5-530pm Networking Reception
Downtown Library – Metropolitan Library System
300 Park Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Faber-Castell, established in 1761 by the cabinet maker Kaspar Faber (1730-1784†), is one of the oldest industrial companies in the world. The company is the world’s leading manufacturer of wood-cased pencils with a varied range of products for writing, drawing and creative design, as well as decorative cosmetics. Faber-Castell is renowned for its high quality, innovative products, commitment to tradition, and environmental awareness.
Today Faber-Castell operates 14 production sites in 10 countries, markets its products through 25 sales/distribution organizations and is represented in 120 different countries. In addition, Creativity for Kids is represented in 50 countries around the world. The Creativity for Kids brand continues its well-deserved reputation as a consistent provider of quality, innovative, and thoughtful products for children that consist of both classic and trendy creative activities. Today, many Creativity for Kids products include Faber-Castell art supplies as components that enrich the creative experience. Creativity for Kids craft kits have received many awards from organizations such as Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Dr. Toy, The National Parenting Center, ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) and the TIA (Toy Industry Association), plus recognition in national publications such as Parents Magazine and Good Housekeeping.
Faber-Castell USA is proud of its longevity and what it represents – consistent delivery of a quality experience in all areas of business. More than 150 years after the company’s first appearance in the United States, Lothar von Faber’s legacy is nicely summed up in his own statement, “From the start I was determined to raise myself to the highest rank by making the best that can be made in the world. Faber-Castell USA is committed to staying true to this vision of quality, tradition, and innovation now and in the future.
Creative Oklahoma Student Members**: $12.50
Student Non-Member**: $15.00
Creative Oklahoma Members* : $25.00
* Please have an I.D ready when picking up tickets at the event registration table.
** Please have a school I.D ready when picking up tickets at the event registration table.
FIRST TALK – APRIL 4TH, 2016
Our first Innovation Series speaker is J. Michael Prince, President and COO at Cole Haan, a global lifestyle brand with a focus on men’s and women’s footwear and accessories.
J. Michael Prince currently provides executive leadership for 300 global retail stores, digital commerce, international markets, wholesale accounts and licensed product partners. Michael also provides operational leadership for this iconic brand that has a $1B+ global footprint and 2,500 employees worldwide.
Michael has held senior leadership roles in the fashion/sport industry for the past decade, working with world class lifestyle brands including Cole Haan, Nike, Converse, and Guess. He started his professional career in Oklahoma working for BancFirst, Devon Energy, and PriceWaterhouse.
Michael earned his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and currently serves on the Board. He received his undergraduate degree from East Central University. He was raised in the Ada area and is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He recently established scholarships at both Duke and the Choctaw Nation and is a donor supporting East Central’s new business school. Michael and his wife Amanda reside in New York City and he has two sons, Coleman and Benjamin.