Chamber Event Videos

Enlighten Webinar: Dealing with emotional triggers 10/2/20

October Enlighten attendees heard about how emotional triggers - situations that evoke strong feelings of shame, guilt, sadness, or envy - impact perceptions of the world around you, and how understanding these better can help you become a better leader and improve your personal life.

Doug Hacking
CEO / Owner
Relationship Resonance, Inc.

Enlighten Webinar: START Coalition update 9/11/20

At the September Enlighten, attendees had the chance to hear from the leaders of the START Coalition, a group working to build COVID-safe communities starting with Oklahoma City. Experts gave an update on their research and how businesses might apply it to help create safer workplaces.

Panelists at the September Enlighten included Mark Beffort, CEO of Robinson Park; Dr. Salmaan Keshavjee, professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Jason Sanders, senior vice president and provost of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Bruce Lawrence, founder of Lawrence Strategic Solutions, moderated the panel discussion.

Bruce Lawrence
Lawrence Strategic Solutions

Mark Beffort

Dr. Salmaan Keshavjee
Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jason Sanders
Senior Vice President and Provost
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

2020 State of Schools 8/12/20

This year's keynote speaker was Jaime Casap, who served as the Chief Education Evangelist at Google for more than 14 years. Casap has worked with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by utilizing and enabling technology capabilities.

In addition to Casap's address, a distinguished panel of K-12 and higher education leaders gave their insight to the future of education in Oklahoma. The K-12 panel discussed the 2019-20 school year and how they approached learning in response to the pandemic. The group also discussed how their districts plan to address the upcoming school year and how their approach to education might be adapted depending on the impact of COVID-19.

K-12 Panel
Dr. Sean McDaniel, Superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools
Brent Bushey, Executive Director of Oklahoma Public School Resource Center
Dr. Nick Migliorino, Superintendent of Norman Public Schools
Bart Banfield, Superintendent of Epic Charter Schools

A second panel discussion with leaders of some of our region's colleges and universities discussed what they see in the future of higher education as it meets Oklahoma's changing labor demands for college graduates.

Higher Education Panel
V. Burns Hargis, President of Oklahoma State University
Joseph Harroz, Jr., President of the University of Oklahoma
Dr. Martha Burger, President of Oklahoma City University
Dr. Jerry Steward, President of Oklahoma City Community College

Enlighten Webinar: How school schedules will impact employees 8/7/20

As Greater Oklahoma City approaches the beginning of the school year, school districts across the metro are grappling with plans to return to education in the safest way. At the August Enlighten, attendees heard directly from superintendents about their education plans for the 2020-21 school year as well as from an employment attorney, with an opportunity for an audience Q&A immediately following.


Superintendent Sean McDaniel, Oklahoma City Public Schools
Superintendent Cecilia Robinson-Woods, Millwood Public Schools
Superintendent Bret Towne, Edmond Public Schools
Superintendent Jason Simeroth, Yukon Public Schools
Employment attorney Courtney Bru, McAfee & Taft

Enlighten Webinar: How workplaces are changing in the COVID-19 era 6/26/20

More than 110 area business leaders joined our final free Enlighten Webinar discussion with Michael Dickerson of the Michael Dickerson Consulting Group and Phil Maytubby with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department for their insightful tips on how to navigate the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 June 26.

2020 State of the City 2/26/20

Hear Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt reflect on the past year and where the city is headed in the future.

Chamber Forum - Pathway to Greatness OKCPS update 2/19/20

Superintendent Sean McDaniel gave an overview of how the Pathway to Greatness implementation at Oklahoma City Public Schools has impacted classrooms, teachers and school staff throughout the district at the February Chamber Forum.

Chamber Forum - Justice Reform in OK County 1/15/20

At the January 2020 Chamber Forum, panelists discussed criminal justice reform efforts in Oklahoma County.

In November, the Oklahoma County Jail Trust selected a new administrator for the Oklahoma County Jail, changing the structure of management at the facility. Attendees heard how these changes will impact the Oklahoma County Jail and what additional changes are needed as Oklahoma County continues to tackle the issue of justice reform moving forward.

Speaking at the forum were Tricia Everest (Chair, Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority), Timothy Tardibono, MA JD (Executive Director, Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council) and Greg Williams (CEO, Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority).

2019 Annual Meeting 12/17/19

Chamber Forum - MAPS 4's impact on OKC's neighborhoods 11/20/19

At the November Forum, attendees heard more about how MAPS 4 will impact Oklahoma City's neighborhoods through investments in beautification, parks and transit.

Speaking at the event were Jason Ferbrache (Administrator/Director, EMBARK), Doug Kupper, (Director, Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation) and Aubrey McDermid, (Assistant City Manager, City of Oklahoma City).

2019 State of the Economy 11/12/19

This event featured a panel discussion examining the economy and the current and future issues that might impact it, and a keynote discussion about global economic trends, and how they’re impacting our region. Leading this keynote discussion was top-rated forecaster Jason Schenker (president of Prestige Economics and chairman of The Futurist Institute).

Robert Dauffenbach, Senior Associate Dean for Economic Development and Impact and Director of Center for Economic and Management Research at the University of Oklahoma Russell Evans, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, and Executive Director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research & Policy Institute at Oklahoma City University's Meinders School of Business Mark Snead, Economist and President of RegionTrack

Chamber Forum - Innovation District and MAPS 4 10/16/19

Like its three predecessors, the MAPS 4 package has the potential to make a massive impact on OKC. Perhaps one of the most impactful projects in this package is an investment into OKC’s innovation district. At October’s Chamber Forum, attendees learned about how the proposed MAPS 4 investments can lead to increased economic development.

Speaking at the event were Katy Boren (President & CEO, Oklahoma City Innovation District), Manu Nair (Vice President of Technology Ventures, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation) and Jason Angolano (Lab and Facilities Director, Baker Hughes Energy Innovation Center).

Chamber Forum - Addressing Mental / Behavioral Health in OKC 9/18/19

At the September Chamber Forum, attendees learned more about the community organizations that address mental and behavioral health and how Oklahoma City can continue to add to the number of resources available.

Speaking at the event were:
Carrie Blumert, Commissioner, Oklahoma County District 1, Debby Hampton, President & CEO, United Way of Central Oklahoma, Inc. and Terri White, Commissioner, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Chamber Forum - OKC's standing as an events destination 8/22/19

With a new streetcar that’s recently been finished and a new park, convention center and hotel on the way, OKC’s status as an event hub is only going to get stronger in the coming years. From live music to festivals, Oklahoma City has become a premiere location for events that draw attendees. At the August Forum, attendees learned more about how Oklahoma City's standing as an events destination impacts our local economy.

Speaking at the forum were Lance McDaniel, executive director of the deadCenter Film Festival, Eric Oesch, co-director/director of marketing and public relations at Red Earth, Inc., Chris Semrau, general manager of the Chesapeake Energy Arena and Sue Hollenbeck, director of sports business development for the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

2019 State of the Schools luncheon 8/14/2019

Attendees at the 2019 State of the Schools event heard from Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel and his team of high-level district leaders in a panel discussion about the implementation of the Pathway to Greatness Plan, EmbraceOKC, the district's equity policy and more.

Featured Panelists from Oklahoma City Public Schools
Dr. Sean McDaniel, Superintendent
Jason Brown, Deputy Superintendent
Rebecca Kaye, Chief of Equity and Accountability
Dr. Jamie Polk, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education

Keynote Speaker
Wellington "Duke" Reiter, an expert on university/city integration with Arizona State University, discussed how ASU created a new prototype for the American public research university that increases student success and economic development outcomes.

Chamber Forum - Combating homelessness in OKC 7/17/2019

How can the OKC community collaborate to help end long-term homelessness? Attendees heard from the organizations and representatives working to address homelessness in OKC at July's Chamber Forum.

Chamber Vice Chair of Community Initiatives Kent Shortridge, ONE Gas, Inc., moderated a panel discussion with Dan Straughan, executive director of The Homeless Alliance; Cathy O'Connor, president and CEO of the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City; Ranya Forgotson, director of The Curbside Chronicle; and Rachel Freeman, COO of City Care. Attendees heard about the factors that impact those experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City, the current gaps in services and the ways that our community can collaborate to end long-term homelessness.

Chamber Forum - Youth Services in OKC 6/19/2019

What’s the outlook like for kids that are growing up in Oklahoma City? And what can the community do to further help the children of OKC? These questions and more were discussed by Jillian Coker (Director, All Access Arts), Peter Evans (Executive Director, Oklahoma City Police Athletic League), Kelly Kay (President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City) and Dot Rhyne (Development Officer, Fields and Futures) at our June forum, which was on how OKC is helping improve outcomes for its youngest residents.

Chamber Forum - Lt. Gov. Pinnell on strengthening OK's visitor industry 5/15/2019

At the May 2019 Chamber Forum, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell spoke about strengthening Oklahoma's visitor / tourism industry.

The direct spending from tourism in Oklahoma county alone is $2.3 billion annually, and supports more than 23,000 jobs here. Tourism is Oklahoma's third-largest industry sector.

Chamber Forum - OK's approach to Economic Development 4/17/2019

Sean Kouplen (Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development) and Brent Kisling (Executive Director, Oklahoma Department of Commerce) joined Roy Williams to discuss the Stitt administration's approach to economic development in the state.

Chamber Forum - New Council Members 3/20/2019

OKC's three newest members of the City Council discussed their background, priorities and vision at the March Chamber Forum.

Chairman's Breakfast with Governor Stitt 3/7/2019

Governor Stitt discussed key issues facing Oklahoma businesses and outlined major objectives for the legislative session in his first Chairman's Event and chance to address the Greater OKC Chamber.

Chamber Forum - OKC Public Schools Pathway to Greatness Project 2/20/2019

Superintendent Sean McDaniel joined us to provide an update and answer questions on OKCPS' P2G realignment project.

Legislative Breakfast 2019 1/31/2019

A panel of Republican and Democrat leadership discussed current legislative issues that affect local businesses, and gave updates on 2019 legislative issues at our recent Legislative Breakfast.

House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols
House Democratic Minority Leader Emily Virgin
Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat
Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd

Chamber Forum - Opportunity Zones 1/23/2019

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act established the creation of Opportunity Zones to encourage long-term investments to help revitalize areas with lower median incomes. With 19 census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones in Oklahoma City, this new tax incentive offers great potential in some of the city's key areas. Learn more about this exciting new development tool and how it will impact Oklahoma City's future growth.

Panel Discussion with Cheryl Denney, Shareholder, Practice & Industry Group Leader at McAfee & Taft; Scott Meacham, President & CEO at i2E; Cathy O’Connor, President & CEO at The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, Inc.; and Sarah Roberts, Program Officer at Inasmuch Foundation

State of the City 2019 1/17/2019

More than 1,500 business leaders attended the State of the City event, featuring Mayor David Holt's first such address.

2018 Annual Meeting 12/13/2018

More than 1,200 local leaders networked and learned about current Chamber initiatives at our Annual Meeting. The accomplishments of 2018 were highlighted and 2019 Chamber goals revealed. Percy Kirk, Cox Communications, was installed as the 2019 Chamber Chair. 2017-18 Chair Rhonda Hooper, Jordan Advertising, was honored for her service.

See our "Take a picture, OKC!" video that debuted at the event at

State of the Aerospace Defense Industry 12/7/2018

At the Chamber's State of the Aerospace Defense Industry event, guests heard a panel discussion on aviation and aerospace, and a keynote address from Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

Aviation and Aerospace Panel:
Mikeal Clayton Site Director and Senior Counsel, The Boeing Company
Madeline Mitchell Management and Technology Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Greg Smith Director, Strategic Integration, Site Director, B-2 Program, Northrop Grumman

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Will Roper
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

State of the Economy 11/14/2018

Attendees at our annual State of the Economy luncheon heard directly from an expert panel of local economists on regional economic trends. This year's keynote address was by Peter Ricchiuti, professor of Economics at Tulane University, who is described as the business professor everyone wishes they had in college. Ricchiuti gave an energetic update on the national economy with a local lens.

Chamber Forum - population growth and demographic shifts in OKC 9/19/2018

September's Chamber Forum explored how growing demographic shifts across Oklahoma County are changing how and where people live, learn and work, and what it means for the future of Oklahoma City.

2018 State of the Schools luncheon 8/21/2018

This year, the Chamber's annual State of the Schools event featured two speakers who are both new to their important and highly visible positions. New University of Oklahoma President James L. Gallogly detailed the critical role and impact higher education institutions have on improving the future talent pipeline, and new Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel provided an update on the opportunities and challenges in the state's largest school district.

Chamber Forum - Arts, Food and Music in OKC 8/15/2018

See it. Eat it. Sing it. The August Chamber Forum explored what’s new and hot in the arts, food and music scenes across Oklahoma City, and the importance of arts, food and music to both our quality of life and growing visitor economy.

Entertainment and tourism continues to be one of Oklahoma City’s fastest growing economies, and while there is much to celebrate around the visitor environment, life-long residents of OKC are finding new and exciting exhibits to see, music to hear and foods to eat daily across the city.

Chamber Forum: Health and Wellness in OKC 7/18/2018

How does our community's overall health affect health care costs for businesses, and for individuals? In what particular areas are our scores improving, and where do we need to improve? From mortality rates to health care access and crime statistics, learn how the current Oklahoma County Wellness Score is used as the foundation for improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs in Oklahoma County.

Chamber Forum - Legislative Session Recap and SQ788 6/12/2018

Today's Chamber Forum featured a recap of the recently completed legislative session vis-a-vis the Chamber's legislative priorities, and a discussion of the impact of passage of SQ788, the so-called "medical" marijuana bill.

Chamber Forum: OKC's visitor & tourism industry 5/16/2018

Chamber members got an update on major construction projects impacting OKC's visitor industry (the third-largest economic driver in the metro): MAPS 3 convention center, Scissortail Park (MAPS 3 park), American Indian Cultural Center & Museum, Omni Hotel. Chamber Chair of Convention and Visitor Development Natalie Shirley (National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum President and CEO) moderated the panel, consisting of: Mike Carrier, President, OKC Convention & Visitors Bureau; Maureen Heffernan, Executive Director, Myriad Gardens Foundation; Brett Cimorelli, VP Construction & Development, TRT Holdings; James Pepper Henry, Director & CEO, American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

Chamber Forum - Criminal Justice Reform 4/18/2018

The April Chamber Forum featured an update on the Chamber’s criminal justice reform efforts, particularly around the formalized Oklahoma City Criminal Justice Advisory Council and its efforts toward making changes in the system.

Chamber Forum - Implications of Federal Tax Reform 3/21/2018

In this Chamber Forum, attendees heard how the sweeping changes in the new tax reform law could impact small and mid-sized companies, and learned what they can do now to prepare.

Chairman's Event feat. Governor Mary Fallin 3/2/2018

At our recent Chairman's Event breakfast, Gov. Fallin spoke about some of Oklahoma's economic development successes and positive legislation over the past few years, as well as some impending/continuing challenges to momentum in her keynote address.

Chamber Forum - Entrepreneurism & Startups 2/23/2018

At our recent Chamber Forum, panelists Danny Maloney (Tailwind), Tommy Yi (StarSpace46) and Scott Meacham (i2E) joined Roy Williams to discuss OKC's entrepreneurial environment, startup successes and some challenges we may see going forward.

2018 Legislative Breakfast 1/31/2018

Speaker of the House Charles McCall, Democratic Minority Leader Steve Kouplen, Senate Majority Floor Leader Greg Treat and Democratic Minority Leader John Sparks discussed issues that impact the Oklahoma City economy and local businesses.

Chamber Forum: Federal Aviation Administration / Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in OKC 1/17/2018

The first Chamber Forum of the year centered on a major economic driver in OKC, the activities at the Federal Aviation Administration's facilities near Will Rogers World Airport.

Greater OKC Chamber Forum - Bricktown 12/6/2017

Bricktown: Where it all began. The area has evolved from a historic warehouse district to a modern entertainment, commercial, retail and residential hub where, today, cranes and new construction abound. Chamber members heard from a panel of Bricktown stakeholders committed to the continued growth and momentum of the district as they detailed what’s in store for 2018 and beyond.

2017 State of the Aerospace Defense Industry 11/29/2017

The aerospace defense industry continues to play a key role in the economic engine of Greater Oklahoma City. Hear from leadership at Tinker Air Force Base and private sector innovator, Northrop Grumman, as they discuss the current state of the aerospace and defense sectors in Oklahoma and what the future holds.

State of the Economy 2017 11/15/2017

Watch as Jim Carroll, one of the world's leading international futurists and a thought leader on global trends, gives the keynote speech at the OKC Chamber's annual State of the Economy event.

Watch as local economists discuss the future of the Oklahoma economy at the OKC Chamber's annual State of the Economy event.

2017 State of the Schools 8/23/2017

Chamber Chair Rhonda Hooper MCs the annual State of the Schools event, featuring a panel discussion moderated by Teresa Rose Crook with State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, Representative Leslie Osborn, and Superintendent Bret Towne of Edmond Public Schools. Keynote speeches by Superintendent Aurora Lora of Oklahoma City Public Schools and President V. Burns Hargis of Oklahoma State University wrap up the event.

Chamber Forum: Transit 5/15/2017

At the Chamber Forum on transit, guests heard about the impact and importance of public transit on our infrastructure and future growth.

Legislative Breakfast 2017 1/27/17

Top legislators from both parties discuss key issues that are important to the business community in advance of the 2017 legislative session.

2017 State of the City 1/11/2017

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett delivers a dynamic speech about where our city is today and where it will be in the coming year.

The Chamber's strategic objectives for 2017 are also highlighted.

Chamber Forum on the Innovation District 12/6/2016

The Brookings Institution gives updates on the 18-month study of Oklahoma City's emerging innovation district and how creating public spaces foster creative ideas, entrepreneurship and more by connecting people to a community.

-Jennifer Vey, fellow and co-director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at Brookings Institution

-David Harlow, regional executive of BancFirst and president of BancFirst Oklahoma City
-Cathy O'Connor, president of The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City
-Dr. Stephen M. Prescott, president of OMRF

2016 State of the Economy 11/30/2016

The 2016 State of the Economy featured keynote speaker Peter Zeihan, geopolitical strategist and global energy, demographic and security expert. Zeihan's worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today's complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities.

Panelists include
-Dr. Robert Dauffenbach, senior associate dean for Economic Development and Impact, and director for the Center for Economic and Management Research at the University of Oklahoma's Price College of Business
-Dr. Russell Evans, executive director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research & Policy Institute Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University.
-Dr. Mickey Hepner, dean, College of Business at University of Central Oklahoma.
-Dan Rickman, regent professor of Economics at Oklahoma State University.

Chamber Forum on State Questions 10/31/2016

Learn more about the state questions on the 2016 November ballot and how they might impact business and economic development in the Greater Oklahoma City region.

Sen. Stephanie Bice, Oklahoma State Senate
Jim Couch, city manager for the City of Oklahoma City
Pat McFerron, founding partner of CMA Strategies, Inc.
Kris Steele, executive director of TEEM - The Education & Employment Ministry

State of the Aerospace 10/18/2016

Hear from Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker Air Force Base, and Edward Dolanski, president of global services & support for The Boeing Company, as they discuss the current state of the aerospace and defense sectors in Oklahoma.

State of the Schools 8/17/2016

Learn about efforts and ideas for reform to improve education in Oklahoma.

At the Chamber's State of the Schools event, James K. Spurlino, president and owner of Spurlino Materials and a member of ReadyNation, discusses how investing in the first three years of a child's life can ensure better success in the K-12 education system and as future employees.

Also hear a discussion of educational attainment and reform on a statewide and local level from Aurora Lora, superintendent of the Oklahoma City Public School District.

Teresa Rose Crook, vice chair of education and workforce development for the Chamber, presents the Chamber's education initiatives.

Chamber Forum: TIF Districts 3/24/2016

Hear from experts about TIF districts and what they mean for OKC.

Chairman's Event 2/16/2016

Governor Fallin discusses key issues facing Oklahoma businesses and outlines major objectives for the 2016 legislative session.

2016 Legislative Breakfast 1/20/2016

Hear from Oklahoma House and Senate leaders about 2016 legislative issues. A panel of Republican and Democratic leadership will discuss issues that affect local businesses.

Panel speakers include Brian Bingman, Senate President Pro Tempore; Jeff Hickman, Speaker of the House; Scott Inman, House Minority Leader; and John Sparks, Senate Democratic Leader.

2016 State of the City 1/13/2016

Mayor Mick Cornett shares highlights and updates on current Oklahoma City developments and accomplishments.

2015 Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Annual Meeting 12/10/2015

The 2015 Annual Meeting included a conversation with some of the state's notable leaders about the visionary leadership that transformed Oklahoma City into a thriving community. Moderated by Chamber Chair David Rainbolt, BancFirst Corporation, the panel includes former governor Frank Keating, former Oklahoma City mayor Ron Norick and J. Larry Nichols, executive chairman, Devon Energy Corporation.

2015 accomplishments and 2016 goals are highlighted by Chamber Chair David Rainbolt.

Chamber Forum: Criminal Justice 12/2/15

Hear criminal justice experts and community leaders discuss many of the broader issues facing the Oklahoma County jail, criminal justice systems and the area’s prison population. The discussion includes ideas for solutions and tactics that our community can use to address the jail facility, sentencing reform, care for the mentally ill and more.

Clayton I. Bennett, Dorchester Capital, vice chair of strategic planning, outlines the Chamber’s effort regarding this important issue, provides examples of reform in other communities and potential related benefits for Oklahoma County and present next steps for achieving success.

Panelists are: Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater; former state House Speaker Kris Steele, now executive director of The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM); Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel; and Terri White, commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

State of the Schools 8/20/2015

The Chamber is committed to supporting the success of education in Oklahoma. Learn about efforts and ideas for reform to improve education.

Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma state superintendent of public instruction, was the keynote for this year's event. The program also included a discussion of educational attainment and reform on a statewide and local level from Natalie Shirley, Oklahoma secretary of education and workforce development, and Robert Neu, superintendent of the Oklahoma City Public School District. Teresa Rose, vice chair of education and workforce development for the Chamber, presented the Chamber's education initiatives.

Chairman's Event 8/4/2015

Congressman Steve Russell provides the Chamber with a legislative update on key federal issues facing Congress and Oklahoma, as well as describe his first few months of service in Washington as 5th District Congressman.

State of the City 1/14/2015

Mayor Mick Cornett reviews 2014 accomplishments, shares updates on current developments and visions for Oklahoma City.

State of the Economy 11/19/2014

Hear from expert economists on trends in the local and national economy who spoke at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's third annual State of the Economy event.

At this luncheon, attendees heard from expert economist Lawrence Chimerine. Ph.D., president of Radnor International Consulting. Dr. Chimerine will discuss the current economic and business situation in the United States. Attendees will also heard directly from an expert panel of local economists on trends in the local and regional economy.

Panel included: Russell Evans, PhD; Director of Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute, Assistant Professor of Economics Robert Dauffenbach, PhD; Senior Associate Dean for Economic Development and Impact Director of Center for Economic and Management Research Dan Rickman, PhD; Regents Professor of Economics and OGE Energy Services Chair in Regional Economics and Mickey Hepner, PhD; Dean, College of Business, UCO

Friday Forum: Retail 11/7/2014

Oklahoma City's retail scene has evolved over the last ten years.

More national retailers are taking notice of Oklahoma City's buying power and local entrepreneurs and districts are creating new concepts and success stories. Learn about the retail recruiting process, what makes OKC attractive and what future development we can expect during a panel discussion about past, present and future retail plans.

Panelists include: Jim Clark, B.C. Clark Jewelers; Jessica Stetler, Quail Springs Von Maur Store Manager; Tammy Fate, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Retail Development & Recruitment Manager; and Jim Parrack, Price Edwards & Company.

State of the Schools 8/20/2014

Learn about efforts and ideas for reform to improve education in Oklahoma.

The new superintendent of the Oklahoma City School District, Robert Neu, spoke at the State of the Schools event, which addresses the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's education initiatives as well as challenges at the Legislature, in classrooms and on campuses.

Also speaking is Mike Petrilli, executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, who focused on how Oklahoma City businesses can get more involved in education reform. Petrilli is a nationally recognized expert on educational policy and reform.

Friday Forum 6/6/2014

Oklahoma City's new convention center, approved in MAPS 3, is a critical component to attracting more regional and national visitors. The more than $2 billion that tourism contributes per year to Oklahoma City's economy is significant and continues to grow. Hear from national experts from the convention industry as well as representatives from local organizations speaking about the importance of the new convention center.

Natalie Shirley, panel moderator - President, OSU-OKC
Steve Hacker - Principal, Bravo Management and Former President of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
Kari Watkins - Executive Director, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Mike Carrier - President, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Avis Scaramucci - Owner, Nonna's Euro-American Ristorante & Bar
Sheila Morago - Executive Director, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association

Chairman's Lunch with Governor Mary Fallin 2/13/2014

Hear Governor Mary Fallin discuss key issues facing Oklahoma and outline major objectives for the legislative session.

State of the City 1/29/2014

Mayor Mick Cornett reviews 2013 accomplishments, shares updates on current developments and visions for Oklahoma City.

Chamber Chairman Pete Delaney, OGE Energy Corp., highlights the Chamber's strategic objectives for 2014.

Annual Meeting 12/12/2013

Celebrate Oklahoma City and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Be informed and motivated about our great city as we look forward to 2014.

The event includes dynamic entertainment and a lively 2013 year-in-review from Chamber Chairman Pete Delaney with OGE Energy Corp.

Panelists at this event will included Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Tinker Air Force Base; Dr. Stephen Prescott, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; and John Richels, Devon Energy Corporation.

Special thanks to the Signature Sponsor, OGE Energy Corp., and Host Sponsor, Bank of Oklahoma.

State of the Economy 11/22/2013

Join the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the region's leading economic development organization, for the third annual State of the Economy event.

Hear directly from expert economists on trends in the local and national economy. Hear from best-selling author Todd Buchholz, the CEO and co-founder of Sproglit, LLC and a managing director of the $15 billion Tiger hedge fund.

The agenda includes discussion with a panel of local economists and an audience Q&A session.

Chairman's Event 08/06/2013

U.S. Congressman Tom Cole shares insights into the work being done in Washington, including legislative issues affecting the state and business community.

Friday Forum 06/28/2013

A discussion about the future of infrastructure on a local, state and national level.

The luncheon will featured Ed Rendell, Building America's Future co-chair and former Pennsylvania governor, and a panel of local individual focused on transportation issues.

Mayor Mick Cornett, City of Oklahoma City
Mike Patterson, director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Doug Rex, director of the ACOG Transportation & Planning Services Division
Representative Charlie Joyner, chairman of the Oklahoma House of Representatives Transportation Committee

Friday Forum 05/17/2013

Oklahoma City's airports, and particularly Will Rogers, are critical gateways and catalysts for development. Learn about the work in progress on a new consolidated rental car facility, development plans for the land east of the runways and west of Interstate 44, and the continued efforts to expand and improve air service options for the Oklahoma City flyer.

Hear from: Mark Kranenburg, director of airports; Scott Keith, assistant director of airports; Karen Carney, Will Rogers World Airport public information & marketing; and Chris Warren, vice president of InterVISTAS Consulting.

Friday Forum 03/01/2013

Rhonda Hooper, president and CEO of Jordan Advertising and vice chair of economic development for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber emceed a panel discussion about how Oklahoma City is progressing as a visitor destination.

Panelists included Glenn Merry, CEO of US Rowing; Sheila Scarborough, writer and speaker specializing in tourism; Lance McDaniel, executive director of the deadCENTER Film Festival and Chuck Schroeder, president of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Chairman's Event 02/21/2013

Chamber members and their guests heard Governor Mary Fallin discuss key issues facing Oklahoma and outline major objectives for the legislative session.

Legislative Breakfast 01/31/2013

A panel of Republican and Democratic leadership from the State House and the State Senate discuss issues that affect local businesses.

This annual event offers the perfect opportunity for Chamber members to meet area legislators and have a voice on the issues impacting the business community.

State of the City 01/24/2013

Mayor Mick Cornett will share key initiatives and visions for Oklahoma City's future. Additionally, Chamber Chairman, Pete Delaney, OGE Energy Corp., will share highlights of the Chamber's major strategic objectives.

Annual Meeting 12/13/2012

Local leaders from all walks of life will be informed and motivated about our great city as we look forward to 2013.

Chamber Chairman Carl Edwards with Price Edwards & Company shares highlights from 2012 as he passes the gavel to incoming Chairman Pete B. Delaney with OGE Energy Corp.

Breaking Through Luncheon 12/6/2012

Larry Nichols, executive chairman of Devon Energy Corporation, and Klay Kimker, vice president of Administration, will share the nuts and bolts of "Building the Devon Energy Center" at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's Breaking Through luncheon.

Bringing together all the pieces and parts for a 1.8 million square foot, 50-story corporate tower is a monumental task. With construction in full-force from October 2009 to October 2012, Devon built their skyscraper quickly and safely.

Hear the master plan, designer details and inside stories from Devon's leader and project leader.

State of the Economy 11/29/2012

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the region's leading economic development organization, presents the 2nd annual State of the Economy event.

Panel on Oklahoma's Economy: Robert Dauffenbach, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Center for Economic and Management Research; Russell Evans, Oklahoma City University, Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute; Mickey Hepner, Ph.D., University of Central Oklahoma College of Business; Dan Rickman, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School for Business.

State of the Schools 8/22/12

Hear about efforts to improve K-20 education, including challenges at the legislature, in classrooms and on campuses. Guest speakers will discuss changes in higher education and the importance of higher education alignment.

Speakers include State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Janet Barresi, and Richard L. Petrick, Executive Director of the Business Alliance for Higher Education and the Economy. Guests will also learn about the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's Education initiatives.

Chairman's Breakfast 8/21/2012

Senator Tom Coburn shared the insights into the work being done in Washington, including legislative issues affecting the state and business community.

Breaking Through 8/15/2012

Bioscience is one of Oklahoma City's fastest growing industries. Dr. Stephen Prescott, president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, moderated a panel discussion on the research happening here and its potential impact to our health and economy.

Panelists include Dr. Kenneth Copeland, director of the pediatric program at the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center; Dr. Paul Kincade, vice president and Head of the Immunology and Cancer Program at OMRF; Dr. James Long, cardiothoracic surgeon at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center; and Dr. Scott Rollins, CEO and president of Selexys Pharmaceuticals.

This special event was held at the Research Tower of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, giving guests an opportunity to not only hear about current research but tour the facilities where scientists understand and develop more effective treatments for human disease.

Immigration Forum 3/29/12

While the national debate concerning illegal immigration draws a great deal of attention, the real need in the business community for smarter immigration policies that will positively impact economic development frequently goes unheard. At a special forum focusing on the topic, Richard Herman, author of "Immigrant, Inc." and a frequent speaker on this topic across the country gave a presentation on the economics of smarter immigration. He shared stories and facts about how immigrant entrepreneurs and investors help keep America competitive and discussed the limitations of the current U.S. immigration system.

Additionally, a panel of local business leaders talked about immigration and job creation in Oklahoma City.

  • Chris Dashney, Director of Hockey Operations for Oklahoma City Barons and Manager at Express Sports Agency
  • Blake Chisam, Director of Professional Practices and Government Relations for Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP
  • Stephen McKeever, Secretary of Science and Technology for the State of Oklahoma and Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer at Oklahoma State University

Guests gained insight into an important, and often misunderstood business issue. Herman and the panelists covered topics including green cards for graduates with advanced degrees in STEM fields, improving the H-1B visa program and increasing the capacity to meet demand, creating a visa for entrepreneurs, and EB-5 Regional Centers under development.

Breaking Through 03/7/2012

People around the metro and around the world are abuzz about the Oklahoma River and the ever-growing Boathouse District along its shores. The river and its corresponding development are having an incredible impact worldwide on both rowing and canoe/kayak, and are fast becoming a crown jewel in the community. With the Olympics just months away and MAPS 3 funding well underway, now is the time to be sure that you know everything there is to know about this booming district.

Joe Jacobi, CEO at USA Canoe/Kayak; Mike Knopp, executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation; Kelley McGuire, director of youth outreach for the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation; and Brian Volpenhein, Head Coach for the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center. The panelists discuss the programs available at the river as well as future plans to further develop the district.

Chairman's Event 02/17/2012

Chamber members and their guests heard Governor Mary Fallin discuss key issues facing Oklahoma and outline major objectives for the legislative session.

Legislative Breakfast 1/26/2012

A panel of Republican and Democratic leadership from the State House and the State Senate discuss issues that affect local businesses.

This annual event offers the perfect opportunity for Chamber members to meet area legislators and have a voice on the issues impacting the business community.

Legislative Breakfast Panel: 

  • The Honorable Kris Steele, Speaker of the House, Oklahoma House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Scott Inman, Democratic Minority Leader, Oklahoma House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Brian Bingman, President Pro Tempore, Oklahoma Senate
  • The Honorable Sean Burrage, Democratic Leader, Oklahoma Senate

State of the City 1/19/12

Mayor Mick Cornett shares key initiatives and visions for Oklahoma City's future.

Breaking Through Luncheon 12/14/11

Hear from Maj. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, who has been selected for reassignment as Commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, effective November 10th.

State of the Economy 11/9/2011
Keynote Speaker Tom Faranda
Global Realities – The Next Ten Years

At State of the Economy, a new annual event by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, economists gave a picture of both the global and local economy. Hear how the economy is affecting our business community and get insight into the trends we can expect in the coming months and years.


Breaking Through Luncheon 11/2/2011
Beyond Downtown: Oklahoma City's Development Success

Oklahoma City is booming - and that growth isn't just downtown. Cranes and construction workers can be seen across the metro building new hotels, hospitals, retail, multi-family and more. Learn more about the scale and scope of these projects and what we might be able to expect in the future.

Russell Claus, City of Oklahoma City
John Wooley II, Raptor Properties
John Williams, Williams & Associates Hospitality
Patti Davis, Oklahoma Hospital Association

Chairman's Breakfast 9/27/2011

U.S. Congressman James Lankford addressed Chamber members and their guests at the Chairman's Breakfast on September 27th at Oklahoma Christian University. Chamber Chairman, Carl Edwards, Partner of Price Edwards & Company, also shared important Chamber initiatives.