OKC VeloCity | NextGen expands brand with "talks" featuring emerging leaders Oct. 4

NextGen expands brand with "talks" featuring emerging leaders Oct. 4

By Staff Reports / Member News / October 3, 2019

NextGen Talks, a community-focused showcase of established and emerging leaders from across the state, will host an inaugural slate of presentations beginning at 1:30 p.m. on October 4, 2019 at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Oklahoma City Community College, located at 7777 South May Avenue in Oklahoma City.

NextGen Talks will present as an afternoon of networking, storytelling on causes and projects that affect communities statewide and introduce a dynamic class of speakers in a format derived from the popular NextGen Under 30 program produced by ion Oklahoma Magazine.

Previous NextGen Under 30 finalists approached event organizer, Don Swift, with the idea of expanding the Under 30 process by evolving the focus to include a public speaking coaching program featuring group and individual sessions to serve as an audition for the main event. The deadline for submissions was July 31, with an application process that includes the selection of a live talk category and theme, headshot, recorded video and an upload of the video to YouTube.

Over 30 professionals applied for the first NextGen Talks event, with 55 semi-finalists as selected by a panel of judges for the free coaching services, and nine will go on to speak for 15 minutes during the program.

“Don Swift, NextGen Committee Chairman has shared, “the speaker applicant response exceeded our expectations for participation in this live event on October 4, 2019. The final decisions to be made for speakers was very difficult as we all know there are many impressive and talented Oklahomans who care about making a difference in their community. Every speaker that was selected had to be in agreement to attend 10 hours of public speaking coaching classes in order to best communicate their 12 minute live talks.”

Speakers include Brooke Hamilton (Whitten Burrage Law Firm), Erika Lucas (Founder, StitchCrew), Jeff Greene (President, Medencentive), Christian Pearson (Founder, OK Sessions), Robin Robertson (Founder, Goose & Gander), Stacy Eads (Founder, Stacy Eads Consulting), Shane Jemison (Chickasaw Nation), Whitley O’Connor (CEO, The Curbside Chronicle), Seth Fairchild (Executive Director, Choctaw Nation Foundation), Adam Hull (Founder, Artesan Botanicals).

The speakers will be grouped into three sessions, with a featured session leader providing an introduction. The session leaders are John Higginbotham (CEO, Bank of Oklahoma OKC), Claudia San Pedro (President, Sonic Corp.) and Mick Cornett (Executive Counsel Jones PR). Dick Pryor from KGOU and Marion Paden Leadership Oklahoma will co-host as Master of Ceremonies.

On the day of the event, registration will open at 11:30 a.m. with the program to run from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A networking reception will start at 5:30 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $19 to $59 and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

The event will be recorded for rebroadcast on television and radio, as well as on the web site.

To buy tickets go to: tickets.occc.edu/

For more information on NextGen Talks Oklahoma go to: nextgentalksok.com


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