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»In This Issue

»Message from the CEO

Recruitment Update

»Thoughts on Human Trafficking Seminar

»Class XXVII Takes
T-Town by Storm

»Announcements and Upcoming Events

»Where Are You?

»Leaders on the Move

»Member Directory

»Message from the CEO

Valentine’s Day and LOK

Being a holiday with a varied and sometimes mysterious history, Valentine’s Day has evolved into a time of year associated with love and romance. For LOK, it has become a time of year when the search begins for the next class of Leadership Oklahoma. As a Valentine’s Day card may express interest in someone, individuals from across the state are completing applications to express their interest in becoming a part of LOK. Unlike the history of Valentine's Day, LOK isn't asking for its members to become martyrs or participate in some very interesting festivals. It’s your networking skills we ask that you use, look at the leaders around you and see who would be a "good fit” for LOK. Just as you would look at the "qualifications” of your Valentine, look for a qualified applicant for LOK.  

At a time of the year that brings togetherness, friendship and love of others to the forefront, LOK will begin the process of selecting a group of individuals who over ten months will develop lifelong friendships and dedication to Oklahoma. With your help we can find 52 perfect members for Class XXVIII. LOK is looking for individuals who have demonstrated a history of influence in their communities, are successful in their professional and personal lives and have potential for increasing their leadership skills. The Adult Recruitment Committee would appreciate your help to identify applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and geographical areas.  

There are six weeks left before the Class XXVIII applications are due. To some, that may seem like a long time, but April 1, 2014, will be here before you know it. We’re not "fooling" either, applications must be in the LOK office by 5:00 p.m. on that Tuesday to be considered. Applications are available on the LOK website.  

I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Recruiting!  


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»Class XXVIII Recruitment Update

The LOK Adult Recruitment Committee continues to diligently search for applicants for Class XXVIII with only six weeks remaining in the recruitment cycle. We are counting on you to help us round up potential members for the next LOK "best class ever!”

Remember how fired up you were during your LOK experience? How that experience has left an indelible mark on you for the years since? Share the opportunity and ignite the passion for our state with those in your circles of influence—think about individuals in your office, in your civic organizations and those you serve with on boards—be the spark! Invite qualified candidates to apply and help them through the application process. We on the recruitment committee appreciate each one of you for helping to make Class XXVIII almost as good as the class you were in!  

If you have actively recruited an applicant, please contact me or the LOK Office to ensure we receive their application. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2014. The application can be found on the LOK website.

Thank you for your willingness to search out the best and the brightest for the next "Best Class Ever!"

Jodi Cline
Adult Recruitment Committee Chair

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»Thoughts on Human Trafficking Seminar

LOK Class XXIV member, Connie Schlittler, gives her take-aways of the Human Trafficking seminar. To see photos from the event click here.

The LOK member program on January 31 provided participants with an introduction to the DaySpring Villa Women and Children’s Shelter, defining what human trafficking looks like, and Oklahoma’s law enforcement efforts.  Darrell Weaver, Director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBN), described his agency’s mandate, which was issued in 2012, to address human trafficking.  Proposed new legislation will continue to support their efforts if passed.

Craig Williams, Special Agent with OBN, addressed common myths and misconceptions about human trafficking in Oklahoma. Forced labor, one type of human trafficking, comes in many forms. Agriculture, door-to-door sales, and even nail salons can be the sites of these abuses. Agent Williams encouraged attendees to report any suspicious incidents. A survivor of human sexual trafficking shared her experience. As a runaway from foster care, she was held against her will and forced into prostitution. After escaping twenty years ago, she is now able to share her harrowing experience as well as be an inspiration for others.    

DaySpring Villa and its director are a beacon of hope for survivors of human sexual trafficking. It is a faith-based shelter, certified by the State of Oklahoma for domestic violence and adult victims of human sex trafficking.  As the Executive Director, Wilma Lively provides a positive message for all the women who come to DaySpring, "ALOHA:”  A Life of Hope Ahead.  

In the Department of Human Services, we are actively working to address the needs of homeless young adults who were formerly in foster care.  Prevention of homelessness is one way we can prevent sexual trafficking of youth and young adults.  The LOK program at DaySpring Villa was a great way to make connections and find resources for vulnerable young adults on the street. As a licensed clinical social worker, Wilma’s recommendation to address the trauma issues of victims also stood out to me. Creating safe environments is critically important, especially in dealing with victims of abuse.

Connie Schlittler, LCSW, MPA
Planning, Research and Statistics
OK Department of Human Services

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»Class XXVII Takes T-Town By Storm

Not even the threat of a major snow storm was going to keep Class XXVII from their Tulsa program. Here are the experiences and observations of Rachel Hutchings and Lance McDaniel, Class XXVII members.

From a flight in a Black Hawk to a review of our historic sites to comments from national leaders in their fields, Tulsa had something for everyone. Even those of us from Tulsa learned new things. The history of oil brought many of the opportunities that our class saw. The oilmen and their families were the foundation of our economy. Their enduring spirit brought aerospace and manufacturing, culture and art, and legacies that still exist today. They also left us with a spirit of optimism.  

As always, the session’s sobering statistics kept me riveted. The World Health Organization says that "health, including mental health, is a basic human right.” So, how can we, the richest and most resourceful nation on the planet, be one of the unhealthiest with so many uninsured neighbors and citizens? One of the most memorable moments included Dr. Robert Block’s comment that, "Unfortunately, not all children become adults. But at one time, all adults were children.” The need to care for our children is at critical mass. No matter what statistics you use, we are in the top 10% of incarcerated women. And we aren’t too far behind with men. Education suffers from a lack of funding in an antiquated system that we have tried to remedy with mandates and Band-aids that might make things worse. All the things we learn in these sessions are related and do not come with easy answers. And though there is not an easy fix, I know that if we work together we can make a difference.  

One thing that we missed out on in Tulsa are some of our solutions. Tulsa has a great mental health association, a strong United Way, an awesome community college and group of public school superintendents, the largest young professional organization in the nation, and a vested group of employers from all industries. Statewide, we have strong support for our military and veterans, ever growing industry sectors, a legacy of great legislative leaders, and philanthropists from every corner and midway point in our state. Last but not least, we have leadership. This leadership, beginning with the forefathers in all of our communities, continues through each of us. There are moments in every session where I am overwhelmed with pride. I know that we are doing some things right and have resources to make things better.  

I expect, that at this point, in all LOK classes the term "legacy” is discussed. What is Class XXVII’s legacy? How can we collectively make a difference beyond these sessions that lives well past our LOK experience? Although I am astounded by opportunities at every session, my sense of optimism is not dampened. I have a role in making Oklahoma a better place. I know the things we do together now will impact generations.   

Thank you for coming to Tulsa to see the place where the largest concentration of art and artifacts of the American West is held, to see the birthplace of Western Swing, and to hear from our leaders on the subjects of healthcare and human services. I look forward to Tahlequah to learn more about my Native American heritage and one of our greatest natural resources, water.

Rachel Hutchings, American Airlines

Leadership Oklahoma Class XXVII visited Tulsa last weekend. With its art deco architecture and world class museums, Tulsa has always been a beacon of class and sophistication for our state. The Philbrook Museum and the Gilcrease Museum were just as amazing as expected. But, the most impressive part of the weekend was the outstanding collection of speakers leading discussions on Health and Human Services.

Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Terry Cline joined OU-Tulsa President Gerald Clancy, M.D. and Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Terri White to provide an overview of all the major health issues facing Oklahoma. They were awesome.

Health care is an enormous topic with personal and community implications for each of us. All three of the speakers approached the topic in an apolitical, easy to understand manner that illuminated the major issues without getting mired in detail.

Oklahoma is ranked horribly in the four gold standard measures of health: smoking, obesity, infant mortality and life expectancy. These problems drag down our economy, increase insurance rates for all Oklahomans and hurt our ability to attract new businesses to the state.

The good news is, leaders from the Governor on down are starting to address these issues head on. Mayor Mick Cornett gained national recognition for helping Oklahoma City citizens lose weight in the Million Pound Challenge. Tulsa’s OU School of Community Medicine partners with agencies around the area to improve the health of homeless, working poor and other vulnerable groups. And, drug and veteran courts help tackle mental and addiction issues as health issues instead of adding to our over-crowded prisons. 

All participants seemed shocked that our state legislature passed a law to restrict communities from passing effective anti-smoking laws to protect citizens and children from second-hand smoke. But, progressive cities like Stillwater have worked around the law to protect their kids by asking parents to sign no smoking pledges when they enroll their kids in activities at their parks.   

Improving the health of Oklahomans must remain a top priority for our state so we can keep kids in school and adults on the job. I am grateful to Leadership Oklahoma for providing the breadth and depth of information that will allow all LOK classes to be a part of the solution.

Lance McDaniel, deadCENTER Film Festival

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»Announcements and Upcoming Events


March 14, 2014:Deadline: LOK Class XXVIII applications with a reduced application fee of $25 ends
April 1, 2014:Deadline: LOK Class XXVIII applications due in the LOK office no later than 5:00 p.m.
April 11, 2014:Last day to register for the Hey Altus..."Wat-er: You Doing With Water? event in Altus
May 9, 2014:Deadline: Community Application to Host 2014-2015 Program due

Upcoming Events:

February 15, 2014Excellence in Leadership Gala, Oklahoma City
April 18-19, 2014Hey Altus..."Wat-er" You Doing With Water?,  Altus
June 20, 2014Summer Party, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Home of Mayor Dewey Bartlett (Class II), Tulsa
September 18, 2014LOK Fall Forum, Devon Tower, Oklahoma City

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»Where Are You?

About six months ago, LOK introduced a new member database. The system has been a great help to staff and hopefully to the membership as well. Over the next few months, we are going to take a few minutes to introduce you to new features that may be of interest and simplify your interaction with LOK.

We wanted to start with updating your membership profile. LOK relies on the contents of its database to contact members for a variety of reasons. From member events and networking with members to recruiting new adult and youth participants LOK itself benefits from the connections. LOK would like to ensure members aren't lost or miss an opportunity to connect because of outdated contact information.

So please take a moment to update your contact information here. If you have trouble logging in, call the LOK office at 405.848.0001 or send us an email.

To get a quick tutorial on how to update your membership information click here

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»Leaders on the Move

Judy Allen (Class XXV) has been promoted to Senior Executive Officer of Tribal Relations of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Bill Burgess, Jr. (Class IX) has been appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.  

L. Dawn Byram (Class X) is now the Director of Healthcare Markets at The Ross Group Construction Corporation.  

Rafael Elias (Class V) has been appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to the Community Service Commission.  

Diana Hartley (Class XXIV) is now the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition.  

Drs. Mary Anne (Class VII) and D. Robert McCaffree (Class V) received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Community Service at the University of Oklahoma Research Fund Dinner, Evening of Excellence.  

Marion Paden (Class XXI) was named as one of the 2014 Honorees for the Awards of Excellence by The Societies of Oklahoma City University.  

Michael Samis (Class VII) has been appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to the University Hospitals Authority.  

Terri White (Class XIX) will be presented with the 2014 Kate Barnard Award by the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.

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»Member Directory Updates

Below are member contact information changes received between January 16, 2014 and February 15, 2014. For a listing of ALL directory changes since the 2013-2014 Membership Directory was printed (July, 2013) please click here.

XXIV • Chris Anoatubby
President, Sovereign Medical Center
The Chickasaw Nation
XVII • Dan Boren
President, Corporate Development
The Chickasaw Nation
XXIII • Allen Brown
Executive Vice President and Principal
Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, PC
X • L. Dawn Byram
Director, Healthcare Markets
The Ross Group Construction Corporation
620 W. California
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
P: (405) 264-2204
F: (405) 232-3067
XXV • Jill Daugherty
Director, Governmental Affairs
The Chickasaw Nation
XVIII • Robyn Elliott-Scribner
Secretary, Communications and Community Development
The Chickasaw Nation

V • Jerry Farley
P: (785) 670-1556
IV • Jeanne Gillert
Research Specialist
Center for Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations
University of Oklahoma
Schusterman Center
4502 E. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74135
P: (918) 760-0189
XXVII • Tammy Gray
Executive Officer, Governor's Office
The Chickasaw Nation
XXIV • Diana Hartley
Executive Director
Oklahoma Women’s Coalition
XXVI • Lisa John
Secretary, Department of Culture and Humanities
The Chickasaw Nation
XXI • Chris Kenney
Vice President and General Counsel
American Fidelity Corporation
XXV • Bill Lance
Secretary, Department of Commerce
The Chickasaw Nation
XXIII • Max Myers
Chief Financial Officer
Tall Oak Midstream, LLC
2575 Kelley Pointe Pkwy., Suite 340
Edmond, OK  73013
P: (405) 285-7378
XXVII • Sandra Park
XIV • Sandy Pratt
P: (405) 366-9576
XXII • Jenny Trett
Executive Officer, Organizational
Support Division
The Chickasaw Nation
XVIII • John Williams
Corrected Zip Code is: 74172

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