Changing the world, word by word...

Empowering your ideas, organization or business by promoting focus, encouraging action and helping you tell your stories.

What does Purple Ink do?

Consulting, Training, Facilitating, Coaching

Purple Ink Does Consulting

I work with nonprofit organizations, foundations, entrepreneurs and businesses to plan for success, keep momentum rolling, improve efficiencies and make lives better.

Strategic Planning

Let’s work together to develop your Roadmap—literally a one-page guide. I have done these for businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations. This keeps your mission, vision and values center front, while also highlighting longer-term goals, 12-month initiatives and areas for improvement.

  • We met with a major funder this week and shared our newest roadmap with her to show her our latest initiatives. She loved it and wanted to share it with every nonprofit. It is genius and very handy to keep us on track.

    Miki Farris

    Infant Crisis Services
  • Molly has been an advisor and conducted strategic planning sessions for Cleats for Kids throughout our first 10 years. She listens and understands our nonprofit business and operations. Her strategic planning sessions have provided “roadmaps” that have been a big part of C4K’s ability to sustainably grow and impact more kids while maintaining efficiency. Our entire Board and staff appreciates every time we have the opportunity to work with Molly.

    Stacy McDaniel

    Executive Director, Cleats for Kids
  • I believe her Roadmap is a better product that allows your retreat to focus on the big picture with some details, rather than spending so much time in the weeds and having an overwhelming notebook of details to continuously pour over (which is more likely to be stuck on a shelf never or rarely used).

    Ginny Bass Carl

    (Former) Board Chair, ReMerge
  • I used to dread organization strategic planning. Since I’ve met Molly, I love it! Our plan is great, it works and she makes the process fun. She has worked with us for three years and I wouldn’t use anyone else.

    Maura Wilson Guten

    Executive Director, Tulsa CASA, Inc.
  • Molly has been just the kind of spark plug my Board of Directors has needed to retrench, build on best practices and gain momentum with back-to-back strategic plans.

    Leslie Baker

    Executive Director, Reining Horse Foundation
  • I have worked with Molly Helm in a variety of ways over the last year and have found her to be a joy to work with. Her commitment to adding value to her clients, the energy she brings to each meeting, project and interaction, and her thoughtful and smart approach all make me want to work with her again and again. I highly recommend Molly for any strategic needs.

    Kristi Spaethe, SHRM-CP, PHR

    President & Principal Consultant, The People Perspective
  • I’d like to give a shout out to Enid’s own Molly Helm, who played a key role as part of our comprehensive and inclusive planning process. Molly is my strategic plan guru, we truly could not have done this without her sage guidance, support, and humor during a very unpredictable and uncertain year. Thank you, Molly!

    Chandra Boyd

    Deputy Director, Oklahoma Arts Council

Business Development

Are you a consultant or freelancer starting your own business? Are you an entrepreneur with an idea? After 20 years of part-time freelancing and three years of full-time consulting, plus several decades of business experience, I can help you as you develop your business plan, create your brand and develop your processes. I, along with my network of professional designers, organizers, photographers, accountants and social media/PR specialists, will provide assistance and objective opinions.

  • Molly has worked with my company almost since the beginning, providing invaluable strategic advice, as well as creative marketing ideas and ongoing communications support. She facilitated our early staff retreat, encouraged me to create processes and delegate parts of my work, and introduced me to other professionals to help me as I grow. She is a combination marketer, consultant and cheerleader!

    Cecilia Holle

    Founder, GYM

Writing · Marketing and Communication Planning

Words matter and I have plenty of Purple Ink to help you find the right words for your messaging, marketing or organizational documents. From business plans and bylaws to web copy and promotional materials, words are my specialty.

  • As a photographer, I have always loved the idea that my photos are worth 1000 words (or more!). As a business owner, when I need words, I go to Molly. She has put a voice to many of my projects—letters, brochures, websites, and even a book. It is always a pleasure dealing with people who really listen, understand and get the subtleties of a concept. Molly has that innate talent of getting to the root of the message and bringing it immediately to the surface. She is more than a colleague—she is a true friend.

    Mike Klemme

    Owner, KLEMME/Art
  • Grant applications have to be factual and compelling, creative and impactful – all while adhering to strict content guidelines and meeting deadlines. Molly knows how to understand an organization’s mission and transform it into a compassionate case for support. She listens well, summarizes succinctly and helps us tell our story.

    Evelyn Bollenbach

    Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Molly has been a valued asset as I started and built my business. She has worked with me on branding, developing my printed materials, and creating messaging and a simple marketing plan. She even helps hold me accountable to my schedule as I work through the steps. She is my ‘go-to’ person for words and strategic advice.

    Angie Grothe

    Thai Yoga Massage

Purple Ink Does Training

Training can be tricky. It is really important but it needs to be fun as well as substantial and engaging. I have presentations on board governance, roles and responsibilities, customer service, telling your story, and others that can be customized for your group or incorporated into a retreat.

  • Molly has distinguished herself as a conscientious and energetic pioneer in the fields of leadership and consulting. I have enjoyed working with Molly while doing Nonprofit Board Training, and I am always impressed with the professionalism that she brings to the training table. She is very organized and strategically approaches her consulting with cutting edge ideas, which always encourages thought–provoking discussions and results.

    Mary Stallings

    President and CEO, Cherokee Strip Community Foundation
  • I met Molly standing in line as she was helping a young lady purchase school supplies; it was easy to tell Molly has a heart for kids. Her passion was even more evident when we had her come to Hennessey to provide professional development related to securing funding through I can’t recommend Molly and her training enough—within three days we had four projects fully funded for over $2,500.

    Mike Woods

    Superintendent, Hennessey Public Schools
  • Thank you for teaching the Board Governance III: Roles and Responsibilities training. In reviewing evaluations from this class, your presentation score was a 4.0 on a 4.0 scale, and the overall training score was a 4.0 on a 4.0 scale. We appreciate your working with us to effectively meet our mission, building better communities through effective nonprofits.

    Training Director

    Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

Purple Ink Does Meeting Facilitation

Years of attending meetings, some of which were more effective than others, have helped me see the value of having a facilitator help plan and run certain meetings and sessions.

  • Throughout my career in association management I have been fortunate to work with some truly exceptional facilitators, some with national and international reputations. Molly is right at the top of the list. Her temperament and tone are ideal for contentious issues and her marketing orientation keeps the right focus on the big picture. I have recommended her to some very satisfied colleagues and will continue to do so.

    Gary Carpenter

    Commissioner, National Reining Horse Association
  • As my business partner in DisruptHR, Molly showed a commitment to the end goal, a willingness to always explore creative solutions, and became a rock as I trusted her follow-through and strength of character. She’s the best for an encouraging word in a quick call or text, a reality check as needed, and seems to intuitively know the next best step. Chief Thinker is a perfect title for her way of looking at the world, exploring solutions, and keeping a project on track — always with an encouraging smile.

    Linda M. Clark

    Executive and Leadership Coaching, Career Strategist, Personal Development, Executive Chameleon
  • Molly engaged each Board member from the beginning of the session.  In fact, Board members commented afterwards that they felt like everyone’s voice was heard.  She helped the board identify specifically mission-critical items and kept us focused and on task.  Her positive attitude and professional demeanor further helped her effectiveness.

    Stacy McDaniel

    Executive Director, Cleats for Kids

Purple Ink Does Business and Personal Coaching

Looking for someone to help work through a challenge or issue? Being a CEO or entrepreneur can be overwhelming! Sometimes having an objective, experienced third party to assist is just what you need to get optimum results.

  • Molly was able to help me corral a giant vision into a workable strategy plan, focusing my niche, and giving me a sound path for leveraging resources, remaining true to my goals for a joyous business, and remembering to keep strategy and long-term sustainability at the forefront. All without compromising my delight and expectation that days be surrounded with magic, purpose, and compassion for others. In the best and truest sense of my purpose, Molly helped me remain authentic, steadfast, and forward-focused. It is my intention to sit down with her annually to check my plan and modify for focus and growth.

    Linda M. Clark

    Executive and Leadership Coaching, Career Strategist, Personal Development, Executive Chameleon
  • Regarding coaching… In a word, Molly PEGGED it! Her skills and disposition made this one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Yes, self-improvement is on the horizon, but, honestly, the process of defining who you are, exploring your next 12- month journey, and confirming your core values is an incredibly freeing exercise. Thanks to Molly, who I am and what I want, at the most essential level, is hanging on my wall. My reminder, my roadmap, my checks and balances. Thank you, Molly.

    Ginny Bass Carl

    Giving Well

I really do want to change the world—one word at a time. I listen, plan, organize, streamline, encourage, hold accountable and connect. Working with clients to help them be better, to improve themselves, their business or their organization, and to have more fun while they do their work—that is what I do.


Purple Ink Values*

* I fight for these.


Big thinking makes more room for success. I ask questions to get to the compelling ideas.


I deliver exceptional, timely work and communicate with purpose. Pass it on.


Pulling the right people together is more fun and has better outcomes.


Success looks different for everyone and is ever-changing. I deliver meaningful results.

About Molly Helm

Bringing together what she loves, Molly Helm is chief thinker and writer at Purple Ink, and works extensively with nonprofit groups and growing businesses. Her 25-year career in corporate marketing, nonprofit leadership and communications provides experience from a variety of perspectives.

She has served on numerous nonprofit boards as a long-time member, helping with marketing, governance and fundraising. The Journal Record named her one of the Fifty Who Make a Difference in Oklahoma in 2013 and 2014 and she is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma XXV. She served on the Enid Public School Board for two terms. She earned an English degree from Texas Christian University. In her spare time Molly runs, practices yoga, and seeks adventure. She and her husband, Geoff, have two adult sons and a lovely daughter-in-law.

From marketing, to public relations, to fundraising and even a little grant writing, Molly has a passion for it all because it helps make her community an even better place to be.

Purple Ink includes a talented team of other thinkers and designers, chosen especially for each project as they are needed.

Professional Experience
  • Purple Ink, Founder
  • McLaughlin Family Foundation, Advisor
  • Wymer Brownlee, Director of Marketing
  • Autry Technology Center, Director of Communications and Executive Director of the Education Foundation
  • Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse, Executive Director
  • Advance Food Company, Marketing Director
  • Integris Bass Baptist Hospital, PR Assistant

Professional Activities:

  • Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXV
  • Inspire Greater Enid Marketing/PR Group
  • National School Public Relations Association
  • Oklahoma School Public Relations Association
  • CareerTech Communications and Marketing Group
  • International Association of Business Communicators
  • Oklahoma Museum Network, Founding Member
  • Oklahoma Museum Association
  • Made in Oklahoma Coalition
Community Involvement
  • Autry Educational Foundation, Board member, 2018-present
  • Park Avenue Thrift, Board member, 2011-2020
  • DisruptHR OKC, Co-Founder, 2016-2020
  • Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, Board member, 2013-2016
  • ESCCO Trainer and Consultant, 2014-2020
  • Enid Higher Education Council, Board member, 2014-2020
  • Oklahoma Academy of Goals, Board member, 2015-2018
  • Children’s Hospital Foundation Advisory Board member, 2012-2022
  • Fields & Futures Board Member, 2015-16
  • Journal Record Oklahoma Woman of the Year Honoree, 2013-14
  • Enid Public Schools volunteer, 1998-present
    • School board member (2007-2014)
    • 3rd grade mentor
  • Enid YMCA Member
    • 10-year Board member
    • Membership and Marketing Chair
    • Past member of Nominating and Endowment Committees
  • Enid Arts Council, 18-year member
    • 8-year board member
    • Former marketing and governance committee chair (5 years)
  • Lead Guitar (national), 2009-2016
    • Board member
    • “Volunteer of the Year 2010”
    • Grant writer and co-founder of Enid program with artist Brad Richter
Client List

Here are a few of the wonderful clients I work with, or have worked with:

  • Because We Care Philanthropy
  • Citizens Caring for Children
  • Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • City Rescue Mission
  • Cleats4Kids
  • Communities Foundation of Oklahoma
  • Crosstown Learning Center
  • Enid Community Clinic
  • Enid GYM
  • Enid Metro Commission
  • Enid Public Schools
  • Enid Thai Yoga Massage
  • Enid YWCA
  • Family Builders
  • Fields and Futures
  • Foundation for OKCPS
  • Foundation Management
  • Friends for Folks
  • Genesis Project
  • Great Salt Plains Health Center
  • Hennessey Public Schools
  • Infant Crisis Services
  • Lead Guitar
  • Life EMS
  • Loaves and Fishes
  • Mabee Gerrer Museum 
  • McAlester Regional Health Care Center
  • McAlester Regional Health Care Foundation
  • McLaughlin Family Foundation
  • Mike Klemme
  • National Reining Horse Association
  • Nonprofit Solutions (law firm)
  • Oklahoma Arts Council
  • Oklahoma CASA
  • Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
  • Oklahoma City Ballet
  • Oklahoma Public School Resource Center
  • Oklahoma State School Board Association
  • People Perspective, LLC
  • Positive Tomorrows
  • Regional Food Bank
  • Reining Horse Sports Foundation
  • ReMerge
  • The Right Horse
  • ServeNebraska
  • Sunbeam Family Services
  • Teen emPower
  • Tulsa CASA
  • United States Hunter Jumper Association
  • United Way, Greater Enid
  • Warriors Rest
  • Wild at Heart Horse Rescue
  • YW8

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