Member of the Month: Blair Storie-Johnson, Jones Design Studio

Blair Storie-Johnson is a Designer with Jones Design Studio, which provides world-class sustainability consulting, training, building assessments and design services. They are sustainability professionals and architects deeply committed to building a beautiful and sustainable future.

How long have you been with your current company?

4 months

What is your official title/job description with your current company?


How would you summarize what your company does and why your clients choose you over the competition?

JDS is a triple-bottom-line architecture firm. Our clients tend to share our larger mission of trying to make a positive impact on the environment and our community as it relates to the built environment.

If you had to have a philosophy of life, what would it be?

Strive to be second-best: reap the benefits of being at the top without the pressure of being number one.

What’s a productivity tool or app that you couldn’t live without?

Pretty much anything that keeps track of financial things. I make good use of the Reminders tools on the iPhone, as well as Mint from Intuit.

Do you or your company do any work within the community in the form of charity, nonprofits, or just building up Tulsa?

I’m a pretty active member of Mosaic, which promotes diversity and inclusion and is run through the Chamber. Molly and I are also on a regional advisory board for the US Green Building Council, which advocates for environmental practices in the built environment. JDS has gone through a lot of change, even in the four months I’ve been here. I know we’ll be looking to grow our local participation as things settle down in the coming year.

What is one of your favorite books and why?

I don’t really have favorites. The last book I consumed was Malcom Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers. I’ve got Michelle Obama’s Becoming and Tara Westover’s Educated on deck for when I get some more down time.

Favorite movie and why?

At the moment it’s Frozen II because that’s the last one I saw.

What is a fun fact or story about you that most people that know you might be surprised to learn?

I’m allergic to fresh avocado, so I can usually tell if restaurant guac has been pre-made.

And lastly, what is one of your favorite things about being a member of the Root Coworking?

Cirque coffee, Bevi dispenser, Kegerator – the liquids?

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Member of the Month: Jenna Giesow, VAST Media

Give it up for our last, but certainly not least, 2022 member of the month, Jenna Giesow! Jenna is the co-owner and CEO of VAST Media. She was one of the top 10 seniors her year at OSU and a competitive runner post-grad. Speaking of OSU, Jenna is the biggest college football fan in the space; you can bet on it. Now, she’s on her next trip around the sun leading VAST Media and expecting another sweet baby. She really does it all!

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The Root Teams Up with Local Tulsa Coffee Shop, Notion Espresso to Create Notion Market Café

It’s official! The Root is joining forces with the very popular local Tulsa coffee shop, Notion Espresso to create a new concept called Notion Market Café. Notion Market Café will make its initial debut at our new location, Market Station, set to open in early 2023, and will be added to our current location at East Village shortly after. Coffee and lunch meetings just got a whole lot better!

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Member of the Month: Robin Walters, Rogue Recruitment

Business Owner, Managing Partner, Feminist, Mother, Military Wife, Dog-lover, Non-profit Starter, Craft Beer Queen of The Root. Robin Walters is now adding another title to her ever-growing list: November Member of the Month! Robin started her own staffing company in 2018 called Rogue Recruitment. One of the cool things about Robin is that you can talk to her about almost any subject because she just knows a little bit about a lot of different things. We love having Robin and her team here at The Root—if you wanna meet her, you can just stop by the front desk on pastry-delivery day (Tuesday mornings). 

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