popUP sessions

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

The popUP Sessions are 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! 

I’ve attended at least 15 popUP Sessions events over the last 3 years. Jessica assembled a heavy hitter crew of subject matter experts and charged only a nominal fee so anyone could afford the events. I’ve had opportunities to learn about using social media, photography and video for business. I’ve been directed to useful resources. We’ve used so many of the tools presented to start and now grow our HVAC business, Doc J’s Heat and Air. 

Deborah Jenkins | Doc J’s Heat and Air

“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 popUP Sessions trainings.”

Ren Barger | Founder, Tulsa Hub

How to Get Paid What’s Fair

Monday, August 8

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Presenter: Sam Carlton

Have you ever struggled to get clients to see and appreciate the value of your work?  Do you always feel dread when that one client messages you with a new request? In this talk, we’ll go through correctly positioning your value and pricing ethically and fairly as an Entrepreneur or Expert Practitioner.

In this talk we’ll go through:

    1. Putting your value into context
    2. Right fit clients
    3. Proposals 

About the Speaker:

Led by Sam Carlton, Consulting Software Engineer helping startups master their Technical SEO for content marketing. He’s been building and advising on online software solutions for businesses for over 10 years.

Using Customer Insights to Solve a Business Problem

Monday, August 29

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Presenter: Abbey Marino

Join us for a human-centered design workshop led by Abbey Marino. In this workshop, we’ll discuss tools that can help you use your customers as a guide to solve business problems. This workshop is great for anyone with an early-stage idea they’re looking to validate or for someone with an existing business who wants to understand a new customer segment. We’ll explore stakeholder ecosystems, empathy maps, and synthesizing insights to inform your solution. To take advantage of this workshop, spend some time thinking about the problem you want to solve and the people you want to solve it for.

About the Speaker:

Led by Abbey Marino, a builder and director of programs that incubate entrepreneurial ventures and develop leaders. Abbey has built and managed 6 statewide and international programs including the 36°N Incubator Program, has lead 30+ high-growth consulting projects in tech and social entrepreneurship, and has trained 500+ community members in topics like human-centered design and executive communication.

6 Steps to Funded: Empowering Your Education with Free Money

Friday, September 9

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Presenter: Alexis Sanders

Your life experience is likely the reason you want to pursue your dream career but is also your greatest asset in winning academic scholarships and grants that you will never have to pay back. There are scholarship granters and funders looking for people like YOU and in this workshop, you will find out:

    1. What financial aid options available to you 
    2. Where to look to find the free money 
    3. What to do to make yourself an irresistible applicant 
    4. How to become an expert in telling your story

About the Speaker:

Led by Alexis Sanders, a 28-year-old entrepreneur from Jackson, Mississippi. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Southern Mississippi, she discovered a way to sell her potential to scholarship committees to get more than $100,000+ in scholarships, grants, and earned income. Today, Alexis has lived in Tulsa for more than two years. She is the founder of The Markista, LLC – a virtual marketing and administrative service that helps social entrepreneurs in marketing and managing their businesses.

Business Model Canvas and Customer Discovery

Friday, September 9

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Presenter: Alexis Sanders

Starting a business could be an overwhelming task. As a business owner, you may also be intimidated by the idea of having to write a business plan. Before you want to run away, you will learn that the business model canvas (developed by Alex Osterwalder), is a great tool to use to improve the clarity of what your business is trying to achieve. This workshop will help you to eliminate all the fluff from the traditional business plan and lets you zero in on what’s important.

About the Speaker:

Maria Almeida is from Quito – Ecuador. She is a bilingual and bicultural professional committed to helping small business owners with coaching to develop the overall picture of their business including business model, business plan, marketing strategies, and understanding of their financials. Maria has over 15 years of lending and technical assistance experience working with small businesses both in Latin America and the US. She recently moved from Chicago where she was an Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Services with the Women’s Business Development Center. She is currently a Business Advisor with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers at Tulsa Tech.

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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