Registration Now Open for OK Policy’s State Budget Summit Featuring William Julius Wilson

Last year Oklahoma made major progress in putting its financial affairs on the right track, but we still have a long road to travel to reverse years of cuts to public services. As Oklahoma’s 2019 legislative session approaches, now is the time to put forward a vision of what broad-based prosperity that benefits all Oklahomans looks like.  

OK Policy’s 6th Annual State Budget Summit will bring together Oklahomans with an interest in state policy issues to gain a clearer sense of our challenges and how they can be resolved.  The event will be held January 24th, 2019 at the Downtown/Medical Center Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City.

This event is a unique opportunity for policymakers, leaders, and staff from government, business, and non-profit organizations, advocates, educators, and others to become better informed and more effectively engaged. 

Early-bird registration is $80 per ticket and is available through January 11th. Registration after January 12th is $95 per ticket. Click here to register and secure your ticket before they are gone!

Keynote Speaker

We are excited to have Professor William Julius Wilson as our keynote speaker. Dr. Wilson, a Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, is one of the nation’s most highly respected and honored social scientists. Among his numerous academic contributions and achievements, Dr. Wilson was selected in 1996 by Time magazine as one of America’s 25 Most Influential People. He is a recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the United States, and the author of numerous publications, including More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City, which will be available for sale at the event.

His books include Power, Racism and Privilege (1973), The Declining Significance of Race (1978), The Truly Disadvantaged (1987), When Work Disappears (1996), The Bridge over the Racial Divide (1999), There Goes the Neighborhood (2006, co-author), Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods (2006, co-author), and, most recently, More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (2009). 


The program will also include a budget overview presentation by OK Policy Executive Director David Blatt, a panel discussion on the budget with state leaders, and a panel that will analyze how current budget priorities align with the needs of Oklahoma’s children. To view the full program and event details, visit our 2019 State Budget Summit page.

Thanks to our generous supporters, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships for this event. Click here to apply for a scholarshipAll scholarship applications are due by January 7th. 


Jessica joined OK Policy as a Communications Associate in January 2018. A Mexican immigrant, she was a Clara Luper Scholar at Oklahoma City University where she obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. Prior to joining OK Policy, Jessica worked at a digital marketing agency in Oklahoma City. She is an alumna of both the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute (2013) and OK Policy's Summer Policy Institute (2015). In addition to her role at OK Policy, Jessica serves as a board member for Dream Action Oklahoma in OKC and communications director for Dream Alliance Oklahoma in Tulsa.

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