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Oklahoma Magazine - 40 Under 40 2020
Influential young leaders drive the state forward, and the 40 professionals cataloged here exemplify the best of what Oklahoma has to offer. Through a graceful balancing act of hard work, pioneering and volunteerism, those honored set precedents for aspiring leaders around the state.
This group has a collective willingness to go the extra mile. By putting in time and effort to help others in addition to their professional duties, they have become leaders in many fields, from engineering and medicine to art and law.
Here are the stories of the 2020 Class of 40 Under 40.
All photos courtesy honorees or their companies.
40 Under 40 honorees are unranked and presented in no particular order.
29. MONICA YBARRA
Attorney/corporate counsel, TBS Factoring Service
A love for investigating and solving problems led Monica Ybarra to become an attorney. At TBS, a freight factoring company, Ybarra advises the business on a variety of legal issues and works with leadership to identify risks, assist the company and meet business goals. “I love collaborating with colleagues whose professional backgrounds are so diverse and helping them bring their visions to life,” she says. “I am proud to be a part of helping businesses achieve growth.” In her day-to-day professional life, Ybarra holds onto a particular piece of advice that steers her in the right direction. “Assume positive intent,” she says. “Giving others the benefit of the doubt affects how you respond to every situation and opens up opportunities to learn.” Off the clock, Ybarra volunteers her time with the National Exchange Club and the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Family Junction Youth Shelter, and acts as a Salvation Army bell ringer. She enjoys reading and going on road trips, with her favorite spot being Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also works on a unique endeavor in her off time – “a long-term project of documenting my family’s story through oral history,” she says.