Sammye Norvell Cravens, Making a Difference
Cravens is among 50 women recognized by The Journal Record

OKLAHOMA CITY, July 28, 2014 – The Journal Record recognizes Sammye Norvell Cravens and 49 other female business and community leaders as Fifty Making a Difference. All 50 women will be recognized during a gala at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on October 2 and in the publication Fifty Making a Difference. One honoree will be chosen as Woman of the Year.

Cravens is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Public Strategies (PS). She has been an instrumental part of the company for more than 10 years. Cravens oversees the day-to-day operations and execution of strategic plans and precise analysis of outcomes. Understanding that great people drive real solutions to problems, she provides oversight to all human resource functions and interviews every employee during the hiring process. Under her guidance, PS was named one of the 30 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for four consecutive years.

About her role as COO/CFO, Cravens says, “It has afforded me the responsibility of growing and guiding Public Strategies from a small 17 employee company with little diversity in age, gender or culture to a 175 person organization with one of the most diverse environments I have ever seen in a company this size. We employ persons who speak a variety of languages, come from many cultures and countries and have a variety of life experiences and educational backgrounds.”

Cravens is extremely passionate about the work Public Strategies does. The majority of the programs and clients the organization has the opportunity to work with have direct positive impacts on individuals’ lives throughout the world, from providing clean drinking water to villages in Kenya to strengthening relationships and marriages right here in Oklahoma.

One of her favorite lessons is something she learned from her late parents, “They taught me to be the person I am today and to strive to make the world a better place to live…one person at a time, one day at a time.”


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