Leadership Oklahoma, a statewide leadership program in its 13th year, is accepting applications for its 2018-2019 adult class. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. March 30.
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 Enid Regional Development Alliance’s Brent Kisling. “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.”
About 1,500 people have completed the program and remain active in contributing to Oklahoma’s strength and vitality.
“Leadership Oklahoma has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Rick Grundman, Tulsa-based member of the current class and Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Relations for ONE Gas. “Seeing all that makes this state unique and learning first-hand its incredible strengths along with unique challenges, has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. The friendships and professional network I developed with classmates is priceless.
“Leadership Oklahoma helped me grow as a person and I feel better equipped me to serve my community and our great state! It was definitely a life-changing experience.”
Applications may be downloaded from the Leadership Oklahoma website at www.leader shipoklahoma.com. Completed applications must be received in the Leadership Oklahoma office no later than 5 p.m. on March 30.