September 20, 2018 - 10:30am
Future of Health Care
Dr. G. Keith Smith is a board certified anesthesiologist. He co-founded The Surgery Center of Oklahoma, an outpatient surgery center in Oklahoma City, owned by over 90 of the top physicians and surgeons in central Oklahoma. Dr. Smith serves as the medical director, CEO and managing partner while maintaining an active anesthesia practice. In 2009, Dr. Smith launched a website displaying all-inclusive pricing for various surgical procedures, a move that has gained him and the facility, national and even international attention. Many Canadians and uninsured Americans have been treated at his facility, taking advantage of the low and transparent pricing available. His most recent effort is the launch of the Free Market Medical Association which provides a platform where those seeking to obtain high quality and affordable health care can find free market-minded providers, both physicians and facilities.
Operation of this free market medical practice, the standard for all who have embraced this practice approach, has gained the endorsement of policymakers and legislators nationally. More and more self-funded insurance plans are taking advantage of Dr. Smith’s pricing model resulting in significant savings to their employee health plans. His hope is for as many facilities as possible to adopt a transparent pricing model, a move he believes will lower costs and improve quality of care for all.
He has made appearances on the John Stossel Show, CNBC, Huffington Post, The O’Reilly Factor, Capital Account, The Ron Paul Channel, NBC Nightly News and has been featured by Reason Magazine’s TV division. The New York Times, Time Magazine, ABC news, Forbes and many others have written articles featuring Dr. Smith’s revolutionary approach to the pricing of health care and uncompromising free market principles.
October 18, 2018 - 10:30am
Country Western Singer and Author
Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care. Jimmy’s hits include “Stay Gone,” “Paper Angels,” “I Love You This Much” and “Do You Believe Me Now,” which earned BMI’s prestigious Million-Air Award marking one million radio spins in America. In 2009, Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded “Sara Smile” with Hall and Oates.
In 2010, Jimmy walked halfway across America to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster-care system. In 2012, Jimmy helped get legislative bills passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in California, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Ohio. In 2014 he released Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way, a three-time New York Times bestselling memoir. He received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush (41).
Jimmy has performed on the Grand Ole Opry more than 215 times. He lives in Nashville. Jimmy’s ultimate goal is to build transitional homes for youth who age out of foster care without a place to live.
November 15, 2018 - 10:30am
The Sensible Environmentalist
Known as The Sensible Environmentalist, Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the environmental movement for more than 40 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace where he served as the Canadian President for nine years and as a Director of Greenpeace International for six years. Today, Dr. Moore is committed to finding solutions to our environmental issues by striking a balance between the needs of people and the need to protect the environment. His environmental policy is based squarely on science and logic. He believes that too much of today’s “pop-environmentalism” is filled with sensationalism, misinformation, and fear.
In recent years, Dr. Moore has been focused on the promotion of sustainability and consensus building among competing concerns. He was a member of a British Columbia government-appointed Round Table on the Environment and Economy from 1990-1994. In 1990, Dr. Moore founded and chaired the BC Carbon Project, a group that worked to develop a common understanding of climate change.
February 21, 2019 - 10:30am
Oklahoma Writer and Producer
Nancy Miller is a veteran television series producer and writer. She most recently was a consulting producer on Nashville. Before that, she served as executive producer on Lifetime’s series Against the Wall. She created the acclaimed TNT series Saving Grace which starred Academy Award winner Holly Hunter. The series is the fourth original series created by Miller.
Miller also created and served as executive producer on the successful drama series Leaving L.A. and the highly popular series Any Day Now starring Annie Potts. She created and produced the television series The Round Table. She’s worked on many other shows, including CSI: Miami, and The Closer.
Nancy went to Christ The King, Bishop McGuiness, and the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority. She belongs to Christ the King Parish. Miller lived in LA for 36 years and recently moved back to OKC. She is very grateful and very, very happy to be home.
*Moderated by Gwin Faulconer-Lippert
Radio Personality and Professor at OCCC
March 21, 2019 - 10:30am
Going Once, Twice, SOLD
Meredith earned her Bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies and Art History from Duke University in 2000, and a Master’s degree in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education in New York in 2001. She spent the next five years in the Christie’s New York Antiquities Department as sale coordinator and cataloguer of ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern works of art. During her time at Christie’s, she worked on numerous high profile auctions including the Doris Duke Estate, Ancient Egyptian Art from the Harer Family Trust, and the John W. Kluge Morven Collection of Ancient Art.)
Meredith joined Heritage Auctions in 2007 as Senior Consignment Director in the Fine & Decorative Arts Department, overseeing two auctions each year. In January 2010, she became the Director of Appraisal Services, preparing formal appraisals for 39 specialist categories.
In addition to her duties at Heritage, Meredith participates as an appraiser for Antiques Roadshow on PBS, specializing in Glass, Silver, and Decorative Arts. Meredith is a certified appraiser of personal property with the International Society of Appraisers. She serves on the ISA Fine Art committee and is an executive board member of the Foundation for Appraisal Education. Meredith is also an instructor for the ISA Fine Art Course and a guest lecturer at museums, institutions, conferences, and multiple civic organizations.
April 18, 2019 - 10:30am
Geocarb Science Mission
Deputy Program Manager for the GeoCarb Science Mission at The University of Oklahoma, Shelly Finley is a native of Dover, Oklahoma. She graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Ms. Finley went on to earn a Master of Science in Applied Physics from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
An Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Ms. Finley joined the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs in 2011. While at NSF, she traveled to Antarctica and also managed a month-long research program in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.
Ms. Finley also has worked at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica, where she served as the Science and Technical Project Services Supervisor and Winter Site Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program.
Prior to her work in Antarctica, Ms. Finley taught and mentored students in Louisiana on the topics of physics and astronomy.
Ms. Finley has achieved the honor of having an asteroid named after her, Asteroid 22586 Shellyhynes. The asteroid was discovered in 1998 and was named in honor of Ms. Finley’s dedication to her students.