A Message from the CEO: August 2016

On the Move 

The Oklahoma Academy is definitely following its motto, ?Moving Ideas Into Action!?   As Chairman John Harper promised, we are moving across Oklahoma in our six membership regions sharing the consensus recommendations that were developed from the 2015 Town Hall "Oklahoma Priorities: The Government and Taxes We Want." These recommendations provide a model for addressing the budget fairly, if the legislature will use it.

We?ve been in 15 communities so far this year, most recently in Claremore for a luncheon forum at RSU.  We had 30 guests attending and our speakers did a fabulous job encouraging Oklahomans to be informed and engaged.  Kudos to our Chairman John Harper, Craig Knutson, Michael Gordon, and Mickey Hepner!  Upcoming forums already scheduled are Enid for a luncheon forum August 30, Tahlequah for a mid-morn...

Jennifer Engleman | Aug 1, 2016
Academy Spotlight: Dr. Tom McKeon

Dr. Tom McKeon, vice president and executive director of City Year Tulsa, is a long-time Oklahoma Academy board member. He has served the organization in multiple roles including 2011 Chairman of the Board, 2010 Town Hall Chair and 2010 Gubernatorial Forum Moderator. Under his leadership, the Henry L. Bellmon Legacy fund, an endowment to provide long-term sustainability to the organization, was created. Dr. McKeon is the 2016 recipient of the Oklahoma Academy's Key Contributor Award, which will be presented Friday, Aug. 19 at the 23rd Annual Salute. 

Each year, the Key Contributor award is presented to an individual, organization or corporation who has given generously of themselves to support the organization's events, public policy recommendations and implementation efforts and, by extension, demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of life for all Oklahomans. 

This month we?re featuring Dr. McKeon in our board member...

Jennifer Engleman | Jul 29, 2016