15th Annual Mayor's Development Roundtable

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Join us for the Mayor's Development Roundtable

Join us Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City!

Each spring, Mayor Mick Cornett hosts the Mayor's Development Roundtable. This event highlights the public and private sector's commitment to developing a great community by bringing together experts, local panel members, and attendees to discuss topics relevant to Oklahoma City's growth and development.

Register. Online registration is open; space is limited.

Sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities and table reservations are available. 




Friday, May 13, 2016 | 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Cox Convention Center

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dr. Tom J. McDaniel |
American Fidelity Foundation

Opening Remarks
Mayor Mick Cornett

Kick-off Keynote
Jennifer Haroon | Self-Driving Cars at Google X
Technology Fuels Development
Learn how embracing technology can lead to smarter development and a technology-fueled city. Google's Self-Driving Car project aims to improve people's lives by transforming mobility. This presentation will provide an overview of project's history and technology.

Lightning Rounds
This year’s “20/20 Lightning Round,” where presenters have 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide, features three local leaders sharing projects, programs, and placemaking that influence a better quality of life.

Art in Public Places | Michael Owens |
The Alliance for Economic Development of OKC

Music Industry Development | Scott Booker | ACM@UCO

Placemaking for Community | Doug Sorocco | Dunlap Codding

Networking Break

Lightning Rounds
This 20/20 Lightning Round features three local leaders providing updates on development projects taking place in Oklahoma City.

Innovation District Update | Kurt Foreman |
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Streetcar Specifics | Nathaniel Harding |
Harding & Shelton Exploration
21c Museum Hotel | Clay Moss |
Hall Capital | Commercial Real Uptown 23rd District Association Estate Manager

Keynote Presentation
Mayor Greg Fischer | City of Louisville, Kentucky

Transformation Through Vision

Sharing a unique city transformation vision, Louisville, Kentucky Mayor Greg Fischer joins the conversation as he discusses changes in the environment and economy as well as establishing ways Louisville citizens live, work, learn, and interact with each other. As the past chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Metro Economies Committee, he addressed economic problems facing the nation’s cities and their citizens.

Super Panel Roundtable

Networking Break & Lunch

Mayor’s Keynote
Mayor Mick Cornett

Award for Outstanding Development
Uptown 23rd District Association

Comments from Award Recipient

Closing Remarks and Special Thanks

Cornett to host 15th annual Mayor's Development Roundtable

Mick Cornett | Mayor of Oklahoma City

The son of postal worker and school teacher, Mick Cornett was born and raised in Oklahoma City. From an early age, his parents taught him the value of public service and encouraged him to keep the faith, work hard and dream big.

Today, Mayor Mick Cornett, the first four-term mayor in Oklahoma City history, is leading a thriving community that reflects the same principles.  

He has been honored by various organizations and publications as the top Mayor in the state and nation --and an international panel selected Mayor Cornett as the second-best mayor in the world. Newsweek magazine called him one of the "five most innovative Mayors in the United States."

Recently elected to a leadership position in the US Conference of Mayors, he is in line to be President of that organization in 2016.

He famously put the entire city on a diet to raise awareness on the national issue of obesity. His leadership helped bring the NBA to OKC. During his time in office, Oklahoma City has invested nearly $2 billion in schools and quality-of-life infrastructure through the innovative MAPS program. That investment generated nearly $6 billion in private sector investment. Today, Oklahoma City's economy is one of the nation's most robust.

Mayor Cornett is a popular national speaker on the topics of health and wellness, urban design, placemaking and walkable cities. His TED TALK on those topics has been viewed by more than 1 million people worldwide.


Kurt Foreman | Executive Vice President of Economic Development, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Kurt Foreman joined the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber as executive vice president of economic development in 2012. Kurt leads the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s 14-member economic development team focused on job creation and capital investment by attracting new businesses, growing and retaining existing businesses, supporting innovation and entrepreneurial development, and attracting destination retail businesses. He and the team also work closely with stakeholders across the region’s bioscience, aviation, energy and creative industry clusters to support their growth.

Kurt has nearly 25 years of experience in and around economic development including time in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and twice in the Washington, DC region. He also has worked nationally as a site selection consultant and as an executive recruiter with Korn/Ferry International, a leading global executive search firm. Kurt received his bachelor’s degree at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and his MBA from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.


Jennifer Haroon | Head of Business Development, Self-Driving Cars at Google X

Jennifer Haroon is the Head of Business Operations, Self-Driving Cars at Google X, where she focuses on strategic initiatives, business operations and partnerships. She previously launched Project Link, a wholesale metro fiber network in Kampala, Uganda, represented Google on the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) and launched a number of Google’s health-related initiatives, including Google Flu Trends and the Flu Vaccine Finder. Prior to Google, Jennifer was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group. From the San Francisco and Stockholm offices, she worked with organizations ranging from global public health to private equity. Jennifer also worked as an Associate in the Equity Research group of Thomas Weisel Partners. Jennifer received her B.S. from Duke University and MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.



Clay Moss | Managing Director, Real Estate, Hall Capital

Clay Moss joined Hall Capital in 2009 to oversee the growth of the Hall Capital real estate portfolio through acquisitions and developments. Prior to joining Hall Capital, Clay served as a commercial real estate broker specializing in multi-tenant office properties and historic redevelopments. He was named a CoStar Power Broker in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Also, in 2008, he received the prestigious OKC Biz “40 under 40” award. Clay is currently active in many civic organizations, but currently concentrates on the Wes Welker Foundation and ASTEC Charter Schools. Clay holds a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the Acton School of Business.



Dr. Tom J. McDaniel | President, American Fidelity Foundation

Tom J. McDaniel became President of American Fidelity Foundation on September 1, 2011, after having served as President and Chancellor of Oklahoma City University from July 1, 2001 to August 31, 2011. He retired as Vice Chairman and Director of Kerr McGee Corporation in 2000 and then served as President of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, becoming the first graduate of that school to ever serve as its President, before joining OCU. He holds a business degree from Northwestern, a Jurist Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from OCU.

He is active in the community, serving on numerous boards and commissions and currently serves as Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Board for the MAPS III projects.

McDaniel and his wife, Brenda, were selected 2010 “Treasures of Tomorrow” by the Oklahoma Health Foundation. Among his recognitions he was recently named Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO in large non-profits. In 2006 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Michael Eric Owens | Community Development Director, Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City

Michael Eric Owens is the Community Development Director for the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City. He is a distinguished scholar, writer, and speaker. Michael also serves as the Executive Director of the Ralph Ellison Foundation.
Following a successful career in the United States Navy where he achieved Sailor of the Year honors, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, earning degrees in History and Political Science and Law as well as the Outstanding Graduate Award. He received his Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Throughout his career, Michael has received countless awards and is a proud member of the National Scholars Honor Society. As a leader and advocate in minority communities throughout the United States, Michael has created, spearheaded, and coordinated community programming that is engaging and unifying. He transitioned to Oklahoma with a proven track record of bringing diverse communities together to provide opportunities for collaboration and cultural and social exchanges. Michael has appeared on such programs as OKC Metro, OKC Mayor Magazine, and the Fox Morning Show. He has been interviewed on numerous national radio programs.

Michael serves on the Oklahoma Civil Rights Commission Advisory Board, the Oklahoma City Arts Commission Board, and the Lynn Institute Board of Directors. Michael was named 2013 Educator of the Year by Perry Publishing & Broadcasting.

As a community organizer, Michael has administered literacy, leadership, and mentor programming. He continues to be successful at integrating divergent opinions, dispelling misconceptions, and mitigating arising conflicts when it comes to community building. Michael is a skilled strategist, helping local leaders reach a consensus regardless of their initial position. In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, reading and writing, and exploring the outdoors of Oklahoma.

Nathaniel Harding | President, Harding & Shelton Exploration

Nathaniel Harding is President of Harding & Shelton Exploration (HSE), an upstream oil and gas company headquartered in Bricktown. Nathaniel directs exploration, production, and new ventures. He has been named one of the Most Admired CEOs in Oklahoma by the Journal Record. His company is actively acquiring O&G assets in Oklahoma. An affiliated company, Diversified Historic Properties (DHP), owns and develops commercial properties. DHP renovated the 100-year-old Red Ball Building for HSE’s headquarters in 2011, and is currently developing the Case Plow Building.

Nathaniel graduated cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with Russian and engineering degrees, and earned an MBA from Oklahoma City University. He is a decorated Air Force Captain and veteran of Afghanistan, where he was embedded with the US/NATO headquarters in collaboration with the Afghan government. Nathaniel has been published in multiple industry publications in the US and China, the latter as part of his Beijing-based joint venture with major Chinese oil companies.

In 2010, Mayor Cornett appointed Nathaniel to the MAPS 3 Advisory Board and to chair the Streetcar Subcommittee. Nathaniel is active with Leadership OKC, Downtown Club, Redbud Classic, Rotary, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, and the OKC Chamber of Commerce. He has been a Miss Oklahoma judge, track national champion, Russian orphanage translator, political party National Vice Chairman, and local TV talk show host.


Greg Fischer | Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky

Committed to growing jobs and creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, Greg Fischer was elected Louisville's 50th mayor in 2010 -- and was sworn in for a second four-year term on January 5, 2015. Since taking office, Mayor Fischer has pursued three top goals: making Louisville a city of lifelong learning, a much healthier city and an even more compassionate community. These are the three pillars of his administration. As a businessman and entrepreneur, he brings a data-driven approach to city government with a goal of making it more efficient and accessible.

Greg is a trustee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is past chair of the Conference's Metro Economies Committee which addresses economic problems facing the nation’s cities and their citizens. He was named a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine, the only U.S. mayor to earn that honor in 2013. He is an entrepreneur who started several businesses including SerVend International and Iceberg Ventures, a private investment firm. He also co-founded bCatalyst, the first business accelerator in Louisville.

Douglas J. Sorocco | Director & Shareholder, Dunlap Codding

Douglas J. Sorocco practices in the areas of intellectual property, technology, licensing, life sciences and patent law and is involved in counseling and transactional work involving all aspects of intellectual property. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Doug regularly counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property including acquisition and commercialization of intellectual property, portfolio management, licensing and transactional matters. He is ranked in Band 1 (the top band) for intellectual property law by the highly regarded Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2015, and he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 for Technology Law. Managing IP recently ranked Doug as an IP Star for 2015. Doug is incredibly honored to have been named one of 15 Minority Rainmakers of the Year in 2014 by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Doug was also selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition (2010).

He is an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and in the Physiology Department at the University of Oklahoma's Health Sciences Center. Prior to joining Dunlap Codding in 1996, Doug was a member of Dick & Harris, a Chicago intellectual property boutique law firm.

Locally, Doug currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Oklahoma City's Film Row District, the Oklahoma City Girls Art School, and Creative Oklahoma. He is the Chairman of the Board of Canterbury Voices.

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