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2017 Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors Gala

Who are the Creativity Ambassadors?

Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors are individuals who have been selected for their national and international creative accomplishments and have agreed to serve as representatives for the state of Oklahoma to further the mission of the Creative Oklahoma. These individuals may be natural, or adopted, citizens of Oklahoma and have agreed to share their creative ideas and provide a voice for the creativity movement in Oklahoma, and beyond.

Event Details

The 2017 Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors Gala was held on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and guests that have made this event a true success!

Committee

Chairman
Mary Pointer

Creative Oklahoma Staff
Stéphanie Coderre Porras
Susan McCalmont

Committee
Lori Burson
Scott Davis
Charles Oppenheim
Edie Roodman
Paul Sechrist
Gena Timberman

Sponsors

Presenting

Thunder

Innovation Sponsor

Choctaw Nation
The GHK Companies
The Chickasaw Nation

Innovation Sponsor

Devon
Richard Sias
OSU + OSU Foundation

Imagination Sponsors

The Harrison Family
Rose State College
The Choctaw Nation
American Fidelity Foundation
Gaming Capital Group
Claims Management Resources
Manhattan Construction Company
The Oppenheim Group
University of Central Oklahoma

Manhattan Construction Company
Walters Power International
Ann Lacy Foundation
Dunlap Codding
OU FIne Art
Bank SNB
OCU
Ackermann McQueen
Thunder

2017 Inductees

Annie Funke
Annie Funke
2017 Young Creativity Ambassador
Broadway & Television Actress.
Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Country Music Superstar.
Chris Harrison
Chris Harrison
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Television Host.
Gary Batton
Gary Batton
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Chief of the Choctaw Nation.
Harvey Pratt
Harvey Pratt
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Forensic Artist.
Rick Bayless
Rick Bayless
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Chef, Restaurateur & Author.
Robert A. Hefner, III
Robert A. Hefner, III
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Petroleum Geologist, Author & Philanthropist.
Sam Presti
Sam Presti
2017 Creativity Ambassador
General Manager of the NBA Thunder.

Videos

Rick Bayless

Chef, Restaurateur & Author

To me, creativity is really where the foundation of everything that’s about civilization resides. It’s essential to the vitality of any culture.

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Chief Gary Batton

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The most creative bone that I have, I believe, is pulling people together for a shared vision and a common goal to achieve a better, greater Choctaw, a better Oklahoma.

Harvey Pratt

Forensic Artist

I think that we succeed because we have partnerships. You know, we work together, it is not done by just one person, it is done by a group of us. You know, we are all a piece in the puzzle and that’s what I think creativity is about, is that you have to be a piece of the puzzle and put it all together to make it work.

Chris Harrison

TV Host | The Bachelor

I get asked a lot about and my time in Oklahoma and if I miss being a sportscaster and I am very quick to answer: it’s the people, I miss the people. That’s what make a place.

Robert Hefner III

Petroleum geologist, Author & Philanthropist

So don’t you think it’s time to have on our automobile license plates, instead of just having Explore Oklahoma, why don’t we have Explore Oklahoma! with an exclamation point! Or better yet, Explore Creative Oklahoma!

Sam Presti

General Manager of the NBA Thunder

With the Thunder, obviously we play basketball and our goal is to win every game that we play but we stand for more than that. And if I were to tell you there is one thing we really stand for: it is creating. In a place like Oklahoma City, what we really trying to aiming to do it is to create memories. Create memories for everybody that comes in contact with the Thunder. […] And for us and everybody that works with the Thunder, they inspire me everyday to think a little longer and walk a little bit further because, all of us together, are trying to create something and hopefully become memories for you.

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