Juliet Abdel, IOM
President & SVP Government Affairs
Juliet Abdel stands at the helm as the dynamic President of the Greater Topeka Chamber, breaking barriers as the first woman to lead since its inception. Her influence extends nationally, serving as a Director on the governing body of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and contributing to the Advisory Council for the Leadership Program of the Rockies. Juliet is also a chartering member of the Rocky Mountain Alumni Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma Multi-Cultural Sorority and has been a dedicated spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Go Red program since 2021 and Women Heart since 2022.
Juliet’s commitment to community service is illustrious, having served on the U.S. Chamber Board of Directors as an Institute Regent, the United Nations Association in Oklahoma City Chapter, and various other boards dedicated to inclusivity and community development. Armed with a master’s degree in international studies, specializing in development, society, and education from Oklahoma State University, Juliet has authored publications on female empowerment and entrepreneurship.
Her expertise in Chamber and private sector management, coupled with a background in public policy, enhances her role as an industry speaker. Under her guidance, organizations have achieved statewide and national recognition, securing awards for public policy and earning the title of statewide non-profit of the year. Juliet’s strategic leadership has also led to selections into numerous prestigious industry programs, showcasing her profound impact on the realms of business and community development.
What's one small change that an individual or family can make to contribute to the local economy's growth?
Think local first! As residents we often go elsewhere, let’s reinvest in the community we live in by contributing to our businesses, to our non-profits, utilizing our facilities, staying engaged on the positive strides we make – your voice matters!
What inspired you to work in the field of community economic development?
Having a background in small business, I was passionate about helping others achieve success to better their socio-economic status.
How does your role contribute to the organization's efforts to improve the local economy?
Advocacy is imperative to improving the local economy. At city, county, state and even federal level – all policies have an effect on us and the ability to move our community including its residents forward.
Juliet Abdel holds a special appreciation for the State Capitol, recognizing its historic architecture and the profound impact of the work conducted within. As a symbol of governance, the State Capitol directly influences our lives on a personal level.