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Elizabeth Hutt Pollard

Secretary of Science and InnovationState of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK

Member Since September 2022


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Oklahoma Governor, Kevin Stitt, appointed Elizabeth as Secretary of Science and Innovation in 2020. As the Cabinet Secretary, she plays a critical role in developing and leading Oklahoma’s innovation economy. Her cabinet collaborates with key stakeholders across government, industry, academia, research institutions, and nonprofits to identify opportunities to invest in Oklahoma’s future through science, technology, and innovation with emphasis in areas where Oklahoma has key resource strengths: Biotechnology/Life Sciences, Advanced Mobility and Defense, and Energy Diversification. Elizabeth is a Silicon Valley C-suite veteran and has extensive global experience scaling businesses, building public and private partnerships, and bringing to market highly specialized technologies. Elizabeth is widely recognized as a strategy creator and implementor, advising companies and serving on corporate boards. Most recently, she was elected finance chair for the YPO Global Board of Directors and also serves on the compensation and HR committee. YPO is a global leadership community of more than 32,000 chief executive representing more than 142 countries. YPO member-run companies employ >16 million people and generate >USD 6 trillion in annual revenues.

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14 Business Experts Discuss Top Tips for Q1 Planning

expert panel

Leveraging data from the past year as well as feedback from employees and customers can give businesses insight into what initiatives to explore next. With the end of 2022 fast approaching, many businesses are already deep into planning for 2023. And while a new year offers a chance to try something new, market instability and the looming threat of a potential recession are increasing the amount of pressure felt by business leaders. Luckily, they don't always have to start from scratch when it comes to finding fresh ideas. Looking back at the successes and failures of the current year can offer insight into what initiatives would be best to explore or where an organization can pivot if something isn't bringing in the desired results. However, it's also key for businesses to keep a close eye on markets and customers because they too can provide guidance. To offer further insights, 14 Newsweek Expert Forum members share additional tips for business leaders as they continue planning for Q1.

Innovation In Chaos: A Holiday Perspective


You may be so busy getting ready for the holidays that you believe you don’t have time to schedule to innovate.

Company details

State of Oklahoma

Company bio

The State of Oklahoma provides services to Oklahomans via roughly 30,000 state employees working across dozens of state agencies.



Area of focus

Government Administration
State agency

Company size

10,001 plus