah. Since then, Natalie has worked for Family & Children’s Services to help move families out of poverty, created a healthcare program with the Senhoa Foundation for survivors of human trafficking in Siem Reap, Cambodia and managed a top 12 public private partnership between the Aspen Institute and the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Her written work has appeared in the Huffington Post, the Aspen Journal of Ideas, the Aspen Institute Blog and Art Focus Magazine - OVAC. Connect with Natalie on LInkedIn
Adele Beasley is the Program Director for Kitchen 66. The mission of Kitchen 66 is to turn Tulsa into a hot oven for food start-ups by lowering barriers to entry for local food makers and purveyors. Kitchen 66 provides food entrepreneurs with the ingredients needed to succeed: affordable commercial kitchen space, a comprehensive business development program, tailored advising, and a robust network of mentors and distributors. Connect with Adele on LinkedIn.