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Leadership academy Meets for the first time at regional summit.

Published: Friday, November 4, 2016

The participants of the leadership academy immersed themselves in two days of networking and learning. They met for their introductory class the day before NORA's annual regional summit. They were also invited to participate in the regional summit. During the first day they were treated to a special session with summit keynote speaker Jonathan Catherman.

Attending the 2016 program are Robin Stand, Shay Smith, Marsha White, Hunter Palmer, Travis Gulley, Theresa Morris, Cheryl Adams, Lavon Tubbs, Michelle Bish, Leon Ashlock, Liberty Shere, Charity Muehlenweg, Sara Stephens, Gret-chen Evans, Glen Clark, Charolette Howe, Kathy Adair, John Davenport , Cristan Robertson, Frank Cooper, Tonya Backward, Kari Mace-Russell, Travis Nolan, Xan Bryant, and Monty Lenington.

The Leadership Academy kicked off at NORA's 2016 Northeast Oklahoma Regional Summit Oct. 24th & 25th. The Northeast Oklahoma Leadership Academy will enlighten leaders to the importance of the area as a whole in the state of Oklahoma. The program is designed to identify our regional strengths, build on them, and delve into issues facing our region.

"When we developed the curriculum and schedule for the program we wanted it to be as experienced-based learning as possible, really get them out there in different communities to see first-hand how regionalism works in Northeast Oklahoma. We also wanted to make sure we stuck to what NORA is about," said Darla Heller, executive director of NORA.

Through NORA, leaders will develop a broad awareness of the region. They will gain a greater knowledge of the interdependence of the diverse communities that constitute the Northeastern Oklahoma area. Participants are able to sharpen leadership skills while networking with decisionmakers and professionals statewide.

The program will study topics relevant to current trends and issues facing Northeast Oklahoma communities. The classes will be regionalism in Sallisaw, manufacturing in Pryor, education in Claremore, health care in Muskogee, and hospitality and tourism in Langley.