"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.



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