By: Dawn Melton | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008
Father Bernie Scianna and Heather Pingry, of the current Leadership Tulsa class, sitting in the Cox booth at Junior Achievement’s “Biz Town.”
Tulsa-area residents who want to learn more about the city and explore volunteer opportunities should consider participating in the upcoming Leadership Tulsa program.
Applications are now being accepted for Class 41. Leadership Tulsa serves metro area adults from diverse professions and backgrounds that have an interest in and commitment to providing community leadership. Participants meet monthly to explore community needs, develop leadership skills and meet with community leaders. They also participate in a non-profit board internship experience providing a hands-on opportunity to put their new knowledge to use. Meetings blend classroom lectures, panel discussions, interactive leadership and team-building exercises, and field trips to area businesses, government, nonprofit groups and historic sites.
“Leaders are one of the most important resources in a community, and we want to help identify and develop new community leaders and give them the tools they need to make a difference,” said Wendy Thomas, executive director of Leadership Tulsa.
Since 1973, more than 1,700 people have completed Leadership Tulsa. Class size is limited to 45 members, with new classes starting every six months.
“The selection process is competitive,” Thomas says. “The selection committee makes every effort to ensure balanced representation from the community since a diversity of ideas, life experiences and viewpoints create the most beneficial climate for leadership growth.”
Deadline to apply for the 2009 program is September 30, 2008. Tuition is $2,250 and can be paid by the individual, employer or agency. Scholarships are also available.
For more information or to obtain an application, call the Leadership Tulsa office at (918) 477-7079 or visit their website at www.leadershiptulsa.org.