About Us

Who We Are

At Madison Strategies Group, we believe that every person can thrive at the intersection of their talent and their purpose. When provided the necessary encouragement, support, resources, relationships, education, training and time to develop, everyone can fulfill their greatest potential.

Madison Strategies Group's mission is to build and strengthen the talent and skill of those job seekers we serve. We empower job seekers with the ability to effectively meet the needs of our employer partners. By investing and engaging in innovative solutions and partnerships, we provide hope for those we serve, our business partners, and the community at large.

What We Live By

While MSG is host to numerous diverse programs, our guiding values remain the same.

  • Solve the problems that prevent success
  • Empower our customers to create sustainable changes
  • Innovate for the future and catalyze change
  • Foster effective collaboration
  • Make data-based decisions
  • Cultivate an inclusive and diverse environment
  • Advocate for workforce development in our community
  • Build open and honest relationships through candid communication

Our Win-Win Strategy

Madison Strategies Group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Tulsa residents, businesses and communities thrive. We serve as a bridge between those that need short-term training and the businesses that need skilled workers.

We keep a pulse on emerging and existing skills gaps, crafting quality, free training to fill in-demand careers. We partner with local employers seeking individuals with these training certifications and connect them with qualified new training graduates. It’s a win-win for the Tulsa community.

Our Team

At the heart of it all, we are a small team of people passionate about helping our community reach its full potential. Every day, we are creating possibilities for Tulsans seeking positive change with the help of our talented and dynamic team.

Karen Pennington

Executive Director

Rachel Griffin

Data & Strategic Operations Director

Steve Tumpkin

Retrain Tulsa Managing Director

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February 2010

MSG founded in New York

September 2011

MSG opens Tulsa office and launches WorkAdvance

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October 2012

First WorkAdvance graduation ceremony held at City Hall

April 2016

MSG partners with CAP Tulsa for HPOG funded CareerAdvance healthcare training

August 2016

MDRC releases research results proving WorkAdvance works!

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November 2016

“5 Years, 500 Placements” celebration in Tulsa

September 2017

Madison Strategies Group named the 59th Tulsa Area United Way partner agency

June 2018

MSG Tulsa expands and doubles office space in Sun Building

November 2018

MSG headquarters relocated to Tulsa

April 2019
October 2019

JobsFirst program launches

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March 2020

Career Connection program launches

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TCW named as a finalist in 2020 Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards

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September 2021

MSG secures funding for Retrain Tulsa and grows again!

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March 2022

Retrain Tulsa program launches

Our Funders

Madison Strategies Group wouldn’t exist without the help from our outstanding supporters. We’re funded through state, federal and philanthropic partners.

Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation
Bank of America
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
City of Tulsa
Community Development Block Grant administered by the City of Tulsa
Devon Energy
Flint Family Foundation
Gelvin Foundation
George Kaiser Family Foundation
HUD CHOICE Neighborhood Grant Subgrantee
Hille Foundation
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Lumina Foundation
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
Oklahoma Department of Human Services SNAP E&T
Results for America
Sharna and Irvin Frank Foundation
Simmons Bank
Tulsa Area United Way
Tulsa Community Foundation
Tulsa County
What Works Cities


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92¢ of every dollar you donate goes directly to serve our customers

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