Applications Accepted for Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIV

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., March 12, 2010 – Leadership Oklahoma, a statewide leadership program in its twenty-third year, is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 class of Leadership Oklahoma.

 The organization accepts a class of 52 members each year.The criterion for selection includes demonstrated leadership on the part of applicants in their communities and state.The program is designed to be a series of issue-oriented forums and experiences, which are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership.It consists of an orientation session, a mandatory two-day retreat and eight two-day sessions.Classes are held in locations that best relate to the issues of importance to the state.

 “Leadership Oklahoma and its graduates are working to create and implement the positive changes necessary to make Oklahoma a better state,” said Bill Burgess, Jr., chairman of the organization.”By learning about the issues that impact our state socially, economically and environmentally, class members are motivated to fulfill our mission of creating a dynamic network of leaders whose increased awareness and commitment to service will energize Oklahomans to shape their state’s future.”

 Approximately 1,200 people have graduated from the program and remain active in contributing to Oklahoma’s strength and vitality.“Leadership Oklahoma has been one of the most enjoyable and beneficial experiences I’ve ever had, both professionally and personally,” said Bryan Gonterman, member of the current Leadership Oklahoma class and President-Oklahoma, AT&T.“The opportunity to spend time in every quadrant of our state, learning of its incredible strengths and unique challenges was one of a lifetime.As an individual, the professional network and true friendships I developed while learning and traveling with fellow classmates are absolutely priceless.As a representative of my community, working with leaders and experts from all over our state proved to be an invaluable resource. LOK is truly an experience I will never forget.”

 Applications may be downloaded from the Leadership Oklahoma website at or requested by calling the office at 405.848.0001.Completed applications must be received in the Leadership Oklahoma office no later than April 1, 2010, at 5:00 p.m.

Updated 03-14-2010

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