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Message from the President & CEO

Class XXIX Orientation & Retreat

YLOK Recruitment

Distinguished Leadership Award

Register Now for the Fall Forum

November Member Education Event

Save the Date! Holiday Party

February Member Education Event

Save the Date! 2016 Gala

Annual Membership Campaign

Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Did You Know?

Leaders on the Move

»Message From the President & CEO

“Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.”
Henry Ford

Over the past two months, I have witnessed the cycle of coming together, keeping together and working together throughout Leadership Oklahoma – with the office staff, the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, the Finance Committee, the Ambassadors and with the various local arrangements committees.

On exactly my two month anniversary (September 2nd), Class XXIX came together for the opening retreat at St. Crispin’s. Despite my neophyte status, the traditions continued and both the qualitative and quantitative data indicate a successful start to a great adventure.

The LOK graduates and community members of the Seminole area provided great welcoming gifts (including tickets to the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum) and gracious hospitality.
Click here to see photos from the retreat.

As he has done each year for LOK, for the 29th year in a row, Gary Richetto facilitated the retreat from beginning to end with his wit, wisdom and steadfast commitment to the goals of the session: get to know fellow class members, gain insight into leadership styles and how they impact the ability to lead effectively, and establish the framework and expectations for the class year.

The opening retreat tradition continued with Melvin Moran, President, Moran Oil Enterprises, welcoming the class to Seminole and providing a brief history of The Jasmine Moran Children's Museum. As co-founder of the Museum, his remarks clearly demonstrated the impact one person, working with many on a common goal, can have on Oklahoma.

The St. Crispin’s Experience, was once again presented and led by Bill Andoe (Class XIV) and Ken Busby (Class XVII) and challenged the class to work together, be creative, take a risk, have some fun, learn something new and appreciate the arts.

Charlie Baker (Class I) and Bill Blew (Class I) once again led the new class members in a discussion and reflection of various leadership styles and scenarios; reminding all of us that perspective is essential to effective listening and vital to working together productively.

Under the leadership of Brent Kisling (Class XVI) and the Adult Program Committee, the subsequent sessions for Class XXIX are being planned to keep the class together and build a foundation for them to work together successfully for the betterment of their communities and this state. Next stop: Lawton/Ft. Sill – hooah!

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»Class XXIX Orientation & Retreat

Class XXIX Orientation was held on August 23, 2015 at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, Home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Below are a few photos from the day. Click here to view more photos.



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Reflections on the Retreat

Jeri Towler, Class XXIX
Nonprofit Solutions, P.C.

During the Leadership Oklahoma Class of XXIX Orientation, Dr. Paden promised to get us out of our comfort zone; and, she did just that at the retreat at St. Crispin’s Conference Center. Learning about ourselves through DISC and discovering leadership styles was quite rewarding; however, the “St. Crispin’s Experience” had most of us, if not all of us, out of our comfort zones.

As a rhythm challenged individual, I was mortified to be selected to perform with my group two songs on the African Drums. Within in minutes, the African Drum instructor, Mr. Arthur Thompson, had lulled us into a sense of security that allowed us to first relax and then have fun. Although I still can’t sing in Swahili, I’m quite proud of my drumming and how well my group performed together. I’m looking forward to more experiences outside of my comfort zone. I’m certain it will come bright and early in Lawton while trying to do “PT” with the troops.


Cody Holcomb, Class XXIX
City Manager
City of Ada

Having participated in several personal profile exercises over the years, I did not expect to garner the level of insight about not only myself, but also the opportunity the “DISC Classic” system offers to learn different behavioral styles and how they fit into the work place culture and environment. The system truly enables the team to understand and capitalize on their unique differences in developing the roadmap for success.


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»Youth Recruitment Begins!


Cristy Morrison, Class XV
YLOK Program Chair

Recruiting for YLOK Class XVI has officially begun! If you know a current junior in high school that you think would be a great fit for the next YLOK class, please encourage them to apply!

Applications are on the LOK website or can be requested from Lee Anne Stone, Youth Director, at Applications are due back in the LOK office no later than Tuesday, December 1, 2015. The dates for the YLOK program this year are June 5-10, 2016.

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»Distinguished Leadership Award


 Congratulations to Joe Moran III, Class  XXI, recipient of Leadership Oklahoma's 2015 Distinguished Leadership Award. Joe will be presented the award at the 2015 Fall Forum on October 20, 2015. Join us in congratulating Joe on this recognition.

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»Register Now for the Fall Forum!

2015 Fall Forum Mind Shift: Silencing the Stigma, Changing Perceptions
October 20, 2015 Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center
1:00 – 5:30 pm Forum & Annual LOK Meeting
5:30 – 6:30 pm Reception 6:30 – 9:00 pm Dinner Program
Dress: Business Casual
Individual Tickets: $75
RSVP by October 5, 2015

How we talk about mental illness matters. It contributes to the stigma, funding issues, continuum of care, the criminal justice system. The goal of the forum is to attempt to change people’s perceptions of mental illness and ways to begin to make change in our state through federal, state, local, personal perspectives and solutions. The planning committee has been hard at work finalizing all the details. Ted Streuli (Class XXIV) is the chair.

From 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm forum highlights will include an overview of what mental illness is, experience simulations of what it’s like to suffer from various mental illnesses, learning the challenges and difficulties navigating through life with a mental illness, and hear from Terri White regarding the Smart on Crime Initiative. Throughout the day personal stories will be shared. From 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, the participants will have an opportunity to network with each other during the reception. Immediately following the reception, Liza Long, author of The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness, will join us as our dinner speaker. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this event!

AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED: There will be a live and silent auction again this year along with the Golden Ticket raffle! 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.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities. Click here to register.

For those wishing to spend the night, a special room rate has been arranged with the Embassy Suites. LOK members can contact them at 405.239.3900 for a special group rate of $139. Just mention the LOK Group when reserving your overnight stay for the Fall Forum. The deadline to receive the discounted rate is Sept. 30th.

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»Upcoming Member Event for November


Unmanned Arial Vehicle Industry: Understanding Its Uses and Impact to Oklahoma
November 23, 2015
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
OSU - College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Stillwater
Cost: Member is free; non-member is $20
Dress: Business Casual
RSVP by November 13, 2015

Click HERE to register! A panel of experts from the industry will discuss UAV’s in Oklahoma giving perspectives on the marketable industries and applications, the State’s perspective, overview of the commercial technology development happening and the academic involvement to move the industry forward and available in OK. The Congressional delegation has been asked to come to give a policy/legislative perspective as well as a representative from the FAA. The event will end with the group splitting up to tour UAV labs and indoor UAV demonstrations. Static displays will be available to view from various companies/organizations.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (Optional Social Event) – LOK networking social event at MoJo’s Rocki’n’Bowl Grill: Stan has a new addition to the Stan Clark Companies! Whether you come to the UAV event or can only come by after work, we’d love to see you! This is a great opportunity to catch up with other LOK alums and possibly bowl a game or two. The cost is on you; the fun is on us!

A big thank you to the planning committee: Lindy Ritz, Carolyn Stager, Rex Smitherman, Phil Kliewer, Ben Kimbro and Toney Stricklin.

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»Save the Date for the 2015 Holiday Party!


LOK Holiday Party - Tulsa
December 11, 2015
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Ross Group, Warren Ross (Class XXIII)
510 E. 2nd St., Tulsa
Cost: Free to LOK Member and guest
Dress: Festive Holiday Attire

LOK has secured a group rate of $94 (King) or $104 (Double Queen) at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Tulsa Downtown for those wanting to spend the night. To receive the discounted rate, you may either call the reservations line at (918) 879-1800 and mention the Leadership Oklahoma Holiday Party or use the link below to easily book online within the block:

Click here to book your group rate for the Leadership Oklahoma Holiday Party

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»Upcoming Member Event for February


Current Issues Affecting the Middle East: A Conversation with Don Betz
February 9, 2016, Details TBD
CKH Central Boathouse
732 E. 6th St., Oklahoma City​

Mark your calendar now! More details to follow…

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»Save the Date for the 2016 Gala!


Excellence in Leadership Gala – OKC
February 27, 2016
The Skirvin Hilton
One Park Ave., OKC
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Dress: Black Tie Optional

Due to the Oklahoma City Thunder game on this day, we are planning to start the event earlier so people could come to the gala, then head off to the game (or stick around and watch it downtown). Nominations for the awards are due November 10, 2015. Click HERE to download a nomination form. Please take a few minutes to nominate someone!

LOK has secured a group rate of $129 for those wanting to spend the night at The Skirvin. To receive the discounted rate, you may either call the reservations line at 1-800-HILTONS and mention the Leadership Oklahoma Gala (or group code LOG) or use the link below to easily book online within the block:

Click here to book your group rate for the Leadership Oklahoma Excellence in Leadership Gala

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»Annual Membership Campaign

LOK began its annual membership campaign June 1st. You should have received your graduate update profile and invoice for 2015-2016 membership in the mail. Please contact the LOK office if you have not received the mailing. To update your profile online, click here to preview the contact information we have for you and make changes as needed. Don’t forget to sign up for a committee or two as well!

LOK is successful because of you – your time, energy, ideas and resources. We share a commonality of a sincere concern about the future of Oklahoma and how each of us individually can do our part to help shape that future. Your commitment to sustain the organization enables us to keep providing innovative and challenging programs for Oklahoma’s leaders offering that “once in-a-lifetime” experience and ensures students continue to attend the Youth Leadership Oklahoma program free of charge.

As a reminder, annual membership dues are $150 (in state), $25 (out-of-state), or $2,500 for a lifetime membership. 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, 2015). Option 3: eight quarterly payments of $312.50 (beginning July 1, 2015).

Class I has proved that it’s never too late to be a lifetime member; four of them paid for lifetime memberships in the  last few years!

We are happy to email you another invoice if you have misplaced yours. Contact the LOK office or go online to pay your renewal.

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»Deadlines and Upcoming Events

September 30, 2015
 Deadline for discounted hotel rate for the Fall Forum
October 5, 2015
 Deadline to register for the Fall Forum
November 10, 2015
 Deadline for Excellence in Leadership Awards nominations
November 11, 2015
 Deadline to receive special room rate at the Fairfield Inn and Suites for the Holiday Party
November 13, 2015
 Deadline to register for member event:
 Unmanned Arial Vehicle Industry: Understanding Its Uses and Impact to Oklahoma
December 1, 2015
 Deadline for YLOK applications

Upcoming Events:
October 20, 2015
 Fall Forum - Embassy Suites, Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center,
 721 N. Phillips Ave., Oklahoma City, 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
November 23, 2015
 Unmanned Arial Vehicle Industry: Understanding Its Uses and Impact to Oklahoma
 OSU - College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Stillwater
December 11, 2015
 LOK Holiday Party - The Ross Group - 510 E. 2nd Street, Tulsa
February 9, 2016  Current Issues Affecting the Middle East: A Conversation with Don Betz
 CKH Central Boathouse
 Details TBD
February 27, 2016
 Excellence in Leadership Gala - The Skirvin Hilton - One Park Avenue - OKC


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»Did You Know?

Did you know.... You can find LOK Members with similar interests! Have you been working on a program, sitting on a board, or planning a meeting on a particular topic and wonder, “who in LOK would be interested in being a part of this?” Click here to learn more about "Areas of Interest"!

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»Leaders on the Move

Laura Boyd, Class VII, was appointed to the OK Community Services Commission. In addition, Laura was elected to the Board of Directors for Integris Baptist Medical Center.

Jim Gebhart, Class XXVIII, was named Vice Chair of the United Way 2015 Campaign Cabinet.

Mary Blankenship Pointer, Class XXII, was recognized for her community service by the Points of Light organization.

Drew Ritger, Class XVI, was named senior vice president for develop by the Sonic Corporation.

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