The Board of Directors for OK2Grow is pleased to announce that April Sailsbury has become executive director for OK2Grow and Dream It Do It Oklahoma. Sailsbury succeeds Stephanie Cameron, who was the first executive director of the organization. Sailsbury comes to OK2Grow/Dream It Do It OK after most recently working for the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce as senior vice president of operations and government & media relations.
“This is a wonderful time for our organization with what Stephanie has been able to achieve and the work she has done on our behalf. We firmly believe that April will take the reins and help us continue to grow,” said Jerry Holder, OK2Grow Board President, “We are looking to deepen our impact, strive for innovation, and strengthen our strategies within our key initiatives. Stephanie was instrumental in the development and sustainability of all of our programs and we believe April will also be a great asset who can make major contributions in each of these areas.”
The OK2Grow Board says it is grateful to Cameron and her tireless efforts to build this organization from its foundation and growing it to become a thriving and nationally recognized organization. The Board added that “Stephanie Cameron has put OK2Grow on the map reaching thousands of students, parents and teachers while also building corporate partnerships to create positive change within our communities around the state and around the country. Some of the highlight include:
Cameron shared OK2Grow & Dream It Do It programs across the state, at national conferences and speaking engagements around the country.
Dream It Do It Oklahoma has received national recognition with three “Best Practice” spotlights.
OK2Grow reaches nearly 30,000 students, parents, educators and employers through activities each year.
Cameron established programs to bring national credentials into high schools, helping students train and secure employment.
Lynda Wingo, Vice President of OK2Grow Board, echoed Holder’s comments. “Stephanie has been a treasure to OK2Grow and we appreciate her work by building upon what she has accomplished in just six years. We are also fortunate to have April’s talent and enthusiasm to step into this rewarding and challenging role. April’s qualifications and experience give OK2Grow an exciting future.”
OK2Grow is a workforce development and career pathways initiative focusing on entrepreneurship and career awareness activities. Dream It Do It Oklahoma is a program developed by the National Association of Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Institute. Activities through both programs include student and educator tours, classroom visits, Career Pathways fairs, internships, collaborative-industry relevant training programs and recognizing employee success.
“I am inspired by OK2Grow’s critical work to enhance education and inspire students toward success. I love the commitment of the people who support this organization,” April Sailsbury said. “This work is vital in Oklahoma and it will be an honor to help lead OK2Grow. There is a deep passion for students, teachers, education and the future workforce and we’re going to carry that forward.”
To facilitate the development of Oklahoma’s future workforce by creating awareness of careers and promoting pathways that build confidence and excitement for education and workplace success.