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EdTalks: Education Funding and Advocacy

Tulsa Regional Chamber

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CST)

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Tulsa Regional Chamber Education & Workforce joins forces with Tulsa's Young Professionals to bring you- Ed Talks: Education Funding & Advocacy featuring:

David Blatt, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute

Recognized as one of the state’s leading experts on fiscal policy and selected as one of the Tulsa World’s five “Oklahomans to Watch” in 2011, he is a member and regional co-chair of the Scholars Strategy Network. David previously served for seven years as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and for three years as a budget analyst for the State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta.

Brian Hunt, Oklahoma Executive Director- Stand for Children

Brian Hunt has 20 years of diverse experience, from School Board leadership and 15 years of commercial real estate sales to 8 years in economic development ranging from workforce development to business recruitment. Brian was elected to the Tulsa Public School Board in 2008 and served through 2012.  As President of the Board in 2011 he oversaw “Project Schoolhouse,” a school consolidation & efficiency initiative resulting in savings and closure of 14 school sites. Major highlights included Will Rogers Early College High School, grade reconfigurations, boundary changes and converting 3 under-enrolled High Schools to include grades 7-12.  He also embraced the Teacher Leader Effectiveness Initiative to develop a teacher leader value-add evaluation system focused on student growth – which has become the State of Oklahoma’s preferred evaluation model, having been selected by the majority of Oklahoma school districts.

Have questions about EdTalks: Education Funding and Advocacy? Contact Tulsa Regional Chamber

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TiAmo Italian Restaurant
6024 S. Sheridan RoaD
Tulsa, Ok 74145

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CST)

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Tulsa Regional Chamber

The Tulsa Regional Chamber hosts a variety of forums to share information on a variety of subjects that affect economic development. Many forums are free and most are held at the Tulsa Chamber offices. Subjects include education, HR, health care, small business and more. Not all event RSVPs are tracked using Eventbrite; for a full list of Chamber events click here.


Education is the key to ensuring a strong workforce which is why the Tulsa Regional Chamber is dedicated to continually improving education for our students.

Each year we host a minimum of six free education forums on varying subjects. Subjects from the 2012-2013 year included:

  • State Income Tax: Impact on Education

  • Partners In Education* Forum: Project School house & Bond Issues  

  • Any Given Child: Equitable arts in TPS schools
  • Partners In Education* Forum: School Security & Safety

  • Education Summit: Stand For Children

  • Reading Sufficiency

  • Program Management For Youth

For more information about the education programs at the Tulsa Regional Chamber contact education manager, Kuma Browne, at or 918.560.0218.

*Partners In Education is a partnership program between Tulsa Public Schools and the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Hundreds of Tulsa companies and organizations partner with TPS sites to offer valuable benefits to Tulsa students. Partnerships can benefit from volunteers in the classroom (reading buddies, testing monitors and lunch buddies) as well as donations such as uniforms, school supplies, snacks and financial donations.


ealth Care Forums cover a wide variety of subjects but mainly involve health care advocacy, legislation and information that affects small business owners. Topics covered in the past include:

  • Insure Oklahoma
  • The Power of Primary Care, CPCi
  • One Million Hearts Campaign: My HealthAccess
  • Silver Tsunami
  • Physician Shortage
  • The Leavitt Report


The Tulsa Regional Chamber offers a monthly forum series geared toward educating area small business owners on a diverse collection of topics, ranging from important tax issues to disaster preparedness and more.

The Tulsa Regional Chamber Small Business Forums feature experts from throughout the community, offering practical advice on matters of great importance to our region’s business.



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