Fall Policy Boot Camps

Fall Policy Boot Camps (FallPol)

When/Where: Friday, October 14th, 2016 at OSU-Tulsa and Saturday, October 15th at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond

Cost:  $105; includes breakfast, lunch, and networking reception. Space is limited; the deadline to register  is October 12th.

Registration: Register for the Tulsa FallPol here or the Oklahoma City FallPol here.


Do you want to learn more about the state budget, criminal justice reform, poverty, and other critical policy issues affecting our state? If so, you’ll want to attend the 2nd annual OK Policy Fall Policy Boot Camp (FallPol).

FallPol is an intensive, one-day policy training intended primarily for emerging professionals working for non-profits, advocacy groups, government, and businesses, as well as educators, parents, civic volunteers, and other rising leaders with an interest in Oklahoma issues but without in-depth familiarity with the state’s policy landscape. Advocates and professionals with expertise in one policy area who wish to be better informed across a broader canvas of issues will find this training especially useful.

The program is a condensed version of the four-day Summer Policy Institute (SPI) for college students. It will feature overview presentations by OK Policy staff on the state’s major policy issues, as well as breakout sessions on the legislative process, diversity and inclusion, advocacy, and research techniques. You can see the full schedule below.

The cost of the Fall Policy Boot Camp is $105 and includes light breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception at the end of the day. The final deadline to register is Tuesday, October 12th. All sales are final.

Space is limited, so register soon to ensure your spot in the program!

If you need financial assistance to attend, send an email providing a brief description of your circumstances to info@okpolicy.org. Please indicate whether you need a full scholarship or a partial scholarship ($45 registration). A limited number of scholarships will be made available on a first come, first served basis. The scholarship deadline is September 30th.


8:00 – 8:45: Registration and breakfast

9:00 – 9:10: Welcome and introductions, David Blatt, Executive Director

9:10 – 9:50: Budget & Taxes, David Blatt, Executive Director [Slides]

10:00 – 10:40:  Poverty & Opportunity, DeVon Douglass, Policy Analyst [Slides]

10:50 – 11:30:  Health Care, Carly Putnam, Policy Analyst [Slides]

11:30 – 12:30:  Lunch

12:40 – 1:20:  Criminal Justice, Ryan Gentzler, Policy Analyst [Slides]

1:30 – 2:30:  Breakout Sessions (Select One)

  • Doing Smarter Policy Research: Gene Perry, Policy Director [Slides]
  • Grassroots Advocacy 101: Kara Joy McKee, Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator [Outline]
  • Direct Lobbying: Bailey Perkins, Outreach & Legislative Liaison, and Tyler Parette, Outreach & Operations Associate [Slides]
  • Diversity & Inclusion:Tulsa Presenter: Mana Tahaie, Director of Mission Impact at YWCA Tulsa; OKC Presenter: Lawrence Ware, Lecturer and Diversity Coordinator, Oklahoma State University

2:40 – 3:20:  Education, Gene Perry, Policy Director [Slides]

3:30 – 4:15:  Legislative Process, Tulsa — Damario Solomon-Simmons, Consultant; OKC — Bailey Perkins and Tyler Parette [Slides]

4:15 – 4:30:  Now what? How to stay engaged with OK Policy, Kara Joy McKee and Tyler Parette

5:00 – 7:00:  Networking Reception/Happy Hour; Tulsa – Elgin Park 325 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74120; OKC – The Patriarch Beer House, 9 E. Edwards Street, Edmond, OK 73034