Leadership Tulsa is a nine-month community leadership, training program that has operated in the community for more than 30 years. Two classes, of about 45 members each, are conducted annually and are selected through a competitive process.
Do I need to be nominated by an LT member? A referral from a Leadership Tulsa member is one of our best sources of new candidates, but candidates do not have to be nominated, they can also self-nominate. Application forms are available on the website at www.leadershiptulsa.org.
Is there an age limit to participate in Leadership Tulsa? Leadership Tulsa serves adults of any age who wish to better understand their community and get more involved in community service. The age range of a class typically spans from participants in their 20s to their 70s. Diversity of age and experience is considered a strength in selecting a Leadership Tulsa class.
How much does it cost to participate? The participation fee for Leadership Tulsa Class is $2,950. This covers all the costs of conducting the program including room and board at the overnight retreat, meals at all of the LT class days and any fees for participation in class day activities. The fee may be paid by the applicant, their employer, or by a combination of both. No-interest payment plans are available. A limited number of scholarships are available for participants demonstrating financial need. Scholarship requests are not a factor in the selection process and the selection committee is not aware of who has requested a scholarship when they make their selections.
What are the criteria for being selected? Participants are selected after submitting an application form and letters of reference. The selection committee seeks to establish a class that represents a strong diversity of professional, demographic, and personal attributes and a balance of companies and organizations represented. The selection committee also seeks candidates that have demonstrated a high level of commitment to community service and a strong motivation to participate in the Leadership Tulsa program.
What happens if you are not selected? Because Leadership Tulsa receives more applications each year than it can accommodate in the class, the class is selected through a competitive application process and sometimes excellent candidates are turned away. Rejection one year should not be an indication that you are in any way unqualified for the class. You are strongly urged to reapply and are welcome and encouraged to consult with the Executive Director on ways to improve your application.
What is the time commitment and expectations of participants? Participants are expected to attend the evening orientation, overnight retreat and every scheduled session fully. There are also required readings between sessions. In addition, there is a service-learning component to Leadership Tulsa, which requires service on a local non-profit agency board of directors or similar service.