OKLAHOMA CITY — Leadership Oklahoma, a statewide leadership program in its thirtieth year, is now accepting applications for its 2017-18 adult class.
The organization accepts a class of 52 members each year.
The criterion for selection includes demonstrated leadership on the part of applicants in their communities and state. The program is designed to be a series of issue-oriented forums and experiences, which are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership. It consists of an orientation session, a mandatory two-day retreat and eight two-day sessions. Classes are held in locations that best relate to the issues of importance to the state.
“Leadership Oklahoma and its graduates are working to create and implement the positive changes necessary to make Oklahoma a better state,” said Laurie Tilley, Littlefield Agency, in Tulsa. “By learning about the issues that impact our state socially, economically and environmentally, class members are motivated to fulfill our mission of creating a dynamic network of leaders whose increased awareness and commitment to service will energize Oklahomans to shape their state’s future.”
Approximately 1,500 people have completed the program and remain active in contributing to Oklahoma’s strength and vitality. “Leadership Oklahoma has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences I have ever had, both professionally and personally,” said Ken Parker, a member of the current Leadership Oklahoma Class 30 and Co-Founder/CEO of NextThought LLC in Norman. “Spending time in every quadrant of our state, learning about its incredible strengths and unique challenges, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The deep friendships and professional network I developed while learning and traveling with classmates are priceless. My LOK experience has profoundly impacted me personally and, I hope, better equipped me to serve my community and our great state! LOK is a life-changing experience.”
Applications may be downloaded from the Leadership Oklahoma website at www.leadershipoklahoma.com. Completed applications must be received in the Leadership Oklahoma office no later than March 31. at 5 p.m.