MISSION To identify, develop and connect diverse leaders who impact the community through service.
For more than 40 years, Leadership Tulsa has been providing community leadership development programs. We were founded in 1973 as a joint project of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Tulsa to help build the leadership capacities of Tulsa area professionals.
Our Leadership Tulsa Programs annually involve up to 200 adults representing a diverse cross-section of the community who learn about the infrastructure, needs and resources of Tulsa and how to get involved to effect positive change. Classes are chosen through a competitive selection process and participate in training and educational experiences focused on building leadership skills and understanding the community.
Through Leadership Tulsa individuals have the opportunity to:
Once they have completed a program, individuals are offered the opportunity to stay connected through membership. We offer members multiple programs to expand their networks and gain continuing community education.
Long past their time in one of our programs, our members also stay involved in the community. As part of a recent membership survey we learned that our membership serve on more than 200 boards and volunteer hundreds of hours a year.
Leadership Tulsa is governed by 30 board members and has hundreds of dues paying members committed to ensuring the future health and prosperity of the Tulsa community. We invite you to get involved in this dynamic and community-changing group by applying for one of our many specific leadership development programs.
Wendy Thomas joined Leadership Tulsa as its Executive Director in January 2002 and was formerly the Executive Director of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa. She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and has a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Wendy has served as president of the boards of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, the national Association of Leadership Programs, Living Arts and Kendall Whittier Main Street. Wendy has previously served on the boards of Clarehouse, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Mayfest, The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and TulsaNow and has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa. She is a frequent consultant to area non-profits for board development and strategic planning and lectures frequently about Generations in the Workplace. In June 2017 she was awarded by the Association of Leadership Programs as “Preceptor,” the highest honor in her field. Previously she received the 2014 Women in Communications Newsmaker Award and was honored in 2011 with the Tulsa Business Journal’s Woman of Distinction and the Typros Boomtown awards.
Marcia Bruno-Todd is the Director of Programs & Community Impact for Leadership Tulsa. She supports the direction and implementation of Leadership Tulsa programming and workshops to connect leaders with impactful service opportunities that contribute to a thriving community for all. Her experience spans across K-12 and the university setting including Tulsa Public Schools, Teach for America and Oklahoma State University. Marcia supports non-profits with diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and consults on developing authentic community partnerships. She proudly serves as a board member for YWCA Tulsa, MetCares Foundation and the city’s Sales Tax Overview Committee. Featured in Forbes Women for her work in bridge-building across sectors, she invests her talents in the leadership development of the diverse communities of Tulsa. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has a Master’s in Public Administration from Arkansas State University. Marcia dedicates her time to connecting people with the resources and networks to build a thriving Tulsa for all.
Kendall joined the Leadership Tulsa team in April 2016. Born and raised in Tulsa, Kendall graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management. Kendall previously worked at Holland Hall for five years as the assistant to the director of the Walter Arts Center and for the office of Institutional Advancement. After a brief stint in the for-profit sector, she returned to Holland Hall to coordinate its 10-year independent school accreditation. When she’s not managing the LT office, Kendall enjoys singing and performing in local theatre productions. She is the resident stage manager for Tulsa Repertory Musicals, where she also serves on the board.
Ed Sharrer joined the Leadership Tulsa team in December 2019 as the Project Manager responsible for bringing the Leadership Center online. He most recently served as executive director of Kendall Whittier Main Street, a nonprofit aimed at restoring the Kendall-Whittier area as a thriving, walkable commercial district, and as the manager of the City of Tulsa’s Destination District program. Ed’s background also includes serving as a city planner, staffing the Tulsa Preservation Commission, and running his own freelance creative and web design firm. Ed has been a Tulsan since he was 4 years old. He graduated from The University of Tulsa with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s in Urban Design.
Andrew Spector joined Leadership Tulsa as Program Manager in 2017 after completing two years of service with Teach For America, where he was a 6th grade teacher for Tulsa Public Schools. He is the co-founder of Tulsa Changemakers, an afterschool youth leadership development and action program that came under the umbrella of Leadership Tulsa in spring 2017. Andrew is originally from Bedford, Massachusetts and is a graduate of the Honors College at College of Charleston. At his graduation, Andrew received the college’s highest honor, the Bishop Robert Smith Award, for his demonstrated leadership and academic excellence. Andrew is a staff member at the Hillel of University of Tulsa and co-founder of Act Now Fellowship, an initiative that supports Camp Anytown alumni and other socially minded high school students to take pluralistic action in their school communities. He is also a member of Interfaith Youth Core’s Alumni Speakers Bureau.
Jake Lerner is a co-founder of Tulsa Changemakers, a youth leadership program that empowers young people to make meaningful change in their communities at the new Program Manager at Leadership Tulsa. Jake is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In collaboration with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, Jake co-created and facilitated social innovation and leadership identity workshops for high school students as well as undergraduates. He has also worked as a content advisor for Global Youth Empowerment’s entrepreneurship boot camp in Dubai. Jake is a 2015 Teach For America Greater Tulsa Alumnus. In his free time, Jake does stand-up comedy, writes poetry, plays basketball, and co-runs an interfaith dialogue event for adults called Radical Amazement.
President – Omare Jimmerson, City of Tulsa Parks Department
President-Elect – Vince Trinidad, Tulsa County Parks Department
Past-President – Sean Weins, Tulsa Community College
Vice President, Curriculum – Ashley Jackson, Jackson Technical
Vice President, Membership – Jessica Lozano-Alvarez, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Vice President, Programs – Tony Lenox, bauhaus
Vice President, Development – Lori Long, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Secretary – Mike Henneke, John Zink Company
Treasurer – Robyn Devore, BKD, LLP
Colleen Almeida Smith, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
David Ballard, Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Jennifer Bighorse, Osage Casinos
Amanda Blair, Expo Square/Tulsa State Fair
Shella Bowlin, Cherokee Nation Businesses
Rocky Bright, Tulsa Tech
Tiffany Egdorf, Lindsey House
Heather Gowin, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Charlotte Henry, Stanfield + O’Dell
Molly Jarvis, Cherokee Nation Businesses
Cynthia Jasso, George Kaiser Family Foundation
Charity Marcus, Avenu PR
Adam Paluka, EMSA
Tim Rogers, Barrow & Grimm, P.C.
Stephen Rundell, ONEOK, Inc.
Whitney Stauffer, Selser Schaefer Architects
Jody Vivion, Flintco
Angela Wells, ONEOK, Inc.
Jeff Wilkie, HoganTaylor, LLC