Member of the Month: Laura Keim, Nextep

Meet Laura Keim, our newest Member of the Month. Laura is a business consultant for Nextep, and is “bringing the human back to human resources”. Laura is obsessed with the TV show Friday Night Lights and The Stairclimber, used to work in the alcohol industry, and is always offering to help our staff. 


Headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma, Nextep has resourceful, dedicated teams of specialists in twelve cities across the United States. Nextep elevates the employment experience for businesses by delivering cutting-edge technology, unbeatable expert support, and HR where you are. They create a customized solution for each company they work with. Nextep has simplified HR so you can get back to the things that matter most: building your business.


What do you do? Tell us a little bit about your company. 


I am a business consultant for Nextep. We are a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) based in Norman that helps small to medium businesses with all things HR. We help business owners offer the best benefits to their employees, provide HR expertise, and payroll service all through our technology. 



What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of? 


The courage to start over. I left one industry after 12 years, and found this job in the fall of 2021. 



What is the best part of your job? 


I didn’t know anything about the PEO industry, or even Nextep. I am so lucky to have found Nextep, because the people and culture of this company have been life-changing for me. 



What strategies do you use to make big decisions? 


I externally process a lot, and it drives my husband nuts. So he gets to hear all my thoughts regarding big and even the smallest decisions. 



When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 


I wanted to be a lot of things, but a few that come to mind, ambassador, amusement park ride developer (even though I hate roller coasters or things that are tall), and President.



Given unlimited resources, how would you go about making the world a better place? 


Find your passion and spend it in a non-profit, whether its time, money, representing, something. Do what feels good and give back. 



If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? 


I don’t think I could pick one meal, but I am a big Chick-fil-a fan, so I would say I could eat off their menu for every meal. 


What is one of your favorite things about being a member of The Root Coworking? 

I’ve been here less than a year, but I really have enjoyed just getting to know the people AND I am a big fan of the Blackberry-Lime flavored water. 

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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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