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Oklahoma Delegation to participate in the 2018 Creativity World Forum in Antwerp, Belgium

OKLAHOMA CITY (September 24th) – A select group of Oklahoma business owners, students, entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders are travelling to Antwerp, Belgium to participate in the international District of Creativity Network’s 2018 Creativity World Forum (CWF) September 26-30, 2018.  Two students from Northeastern State University, Trenton Morgan and Ricardo Oropeza, were selected to represent Oklahoma in a week-long Learning Lab focusing on solving global issues which has become an integral part of the conference for students.

The Creativity World Forum is a two-day global conference where visionary solutions, technologies and insights come together and connect with game-changers and discover inspiring speakers, visionary technologies, businesses of tomorrow and potential talent. The conference is the annual gathering of the international Districts of Creativity Network. 

Creative Oklahoma sought and received designation for Oklahoma as an official District of Creativity from the international Districts of Creativity Network based in 2007. Oklahoma is the only North American member of the international Districts of Creativity Network based in Flanders, Belgium.  Each year, the organization sponsors the largest international creativity gathering in the world, the Creativity World Forum, and study missions, or “Reverse missions,” to partner regions around the world. The DC Network unites regions around the world that focus on creativity to stimulate innovation and prosperity.

Over 2600 attendees representing the 14 international Districts of Creativity Network have traveled to Oklahoma twice, in 2010 and again in 2015, when Creative Oklahoma hosted the Creativity World Forum in Oklahoma City.  Creative Oklahoma has also organized statewide innovation study tours and Reverse Missions for the international group.

“Every year, we are excited to broaden the network of Oklahomans participating in the Creativity World Forum. These international relationships have been tremendous over the last 11 years and we can only see positive benefits for Oklahomans and their businesses.  We only expect those relationships and positive benefits for the state to grow through these meetings,” said Susan McCalmont, President of Creative Oklahoma.

From Oklahoma, 13 entrepreneurial business leaders and students will be represented at the Creativity World Forum and meet-ups, including:

  • Viktoria Carlson, Hoegg Software, Oklahoma City
  • Pageant Ferriabough, President & CEO, Busine$$’s Resource Unlimited, Tulsa
  • Daniel France, Actovos DHS App, Oklahoma City
  • Ava Lynn, StarSpace46, Oklahoma City
  • Susan McCalmont, President, Creative Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
  • Trenton Morgan, Student, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah
  • Charles Oppenheim, Managing Partner, The Oppenheim Group, Oklahoma City
  • Ricardo Oropeza, Graduate Student, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah 
  • Chris Shilling, Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma City
  • Douglas Sorocco, Director, Dunlap Codding, Oklahoma City
  • Jeff Yenzer, Yenzer Consulting, Oklahoma City 
  • Tommy Yi, Co-Founder, StarSpace46, Oklahoma City

About Creative Oklahoma

Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma’s economy through innovation-focused initiatives in education, commerce and culture. The mission is to develop, promote and celebrate Oklahoma’s creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture. For more information, please visit www.creativeoklahoma.org

About DC Network

Founded in 2004, the Districts of Creativity (DC) Network unites regions around the world to share and develop practices on stimulating creativity in society to foster innovation and prosperity. Our international orientation makes us a unique network of regions that put creativity and innovation high on the agenda. From the USA to China and Scotland to India, the Districts of Creativity network spans the globe and continues to grow. For more information, please visit https://districtsofcreativity.org/.

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