The Popcorn Series

The Popcorn 

Brought to you by Tulsa Tech, 36 Degrees North and Prodigy & Co.

The Popcorn Series is a collection of “pop-up” workshops to educate, engage and entertain. The topics range from tactical marketing tips to leadership and organizational strategies to help you accomplish your goals. If you are a small business, a nonprofit, or simply a life-learner, these workshops are for you! 

“Thanks for the work you do in the community. Tulsa Hub has benefited greatly from the wisdom and contacts myself and other staff have achieved through taking these Popcorn series trainings.”

Ren Barger | Founder, Tulsa Hub


Friday, April 16 – Upping Your Zoom Game

Thursday, April 22
– Using SEO to Become the Top Ranked Experty in Your Industry

Thursday, April 29 – Into the Weeds: Cannabis Tax Issues

Friday, April 30 – Creating a Technology Plan for Your Business or Nonprofit


Thursday, May 6 – Developing a Strategic Social Media Plan

Tuesday, May 11 – Leading with Dignity

Friday, May 21 – Dos and Donts of Grant Writing

Thursday, May 27 – Branding Yourself for Success



Friday, June 4 – The Art & Science of E-Commerce

Thursday, June 10 – Popcorn Panel: How to Get PR

Tuesday, June 15 – Streamline Your Marketing with Canva

Thursday, June 24 – How to Build a Profitable Online Course

Tuesday, June 29 – Sassing Up Your Social: A How-To on Writing for the Gram (and other platforms)



Thursday, May 6

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Presenter: Tara Moses

Hybrid event with limited in-person seating at 36 Degrees North along with virtual access via Zoom.

Developing a Strategic Social Media Plan 

You have a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but how do you get people to engage with your business? In this active workshop, participants will generate their own social media strategic plan to take back to the office and immediately implement. Come prepared with your business or organization’s social media goals! 

Led by Tara Moses (she/her), the Marketing and Capabilities Director and Senior Grant Writer at Sharpshooter Communications and co-Founder of Groundwater Arts.

Tuesday, May 11

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Presenter: Jane Mudgett

Hybrid event with limited in-person seating at 36 Degrees North along with virtual access via Zoom.

Leading with Dignity

We are born with our dignity intact.  From this moment forward, we are surrounded by people and a world that will support and acknowledge us.  We are also surrounded by people and a world that challenges and violates our dignity.  As adults, we are continually balancing our instinct of self-preservation with connecting and getting along with others.  We’re on a seesaw of sorts, but we’re sitting on both sides, so we get to control the balancing act.

Join us to learn more about:

  • Honoring our own and other’s dignity
  • Defending your dignity with humanity
  • How to give and receive feedback
  • How to resolve conflict
  • Taking responsibility for challenging the dignity of others
  • Applying dignity knowledge to ourselves, to others and to something greater than ourselves

Get ready for participation and interaction, as well as a complementary follow-up workshop.

Led by Jane Mudgett, who after executive positions in four industries, puts her experience to work as a Leadership Coach, Author, Trainer and Presenter.

Friday, May 21

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Presenter: Dr. Fatimoh Harris – Excel Professional Grant Writing

Hybrid event with limited in-person seating at 36 Degrees North along with virtual access via Zoom.

Do’s & Don’ts of Grant Writing

Calling all nonprofits and organizations applying for grants! You may have heard that getting grants is like accessing free money, but if you’ve ever applied for one, you know there is a cost of time and energy involved. Most grant application processes are highly competitive and there are key areas that can make or break your chances of getting funded.

This workshop teaches proposal writing techniques and processes that successfully win grant funding. We use skills and techniques from Navigating the Grant Industry Handbook by Dr. Fatimoh Harris to strengthen procedures for the development team and/or grant writer. Participants will learn strategies that correct common grant misconceptions, Grant Industry practices and Grant/Peer Reviewer’s insight after submission.

Led by Dr. Fatimoh Haris, CEO & President of Excel Professional Grant Writing & Nonprofit Services, LLC and Excel Professional Services, a successful Certified Grant Writer, Business Consultant, Grant Reviewer and Workshop Facilitator. Dr. Harris has successfully won millions in grassroots funding and 98% of 501(c) 3 applications are IRS approved for clients. She is the author of Navigating the Grant Industry Handbook.

Thursday, May 27

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Presenters: Jessica Kinsey & Amy Hamilton

Hybrid event with limited in-person seating at 36 Degrees North along with virtual access via Zoom.

Branding Yourself for Success

People buy from people they know, like and trust. The same is true for hiring, networking, and just about everything else. Your personal brand matters and people often create an impression of you before they even meet you—either through your online presence or your reputation with others.

This workshop will cover the key elements you need for a successful personal brand both online and offline and tips and tricks for staying “on-brand”. There will also be time for Hot Seat reviews of social media profiles for feedback and advice on how to improve them. 

Led by Jessica Kinsey, founder of Prodigy & Co, facilitator, coach, and consultant and Amy Hamilton, Project Coordinator for Tulsa Tech and liaison to 36 Degrees North. 

Friday, June 4

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Presenter: Yobana Ruiz – Ole PR & Marketing

Hybrid event with limited in-person seating at 36 Degrees North along with virtual access via Zoom.

The Art & Science of

Did you know there is a way to sell physical products or services with lower overhead or operational costs? It’s e-commerce. 

E-commerce can help your business cut down on logistics and other expenses such as office costs, storage, and even employees. E-commerce even allows you to sell your products from the Bahamas if you really wanted to. 

In this workshop we will cover the process of how to set up your online store to start booking clients or selling your products online—it’s not as complicated as you might think. We will cover tools, strategies, and give you a checklist so you can be fully ready to launch!

Led by Yobana Ruiz, Founder & CEO of Olé Marketing, and head of marketing for Oklahoma’s largest Hispanic grocery store chain, Supermercados Morelos.

How to get PR

Thursday, June 10

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Led by: Kat Eller Murray – Roam Communications


Carly Rush – Morning Show Producer for KFAQ Talk Radio 1170
Jon Swartz – MarketWatch senior reporter
DeNeeka Hill – Reporter/Producer at NewsChannel 8
James Watts Jr – Journalist at The Tulsa World


Popcorn Panel: How to Get PR

We all read, listen or watch the news. We hear stories about different businesses. But how do those stories come to be? And how can you as an entrepreneur get your story told? 

Join Kat Eller Murray of ROAM Communication as she talks with multiple industry insiders to discuss how reporters best interact with companies and learn about their latest news, how they determine whether a story is worth sharing and what makes certain stories stand out from others — on both a local and national level. 

Tuesday, June 15

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Presenter: Beth Macias – SunBranch Marketing

Hybrid event with limited in-person seating at 36 Degrees North along with virtual access via Zoom.

Streamline Your Marketing with Canva

Streamline your branded graphics so you spend less time making your social media accounts and marketing materials on brand — without feeling like you need to hire a designer every time. We’ll talk about the power of leveraging design templates and brand standards in Canva. 

In this workshop, we will set up an example brand standard in the free version of Canva and briefly explain how the pro version can be helpful. Most importantly, we will create example branded templates and teach you how to use them to automate your marketing content creation.

Led by Beth Macias, brand and website designer, all around business creative, and founder of Sun Branch Marketing.

Thursday, June 24

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Presenter: Marisa Mohi –

How to Create a Profitable Online Course

Online courses are a great way to showcase your expertise and earn income. But when it comes to thinking about hosting the course, pricing, marketing, and creating the materials, where do you even start?

This workshop will give attendees a framework for creating a profitable online course using the tools at their disposal, as well as discuss ways to host the course and market it to your audience.

Led by Marisa Mohi, writer, speaker, creative coach, and tarot reader, who believes in making time for what you love and building a business around it.

Tuesday, June 29

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Vanessa Mancao – Saxum 
Natalie Newport – Nattlefield Media

Sassing Up Your Social:

A How-To on Writing for the ‘Gram
(and other platforms)

There is a lot of content out there on social media and you don’t want to get lost in the scroll—which makes it all too easy to get overwhelmed by writing content or get caught by writer’s block.  

How do you know what to say and how to say it? This workshop will cover how to make sure your words are consistent with your brand and that you are writing fun and captivating content that encourages engagement. We’ll talk about writing for your chosen platform, understanding who you are talking to and maintaining a consistent online persona. And what to do when the blinking cursor and the blank page get to be too much

Led by:

Vanessa Mancao, a former Tulsa newscast producer, who has pivoted her career to be a project manager for Oklahoma City-based agency Saxum and Direct of Marketing for Asian Student Achievement.

Natalie Newport is a digital content producer who previously worked in digital news for 6 years. She now owns a freelance social media management and digital content-producing business for clients of all genres.

Previous workshops have included:

Engaging Your Followers: Social Media for Nonprofits
(Jeff Martin – Philbrook)
Digital Advertising
(Xavier Beasley – Inspire Vision)
Canva 101 (Beth Macias – SunBranch Marketing)
Working with Diverse Teams 
(Cynthia Townsend – Ideas Knowledge Strategies Consulting)
Podcasting 101 (Will Retherford – Citizens of Sound)
Pricing Your Services (Jessica Kinsey – Prodigy & Co)
Pinterest for Business
(Kersten Anderson – Speakeasy Market Strategies)

Creating Margin & Reducing Overwhelm
(Kirby Andersen)
How to Develop Online Offers (Jessica Kinsey – Prodigy & Co)
Advocacy for Nonprofits (Oklahoma Policy Institute)
Building Your Digital Presence
(Meg Weinkauf – The Faithful Leader)
Sales for Small Businesses & Nonprofits (James Pesche)
Email Marketing 101 (Jessica Kinsey – Prodigy & Co)
Getting Government Contracts (Tulsa Tech)
Words Matter: Using Inclusive Language in Your Workplace
(Linda Jenkins & Aba Hammond)

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