"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.


Class 31 Leadership Oklahoma Application 2017 - 2018

The Deadline for Applications was March 31, 2017. Please check back in January 2018 for the Class 32 Application

Each year Leadership Oklahoma brings together 50 of the state’s most outstanding leaders for an issues-oriented class program.  Monthly sessions, held in various communities, address critical challenges facing our state. Participants are chosen through a rigorous application process and selected from across the state to represent Oklahoma’s professional, geographical and cultural diversity. The goal is to tap the energies of diverse leaders that represent a microcosm of our state to initiate positive change for the benefit of all Oklahomans. Oklahoma leaders making Oklahoma the leader. 


The application must be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted. It is important that each section be fully completed.  Limit your answers to the space available in this form. Do not send additional information. Applications must be signed by both applicant and employer/sponsor. The original and 12 two-sided paper clipped copies of the completed application (which includes two letters of recommendation) must be received, along with one recent 3” X 5” photograph (required format: 600 x 725 pixels at 300 dpi) suitable for use in publications, with a non-refundable application fee of $40.00 (only pay $25.00 if application is received by March 16) by 5:00 pm on March 31, 2017. (It is recommended that applications be mailed as we cannot guarantee that someone will be in the office at all times.) Do not included the instruction page with your application materials. All applications are considered confidential and will be used only for the purpose of the selection process.


The Leadership Oklahoma Selection Committee seeks to identify individuals most likely to utilize their increased awareness and commitment to service to shape Oklahoma’s future. Participation is open to all citizens of the state. Leadership Oklahoma will seek a class of 50 – 52 leaders who represent the various geographic regions of the state from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Special consideration will be given to ensure diversity of race, gender, and occupational background. Since the selection process is highly competitive with a limited number of participants each year, applicants are encouraged to reapply to subsequent programs if not initially accepted. Applicants will be notified by mail of the selection committee's decision by May 15, 2017


Leadership Oklahoma program tuition is $3,200.00 (the application fee is not part of the tuition) and covers all program costs, transportation during sessions, and meals. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the session locations and lodging expenses, except for the double-occupancy rooms during the opening retreat.   Leadership Oklahoma will assist by reserving blocks of rooms at discounted rates. Tuition assistance and extended payment terms are available on a limited basis. Tuition assistance will not exceed 75%. Tuition assistance will be considered on the basis of demonstrated need.  If an applicant wishes to apply for tuition assistance, they must submit a tuition assistance application which can be found by clicking HERE, and is due by March 31, 2017. Applicants should understand if they apply for tuition assistance, they may be required to submit personal financial information. A request for tuition assistance does not affect selection into the program nor does acceptance into the program guarantee tuition assistance.  Tuition is due by July 1, 2017.


Leadership Oklahoma will hold an orientation session, a mandatory two-day retreat and eight two-day sessions.  The eight two-day sessions will begin early Friday morning and conclude Saturday at noon. Optional activities will be planned the day and evening before each class session and participation is highly encouraged.  Attendance at all sessions is required and participation at the opening retreat in its entirety is mandatory. Absence from more than one full session (or the accumulation of partial sessions that equals one full session) will cause the participant to be withdrawn from the program and no portion of the tuition refunded.

Guests are not included in meetings or overnight sessions, except for the orientation.





August 3, 2017 - Orientation
December 8-9, 2017
August 31 - September 1, 2017 - Retreat Required              
January 12-13, 2018
September 29-30, 2017
February 9-10, 2018
October 20-21, 2017
March 9-10, 2018
November 10-11, 2017
April 13-14, 2018 - Graduation

In addition to the program dates above, optional activities will be available for most program sessions on the day prior to the start of the session.  Attendance is not mandatory at the optional activities. Partial financial assistance is available on a limited basis. If an applicant wishes to apply for financial assistance, they must complete a tuition assistance application which can be found by clicking HERE.  See Page 5 of the application material, Tuition, for more details.  It is recommended that applications be sent by mail because we can not guarantee that someone will be in the office at all times.