by Valerie Grant, Tulsa People
“Can’t” simply wasn’t part of Marjorie Conley’s vocabulary.
With children to support and bills to pay, the housewife-turned-businesswoman began running her husband’s Tulsa manufacturing company just two days after his sudden death in 1966. Although she didn’t know it then, Conley was igniting a family legacy of female business leaders.
“She just did what she had to do,” says Brooke Hamilton, Conley’s granddaughter and president and CEO of NPI, a printing and product identification company in the Pearl District. “It was pretty much fight or flight. She stepped up and said, ‘I’m going to eat, I’m going to take care of my family, and this is what I’m going to do.’”
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