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Creative Oklahoma Headed to Belgium for Creativity World Forum


As a member of the Districts of Creativity Network, Creative Oklahoma actively participates each year in the Creativity World Forum. In an effort to expand Oklahoma’s presence in the international community, 17 innovators and entrepreneurs have been chosen to join Creative Oklahoma and serve as ambassadors of our state at the Forum, held this year in Kortrijk, Belgium, November 4-6.

Due to the large strides towards innovation and entrepreneurship in Oklahoma, Doug Sorocco, Creative Oklahoma commerce committee chair, says the international community sees our local entrepreneurs as “rock stars.”

The 17 rock stars chosen to accompany Creative Oklahoma are: Justin Briggs of Accele BioPharma, Lisa Snell of Native American Times and Native Oklahoma Magazine, Jonathon Stranger of Ludivine, Cayla Lewis of Downtown OKC, Benjamin Campbell of Native Soundstage, John Kerber of Who Is On My Wifi, David King of Exaptive, Chad Mount of Tribalbot, Chris Shilling of Stephensen Cancer Center, Mona Vaughn of Neoporter, Tommy Yi of The 404, Carter Jarrett of Oklahoma State University’s entrepreneurial program, Mimi Nguyen of Appable, Kelly Tran of Vakargo, Kyle Roberts of The Posthuman Project, Chris Wylie of Buffalo Hide Mastering and special effects and make-up artist Nate Bright.

“These ambassadors were each selected because they lead by example—pushing the status quo,” Creative Oklahoma president Susan McCalmont said.

The Forum offers an exchange of experiences via stimulating creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation throughout the creative industries with a focus on cross-cultural collaboration among individuals, businesses, and communities. It also offers a unique experience where attendees can view work from various innovative individuals and companies on a global scale.

At this year’s Forum, the attendees will hear from keynote speakers such as, Guy Kawasaki, Marion Debruyne, Marco Tempest, Robin Chase, Frans Johansson and Zaha Hadid; a group as diverse as the Oklahoma ambassadors themselves.

“After the international community sees what we’re doing, I can imagine we’ll have a lot of visits from our international friends,” Sorocco said.

Approximately 100 international innovators are already scheduled to attend Creative Oklahoma’s 2015 State of Creativity Forum, with the international chairman of the Districts of Creativity Network chairman, Pascal Cools, a confirmed keynote speaker.

Creative Oklahoma has worked with the Districts of Creativity Network to cover the cost of the Forum, but there is currently a need to cover approximately $36,000 in airfare and hotel expenses to reduce the $2,000 travel and lodging cost per attendee. Donations are being welcomed.

All donations can be made to Creative Oklahoma at and are fully tax deductible. Please be sure to note that your donation is for the “Creativity World Forum.”

For more information, please contact Marketing Director Barbara Hendrickson at or 405.232.5570×2.


Creative Oklahoma is a non-profit organization that advances creativity and innovation in schools, business environments and communities to develop a more robust economy and improve quality of life for all Oklahomans. The mission is to transform the state of Oklahoma through projects and collaborative ventures that help develop a more entrepreneurial and vibrant economy and an improved life quality for its citizens. Creative Oklahoma is the first non-profit organization in the United States to develop an integrated approach linking creativity to the development of innovation, community and entrepreneurial growth and is currently the only North American region represented in the International Districts of Creativity Network.

For more information about the Forum, sponsorship, exhibitions, or membership, please contact Barb Hendrickson at or 405.232.5570×2.

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