OKCF2012 Speakers

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

Keynote Speaker Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated
Peter Diamandis

Peter Diamandis

Keynote Speaker Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation (www.xprize.org), a non-profit focused on designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Diamandis is an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies
Sacha Abercorn, Duchess of Abercorn

Sacha Abercorn, Duchess of Abercorn

Conversation with Sir Ken (Main Stage Guest Speakers) The Pushkin Trust began as The Pushkin Prize in Ireland in 1987, and was founded by Sacha Abercorn, the great, great, great grand-daughter of the famous Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, who was acclaimed for having brought the voice of Russia to the Russian people. The Pushkin Prize
Derek Brown

Derek Brown

Conversation with Sir Ken (Main Stage Guest Speaker) Derek Brown is the Managing Director of Actorshop Ltd, which he founded when working as the Drama Advisor for the London Borough of Newham in 1985. He is also Co-Director for Actorshop Productions which produces ‘l8r’, a health education series, broadcast by the BBC. The series, which
Cyndi Burnett

Cyndi Burnett

Education Breakout Session Dr. Cyndi Burnett is the Director of Distance Education Programs at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, at Buffalo State. The Center is internationally recognized for its teaching and scholarship in the area of deliberate creativity. Dr. Burnett implements the Center’s efforts to “ignite creativity around the world,” and her work
James Catterall

James Catterall

Education Breakout Session James S. Catterall is Professor Emeritus and past Chair of the Faculty at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He is an Affiliate Faculty member at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. In July 2011, Dr. Catterall became Principal Investigator at the Centers for Research on Creativity,
Margaret Collins

Margaret Collins

Commerce Breakout Session Margaret Collins, is the Executive Director of the Center for Creative Economy (CCE) based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Center serves as an advocate for creative industries and entrepreneurs in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad promoting connectivity and job growth. The Center brings people, ideas, and resources together to benefit a burgeoning creative
Bonnie Cramond

Bonnie Cramond

Education Breakout Session Bonnie Cramond, Ph.D., is the Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development at the University of Georgia, as well as a professor of Educational Psychology. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children, editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted
Pete Delaney

Pete Delaney

Chairman, President and CEO of OG&E Energy Corp. Pete Delaney is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy Corp., the parent company of OG&E, a regulated electric utility, and Enogex, a midstream natural gas pipeline business. Pete also serves as CEO of Enogex. Pete joined the company in April 2002 as
Carrie Fitzsimmons

Carrie Fitzsimmons

Conversation with Peter Diamandis (Main Stage Guest Speakers) Education Breakout Session  Carrie Fitzsimmons is Founding Director of the ArtScience prize. In 2010 she was promoted to the position of Executive Director of ArtScience Labs, an international network of creativity and innovation labs (founded by Harvard Professor, David Edwards) that catalyzes idea translation in art and
Jonathan Fowler

Jonathan Fowler

Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Jonathan Fowler grew up on automobiles and the arts. He began his career in the auto industry at age six by delivering mail at his grandfather’s Toyota store. Today, as General Manager for Fowler Volkswagen of Norman, Jonathan represents the third generation in his family to lead a dealership.
Gregg Fraley

Gregg Fraley

Commerce Breakout Session Gregg Fraley works as an innovation process consultant and does frequent keynotes and workshops on creative thinking, creative selling, creative problem solving, innovation and new product development. He’s a founding partner of Kiln Ideas, Ltd. a London-based innovation consultancy (www.kilnco.com). Gregg is the author of Jack’s Notebook, a business novel about creative
Peter Gamwell

Peter Gamwell

Culture Breakout Session A 35-year award-winning leader in education, with experience both in Central and Eastern Canada and abroad, Peter Gamwell is currently a Superintendent of Instruction and responsible for District Leadership and Aboriginal Education, with the 7,000-employee, 75,000-student Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). Peter is also a recognized leader and catalyst for district-wide initiatives
Kathy Goff

Kathy Goff

Expert in Residence Education Breakout Session Kathy Goff is head of McGoff Creativity, a creativity research, education and inventing firm. She conducts creativity workshops for a variety of organizations and is an Oklahoma A+ Schools fellow. Goff earned BA, BS and MS degrees from Oklahoma State University and an EdD at the University of Georgia
Brent Ryan Green

Brent Ryan Green

Conversation with Three Generations of Creativity (Main Stage Guest Speakers) Brent Ryan Green is an American film director and producer from Oklahoma City. He began his film career in 2004 as the video coordinator for the feature film End of the Spear and went on to direct a variety of independent projects in addition to
Mart Green

Mart Green

Conversation with Three Generations of Creativity (Main Stage Guest Speakers) Mart Green began his retail career in the home of his parents as a youth. With $600 his family started Hobby Lobby in their living room, now a chain of over 500 arts and crafts stores. At 19, Mart established Mardel, a chain of Christian
David Green

David Green

Conversation with Three Generations of Creativity (Main Stage Guest Speakers) Hobby Lobby began operation August 3, 1972, with three hundred square feet of retail space located in north Oklahoma City. This was a retail outgrowth of Greco Products, a miniature picture frame company founded in 1970 by David Green when he borrowed $600.00 to buy
Erik Guzik

Erik Guzik

Expert in Residence Education Breakout Session  Dr. Erik E. Guzik is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Ragan Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Guzik earned a BA and PhD (both in economics) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research centers on creative economies and IT-based
Susan Harkness

Susan Harkness

Culture Breakout Session Susan P. Harkness, is Brand Manager of OGE Energy Corp., and its subsidiary OG&E, the largest electric utility in Oklahoma and Arkansas, serving 800,000 customers. With a lifelong career of influencing consumer behavior and attitudes, she has expertise in brand management, customer experience and marketing communications. With the recent implementation of the
Christine Harris

Christine Harris

Commerce Breakout Session Christine Harris Connections is dedicated to building creativity in our communities in order to foster a more inspired and innovative society. Following the groundbreaking Creativity Works! Milwaukee Regional Creative Industries Project,Christine helped found Creative Alliance Milwaukee in 2010 where she now serves as its Consulting Advisor working on key projects to better
John Herrington

John Herrington

Conversation with Peter Diamandis (Main Stage Guest Speakers) Commander, USN (Ret) PERSONAL DATA: Born September 14, 1958 in Wetumka, Oklahoma. He grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Riverton, Wyoming; and Plano, Texas. Commander Herrington is married and has two children. He enjoys flying, rock climbing, snow skiing, running, and cycling EDUCATION: Graduated from Plano Senior
Dan Hunter

Dan Hunter

Education Breakout Session Dan Hunter is a founding partner of Hunter Higgs, LLC, an advocacy and communications firm specializing in cultural non-profits.  Hunter is the originator of the Creative Challenge Index, a public policy initiative to increase the priority of creative work in public schools. He is the former executive director of the Massachusetts Advocates
Sandra Janoff

Sandra Janoff

Conversation with Sir Ken (Main Stage Guest Speakers) Sandra Janoff, PhD co-developed the principle-based methodology called Future Search, a process used worldwide to get the “whole system” envisioning a shared future and creating values-based commitments for action. She works with organizations and communities in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, India and North and South America on
Ben Michaelis

Ben Michaelis

Culture Breakout Session Dr. Ben Michaelis is a clinical psychologist with an expertise in blending play and creativity with mental health.  He graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1995, earned his Master’s degree from New York University in 2001, and received his PhD in 2004, also from NYU. Dr. Michaelis has been in private
Aideen McGinley

Aideen McGinley

Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson (Main Stage Guest Speakers) Aideen McGinley is Chief Executive of Ilex, the Urban Regeneration Company for Derry-Londonderry since September 2009 on secondment from her post as Permanent Secretary of the Department for Employment and Learning. She is due to take up post as BBC Trustee for Northern Ireland in November
Stephen McKeever

Stephen McKeever

Conversation with Peter Diamandis (Main Stage Guest Speakers) Stephen McKeever is the Oklahoma Secretary for Science and Technology and the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer at Oklahoma State University. He is also a Regents Professor in OSU’s department of physics. He obtained his PhD from the University of Wales and after postdoctoral work
Blair Miller

Blair Miller

Blair Miller is a founding partner and publisher of FourSight: Your Thinking Profile, an assessment that supports creativity and innovation in groups and organizations. A seasoned trainer and consultant specializing in innovation and creativity initiatives, Blair helps organizations build problem solving capability and enrich their creative climate to foster new ideas and collaborative solutions. As
Michael H. Morris, Ph.D.

Michael H. Morris, Ph.D.

Michael Morris is a Professor and holds the N. Malone Mitchell Chair in Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University, where he established the first School of Entrepreneurship at a major U.S. research university. Formerly the Witting Chair at Syracuse University, his entrepreneurship programs have consistently been ranked among the top ten by US News and World
Michael Mumford

Michael Mumford

Commerce Breakout Session Dr. Michael D. Mumford is the George Lynn Cross distinguished research Professor of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma, where he directs the Center for Applied Social Research. He received his Doctoral Degree from the University of Georgia in 1983, in both the fields of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Psychometrics. Dr.
Melanie C. Page

Melanie C. Page

Melanie C. Page received her Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology from Arizona State University in 1998. She is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the OSU Institute for Creativity and Innovation (ICI). Her research interests are mainly in prevention/intervention research and her research collaborations have resulted in 3 million dollars in
Ken Parker

Ken Parker

Expert in Residence Education Breakout Session  Ken Parker is the founder of NextThought, an innovative start-up focused on improving the quality and accessibility of online education. After 28 years in aerospace and Wall St technology, Ken wanted to use technology to help education. Ken serves on a number of boards at Oklahoma Christian University and
Amber Parks

Amber Parks

Culture Breakout Session Amber Parks is a life-long learner and educator committed to transforming the caliber of education within schools by improving and refining curriculum, instruction, and school culture. She taught PreK-5th grade students in Spain and South Africa, Mississippi and Oklahoma, before launching The Learning Project in 2008 (www.thelearningproject.info). Amber has since worked with
Terry Dale Parks

Terry Dale Parks

Culture Breakout Session Terrence (Terry Dale) Parks is a film and television actor from southern Oklahoma. He’s recently worked on Gambit with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, GI Joe II with Bruce Willis, The Campaign with and Will Ferrell, and The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger. His love for acting extends back to his childhood.
Ramona Paul

Ramona Paul

Education Breakout Session Dr. Paul was Assistant State Superintendent, Oklahoma State Department of Education, 1991-2011. She had previous experience in teaching faculty positions with Purdue University, University of Alabama in Birmingham, Texas Woman’s University and Oklahoma State University; adjunct faculty at Oklahoma University and East Central University. Employment in administrative positions with the public schools
Stephen Prescott

Stephen Prescott

Culture Breakout Session Stephen Prescott, MD, became the ninth president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in the spring of 2006. A leader in studies of the basic mechanisms of human disease, Prescott came to OMRF from the University of Utah, where he founded the innovative Eccles Program in Human and Molecular Biology & Genetics
Russ Schoen

Russ Schoen

Russ Schoen is director of Innovation at Foursight where he helps design and develop thinking tools to help individuals and teams do good thinking. In addition, Russ works as a facilitator, speaker and trainer in the areas of deliberate creativity, innovation, high performance and change leadership. He has facilitated programs worldwide including programs in Singapore,
Robert Sternberg

Robert Sternberg

Education Breakout Session Sternberg is Provost and Senior Vice President of Oklahoma State University, as well as Professor of Psychology. As Provost, Sternberg oversees matters pertaining to academic affairs at the university.  As a psychology professor, Sternberg teaches a course on the nature of leadership. Sternberg also is Honorary Professor at the University of Heidelberg.
Rosalynn Wade

Rosalynn Wade

Education Breakout Session Rosalynn Wade gives planning and direction to services provided to Oklahoma A+ schools, associates and Fellows in the role of Program Director. She holds an MA in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University and is an adjunct professor there. Her passion for giving students creative choice and problem solving opportunities comes from
Anita Waxman

Anita Waxman

Commerce Breakout Session Ms. Anita Howe Waxman founded and served as Chairman of Howe-Lewis International, a management consulting and executive search firm. She co-founded Diasonics, a medical imaging company which was greatly responsible for bringing Diagnostic Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology and equipment to world markets.  She was co-founder and director of American
Tyler Weldon

Tyler Weldon

Education Breakout Session Tyler Weldon provides leadership in Oklahoma A+ School (OKA+) activities, workshops, partnerships and events, and oversees financial management as well as day-to-day operations of the office. As the Operations Director, Tyler contributes to the implementation of the strategic direction, collaboratively developed by the OKA+ Advisory Board and staff. Tyler holds a Master’s
David Bowden

David Bowden

David Bowden seeks to speak for people, groups and ideas whose voices are unheard or misunderstood. David follows the tradition of the Beat Poets of the 1950′s and Slam Poets of the 1980′s. David uses poetry to challenge and inspire individuals and groups to give a voice to the voiceless, promote social justice, and care
David Burkus

David Burkus

David Burkus is a professor of management at Oral Roberts University and the founder of LDRLB, an online think tank online think tank that shares insights from research on leadership, innovation, and strategy. His research and writing focuses on organizational creativity and innovation. Burkus earned a BA from Oral Roberts University, an MA from the University
Lester Claravall

Lester Claravall

Lester Claravall entered state government as a Carl Albert Executive Fellow from the University of Oklahoma where he earned his BBA and MHR.  He currently serves as Oklahoma’s only full-time child labor specialist covering all 77 counties.  In efforts to protect working minors, he developed the Speak Out for Workplace Safety student video contest and
Dr. Wesley Fryer

Dr. Wesley Fryer

Dr. Wesley Fryer is a digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, educator and change agent. He describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.” Wesley is the executive director of the nonprofit Story Chasers Inc., the lead partner in the Celebrate Oklahoma Voices, Celebrate Kansas Voices, and Celebrate Texas Voices digital storytelling
Don Greiner

Don Greiner

Don Greiner is the President of Grace Living Centers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 
Ryan Groves

Ryan Groves

Ryan Groves is the co-founder and co-owner of TheArtistbible.tv, a new platform aiming to connect artist around the world with scripture. Currently in development, Theartistbible.tv (TAB) hopes to create a living response to the living word of God by allowing them to create works of art (paintings, photos, song, video, poetry, etc.) connected with the passages
Blair Humphreys

Blair Humphreys

Blair Humphreys is the Executive Director of the University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities and Asst Professor in the OU College of Architecture where he teaches Urban Design Theory. He has a Master in City Planning and Urban Design degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BBA in Entrepreneurship from the University
Mr. Yves Iradukunda

Mr. Yves Iradukunda

Mr. Yves Iradukunda (22) is a senior at Oklahoma Christian University where he is pursuing a degree in Math and Computer Science. With a passion for entrepreneurship and business, Yves wants to serve the community by encouraging young people to create businesses. In the Summer 2011, he got to work with many innovative students in
Jay Martin, CP, LP, FAAOP

Jay Martin, CP, LP, FAAOP

Jay Martin, CP, LP, FAAOP is a career inventor and entrepreneur who teaches and mentors others how to leverage their ideas and bring them to fruition through his latest venture, ideamold.com. He has launched numerous successful businesses based on his ideas and inventions, including helping create the nation’s largest prosthetics research and development company. Martin earned
Sandip Patel

Sandip Patel

Sandip Patel is the Cofounder and CEO of Cage, a simple online collaboration tool for designers and creative team to get feedback and approvals, and BitConfused a small product design startup. He is a Leader in Residence for the University of Central Oklahoma and is an advisor for startups. Previously, he was the COO of