Leaders’ Circle

Supporting and developing nonprofit leaders

Designed for Executive Directors and CEO’s of nonprofits in their first few years of leadership, Leaders’ Circle is an advisory group that provides a confidential forum to support and develop nonprofit leaders. In monthly sessions, you will be immersed in a supportive community with other non-profit executives for a time of learning, connecting, and discovering. Each session is specifically designed to address multiple facets of being a non-profit leader. You will not only learn principles of leadership but discuss, in a confidential setting, the hard things executive directors face on a day-to-day basis.

This program addresses the biggest challenges faced by nonprofit executive directors: fundraising in challenging times, leadership capacity and support, mission focus and board governance, and talent management.

  • For me the relationships formed with other local ED’s and the speakers was the best part. Leaders' Circle gave me people I could relate to in their challenges and triumphs and someone I can reach out to in the future. Each course was very good and useful. It challenged me to keep my leadership development group going here at Ardmore Village. We all need encouragement to keep growing!

    Randy McFarland Executive Director at Ardmore Village
  • I gained valuable knowledge on running a nonprofit from the OKCNP Leader’s Circle, and I have implemented two important lessons from Marnie Taylor's nonprofit management presentation. More than anything, it has been great to have a group of fellow nonprofit leaders to share triumphs and sorrows. It helps you feel like you are not alone and renews your calling to the cause you work so hard for. The OKCNP staff are also very welcoming and encourage discussion and freedom to ask tough questions

    Tarah Warren
    Tarah Warren Executive Director, Tenaciously Teal
  • The most satisfying part of the Leaders' Circle was getting to know the cohort group members. Being an executive director is a lonely job. Having the ability to discuss issues within a safe forum that OKCNP created was priceless. There was so much experience, knowledge, and wisdom passed around that my own job was ultimately made more enjoyable and productive.

    Ann Thompson
    Ann Thompson Oklahoma Humanities Council
  • I cannot begin to express the insight and knowledge I gained from the OKCNP’s Leaders Circle. Lead by expert advisers, the value I gained came from the cross-feed of knowledge, experience, and real situations from each of the leaders in our group. This was a small intimate setting that allowed for relationships to evolve so we felt comfortable sharing about any situation we may have been dealing with. It was a great learning experience.

    Brian Rush
    Brian Rush Executive Director, Daily Living Centers of Oklahoma

Leaders’ Circle has programming designed around the collective needs of the group. Leaders’ Circle provides opportunities to:

  • Think creatively, share ideas, and seek solutions for common nonprofit issues while networking with some of Oklahoma’s top executive directors.
  • Deepen knowledge base of current nonprofit trends and best practices with support from industry experts
  • Build lasting connections with colleagues facing similar leadership challenges
  • Receive personalized, one-on-one coaching from an experienced executive coach to help develop personal leadership styles and set strategies for individual organizations

Sign up for the Leaders’ Circle program!

Fall 2019 in OKC

Dates for OKC:
Session I – Sept 24, 2019, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Session II – Sept 25, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session III – Oct 22, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session IV – Nov 19, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session V – Dec 17, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Spring 2020 in OKC

Dates for OKC:
Session I – February 5, 2020, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Session II – February 6, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session III – March 4, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session IV – April 8, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session V – May 6, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session VI – May 7, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Fall 2019 in Tulsa

Dates for Tulsa:
Session I – Sept 24, 2019, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Session II – Sept 25, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session III – Oct 22, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session IV – Nov 19, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session V – Dec 17, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Spring 2020 in Tulsa

Dates for Tulsa:
Session I – February 5, 2020, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Session II – February 6, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session III – March 4, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session IV – April 8, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session V – May 6, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Session VI – May 7, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Enrollment is limited to 15. So, don’t delay!

Leaders’ Circle Past Participants

Abney, Jennifer (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Abraham-Robinson, Marie (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Ambler, Scott (Tulsa) – 2017
Andrews, Cheryl (Ardmore) – 2015
Baird, Julie (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Barthelus, Thamara (Tulsa) – 2018
Bartley, Michael (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Bass Carl, Ginny (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Bella, Janienne (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Bergner, William (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Bernard, Chris (Tulsa) – 2017
Bice, Marilyn (Ardmore) – 2016
Blansett, Tonya (Tulsa) – 2018
Bleakley, Amanda (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Blehm, Chuck (Ardmore) – 2014
Bohl, Susan (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Bradshaw, EIleen (Tulsa) – 2014
Bramsch, Susan (Tulsa) – 2014
Branham, Julie (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Britton, Damon (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Bruce, Stacy (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Bruner, Ron (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Bryce Gamble, Melissa (Tulsa) – 2017
Burch, Jody (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Bushey, Brent (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Carrio, Dee (Ardmore) – 2016
Caves, Jamie (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Cervantes, Donna (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Christian, Leslie (Ardmore) – 2017
Coleman, Genell (Tulsa) – 2014
Cook, Margaret (Tahlequah) – 2016
Corr, Dan (Ardmore) – 2016
Cramer Moore, Stacy (Oklahoma City) – 2014
Cummings, Yolanda (Ada) – 2018
Cunningham, Nyree (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Cunningham, Todd (Tulsa) – 2018
Daniels, Chris (Oklahoma City) – 2014
De La Torre, Amanda (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Deck-Owen, Tracie (Ardmore) – 2017
Dills, Karen (Tulsa) – 2016
Dimicelli, Jeff (Ardmore) – 2014
Dobbins, Val (Tahlequah) – 2016
Dolan, Jeni (Tulsa) – 2015
Dorman, Joe (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Dvorak, Lesley (Ardmore) – 2014
Dyer, Brandon (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Egdorf, Tiffany (Tulsa) –  2015
Ernst, Travis (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Essary, Todd (Ada) – 2018
Evans, Deana (Ardmore) – 2015
Evans, Peter (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Fair, Sherry (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Fischer, Tina (Ardmore) – 2015
Fisher, Leslei (Ardmore) – 2016
Fleck, Shannon (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Francais, JJ (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Frye, Sarah (Ada) – 2018
Fry-Geier, Lindsay (Tulsa) – 2015
Fuller, Cheri (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Gamble, Melissa (Tulsa) – 2018
Gates, Chris (Tulsa) – 2016
Gay, Erica (Ardmore) – 2015
Gjovig, Gwen (Ada) – 2018
Green, Jamie (Ada) – 2018
Gregg, Jessica (Tulsa) – 2017
Grossman, Susan (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Gudgel, Lesley (Tulsa) – 2017
Hall, R. Shannon (Tulsa) – 2015
Hammons, Sheri (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Hankins, Jean Ann (Tulsa) – 2014
Harding, Johnna (Ardmore) – 2016
Harper, Tara (Ardmore) – 2017
Harrison, Jennifer (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Hartman, Susan (Tulsa) – 2014
Heather, Sisson-White (Tulsa) – 2015
Heffernan, Maureen (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Herrick, Laura (Ardmore) – 2016
Hilger, Robyn (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Hill, Jennie (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Hill, Lori (Tulsa) – 2015
Hime, Shawn (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Holata, Lizanne (Tulsa) – 2015
Hudson, Rhonda (Tulsa) – 2018
Hughes, Alana (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Hull, Deon (Tulsa) – 2014
Hulsey, Cindy (Tulsa) – 2016
Inbody, Elizabeth (Tulsa) – 2015
Jackson, James (Ada) – 2018
Jackson, Michelle (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Jacobson, Sara (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Jaynes, Jeff (Tulsa) – 2014
Johnson, Stephanie (Oklahoma City) – 2014
Jones, Marsha (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Karie, Jordan (Tulsa) – 2015
Katigan, Brent (Ardmore) – 2016
Keenan, Leslie (Tulsa) – 2017
Kerley, Sara (Ardmore) – 2014
Kilburn, Tonya (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Kirtley, Deidra (Tulsa) – 2014
Kutz, Leslie (Ardmore) – 2015
Kuykendall, Kami (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Lang, Allyson (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Larimore, Jilian (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Larson, Gay (Tulsa) – 2017
Lee, Amy (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Lemming, Michelle (Ardmore) – 2016
Lenore, Leila (Ardmore) – 2014
Lewis, Barbara (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Lewis, Cayla (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Long, Lori (Tulsa) – 2014
Lovell, Tim (Tulsa) – 2018
Luck, Adam (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Maher, Julie (Ardmore) – 2014
Manning, Kathy (Ada) – 2018
Mansfield, Amy (Ada) – 2018
Matherly, Brett (Ardmore) – 2015
May, Nan (Ardmore) – 2014
McCann, Greg (Tulsa) – 2015
McCrory, Dana (Oklahoma City) – 2015
McDaniel, Stacy (Oklahoma City) – 2016
McFarland, Randy (Ardmore) – 2017
McIntyre, Bruce (Oklahoma City) – 2017
McMahan, Jack (Oklahoma City) – 2014
McQueen, Hilary (Tulsa) – 2017
Moore, Stacy Cramer (Oklahoma City) – 2014
Mueller, Katie (Oklahoma City) – 2014
Mullen, Joel (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Myers, Brooke (Tulsa) – 2018
Myers, Teresa (Ardmore) – 2014
Nance, Jeanette (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Neary, Kate (Tulsa) – 2017
Noel, Theodore (Oklahoma City) – 2014
Norsworthy, Nancy (Oklahoma City) – 2014
Nutter, Kelly (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Olsen, Polly (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Owens, Sharla (Tulsa) – 2016
Pat, Peay (Ada) – 2018
Penrose, Leslie (Tulsa) – 2015
Pfau, Jessica (Ardmore) – 2014
Pirtle, Carolyn (Ardmore) – 2015
Polak, Bonnie (Tulsa) – 2015
Porter, Mary Lane (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Poteet, Cathy (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Powell, Danny (Ardmore) – 2016
Price, Mikinzie (Ardmore) – 2017
Pride, Janine (Tulsa) – 2014
Pride, Janine (Tulsa) – 2015
Priest, Jim (Oklahoma City) – 2016
R. Shannon, Hall (Tulsa) – 2015
Rasco, Georgie (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Reeves, Darcy (Ardmore) – 2016
Riggs, Piper (Oklahoma City) – 2014
Riggs, Sharon (Tahlequah) – 2016
Robbins, Shannon (Tulsa) – 2014
Rodgers, Jenny (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Rosson, James (Ada) – 2018
Rush, Brian (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Sanders, Carrie (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Sanders, Misty (Ardmore) – 2014
Scraper, Monique (Tulsa) – 2017
Senat, Tracy (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Sisson-White, Heather (Tulsa) – 2017
Smith, Michael (Tulsa) – 2014
Soltani, Adam (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Sorrell, Bruce (Tulsa) – 2015
South, Jeanean (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Sperry, Chris (Oklahoma City) – 2014
Stallings, Mary (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Stewart, Sarah (Oklahoma City) – 2014
Synar, Amy (Tulsa) – 2014
Taylor, Tom (Tulsa) – 2015
Tehee, Candessa (Tahlequah) – 2016
Thompson, Ann (Oklahoma City) – 2015
Tiffany, Egdorf (Tulsa) – 2015
Tolbert, Teri (Ada) – 2018
Towers, Holly (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Travis, DLese (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Tyler, Tara (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Ude, Kelli (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Vesely Henderson, Carrie (Tulsa) – 2018
Walker, Johnna R. (Oklahoma City) – 2014
Walker, Kayla (Ardmore) – 2014
Warren, Tarah (Oklahoma City) – 2018
Weaver, Cheri (Oklahoma City) – 2017
Weaver, Darrell (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Wilkerson, Leah (Ardmore) – 2016
Williams, Paige (Ardmore) – 2015
Wilson, Maura (Tulsa) – 2014
Woodland, Terri (Oklahoma City) – 2016
Ybarra, Angela (Oklahoma City) – 2018
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