6th Annual Tulsey Awards

Nominee - E. Dee Tabor

E. Dee Tabor


Senior Transitions, LLC


Tulsa entrepreneurs are unique in the world. How have your endeavor(s) added value to our community and the future of Tulsa?
E.Dee established Senior Transitions in 2003 after completing the Gerontology Program at the University of Tulsa. The aim was to serve as a primary resource for services to individuals and their families seeking senior housing across the range of care levels. The Transitions’ mission and model show a commitment to provide outstanding personal service with respect, dignity and discretion. E.Dee works with seniors to explore their options for finding the right fit with the services they require. The seniors and their families make the decisions, develop a plan with E.Dee, who coordinates the move, and with the Transitions staff assists in downsizing decisions, packing and unpacking, home decorating and settling in, then the disposition of items not moving to the new home.

In December 2007, E.Dee completed the Residential Care Administrator’s Certificate through Oklahoma State University. Beginning the spring semester of 2008 through the summer of 2010, she taught courses for that program, including “Empowering Your Workforce” and “Culture Change.” In addition to teaching at OSU, E.Dee has written cover articles for The Vintage newsmagazine: “Downsizing and Organizing” and “It’s Okay To Give Away,” addressing clutter and hoarding. She also presented at the Oklahoma Assisted Living Association (OKALA) state conference “Best Hopes – Worst Fears” in anticipation of a move into a retirement community; University of Central Oklahoma gerontology class, Policies and Programs for Older Adults: “Senior Transitions/Services for Seniors”; Community Care “Downsizing and Organizing” and “Considera-tions for Selecting a Retirement Community”; plus presentations for Life Senior Services and several of the communities in Tulsa and Edmond. E.Dee served in Life Senior Services Peer Counseling Program as well as volunteered with Hospice of Green Country.

Prior to working as a gerontology consultant, E.Dee’s professional path began as a speech pathologist with a Master’s Degree from the University of Tulsa and educator for thirty years at the pre-school through college levels.

If you aren’t failing, you aren’t succeeding. Share with us some of your failures to better understand how you have taken the lessons learned and applied them to support getting to where you are today.
It's too personal. Let me think about it. Thank you.

Being creative is vital to an entrepreneurial endeavors success. Share an out-of-the-box experience that has made you stronger as an entrepreneur.
I was the first teacher in the state and region to teach robotics classes to middle school children as part of the "Lego Logo" program at Holland Hall. When I have spare time, my favorite thing to do is pound metal and torch something, usually in the form of silver for jewelry or ornamental objects, via metalsmithing. Promoting sales of hand-crafted items can be daunting.

Tell us a story that involved you that either at the time or looking back makes you laugh.
Parachutes - The Short Version

My two older brothers had tiny parachutes the US Army used to drop ammo. They tied the parachutes to my wrists and told me to jump off the third floor balcony of our house. I said, "I'm not stupid." So I jumped from the second floor instead. Should have died. Didn't. A concrete bench and bushes broke my fall. The boys were in such trouble...

Well, it wasn't funny at the time, but we can laugh about it now.

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  • Sept. 12th: Tulsey Awards Kickoff - Nominations Open
  • Oct. 6th: Tulseys Nominations Close
  • Oct. 16th: Tulseys Voting Opens
  • Nov. 8th: Tulseys Voting Closes
  • Nov. 21st: Tulsey Awards Ceremony
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