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PLAN is the word of the month. Do you ever look at the list of stuff you have to get done in a day, a week, or a month and wonder how in the WORLD am I going to make it all work? Some days our lives are unpredictable, and we attempt to regain control by giving our lives structure, continuity and PREDICTABILITY. LOK has helped to alleviate some of the stress of the unknown and provided us with different ways to PLAN intentional engagement.

Plan to renew your LOK membership. Plan to attend one or more of the upcoming 2017-2018 events. Your class experience was the period at the end of the sentence. Turn the page and start the next chapter of your LOK experience: serve on a committee, attend an event, connect with other LOK alumni in your area, or reach out to the LOK staff to find ways to connect in your community. We are all “the best class ever” but the broader meaning now includes all 31 classes, making us “the best network ever.”

Samonia Byford
2017-2018 Membership Chair | LOK Ambassadors Chair
Class XX and Lifetime Member


LOK Class 32 Application deadline was March 30, 2018. Thank you to everyone who actively recruited and encouraged leaders in your community to apply! Please encourage people you think would be interested in applying for the next class now. As an LOK alum, please help spread the word. Word-of-mouth is our most effective recruitment strategy, and LOK’s friends and alumni are our best recruitment resource.

Please click HERE to nominate potential recruits by filling out the Class 33 nominating form and encourage those you know to consider completing the application and investing in the LOK life-changing adventure. Self-nominations are also encouraged! When the Class 33 Application for Selection becomes available, we will contact you and/or your nominee with an application packet and a personal invitation to apply. This feature will be open throughout the year should you connect with someone who would be a good candidate to apply.

Next up is the selection of Class 32! Ann Caine, Class XXIII and Lifetime Member, is the 2018 Selection Chair. Here’s to another “best class ever!”

We want to help! If you connect with prospective candidates or if you have questions about the LOK program, please let us know. Contact LOK President and CEO Marion Paden at so we can support your outreach or share more information.


It’s not too soon to start thinking about the upcoming directory! Check the photo LOK is using in the current directory and if you have a current head shot, email a high-resolution photo to Allyson at

Also, take one minute to log in to the member database and make sure LOK has your most current information. Recent job change? Maybe a promotion or title change? Click here to ensure we have accurate information regarding your profile.

The LOK staff can assist you if you’ve forgotten your login/password!

Member renewals will be mailed out the first of May. The directory process will be earlier this year due to the Class 32 orientation being July 27, 2018. The deadline to submit a new photo for LOK Directory & Annual Report is June 20, 2018.

We are gearing up for the annual membership campaign. You should receive your graduate update profile and invoice for 2018-2019 membership in the mail the first of May. Don’t forget to sign up for a committee or two as well!

Leadership Oklahoma is successful because of you – your time, energy, ideas, resources and your sincere concern about the future of Oklahoma and how each of us can do our part to help shape the future. We hope that you will continue your membership in LOK!

As a reminder, annual membership dues are $150 (in state), $25 (out-of-state), or $2,500 for a lifetime membership. LOK is continuing the three-payment options to become a lifetime member. Option 1: one-time payment of $2,500. Option 2: four quarterly payments of $625 (beginning July 1, 2018). Option 3: eight quarterly payments of $312.50 (beginning July 1, 2018).


2017-2018 Membership Events 


The 2017-2018 member events are planned right now and ready for registrations! Be intentional and come to at least one LOK event this year! Reconnect with classmates and make new connections along the way.

Mark your calendars NOW!

Click here to download the 2017-2018 LOK Event Sponsor Opportunities and Benefits Form.

Sign up to sponsor one or all of the upcoming events at one time!

Excellence in Leadership Gala
April 21, 2018
The Skirvin Hilton Hotel
1 Park Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Dress: Black Tie Optional

Open to LOK and Non-LOK members!!

Co-chairs for the Gala this year are Jody and Louis Wilham, Class XXVI, from Edmond, and Kristen and Alan Case, Class XXVIII and Lifetime member, from Woodward.

We hope to see you at the gala to support their achievements.

2018 Honorees:
Business Leadership Award: Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Distinguished Graduate Award: Marci Donaho, Class XII
Statewide Community Award: Arvest Bank
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bob Blackburn

Click here to sponsor the event or purchase individual tickets.

Click here to read the press release.

Click here to see past honorees.


SQ 788: Up in Smoke or High-ly Popular?
May 17, 2018
11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Oakwood Country Club of Enid
1601 N. Oakwood Rd.
Enid, Oklahoma 73703
Cost: LOK Member - $25; Non-member - $35

Open to LOK and Non-LOK members!! Click here to register.

11:00 am | Registration & Networking
12:00 pm | Discussion panel

This is a smoking hot topic…..Oklahoma could join the 29 states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal use by patients in need if voters approve State Question 788 at the state's next primary election on June 26. Be an informed voter!

LOK Links to Leadership Golf Tournament
June 11, 2018
Belmar Golf Club
1025 E. Indian Hills Road
Norman, OK 73071
10:00 am - Registration | 11:30 am - Shotgun Start

Open to LOK and Non-LOK members!!

Click here for sponsor opportunities or purchase tickets! Please email Allyson if you would like to be on the planning committee.

Brooke Hamilton, Class XXIX, and Kermit Frank, Class 30, will be co-chairing the event! Start thinking of who you’d like to have on your team now. It will be a 4-person scramble, so don’t worry if you don’t play much (or ever). It will be a fun atmosphere to connect with other LOK members from across the state. This is a great way to recruit people to apply to LOK and meet other members.



Class XXIII – April 26-28, 2018 – The 8th Annual reunion on Lake Eufaula. More information will be forwarded as updates are available.

Class XVI – April 27, 2018 – Location TBD, at 6:30 pm.

If your class is having a reunion, please notify Allyson to be included in ENews!

April 21, 2018 2018 Excellence in Leadership Gala, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, OKC
May 11, 2018  Deadline to register for Lunch and Learn
SQ 788: Up in Smoke or High-ly Popular? Oakwood Country Club of Enid 
May 17, 2018  Lunch and Learn
SQ 788: Up in Smoke or High-ly Popular? Oakwood Country Club of Enid 
June 1, 2018 Deadline to sponsor the LOK Links to Leadership Golf Tournament
June 3-8, 2018 YLOK Class 18 Program Week
June 20, 2018 Deadline to submit new photo for LOK Directory and Annual Report
June 11, 2018 LOK Links to Leadership Golf Tournament - Belmar Golf Club, Norman
July 27, 2018  Class 32 Orientation 
September 20-21, 2018  All Class Reunion and Fall Forum, Stillwater 
December 7, 2018  Holiday Party, Oklahoma City 
February 19-20, 2019  LOK Day at the Capitol | Legislative Reception | Spring Issues Summit 
 April 13, 2019 LOK Excellence in Leadership Gala, Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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