Speakers

Meet the 2024 speakers for the Women in Leadership Conference

Jonna Kirschner

Jonna Kirschner

President , CNI Manufacturing LLC
BIO

Jonna Kirschner is the President of CNI Manufacturing LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc. located in Marietta, OK.   She is also CNI’s, Senior Vice President of Economic Development.

Before joining CNI, she served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce where she had been General Counsel for over ten years.  One of the many highlights of her career with the State of Oklahoma was the opportunity to serve as the lead developer for one of the 2007 Oklahoma Centennial projects which showcased Oklahoma for a six week period at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival sponsored by Walt Disney World Resort ® in Orlando, Florida.   She is a member of the 2020 Honorary Commanders Class of the 72nd Air Base Wing, Tinker Air Force Base and was selected to attend the Secretary of the Air Force’s 67th National Security Forum as the Air War College on Maxwell Air Force Base. She currently serves as a Member of the External Advisory Committee (EAC) for National Science Foundation EPSCoR RII Track 1- 5 year $20 million project aimed at developing Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma.

Ms. Kirschner attended Dartmouth College and then obtained her law degree from Boston College Law School.   She has practiced as a corporate attorney in several private law firms in both Oklahoma City and London, England where she lived from 1987-1994.  In 2018, she was named a recipient of the Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association.   She is a member of various professional organizations including the Select Oklahoma.

Ms. Kirschner has many volunteer interests and has chaired multiple fundraising committees for non-profits. As the 2009-2011 President of Red Earth, Inc., and Chairman of the 23rd and 24th Red Earth Festival, she was honored as a Member of the Inaugural Class of the Elders Council.   She is the President of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Israel Exchange.  Ms. Kirschner was honored as a 2019 Byliner of the Year in the category of Law and Civic Involvement by the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Association of Women in Communications.

She has two sons, Jay, a 2016 graduate and Winston a 2022 graduate of the University of Oklahoma.  Winston was selected to join Class 2026 at Texas Christian University School of Medicine. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Kirschner  wrote a weekly column, “Coming Home to the Lazy K”  for The Country Connection, a newspaper that featured her stories of returning to her grandparent’s farm in Western Oklahoma.