"Going through Leadership Oklahoma is an eye-opening experience to the diversity of our state. From Guymon to Broken Bow, we heard similar themes by our host communities and its residents. Our people define the "Oklahoma Standard" by their grit of endurance and tenacity to overcome obstacles or challenges that faced them. Taking the time to listen, collaborate and compromise will lead Oklahoma toward its greatest days ever!" -- Lyle L. Roggow, Duncan, Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, Class 30 and Lifetime Member.


Fast Facts

• 29 Classes of Leadership Oklahoma (LOK); 1,430 Members of Leadership Oklahoma

• 16 Classes of Youth Leadership Oklahoma (YLOK); 772 Graduates of Youth Leadership Oklahoma

• 83% of Youth Leadership Oklahoma participants reside in Oklahoma

• 168 Communities represented by LOK Graduates and 224 Schools represented by YLOK

• 2011 Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist in Education Category presented to Leadership Oklahoma by Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

• 2008 Innovator Award presented to Leadership Oklahoma by Southern Growth Policies Board for its Youth Leadership Oklahoma Program

• 97% of graduates say that LOK positively impacted their professional life

• 86% of graduates say that they have become more involved with civic organizations since their LOK experience

• 43% of graduates say that their LOK experience impacted their involvement in a political campaign; 7% in running for office; and 42% in an appointment by an elected official to a board, council or commission 

• 100% of LOK graduates say that they want to stay connected to LOK in the future

• 33% of LOK Graduates are from Business Sector, 9% from Finance Sector, 6% from Law Profession, 3% from Utility Sector, 4% from Health Care Sector, 12% from Education Sector, 7% from Public/Government Sector, and 8% from Non-Profit Sector

• At least 3% of LOK Members are Current or Former Elected Officials including 4 tribal chiefs, 1 Governor, 2 Lt. Governors, 2 US Congressmen, and numerous statewide legislators and officials as well as local elected officials.

• 541 Members are President, CEO, Executive Director or Chairman of their Business or Organization

• LOK Educational Forums have been held in Washington DC, Canada, Mexico, Vienna, Russia, Poland, Cyprus, Istanbul, United Kingdom and Prague

• 75 Business and Community Leaders have been recognized with Excellence in Leadership Awards since 1990

• 30 Communities have hosted adult class sessions