at the center of our country, lays a city quietly making waves. Positioned at the crossroads of Route 66, Tulsa is a city on the rise. Dubbed the most philanthropic city in America, Tulsa has become a destination city for Millenials due to its generosity, opportunity and entrepreneurial spirit. Some say its the next Austin but Tulsan's know that what they are creating is quite respectfully their own.
We're building the experience of the weekend through the lens of the local leaders who are transforming Tulsa. We'll delve into the challenges they face, the promise they see, and learn how our nationwide community of Breakers can raise the profile of the issues that hit so close to their home. This purposeful programming will not be without a healthy dose of fun and potentially a moment that will change your life - or so we've been told.
We keep the weekend intentionally intimate so this event will sell-out, but we will have marquee moments through out the 3-day event that invite in the broader public. It's this mixture of curation and inclusivity that makes Breakout unique. If you're unable to attend, we will be capturing the highlights and unforgettable stories and if you're with us in Tulsa, you may see yourself featured.
Your admission to Breakout. For three days, we'll lift up the hood and give you an insiders peek into the city of Tulsa. Sure, we'll have inspiring talks, incredible local meals, and exciting interactive activations. But the real magic comes from our favorite locals, who inform every inch of the soul of the program and will show you why to them, this is a growth city.
Breakout Tulsa will kick off with a welcome dinner/ activity the night of the 3rd. Formal programming starts at 9 AM on Friday, Oct 4th and ends Sunday morning Oct 6th. Expect activities to go late into the evening.
Hyatt Hotel, 100 East Second Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, 74103
we (BREAKOUT) learned that the most inspirational stories aren’t in conference centers, but in the actual streets of our cities. We became obsessed with shining a light on people lifting up their communities from within. As we've followed our passion, the makeup of our community spread beyond just tech entrepreneurs to spoken-word artists in Baltimore, legendary barbershop owners in Detroit, and social justice reformers in New York. Today, we're a national crew from all different geographies, professions, socio-economic backgrounds, but are bound by a common belief that things get better through our work together. See for yourself by attending our events, watching our films and shopping our friends merch.
Tulsa is a land of opportunity. A generous and welcoming community, the city is not bound by traditional conventions. Nationally recognized as the state’s center for economic development, a flurry of small-business initiatives continue to thrive right in the heart of Oklahoma.
Once named America’s “Oil Capital of the World,” recent revitalization has transformed Tulsa from a vital hub for America’s oil and gas industry to a diverse, vibrant community with room for all types of passions and vocations to prosper. In fact, Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma and the 47th most populated city in the U.S.
Tulsa’s vibrant culture and entrepreneurial spirit have built a city that embraces inclusion and champions big ideas.
Home to two world-renowned art museums, a booming nightlife and a diverse food scene, there’s always something to do in the “Center of the Universe”. The city boasts short commute times, more than 125 parks, as well as 180 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails.
Black Wall Street
The Greenwood District, located in northeast Tulsa, flourished during the oil boom of the early 1900s. Home to an estimated 300 black-owned businesses, the district became a bustling entrepreneurial hub that quickly gained the nickname of America’s “Black Wall Street”. Greenwood District residents grew their businesses for decades until the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, historically known as the Tulsa Race Riot, which resulted in hundreds of deaths, millions of dollars in property damages and nearly 10,000 residents left without homes.
Overcoming all obstacles, the Greenwood District was rebuilt by 1925 and reached its economic peak in 1941. However, progress was short-lived. In subsequent decades, unrealistic policies, economic challenges and integration sparked the decline of the area.
Today, the Greenwood District houses an assortment of businesses and organizations, giving Tulsans the opportunity to rediscover and rebuild the district in a meaningful way.
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""Breakout takes the innovative, creative and entrepreneurial-minded to some of the most interesting emerging U.S. markets" — Huffington Post