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Leadership Academy

 

Today’s regional challenges require a new problem-solving capacity and the ability to work across political, geographical and institutional boundaries. Through the NORA Leadership Academy, leaders develop a broader awareness of the region. They acquire a greater knowledge of the interdependence of the diverse communities that constitute the Northeastern Oklahoma. Additionally, participants are able to sharpen leadership skills while networking with decisions makers and professionals statewide.

The program focuses on topics relevant to current trends and issues. The curriculum provides a framework for understanding organizational and institutional processes and responsibilities for regional planning, problem-solving and community building. Local and regional experts address diverse topics, including ingredients of a successful region, community collaboration, education, economic and social trends.


 

 NORA WELCOMES THE 2017/18 LEADERSHIP CLASS

  • Matthew Stephens, Cherokee Nation Commerce
  • Maria Yerton, MidAmerica Industrial Park
  • Brian Wagnon, Cherokee Nation Commerce
  • Mike Bovier, Washington County
  • Danae Floyd, Safenet Services
  • Mike Mitchell, NE Tech / OMA
  • Matt Lamont, Cherokee Nation Career Services
  • Larry Daugherty, Cherokee Nation Career Services
  • Becki Farley, Jay Chamber  / Arvest Bank
  • Meranda Williams, Grand River Abstract
  • Geri Gilstrap, Stilwell Public Schools
  • Jason Nichols, City of Tahlequah
  • Alan Parnell, OSU Extension
  • Roger Schilling, AVV Health Centers
  • Sonya Smith, AVV Health Centers
  • Issac Barnoskie, Cherokee Nation Career Services
  • Ashawna Miles, Cherokee Nation Career Services
  • Charles Gourd, Cherokee National Historical Society

Leadership

Leadership abounds in our communities through our citizens, our civic organizations, and our local and tribal governments. Regional leadership is essential to regional development and the success of the regional summit is indicative that our local governments are cooperative and willing to work with one another to address growth issues and encourage collaboration. Our people and civic organizations are the backbones of our communities; however, our aging population and lower levels of work aged adults necessitate youth leadership development to maintain and grow our leadership base. We must keep our youth at home and civically engaged in order for them to become progressive regional leaders of tomorrow.

Leadership discussions focused on three central themes:

  • Creating a regional leadership network
  • Building leadership in youth while encouraging leadership in adults, and
  • Building a regional leadership plan.

Community deliberations regarding the themes brought forth two results:

  1. All Regional Leaders Embrace a Culture of Collaboration – we must create a culture of collaboration in our region; a culture that goes far beyond partnering and coordinating to group decision making and increasing the capacity of others.
  2. Regional Leadership is Engaged at all Levels – our leaders should be completely engaged, not only in their own community but in the Region; leadership must take on the challenge of engaging and promoting new leadership.