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 Keynote Speakers

Terry Cline, Ph.D.
Terry Cline, Ph.D., is the secretary of Health and Human Services and Oklahoma’s health commissioner. Dr. Cline has extensive experience in overseeing health and human services at the national, federal and state levels. He previously completed a post as health attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He served as a local provider as the clinical director of the Cambridge Youth Guidance Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and outside of professional experience was appointed as a clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and chairman of the governing board for Harvard Teaching Hospital.

Nick Buettner
Nick Buettner has first-hand knowledge of the blue zones - places that have the greatest life expectancy, where more people reach age 100 than anywhere else in the world. Buettner is the community and corporate program director for Blue Zones® and is responsible for taking the project’s lessons to 39 communities in nine states, impacting the health of more than 2 million people across the United States. Using National Geographic photography and a dynamic, storytelling delivery, Buettner will take you to these longest-lived cultures, sharing his observations from the field and will provide you with ideas to immediately increase your own healthy longevity and well-being.

Agenda OCTOBER 24, 2017

8:00 – 10:00 AM
Breakfast & Opening Session
Herb Rozell Ballroom

8:00 – 8:30
Registration and Breakfast: 2017 Summit Emcee: Chuck Hoskin Jr., Cherokee Nation Secretary of State

8:30 – 9:00
Welcome: Steve Turner, NSU President
Richard Beck, RSU Vice President
Bill John Baker, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief
Johnnie Earp, NORA Board President

9:00 – 9:45
Opening Session: Healthy Communities = A Strong Region. How healthy is northeast Oklahoma?

Presenter: Dr. Terry Cline Ph.D., Secretary of Health and Human Services & Oklahoma’s Commissioner of Health

10:00 – 10:15

10:00 – 11:15 AM
Morning Workshops

Workshop 1 Mentoring Tomorrow’s Workforce
Room 226

What is your community doing to impact its future workforce? Character education and soft skills delivery can be addressed through mentorship programs. Three programs in northeast Oklahoma will be highlighted as examples that can be replicated for greater career awareness, character education and knowledge transfer.

Presenter: Lisa Smith, Lake Area United Way
Panelists:  Liberty Shere, Northeast Tech
Derald Glover, Fort Gibson Public Schools
Ben Pemberton, Fort Gibson Public Schools
Barbara Hawkins, Pryor Chamber of Commerce

Workshop 2 Build Your Tax Base through Retail Engagement
Morgan Room, 3rd Floor

Thriving retail sectors provide critical tax revenues for local governments. Learn techniques on how to leverage your community’s assets and employ data collection to
encourage greater retail development by focusing on existing businesses in your community.

Presenter: Brian Hunt, Cherokee Nation Businesses
Panelists:  Lynn Wilson, Redfern Research Services
John Feary, Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority
Stephen Highers, Cherokee Nation Commerce Department

Workshop 3 Tobacco Policy/Ordinances and Economic Impact on Communities and Businesses
Room 225
As more communities in Oklahoma are adopting tobacco-free policies, the positive economic impact is becoming more evident. This session will highlight the economic benefits that communities can expect if they commit to tobacco-free policies and city ordinances. Experts will discuss the struggles and successes of implementing these ordinances with examples from northeastern Oklahoma.

Presenter: Louise Musselman, Oklahoma State Department of Health
Panelists: John Woods, Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment
Connie Befort, Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment
Carol Choate, Cherokee County Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust
Chantel J. Hartman, Oklahoma State Department of Health
Craig McNeill, Daltile Manufacturing

Workshop 4
Workforce Development Spotlight: Sector Strategies
Room 221
NORA completed a year-long dive into sector strategies in northeast Oklahoma. Attend this session to learn more about this study. Find out how communities can assist in increasing talent for the “big three” industries: health care, hospitality and manufacturing.

Presenter: Darla Heller, NORA

Workshop 5 Grant Writing 101
Room 223
This workshop provides a step-by-step walkthrough of the grant writing process. Lahoma Simmons, who has secured more than $4 million in funding for clients, will share her knowledge and give tips about the grant process. From understanding what
a RFP is, to breaking down the requested writing tasks and packaging the final product for submittal, this is a great how-to course for anyone who wants to understand how grants work.

Presenter: Shay Stanfill, Cherokee Nation
Lahoma Simmons, The Alliance for Rural Impact

Workshop 6 Policy Spotlight: What You Need to Know About the Future of Health Care Policy
Ballroom Lounge
What does the future of healthcare look like in your community? Join the conversation to learn and share what is happening with both state and federal health care policy and how rural communities are being impacted.

Presenter: Carly Putman, Oklahoma Policy Institute
Teresa Huggins, Stigler Health and Wellness Center Inc. (FQHC)

Workshop 7 Making Data Work for Your Community
Redbud Room, 3rd Floor
Do you need hard facts and numbers on your community to help with business recruitment and development? The data is out there, but where do you find it and what
do you do with it once you’ve got it? Learn how to find the data you need in this interactive workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet.

Presenter: Charlotte Howe, Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Jon Chiappe, Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Michael Craig, Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Workshop 8 Creative Approaches to Community Development
Room 224
Oklahoma communities are faced with challenges that require a creative, outside-the-box approach to succeed. With limited, if not declining, resources, a greater demand for civic services, and the emerging millennial generation, it is incumbent upon community
leaders to set aside their old-school approaches and develop new quality-of-life tools that lead to creative success. Panelists will share their experiences in working with communities on solutions to meet these 21st century needs.

Presenter: Clint Johnson, City of Tahlequah
 Shane Hampton, Oklahoma Quality Communities
Ron Drake, Ron Drake Consulting
Stan Greil, Creative Oklahoma/Rose State College

Workshop 9 Google Community Mapping: Let’s Build a Digital Map of our Community
Room 222
In this session, learn to create a digital map with the various Google Maps apps. You can design your own map live in class and can continue to build and modify after the session. Bring your phone, computer or tablet - or just come and take notes. No experience
is necessary.

Presenter: Scott Lemmon, Google Earth Outreach Trainer

11:30 – 11:45

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Awards Luncheon & Keynote Address
Herb Rozell Ballroom

11:30 – 12:00
Darla Heller, NORA Executive Director

12:00 – 12:15
NORA Leadership Academy Presentation

12:15 – 12:30
NORA Scholarship Awards

12:30 – 1:30
Keynote Address: Growing Entrepreneurs in Unexpected Places
Herb Rozell Ballroom

Nick Buettner, Blue Zones®
Nick Buettner is committed to informing, inspiring and connecting people and ideas. His work with the Blue Zones® expedition team provided him a first hand, in-person glimpse of these “blue zones” - places that have the greatest life expectancy and where more people reach age 100 than anywhere else in the world. Using National Geographic
photography and a dynamic, storytelling delivery, Buettner takes audiences to these longest-lived cultures, shares his own observations from the field, and provides your group with ideas to immediately increase their own well-being. Buettner also was executive producer of the Blue Zones® expeditions to Okinawa, Costa Rica and Ikaria. This keynote address will address how blue zone economies are thriving due to a focus on health
and happiness.

1:30 – 1:45

1:45 – 3:00 PM
Afternoon Workshops

Workshop 10 Prevention Efforts Communities Can Leverage to Fight Addiction
Room 225
Addiction - the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge. However, just ignoring it isn’t working anymore. Learn how you as a community leader can have an impact on the crisis of addiction in northeast Oklahoma. Learn about preventive initiatives your community can take to address this disease. This workshop is designed to give community stakeholders and leaders the tools they need to address all forms of addiction.

Presenter: Julie Watson-Ledbetter, The Nonprofit Resource Center
Lindsey Roberts, Neighbors Building Neighborhoods
Sheree Hukill, Washington County Wellness
Terrence K. Kominsky, Ph.D., Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health

Workshop 11 Raising Revenue through Retail Recruitment
Morgan Room, 3rd Floor
Looking to boost your sales tax base, increase jobs and impact quality of life? Rural markets face a great challenge recruiting national and regional businesses into their
communities. Hear how to market your community’s assets in the retail real estate industry.

Presenter: Brian Hunt, Cherokee Nation Businesses
Mandy Vavrinak, Comm-Arts, Inc.
Jesse Godfrey, Casey’s General Stores

Workshop 12 Planning for a Healthy Community and a Healthy Region
Room 223
Does your community-based strategic planning include improved health outcomes and quality of life issues? This session will highlight how to access local data and leverage local resources to implement public health initiatives throughout your community and region.
Hear experts discuss how communities have implemented strategic planning processes, such as mobilizing for action through planning and partnerships (MAPP) and examine
their successes.

Presenter: Sarah Johnson, Oklahoma State Department of Health
Jessi Ryel, Oklahoma State Department of Health

Workshop 13 Google Mapping for Business: Vital Tools to Thrive in 2018
Room 222
In this session you will have a walkthrough on how to use all the latest Google My Business mapping and tools. See how an example business claims their identity and how you can use up-to-date Google resources to maximize your exposure online. Bring your phone, computer or tablet - or just come and take notes. No experience is necessary.

Presenter: Scott Lemmon, Google Earth Outreach Trainer

Workshop 14 Using TIF Districts to Fund Your Community Project
Ballroom Lounge
Innovative financing techniques are needed for infrastructure, planning and programs. This workshop will take you through the process of tax increment financing as a tool for development. Learn from the experts to avoid pitfalls and gain greater buy-in from
community groups.

Presenter: Andy McMillan, Cherokee Nation Businesses
Panelists: Kristopher Koespsel, Riggs Abney
Dan McMahan, Riggs Abney
Lisa Beeman, City of Bartlesville

Workshop 15 A New Way to Think About Tourism, Culturally Speaking 
Room 224
Cultural tourism allows travelers to be immersed in local rituals and routines as they create memories of unique experiences. Attend this session and learn how to make cultural tourism work in your community.

Presenter: Kin Thompson, Northeastern State University
Travis Owens, Cherokee Nation Businesses
Amanda Davis, City of Miami

Workshop 16 Applying the Disney Approach to Customer Service in Northeast Oklahoma
Redbud Room, 3rd Floor
For more than 90 years, The Walt Disney Company has perfected the customer experience. A Disney trainer will be on hand to explain the company’s art of making
people happy and how northeast Oklahoma can benefit.

Presenter: Sherri Smith-Gray, Smith & Gray Consulting
Kelly Fuhlman, Disney Institute

Workshop 17 How One Oklahoma Community is Becoming a Blue Zone
Room 226
Join conference keynote speaker Nick Buettner and Rachael Melot as they discuss how Blue Zones® is at work in one Oklahoma region. This session will provide a deeper
dive into Blue Zones® and how the program could work in your community.

Presenter: Steve Shepelwich, The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
 Nick Buettner, Blue Zones®
Rachael Melot, Blue Zones® Project Pottawatomie County




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