"The experience was beyond expectation. The people I met in the class are incredible, each with their own talents and strengths. It was interesting to see leadership from this widely varied perspective. I never left a session without feeling deep admiration for the passion and depth of knowledge demonstrated by my peers. Also, I think the communities of Oklahoma have much to be proud of, each one with its unique character. I think every Oklahoman needs to travel to the far reaches of our state to better appreciate where we come from. This state has a lot going for it! All in all, I would do it again in a heartbeat. Veritas LOK XXIX!" -Wayne McMillin, Class XXIX.



Chair's Letter

Thirty years ago, the original founders of Leadership Oklahoma started a fledgling organization dedicated to educating and unifying leaders statewide.  I often wonder if they could have predicted that LOK would remain a vibrant voice continuing to attract the best of the best statewide.  Now over 1479 strong, Leadership Oklahoma is in a unique position to maintain what has made the organization especially well respected, but can look to the next 30 years and decide how those years will be shaped for history.

As an organization we have a legacy to protect and a responsibility to best utilize this amazing, growing network. 

Over the past year, and with input and direction from the greater membership and board of directors, a platform was crafted for our organization titled LOK 3.0. This platform is intended to strengthen our network of community leaders and enrich our post-class member experience by setting a new standard of membership. Moving forward, LOK is focused on becoming a catalyst for engagement in addition to being a vital educational entity on current state issues. More information on this new paradigm shift will be outlined throughout the year, but briefly, the platform is a commitment to:

  • Keep the class experience similar to what it is now; vibrant and strong but keeping a highlight on most important state issues with every visit;
  • Focus the post-commencement experience on state issue education that will help form and enhance involvement in state issues on an ongoing basis;
  • Increase opportunities for active engagement with LOK alumni and current classes; and
  • Curate a library of content that sheds light on significant state issues

Ultimately our hope is that Leadership Oklahoma will only grow in its reputation and as an organization that is a catalyst for positive change for our state.

History will be the judge, but for now understand that you are entering into what will be one of the most amazing years of your life.  Your classmates, your visits across the state and the deep dive on key issues facing our state will stay with you for a lifetime. 

To our current members, I look forward to seeing you throughout the year as we have an inspiriting and exciting slate of activities for the coming year. Leadership Oklahoma continues to make an impact through its members, so I encourage you to be intentional and stay active in the organization.

All the best,


Laurie Tilley
Chair, 2016-2017