An accomplished professional with a career spanning more than 50 years, Carolyn Raye Whitener has been a business owner, an artist, and a consultant in her field. She studied at Oklahoma State University and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She began her career in 1962 as a co-owner of Honk ‘n’ Holler in Stillwater, OK and moved on to co-own W&W Cattle Ranch in 1973. In 1979, she ventured into art and became co-owner of Colorvision, Inc. where she also served as a commercial artist. She also served as a motivational speaker at women’s groups and universities and is currently the owner of Clynn’s Designs. In addition, Ms. Whitener has served as a consultant for various businesses and as a director for staging and backdrops in New York and Oklahoma.
Ms. Whitener also contributed to the advancement of her field in 1971 when she was the proprietor of Honk ‘n’ Holler. She served as a plaintiff in the Supreme Court case, Craig v. Boren. The case concluded that gender-based classifications in the law were unconstitutional, which set a precedent for gender-based discrimination. Civically, Ms. Whitener has been an active member of the Grady County Environmental Coalition as well as a current advisory member of the Governor’s Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. In 2017, Ms. Whitener was recognized for her many professional contributions and received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who. In her spare time outside of work, she enjoys art, sewing, cooking, and travel.
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