Meet the 2023 speakers for the Women in Leadership Conference
Rachel Cannon, Founder and co-Chief Executive Officer of Prairie Surf Media, is an Oklahoma native who wears many hats: entertainment executive, entrepreneur, mentor, and accomplished television actress. Rachel is also a writer, producer, wife, and mother, who’s passionate about creating an entertainment empire in the heartland through Prairie Surf Media (PSM). With an acting career in Los Angeles that spans 20 years with over 80 network television credits, Cannon has been featured on iconic television series like “Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Mad Men,” and ABC’s hit comedy “Fresh Off The Boat,” portraying Deidre for six seasons.
Combining her on-set experience with her strong entrepreneurial spirit, Cannon co-founded Prairie Surf Media in 2020 where she serves as Co-CEO alongside her partner, Matt Payne. In 2021, Rachel and Matt launched Prairie Surf Studios in downtown Oklahoma City, boasting 1.3 million square feet of production space with five massive clearspan soundstages. While transforming the Cox Convention Center into a full-service film studio, Cannon helped pass SB608, a $30 million film rebate while Payne helped build extensive pathways into workforce development with multiple education partnerships.
Cannon lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Noah Engh, a singer and songwriter, and their 6-year-old son, August.