Leadership Oklahoma Retreat
I am excited to be a part of Leadership Oklahoma’s 30th class! Our class is made up of 49 pretty amazing people from across the state, and I am honored to share in this adventure with them. When I first started considering applying for LOK, I checked around with several people who had completed the program before, including my mother-in-law. Many of them told me that it was one of the best things they’ve ever done, so much so that they wished they could do it all over again! I can now understand why they all had such positive things to say.
We spent two and a half days at St. Crispin’s Conference Center, just outside of Seminole. If you’ve ever done a leadership program before, you know about the typical team-building and ice breaker activities. I’ve done local and professional leadership programs, as well as a course put on by the USMC, and they all had a lot in common–leadership style tests, working with different groups, etc.–so I had some expectations in mind when going into Leadership Oklahoma. I have to say that our time in Seminole far exceeded my expectations! Everyone really put forth a huge effort into making our retreat a success, and many great friendships were started as a result. I am also thankful to get to share this adventure with a friendly face; Emily Avants from the Noble Foundation is a friend of mine and fellow Ardmoreite.
I am looking forward to growing in this experience and getting outside of my comfort zone. I am not originally from Oklahoma, though I now call this state my home, which makes it especially exciting for me to fully travel the state, really learning about some of the places I’ve never visited before. Our next stop is Fort Sill, where we will learn about military issues. I’m looking forward to this event in particular since the military is a cause close to my heart. I am also looking forward to visiting Guymon. Southern Design Group has been working in Guymon for the past year, as well as talking with other communities in the Oklahoma panhandle, so learning more about the rural and agricultural issues facing that region is very interesting to me.
We heard from some amazing speakers over the course of the two and a half days, and we were all challenged to lead. We were challenged to be the change in our communities and in our state. We were challenged to be fearless and to make every day count. I am excited for this challenge, and again, I am thankful that I get to be a part of this group that will change the state for the better.
I was definitely nervous before the retreat, but now I am counting down the days until our next event. Here’s to an exciting nine months! I am hoping to share photos along the way both here and on Instagram.