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February 2018 Fresh Start
February 6 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 amFree
Oklahoma City Thunder is sponsoring our February Fresh Start Breakfast. The event will be hosted at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
C. Michael Carolina, Executive Director, OCAST
C. Michael Carolina is the executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST)—the state’s agency for technology development, technology transfer and technology commercialization. Prior to joining OCAST in 2005, he held management and executive positions with the Western Electric Company, AT&T and Lucent Technologies in Oklahoma City, Morristown, NJ and Basking Ridge, NJ. During his 25-year career with AT&T/Lucent Technologies, Carolina was involved in engineering, new product design and introduction, technology transfer and joint-venture operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Carolina holds a B.S. in biological science from Oklahoma State University and M.S. in environmental science (School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science) from the University of Oklahoma. While with AT&T, he completed the company’s Executive Development Program in Princeton, NJ. He serves on several boards and advisory committees including the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF); the Governor’s Science and Technology Council; the Board of Visitors for the University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering; the Dean’s Strategic Advisory Council at Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology; and the Engineering Advisory Council, Department of Engineering and Physics at the University of Central Oklahoma.
In May of 2016, Carolina was inducted into the University Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering Distinguished Graduates Society.
Kevin Perry, Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company, Inc.
President/CEO of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Perry Publishing & Broadcasting is comprised of a statewide Oklahoma newspaper, The Black Chronicle and 20 radio stations throughout the United States, i.e., Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina.
• ’93 Graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with a B.A. Degree in
Banking and Finance
• ’05 Graduate of the National Association of Broadcaster Educational Development
• ’06-’07 Graduate of the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Leadership Training Program
Boards and Civic Activities:
• Board Member, First Security Bank in Oklahoma City
• Board of Regents of Oklahoma City Community College
• Board Member, Oklahoma City All Sports Association
• Board Member, Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters
• Board Member, Eckerd Foundation
• Board Member, E Foundation
• Advisory Board Member, Valliance Bank
• Member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO)
• Graduate of Leadership of Oklahoma City, Class XIX
• Former Chairman of the Eastside Reinvestment Committee for the City of Oklahoma City
• Past Board Member, Dean McGee Eye Institute
• Past Member of the Tax Increment Financing Committee for the City of Oklahoma City
• Past Member of The Oklahoma City Downtown Club
• Past Board Member, National Associations of Broadcasters
• Past Board Member, YMCA of Oklahoma City
• Past Board Member of Oklahoma City Zoo
• Past Board Member, Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation
• Past Board Member, Oklahoma Health Science Center Foundation
• Past Board Member, Dead Center Film Festival
Wife Tori, and two sons, Miles and Sebastian
Cecilia Robinson-Woods, Superintendent at Millwood Public School
is in her fifth year as superintendent of Millwood Public Schools in Oklahoma City, Ok. With the goal of 100% of Millwood students graduating college and career ready, she has introduced innovative reading programs at the elementary level, increased access to one to one technology K-‐12, instituted on campus concurrent enrollment at the high school and strengthened family and community involvement.
Ms. Robinson-‐Woods is a life long educator who received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education from the Oklahoma State University and her M.Ed. degree from the University of Oklahoma in Education Administration and Curriculum Supervision in 1999. She is currently an Ed.D student at the University of Oklahoma pursuing a degree in Education Administration and Curriculum Supervision with the expected graduation date of December 2018.
During Robinson-‐Woods’ tenure at Millwood Public Schools she led the charge to return Millwood Public Schools to the northeast community for career tech services at Metro Technology Centers. A public vote secured a 95% approval for this move to occur. Robinson-‐Woods is also responsible for implementing new reading programs in the elementary school that resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of 3rd grade students being recommended for retention according to the State’s Reading Sufficiency Act. During her tenure graduation rates have averaged above 96% and suspensions have been reduced to well below 20%. Under her leadership Millwood Public Schools also became one of the first “Charter Conversion” schools in the state. Because of this distinction from the state, Millwood Public Schools is allowed to utilize charter law to advance their mission as a public school, which is to ensure that all students are prepared academically and socially for lifelong learning.
Robinson-‐Woods was named the Women of Color Educator of the Year in 2015. She currently serves as a member of the State Superintendents Advisory Board, MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Council, OKC Public School Foundation Advisory Board, OSSAA Board Member, USSA Executive Board Member, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy Board Member and the Governor’s Oklahoma Workforce Youth Council where she works to advance issues that work to strengthen the Oklahoma City community and at Millwood. She is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City, Class of 33.
Brian Byrnes - VP of Marketing at OKC Thunder
Brian Byrnes joined the Thunder organization in April 2005, and developed and executed the strategic sales and marketing efforts to launch business operations in Oklahoma City in 2008. Byrnes’ current responsibilities include oversight of ticket sales, retention and operations; luxury suite sales and hospitality; marketing and communications strategies such as brand management, advertising, promotions, graphic design, digital media, e-commerce and event presentation.
Capitalizing on the unique platform of being Oklahoma’s first permanent major-league sports team, Byrnes continues to foster programming that extends the reach of the Thunder brand to fans throughout the region. Initiatives such as Thunder Alley and the Thunder Rewards Zone make the game-day experience accessible to all Thunder fans visiting Chesapeake Energy Arena. Year-round, the Blue Alliance connects local fans in towns across Oklahoma, while the OG&E ThunderBolt brings an interactive Thunder experience to regional fairs and neighborhood celebrations.
Previously, Byrnes served as executive vice president of business operations for the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, guiding the organization through a rebranding that included a new corporate identity, logos and team uniforms. Prior to joining the Coyotes, Byrnes built nearly 10 years of experience with the NHL’s Dallas Stars and MLB’s Texas Rangers.
Byrnes is actively involved in the Thunder Cares Foundation, Allied Arts, Leadership Oklahoma City, the National Sports Forum and the Greater Oklahoma City Sports Consortium. A graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Byrnes and his wife Ashley reside with their three children in Edmond.
Bring your business cards and plan to make some business connections, find out how your product or service fits into the needs of another project or enterprise, and help keep the dollars circulating and growing within the minority community. We are here to help each other THRIVE!
You are encouraged to invite prospective Black Chamber members/professionals to come network. Bring your business cards to exchange, and enter the drawring for door prizes.
*Event open to the public FREE breakfast
We Can’t Wait to See You There!