By: Dawn Melton | Category: Special Interest | Issue: September 2007
Don Lambert, Leadership Tulsa Executive Director Wendy Thomas, Michael Patton, Peter Troxel and Deb McCaskey enjoy an informational excursion down the Port of Catoosa.
Tulsa-area residents who want to learn more about the city and its volunteer opportunities should consider participating in the upcoming Leadership Tulsa program. The nine-month, in-depth program explores Tulsa’s history, services and opportunities for leadership. While the organization serves adults from diverse professions and backgrounds, Leadership Tulsa is ideal for those who have an interest in and commitment to providing community leadership. Applications are now being accepted for Class 39.
Upon being accepted into a Leadership Tulsa class, participants are provided with an orientation and overnight retreat to familiarize themselves with the program. In addition, monthly meetings are held to explore community needs, develop leadership skills and meet with community leaders. Such meetings cover a variety of topics, a few including education, health care, business, arts, social services and community history. Meetings blend classroom lectures, panel discussions, interactive leadership and team-building exercises.
Participation in a nonprofit board internship gives those involved in Leadership Tulsa a hands-on opportunity to put their new knowledge to use. Over 50 area agencies can be chosen from for this requirement. Field trips to area businesses, government organizations, nonprofit groups and historic sites are also taken to broaden participants’ knowledge of city inner workings.
“Leaders are one of the most important resources in a community,” says Wendy Thomas, executive director of Leadership Tulsa. “We want to help identify and develop new community leaders and give them the tools they need to make a difference.”
Since 1973, more than 1,700 people have completed Leadership Tulsa. The size of each class is limited to 45 members, and new classes start 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.”
Class 39 will have an application deadline of October 1 for its January 2008 program start. Tuition is $2,100 per participant and can be paid by the individual or his or her employer. For those who show need, scholarships are also available. Nomination and application forms can be found online at www.leadershiptulsa.org or at the Leadership Tulsa office in downtown Tulsa.
For additional information, call the Leadership Tulsa office at (918) 477-7079 or visit the organization online. Help develop Tulsa’s leadership. Nominate future leaders today for this valuable program.