A message from the CEO: December 2017

Here we all are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!   We very sincerely wish you happy, healthy holidays filled with fun and giving spirits!  We are continuing membership renewal for the 2018 year, preparing for the January 19th Membership Party in Oklahoma City to “Welcome the New Year,” and finalizing plans for the first Oklahoma Academy Awareness & Advocacy Afternoon February 6th at the Capitol that will culminate with the Legislators’ Welcome Reception that evening at the Oklahoma History Center! So, you could say we’re staying busy! Read on below for more information about upcoming events in early 2018, our plans to visit each of our membership regions this Spring and Summer, and various opportunities for you to get involved in “Moving Ideas Into Action!” 

We have many important things planned for the 2018 year, so we want and need you as a member helping us improve Oklahoma!  Th...

Jennifer Engleman | Dec 11, 2017
Oklahoma Votes: A review of the 2017 Town Hall and What's Up

The Oklahoma Academy’s 2017 Town Hall “Oklahoma Votes” was held October 15-18 at the Choctaw Resort and Conference Center in Durant. It brought together 104 participants from across the state to discuss access, turnout and informed voter engagement. 

The topic was selected after responses from the Issue Survey (sent to members, chambers, state agencies and the legislature each Spring to gather ideas for the next year’s Town Hall topic) revealed a frustration on the part of many Oklahomans surrounding voting and government representation. 

“So many of the responses that Spring communicated frustration in voting access and that citizen voices are not being heard,” said Julie Knutson, Oklahoma Academy President & CEO.  “There was concern that elected officials only listen to a few of the constituents, that many cannot get to the polls to vote for a variety of reasons, or that Oklahomans are not well-informed on issues facing the sta...

Jennifer Engleman | Nov 16, 2017