Erin Engelke is the Executive Director for Calm Waters, a nonprofit in Oklahoma City that serves children and families who have experienced loss due to death, divorce or other significant loss, providing free support groups and other services.
Prior to Calm Waters, Erin served in fundraising and public relations roles for Sunbeam Family Services, Feed the Children, World Neighbors, and MidFirst Bank. She has traveled extensively around the world, including Guatemala, Albania, and Peru and has a heart for seeing children and families thrive no matter where they live.
A graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, Erin serves on the Board of Trustees for Shepherd’s Hill International and The Christian Chronicle, President-Elect for the Public Relations Society of America, past president of the Association of Women in Communications, and an active member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City. Erin’s greatest pride is her family – her husband, son and two daughters.
She is frequently tapped to speak on issues relating to branding, non-profit marketing, and management. Her deepest passion is empowering other working moms to resist the pull to achieve work-life balance, instead of seeking a fulfilled life. Her expertise and real-life perspectives have been heard on stages across Oklahoma, including as a TEDx presenter in 2014 and keynote speaker for the Junior League of Oklahoma City Leadership Development training, Metro Tech Health Occupations Students of America Conference and OSU-OKC’s Leadership Conference. She is a writer and blogger, most recently with the national working mom blog, WorkIt Mom!
Erin was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Oklahoma Christian University, The Journal Record Achievers Under 40 2010 honor, is a 2013 40 Under 40 honoree from okcbiz.com and 40 Under 40 Honoree from Oklahoma Magazine. She is also accredited in public relations (APR) through the Public Relations Society of America.
Living The Unbalanced Life
Work/life balance has been debated for decades, yet it seems as though we as women are no closer to finding it. We've juggling home, kids, careers, community obligations and, hopefully, some time to just enjoy life. But what is balance exactly? Would we know we had it if we achieved it? Be inspired as Erin Engelke, Executive Director for Calm Waters and mom of three, answers these questions, and many more, challenging you to think about this topic in a new and unconventional way.
Persistence in the Pursuit
How many times have you given up on a goal or dream because something stood in your way…another person, your own fear or a lack of direction? Erin Engelke brings clarity and confidence to the need for persistence in the pursuit of our personal and professional goals, presenting thoughtful, well-defined tools to hold firm and see your dreams come to life.