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Message from the CEO

2014 Fall Forum

Distinguished Leadership Award Winner Announced

2014-2015 Membership Campaign

ALP Regional Conference Comes to Oklahoma City

YLOK Hosts Summit and Reunion

Announcements and Deadlines

Class Reunions

In Memory:
Mickey Thompson, Class X

Leaders on the Move

Member Directory Updates

Member Area of Interest Discussion Groups

»Message From the CEO

Ann Ackerman, LOK CEO Is the summer a “down time” at the LOK office where you can get caught up? What do you do in the summer since there is not a class in progress? Do you take the summer off?

I am asked these questions every year and I try to answer with a smile. Summer is one of the busiest times at the LOK office. Class XXVII graduated in May and 51 new LOK members are now part of our statewide army of 1,381 leaders. As soon as the current class graduated, the next class was selected. June was filled with getting the new members of Class XXVIII confirmed and information for the upcoming directory collected. It is also the time when renewals for annual memberships take place and updates of graduate information is gathered. LOK’s second major program, Youth LOK, was held June 8-13. The preparation and implementation of this program is exciting but also intense. At the closure, we welcomed 51 new members of Youth LOK to our network.

Submitting materials for the 2014-2015 directory to the printer occurs in July. Proofreading draft pages until you can no longer read is the norm, but somehow it manages to get done. Add to that, the financial audit takes place the last week in July. In the middle of those projects, we had a board of directors meeting with a strategic thinking session that will help LOK look to the future. You will be hearing more about this later.

Now that August is here and area schools are back in session, we move into the start-up of a new LOK class, Class XXVIII. But the office schedule doesn't slow down yet! Plans for the reception and orientation are complete and I look forward to seeing everyone who has already signed up to attend the Class XXVIII Reception and Orientation this weekend. Next week, LOK members are being treated to a special behind the scene look at the OKC Thunder in the Chesapeake Arena. Look for photos from this sold-out event on Facebook and in September's E-News. The latter part of August also includes an Executive Committee meeting and Class XXVIII's first session, the much anticipated Retreat at St. Crispin's. Even with all these programs and events, there was even time this month to make a trip to Bartlesville to talk about LOK at a Rotary meeting.

Summertime is also when preparations for the LOK Fall Forum kick into high gear. This year's forum will be October 7 at the Devon Tower in Oklahoma City. We will be discussing "2014 Election Uncovered: An In-Depth 'LOoK'" and this will be an event you will not want to miss. In addition, LOK will hold its annual membership meeting during the Fall Forum. There are more details on the forum in this E-News and invitations will be sent in a few weeks.

So the short answer to "Is summer a down time?" is no; it is a very busy time for LOK. But busy is good and I look forward to seeing you at upcoming LOK events that are being planned!


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»2014 Fall Forum


The 2014 LOK Fall Forum will be held Tuesday, October 7 at the Devon Energy Tower, 50th floor, in Oklahoma City. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. Click here for additional information, schedule and sponsorship opportunities. Registration will open in the next few weeks. Individual tickets are available for $75. NOTE: Seating is limited to 300 attendees for this event due to space limitations and fire marshal requirements.

With the election cycle in full swing, this year’s forum will be about the election process, examination of the primary election races, the influence of PAC’s, and more!  The planning committee has been hard at work finalizing all the details. Mark Williams (Class XXV) is the Fall Forum Chair. 

Candidates from the US Senate, 5th Congressional District, and State Superintendent races have been asked to speak during the forum throughout the afternoon. Between candidates, there will be panels discussing campaign finance and election nuts and bolts. The Governor and Lt. Governor candidates have been asked to attend the reception to informally meet with LOK members.

The forum will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., then directly move to the reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The silent auction will be open all day with the live auction and presentation of the Distinguished Leadership Award to begin the evening events. This year, Congressman Tom Cole will be the dinner speaker.

As a special benefit for attendees at this year's forum, Mike Turpen, who will serve as auctioneer, has graciously offered his new book, Turpen Time - The Wit and Wisdom of Mike Turpen, to everyone in attendance at the Fall Forum. 

Once again, don’t delay in registering once your invitation is received. Space is limited.

AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED:  Do you have a vacation home, airline miles, sporting event tickets, concert tickets, electronics, or some other fun experience to donate to the LOK auction?  If you or someone you know has items to donate, please email Allyson Carson. Read about the experience one LOK member had with her purchase of the turkey shoot package which was offered at last year's Fall Forum auction.

For those wishing to spend the night, a special room rate has been arranged with the Colcord Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. LOK members can contact the Colcord at 405.601.4300 for a group rate of $130 until September 8. Just mention LOK when reserving your overnight stay for the Fall Forum.

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»Distinguished Leadership Award Winner Announced

Congratulations to Sam Combs III (Class VII) for being selected as the 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award winner! Sam is a distinguished member of LOK and has remained active in the organization since graduating from the program 21 years ago. He has served on the Board of Directors since 1995, including serving as President in 2001-2002. He has held various leadership roles such as VP-Finance; VP-Administration; and Chair-Development, a role he currently holds. He has continued to support LOK by being a donor and sponsor of many LOK events.

Sam has promoted and supported the vision of LOK by offering his time and talents to further the impact of LOK across Oklahoma and beyond. He brings a passion to the organization, and has spent countless hours making sure LOK is the best it can be. His vision for LOK is big, and we can only hope to attain it! Help us recognize Sam at the Fall Forum when he receives his award!


Past Distinguished Leadership Award recipients are:

2013 -Ronda Hooper, Class XXI
2012 -Michelle Finch-Walker, Class XV
2011 -Cristy Morrison, Class XV
2010 -Mary Mélon, Class XVI
2009 -Howard Barnett, Class II
2008 -Steve Brown, Class VIII
2003 -Brad Henry*, Class IX
2002 -Jess Nelson*, Class X
2001 -Lindy Ritz*, Class I

2000 -Larry Brummett*, Class I
1999 -Drew Edmondson*, Class IV
1997 -Bob James, Class IV
1995 -Jack Herron, Class II
1994 -Hal Pennington, Class I
1993 -Ann Ackerman, Class I
1992 -Nance Diamond, Class I
1991 -Ron Yordi, Class I
1989 -Clayton Taylor, Class III

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»2014-2015 Membership Campaign

It’s not too late to renew your LOK membership for the 2014-2015 year! Annual dues are $150 and out-of-state members pay $25. Lifetime memberships are available for $2,500 (paid in whole or quarterly for 1 or 2 years).

Your membership dues provide the support needed to provide quality educational events for LOK members and ensures the same "once-in-a-lifetime" experience for future adult and youth classes. Click here to pay dues by PayPal or mail a check/credit card information (Visa or MC) to the LOK office at 5500 N. Western, Ste. 142, Oklahoma City, OK  73118. You are also welcome to call the office at 405.848.0001 to renew your membership by phone.

For those who are interested, LOK is continuing the three-payment options to become a lifetime member. Option 1: one-time payment of $2,500. Option 2: four quarterly payments of $625 (beginning July 1, 2014). Option 3: eight quarterly payments of $312.50 (beginning July 1, 2014). Class I has proven it’s never too late to be a lifetime member; three of them paid for lifetime memberships last year!

Click here to update your contact information, join committees, and connect with LOK members. As a reminder, your login is your email address (unless you have logged in and changed it). If you have trouble, don’t hesitate to call or email the LOK office.

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»ALP Regional Conference Comes to Oklahoma City

The Association of Leadership Programs will be holding their Central Plains Regional Conference at The Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.  On Sunday evening, November 2, festivities with a walking tour of Bricktown in the Downtown Historical District. Following the tour, a welcome reception hosted by Leadership Oklahoma City alumni offers a chance to meet visiting colleagues.

The conference will kick-off Monday morning and features a stellar selection of speakers and sessions for those involved with leadership programs. Speakers include opening keynote - Adam Seaman author of Positive Leadership and lunch keynote David Woods (Class XII) with GiANT Partners, author of The Art of Networking - Beyond the Handshake. Additional speakers and panelists throughout the day include LOK members Rich Cantillon (Class XI), Diana Hartley (Class XXIV), Bob Nelon (Class VI) and Lee Anne Stone (Class XXVII)  Click here for a detailed schedule which include the topics and descriptions of the sessions being presented.

Leadership Oklahoma members who have paid their 2014-2015 membership dues are able to register for the conference at the member rate.

The event planning committee is being chaired by Marion Paden (Class XXI). Committee members working to bring this quality program to Oklahoma include LOK's CEO, Ann Ackerman; Beth Shortt, Leadership Oklahoma City; Erica Millar, Leadership Norman; Sarah Rhea, Leadership Montgomery County, Texas; Wendy Thomas, Leadership Tulsa; and Harriet Harral, Leadership Fort Worth, Texas.

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»YLOK Hosts Reunion and Summit

Youth Leadership Oklahoma held its second YLOK Summit and Reunion on Thursday, July 17 at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. Approximately 60 graduates attended from various different YLOK classes.

The speaker for the evening was Kevin DeShazo, founder of Fieldhouse Media and author of iAthlete: Impacting Student-Athletes of a Digital Generation. Kevin talked with the students about social media, how to market as well as how to protect yourself in such an open media.

Below are a few pictures from the Summit.

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»Announcements and Upcoming Events


 September 8, 2014
Deadline: Reserve Hotel Room at Colcord Hotel for Fall Forum
 September 15, 2014
Deadline: First registration discount for the Central Plains Regional Conference (Association of Leadership Programs)
 October 15, 2014
Deadline: Second registration discount for the Central Plains Regional Conference (Association of Leadership Programs)

Upcoming Events

 August 17, 2014
Class XXVIII Reception and Orientation, Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City 2:30-4:30 p.m.
 August 21, 2014
Teamwork On and Off the Court: A “Peake” Inside with the Thunder Upper Management, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. SOLD OUT EVENT
 October 7, 2014
LOK Fall Forum, Devon Energy Center, 50th floor, Oklahoma City 1:00-9:00 p.m.
 November 2-3, 2014
Association of Leadership Professionals Central Plains Regional Conference, The Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City, hosted by Leadership OKC in collaboration with LOK. More information can be found on their website.
 December 5, 2014
LOK Holiday Party, Edmond, Home of Phil (Class XXVII) and Rhonda Cook, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
 February 28, 2015
Excellence in Leadership Gala, Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

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»Class Reunions

Several LOK classes have taken the opportunity to
get together for a quick reunion recently. If your class
has had a reunion we'd love to include your photos.
Email them to the LOK office.

(right) - Class XXIV grabs lunch and catches up.
(bottom left) - Beautiful ladies of Class XXVI gather
at a fundraising event.
(bottom right) - Class XXVII didn't wait too long after
graduation to get back together.

Class XXIV Reunion
Class XXVI ReunionClass XXVII Reunion
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»In Memory: Mickey M. Thompson, Class X

LOK Class X lost class member, Mickey M. Thompson, on August 6, after a short illness.  Mickey will be remembered as an economic developer that brought thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to northeast Oklahoma. He served in many chamber and economic development roles throughout his career including the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Bixby Chamber, Broken Arrow Chamber, Broken Arrow Economic Development Corp and the Rogers County Industrial Development Authority.  Mickey was known for his tenacity and for not letting go until the job got done.  He was also famous for his “Mickey-isms” such as “I’d rather go down in flames than to be nibbled to death by ducks.”  He had a rapier’s wit, but was focused on making things better.

Below are a few remembrances from Mickey's classmates and LOK friends:
  • While in Tulsa, I worked for PSO/AEP and Mickey was a good friend of ours and helped bring new industry into Tulsa.  He will be sorely missed. Mary Polfer, LOK Class X
  • I knew him best by my friend Dick Rush (LOK Class I). While he (Mickey) was with us he made his mark to better Oklahoma. Carl Reherman, LOK Class X
  • We knew Mickey Thompson as a man who never took "no" for an answer — someone who never gave up on projects that would bring jobs and grow our region’s economy. Mike Neal, LOK Class XXI

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»Leaders on the Move

Jari Askins (Class VI), Brad Henry (Class IX), and Mary Blankenship Pointer (Class XXII) have been elected to the board of directors for the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association. Bruce Lawrence (Class XX) will serve as governance chairman.

Clytie Bunyan (Class XX), James Farris (Class XX), and Matthew Mollman (Class XXI) have been selected as community advisory board members of the Junior League of Oklahoma City.

Mitzi Hancuff (Class XIX) and Chris Hammes (Class XXVIII) have been chosen as board members for Integris Health Edmond.

Rhonda Hooper (Class XXI) has been elected chairman of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable. Bill Burgess, Jr. (Class IX) will serve as immediate past president. LOK members serving on the executive committee are: Bill Anoatubby (Class III), Karen S. Cunningham (Class XXVI), Fred Morgan (Class VI) ex-officio, and Mike Neal (Class XXI) ex-officio.

Phil Kennedy (Class XX) and Susan Paddack (Class XVI) have been named to the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee.

Clark McQuigg (Class XXVII) and Bill Osborn (Class VIII) have been named to the board of directors for the First National Bank of Miami.

Myron Pope (Class XXVI) and Teresa Rose (Class XXVII) have been named to the board of directors for the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City.

The late Ramona Paul (Class VI) and Natalie Shirley (Class XXII) are two of six who will be honored with a Door-Opener Award at a gala benefiting ASTEC Charter Schools.

Spears School is celebrating its 100th Anniversary by highlighting 100 graduates who earned a business degree from Oklahoma State University. LOK members who were honored: Bruce Benbrook (Class XIII), Stan Clark (Class IX), Dan Gilliam (Class XXI), Jim Griffith (Class IX), Rex Horning (Class XXI), David Houston (Class XXI), Jim Hromas (Class VI), Carlos E. Johnson (Class IX), Greg Massey (Class VIII), Clayton Taylor (Class III), and David Woods (Class XII).

The Journal Record has announced its Fifty Making a Difference for its 2014 Journal Record Woman of the Year awards gala to be held October 2. LOK would like to congratulate the following members who are listed as 2014 honorees: Sandra Alexander (Class X), Mita Bates (Class XIX), Jane Bowen (Class XXIV), Lauren Branch (Class XXVII), Michelle Briggs (Class X), Mary Jane Calvey (Class XVI), Tanya Case (Class III), Julia Chew (Class XXVII), Jodi Cline (Class XXVI), Somerlyn Cothran (Class XVII), Sammye Cravens (Class X), Carolyn Cummins (Class XXV), Karen S. Cunningham (Class XXVII), Cheryl Evans (Class XXI), Leigh Goodson (Class XXIII), Shelley Hamby (Class XXVII), Ann Hargis (Class V), Molly Helm (Class XXV), Paula Huck (Class XXV), Jane Jenkins (Class XXVII), Beth Kerr (Class XXIV), Marcy Alexander Lamb (Class XXV), Sandi Liles (Class I), Angela Marsee (Class XXVII), Mary Anne McCaffree (Class VII), Deidre Myers (Class XXVII), Keri Coleman Norris (Class XX), Giovanni Perry (Class XVI), Jessica Pfau (Class XXVI), Kathy Potts (Class XXV), Sheryl Siddiqui (Class XIX), and Ann Warn (Class XVII).

Brian Alford (Class ) is now the Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs at Enable Midstream Partners.

Gov. Bill Anoatubby (Class III) will be presented the 2014 Key Contribution Award by the Oklahoma Academy.

Susan Hardy Brooks (Class XXVI) has been elected president-elect of the National School Public Relations Association.

Shane Fernandez (Class XXVII) was presented with the United States Small Business Administration's Minority Business Champion of the Year for the states within Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas).

Larry Hawkins (Class XII) was elected secretary-at-large for the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County.

Tom Kupiec (Class XXVII) has been appointed to the board of Directors for the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation.

Angela Marsee (Class XXVII) was awarded the "Mitch Sperry Award" for the outstanding prosecutor in the state of Oklahoma as voted by the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association.

Tom McKeon (Class ) is now the Vice President and Executive Director at City Year Tulsa.

Mary Mèlon (Class XVI) has been named the President and CEO of The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Mary Blankenship Pointer (Class XXII) has been selected as a board member for the Urban Libraries Council.

David Rainbolt (Class I) is a 2014 inductee of the OCU Meinders School of Business Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of the President's award.

Meg Salyer (Class VIII) is an honoree of the 2014 Festival of Hope, benefiting Heartline, Oklahoma's Community Crisis Connection.

Bloomer Don Sullivan (Class IV) will be inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in October.

J.C. Watts (Class V) was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

Greg Winters (Class VII) was presented with the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award from the Oklahoma CareerTech.

Susan Winchester (Class IX) is the new chair-woman of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

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»Member Directory Updates

The 2014-2015 LOK Annual Report and Membership Directory is in the process of being printed and should be on its way to members early September.

Contact information changes received after August 15, 2014 will be listed online and in future E-news issues.

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»Member Area of Interest Discussion Groups

NEW to LOK members!  It seemed like every class has the same question after graduating..."Now what?”  So, we want to try to facilitate a way for the members to connect with each other based on their interests and passions.

The adult program provides a rare opportunity to learn about issues affecting Oklahomans. After graduating, members wanted to know who else has the same interests and how they can get together to make a difference.  On the LOK website, the member community side of the database will allow you to communicate with other LOK members who share your interests.  The topics include agriculture, criminal justice system, economic development, education, energy, health, human services, immigration, military issues, state government, the arts, tourism, tribal government, and water.

This is just another way to keep the membership connected and offer you an easy way to find out who else has like interests.  This area can be used to communicate to the group.  Maybe to post comments about a topic, request others to help with a project you’re doing on the subject or forward great articles/speakers in that field.  The possibilities are endless!

Watch for postings in the online member interest areas over the next month. Member interest areas are considered groups and can be found under the groups tab in the Member Community website.

It's not too late to join these groups!

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»Earn Donations for LOK While You Shop

Leadership Oklahoma has become a qualified charitable organization with AmazonSmile. Individuals can visit the AmazonSmile site (which is different from but contains most of the same great products) and choose Leadership Oklahoma as the charitable organization they wish to support, then its shopping as usual! For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

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