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George Kaiser Keynotes Tulsa Early Education Forum

CED, in partnership with the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce, hosted over 400 business, policy and academic leaders at a Tulsa, OK luncheon discussion focusing on the economic benefits of investing in early education programs. This was the first in a series of early education forums CED will be hosting with generous support from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.

The forum included keynote remarks from George Kaiser, President & CEO, Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, Chairman, BOK Financial Corporation.

An interactive panel discussion included remarks from:

  • Dr. Steve Barnett, Director, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)
  • Robert Dugger, Managing Director, Tudor Investment Corporation
  • John Gaberino, Senior Vice President and Special Counsel to the Chairman of the Board, ONEOK Inc.
  • Ginnie Graham, Early Childhood Education Reporter, Tulsa World

Additional remarks were heard from: Steve Turnbo, Chair, Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce; Charles Kolb, President, CED; and Ken Levit, President, The University of Oklahoma at Tulsa.

(L-r) Ken Levit, Charles Kolb, Ginnie Graham, Steve Barnett, George Kaiser, Rob Dugger, Steve Turnbo and John Gaberino.

Over the next three years, CED will be working closely with the Buffett Early Childhood Fund and members of the Birth to Five Policy Alliance to coordinate and host similar events targeting business leaders in key states with established or emerging Educare programs such as Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Kansas.