Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Whole Foods Market Co-Founder John Mackey to Make Oklahoma Debut Speech at Forum

 OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 21, 2011) – Creative Oklahoma announces “Out-of-the-Box” as the theme for the inaugural Oklahoma Creativity Forum. The one-day Forum will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“The Forum is a rare opportunity to hear some of the world’s most creative and innovative business, education, and cultural leaders,” said Susan McCalmont, president of Creative Oklahoma. “The speakers will inspire attendees to imagine ideas and create ways to innovate their ideas into products and services for the marketplace.”

Whole Foods Market Co-Founder and Co-CEO John Mackey will be the keynote speaker, and he will be making his first formal presentation in Oklahoma at Oklahoma Creativity Forum.  Sponsored by Chesapeake Energy, Mackey will present ideas on how a model of creativity and capitalism can give back to communities. Mackey helped grow Whole Foods Market to a $10 billion Fortune 300 company and a top U.S. supermarket, which is opening its first location in Oklahoma.

Confirmed speakers joining Mackey are Matt Beckham, CEO of the nation’s leading online auction site Quibids; Gregg Fraley, Chief Solver of London corporate-innovation company Kiln Ideas; David E. Albert, MD, owner of ECG Apple App company AliveCor and sleep-safety device LifeTone Technology; Bulent Atalay, Scientist/Artist/Author; Robert Sternberg, Provost at Oklahoma State University; Tamara Christensen founder of the speed innovation challenge MomentumXDesign; Chase Curtiss, CEO of Capacity Sports; and Kevin Carroll, “Red Rubber Ball” innovator and advocate of the Sport for Social Change movement.

The University of Oklahoma Dean of Fine Arts, Rich Taylor, will serve as the Oklahoma Creativity Forum Honorary Chair, and the master of ceremonies will be two-time Olympic Gold gymnast Bart Conner, of Norman.

“The Forum will be a totally new conference experience for our attendees as soon as they walk through the doors,” said Conner. “It will be an immersion into a creative environment that will inspire them to think outside the box on commerce, education and culture.”

Registration for the Oklahoma Creativity Forum can be found at stateofcreativity.com

McCalmont added that while the Oklahoma Creativity Forum is a high profile statewide event, Creative Oklahoma has year-round successful initiatives that encourage innovation in Oklahoma. The State of Creativity Awards and Grants program which includes the Creative SPARKS! Awards, sponsored by Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, awarding cash awards to Oklahoma students and their schools; Great Inspirations, recognizing inspiring Oklahoma achievements in creativity; Innovation Grants, awarding cash grants to encourage development of innovative ideas that contribute to the common good; and the Creativity Ambassador program honoring nationally and internationally known Oklahomans for their creative contributions.  Other programs include the nationally broadcasted documentary series, “ReCreating America,” by award-winning producer David Kennard;  educational workshops and webinars; international and national collaborative projects through the International Districts of Creativity and National Creativity Networks; and support of initiatives that promote creativity and innovation in Oklahoma’s schools with founding partners, the DaVinci Institute and Oklahoma A+ Schools.

About Creative Oklahoma:

Formed in 2006, Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization that promotes creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture. The goal is to transform the state of Oklahoma through initiatives that lead to a more entrepreneurial and vibrant economy along with a better quality of life for its citizens. Through this organization, Oklahoma has become a “District of Creativity,” which is an international network of 14 regions of the world that have been working together to foster the exchange of best practices and experiences in business, culture and education. Creative Oklahoma has established the State of Creativity Awards that awards recognitions and grants to Oklahoma students and non-profit institutions encouraging creativity and innovation. Creative Oklahoma also organizes educational symposia, webinars, workshops, and forums on creativity and innovation for students and the general public. Creative Oklahoma will host the Oklahoma Creativity Forum on November 1, 2011. For more information please visit stateofcreativity.com.

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