LOKC's Original Program


Leadership Oklahoma City, founded in 1981, is a local nonprofit organization committed to the development of effective community leaders. In addition to the 36-year-old Signature Program, Leadership Oklahoma City has programs for high school age participants under its Youth Leadership Exchange (YLX) umbrella, and also occasionally produces short format adult programs, such as the LOYAL Program. The programs each use a varying combination of community information, skills for volunteer leadership, networking, and community projects to engage participants more effectively in community service. 


Leadership Oklahoma City currently offers two programs for adults. Which one is right for you?


Linking Oklahoma’s Young Adult Leaders is a short-format skills-based program intended for young adults just beginning their community service careers.

A skills-based program, focusing on skills needed to be an effective community leader.

Networking, risk-taking, business etiquette, fund raising, special event management, presentation skills, meeting management, and board success.

Must be at least 23 and not more than 35 on the date of the Opening Retreat. The median age in last year’s class was 26.

Class Size: 64

Tuition: $625 currently

Class Project: Mandatory

Most classes are from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. once or twice a month, October through April. One all-day class on a weekend day for Opening Retreat.

Absentee Policy: Opening Retreat is mandatory. No more than two other classes may be missed.

Applications for the LOYAL class are available in July and due in late August.


The Signature Program is a community-information program designed for experienced community volunteers to broaden their knowledge of community issues.

A community information program, focusing on issues that affect central Oklahoma.

Current program topics include public safety, health, human services, government and media, education, quality of life, and economic development.

Must be at least 21 years-old. The median age in this year’s Signature class is 42 years-old.

Class Size: 48

Tuition: $2,500 currently

Class Project: Optional

Classes are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday, October through May and a 2-day mandatory Opening Retreat held on the first Thursday and Friday in September.

Absentee Policy: Opening Retreat is mandatory. No more than two other classes may be missed.

Applications for the Signature Program are available January through March and due the first week in April.

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Signature Class 37

Program Co-Chairs: Lisa Synar & Kermit Frank

David Argueta Mercy Chief Administrative Officer

Jeremy Black McAfee & Taft Attorney

Brian Blundell BancFirst-OKC Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer

Brian Bogert The Social Order Dining Collective Founder

Jenna Byrnes OKC Dodgers Senior Vice President

Jordan Cash INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center President

Tana Cashion Devon Energy SVP Human Resources

Young Chappell The Boeing Company Systems Engineer

Tim Doty Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. Senior Manager of Administration

Adrienne Elder E. B. Enterprises, LLC Consultant/ Special Projects Director

Randal Gage KOCO TV 5, Hearst Television Director, Creative Services

Chaunté Gilmore PARCway Skilled Nursing Facility Physical Therapy Assistant

Jenny Herzberger Koch Communications Executive Vice President

Debbie Hite-Stewart American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Senior Executive Director

Danielle Hoeltzel Express Employment Professionals Leadership Consultant

Laura Hottel Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) Director, Network Management/Health Care Delivery

Richard Kelley City of Oklahoma City Fire Department Fire Chief

RaLayna Kennedy Mariner Wealth Advisors Senior Wealth Consultant

Michelle Keylon Francis Tuttle Technology Center Deputy Superintendent/Chief Operations Officer

Mike Koehler Smirk New Media Founder and Chief Strategist

LaTreece  Langston Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) - Aviation Procurement Analyst

Jenn Fogg Lickteig TBS President

Mark McCoy BOK Financial SVP, Corporate Trust Manager

Lance McDaniel deadCenter Film Executive Director

Stacy McNeiland The CARE Center CEO

Whitney  Moore Oklahoma City Ballet Director of Development

Mark Nelson Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police Vice President

Alfonso Nieves Fox Blocks Sales Executive

Joy Parduhn Heritage Trust Company Senior Trust Associate

Trevor Pemberton Oklahoma County District Court Oklahoma County District Judge

Melissa Pepper Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Chief Development Officer

Doyle  Phillips Nabholz Construction Executive Vice President Preconstruction

Steven Propester Grant Thornton, LLP Senior Managers - Audit and Assurance Services

Darren Ransley Funk Companies Director of Strategic Communications

Tim Rasnic Oklahoma Zoological Society Executive Director

Rob Schultheis Allied Arts Foundation Finance Director

John Semtner FSB Architects + Engineers Principal

Wayne Snow The Oklahoman Media Company Vice President Advertising

Kim Taylor Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Oklahoma Criminal Justice Act Supervising Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma

Jake Trotter ESPN Sports reporter

Merideth VanSant 405 YOGA; True U Owner; Co-Founder

Michele Varian Sonic Drive In VP - Supply Chain & Purchasing

True Wallace Oklahoma State University Foundation Director of Regional Development

Stacy Willis Account Management Resources, LLC Director of Operations

Gary Wood Riggs Abney Neal Turpen Orbison & Lewis Attorney

Petra Woodard Millwood High School HS Principal

Kristy Yager The City of Oklahoma City Director, Public Information and Marketing Officer