2019 National Conference - Event Details

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2019 National Conference

June 19–21, 2019
Tulsa, OK
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Opening Night Reception

Opening Night Reception

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Opening Night Reception Details

Wednesday, June 19

Opening Night Party at ahha Tulsa in the Arts District 
ahha: 101 E Archer St
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Tulsa’s downtown renaissance includes millions of dollars of investment in a vibrant arts district. Our opening night party will be held at one of the most impressive new art centers where our guests can interact with the arts and each other. Enjoy the exciting exhibits, hands-on arts activities, souvenir photo op, heavy “meal-worthy” appetizers and meeting new friends. Enjoy our DJ on the outdoor patio with great views of our downtown skyline. Each guest will receive two drink tickets and a cash bar will also be available. Conveniently located near a number of bars and restaurants should you desire to extend your evening. Ride the Trolley transportation provided from the Hyatt or walk a path that will take you past the “Center of the Universe.”

The opening reception is included in your full conference registration.  You can bring a guest for an additional fee.

Evening Events

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Evening Events Details

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Early Arrivals: Dine Around the Deco District – 5:30 – 7:30 PM tour and happy hour; dinner at 7:30 PM
Tulsa Press Club: 415 S Boston Ave

Tulsa is home to America’s second largest collection of Art Deco architecture in a city oil built. Join our knowledgeable guides for a short tour of the beautiful buildings and underground tunnels on your way to the Press Club in the historic Atlas Life Building for cash bar and mixer. From Happy Hour join one of our dining groups for a self-pay dinner in the Deco district. Meet in the downstairs lobby of the Hyatt Hotel by 5:30 pm to join the tours.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Banquet After-Party at the Inner Circle Vodka Bar – 9 til ?
Inner Circle Vodka Bar: 410 N Main St

There will be a banquet after-party held at the Inner Circle Vodka Bar, 410 North Main Street, across the street from the Historic Cain’s ballroom. Enjoy drink specials, outdoor games, D.J music, and a casual atmosphere hosted by Leadership Tulsa members. Request transportation by the hotel shuttle (unless it is engaged in airport runs) or catch an Uber/Lyft.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Guests leaving Saturday

As a special treat for those participating in the Post-Conference workshop and delaying their departure until Saturday, there will be a limited number of tickets available to enjoy Party Suite access to a baseball game at ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers. The Tulsa Drillers are a minor league baseball team, playing in the Texas League, and are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers major-league club. Their opponent for this game will be Amarillo.

Scheduled Events

Thursday Banquet Keynote Speaker - Emeka Nnaka

Thursday Banquet Keynote Speaker - Emeka Nnaka

Emeka's passion and mission is to inspire, empower, and unite others in drawing out the masterpieces of their lives regardless of their circumstances.

Thursday Banquet Keynote Speaker - Emeka Nnaka Details

Emeka Nnaka is a professional motivational speaker and leading advocate for individuals with physical challenges. He brings a message of determination, inspiration, and hope to audiences of all ages, young and old.

While playing in a semi-pro football game, at the age of 21, Emeka sustained a career-ending neck and spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from his chest down. In the face of the most extreme of circumstances, he chose not to give in and not give up.

Emeka is uniquely qualified to present life, its challenges, and its opportunities from the perspective of someone who found strength through tremendous adversity.

He has addressed audiences of up to 1,000 guests at events across the Midwest U.S. including schools, professional groups, and corporate events.

Emeka serves as an advocate for the physically challenged on the local, state, and national levels. Recently, he was featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) “All Things Considered,” where he discussed the Americans with Disabilities Act on its 25th anniversary for a national audience.

He is an Ambassador for the Tulsa Area United Way, playing a key role in fundraising, marketing, and community investments for one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations. He is involved with the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, where he leads the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, provides personal training for persons with disabilities, and gives presentations to donor and volunteer groups.

He has also served as a Youth Advisor and Men’s Ministry Coordinator for Victory Christian Church, which has one of the largest nondenominational congregations in the Midwest.

He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services from Langston University and is currently studying to receive his master’s in Human Relations from Oklahoma University in Tulsa. As a speaker, coach, and advocate, Emeka inspires others to remain hopeful through life’s circumstances, love one another well, and pursue their best possible future.

Friday Luncheon Keynote Speaker - Byron White

Friday Luncheon Keynote Speaker - Byron White

Byron, an alumnus of leadership programs in three cities, serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and is a national thought leader on effective community-institutional engagement.

Friday Luncheon Keynote Speaker - Byron White Details

Byron has spent his career as a journalist and administrator in academic, corporate, non-profit and public sectors facilitating mutually beneficial engagement between institutions and urban communities.   He was previously vice president for university engagement and chief diversity officer at Cleveland State University, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing strategies that advanced civic engagement, workplace engagement and inclusion and multicultural engagement on behalf of faculty, students and administrators.

Before joining Cleveland State, Byron was vice chancellor for economic advancement for the University System of Ohio, and associate vice president for community engagement at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He began his career as a newspaper journalist covering urban issues. He served as the editorial page editor of The Cincinnati Post and as an editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune and editor of the newspaper’s Urban Affairs Team. He later became the Tribune’s senior manager for community relations.

Between newspaper stints, Byron was executive director of the Conference of Walnut Hills Churches for Community Economic Development in Cincinnati and worked as a consultant with community-based organizations on Chicago’s West Side through the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University, on whose national faculty he now serves.

Byron is a research associate at the Kettering Foundation, and serves on the Advisory Board of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and on the board of the Cleveland International Film Festival. He is an alumnus of leadership programs in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Chicago.  He has a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in social science from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in journalism from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University.

Preconference Events

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Preconference Events Details

Tuesday, June 18 & Wednesday, June 19

Community Leadership Practitioner Training
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily | $495 members/$695 non-members | $95 discount with conference registration

This fast-track learning module is for new or less experienced program directors, coordinators, volunteers or program staff. Training content will provide participants with the necessary tools to implement an effective and successful community leadership program. The two-day program is a deeper dive course work of learning and will include best practices in the following five essential elements:
1. Program Scope (community needs, demographics, objectives, purpose/mission/values, expectations)
2. Recruitment/Application/Selection (diversity, class strategies, requirements, process, promotions)
3. Program Strategies (curriculum content, skills/issues/awareness, speakers, adult learning, projects)
4. Impact/Sustainability (measurement strategies, evaluations, alumni, civic engagement, marketing)
5. Administration/Management (financial/budget, partnership support, policies, leadership, logistics)
Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

Wednesday, June 19

Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot: Courageous Conversations and the Work of Reconciliation
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | $200 (includes bus transportation off site and lunch)

This workshop explores Tulsa's African American community, including its famed entrepreneurial sector known as "the Black Wall Street", the event commonly known as the "1921 Tulsa Race Riot", and the resilience of the community in the wake of that catastrophe. Participants will gain insight into how this historic trauma affected the city and the work of Leadership Tulsa. Hannibal B. Johnson, Tulsa’s foremost author and authority on the topic, will open the session with a comprehensive history around the flourishing Greenwood District, the build-up of tensions, and the circumstances that incited the violence.

Wednesday, June 19

Public Values in Civic Engagement: Successful Discussion on Controversial issues
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | $125 (includes lunch)

The most urgent public sector issues in a community are often also connected to the most inflammatory rhetoric. This can present daunting challenges to anyone seeking to create productive civic discussions. This session will present some core strategies for framing difficult conversations. These strategies are centered on a public values framework informed by applied moral and political theory and the use of instant audience polling technologies to engage participants on values dilemmas inherent in public decision-making. By the end of the session, participants will have a "rough map of the public values universe."

Wednesday, June 19

Management Issues: Challenges and Trials of Running a Community Leadership Program
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | $125 (includes lunch)

Open Space for CEO/Presidents/Executive Directors

This half-day session is an opportunity for the leadership of your organization to have an open discussion among peers on topics that you face every day in managing your organization.

Post-conference Event

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Post-conference Event Details

Friday, June 21

Achieving Inclusive Engagement through Asset-Based Community Development
2:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.  | $100 conference attendees | $125 non conference attendees registration fee

Leadership programs across the country do an excellent job of convening leaders and professionals in their communities to build partnerships and tackle local challenges collectively. However, it can be difficult to engage a region’s most disenfranchised residents. Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a strategy for sustainable community-driven development that seeks to bridge this disconnect by identifying and mobilizing the strengths and assets of all communities and residents, including those that are labeled mostly by their deficiencies. ABCD uses principles and practices of participatory development to elevate the gifts and talents of residents, the organizing power of formal and informal associations, and the benefit of economic exchange and physical infrastructure in economically distressed neighborhoods. Armed with this understanding, leadership programs can more effectively promote inclusive engagement to achieve greater innovation, sustainability and equity in their civic development endeavors.

During this three-hour, post-conference event, attendees will take part in a high-energy, interactive exchange where they will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of ABCD principles and practices.
  • Address the power dynamics that inhibit collaboration among residents, associations and institutions.
  • Discover how issues of equity related to race and class impact ABCD work.
  • Explore ABCD techniques through the 12 Domains Activity Game.
  • Test ideas with colleagues on how to apply ABCD practices in their communities.

Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule Details

Pre-Conference Schedule

June 18 & 19, Tuesday & Wednesday 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day
Community Leadership Practitioner Training

June 18, Tuesday
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tour & Happy Hour—Dinner at 7:30 p.m. (self-pay)
Early Arrivals: Dine-Around the Deco District

June 19, Wednesday 

  • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
    Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood district tour and the 1921 Tulsa Riot: Courageous Conversations and the Work of Reconciliation
  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Public Values in Civic Engagement: Successful Discussion on Controversial issues
  • 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m
    Open Space for CEO/Presidents/Executive Directors
    Management Issues: Challenges and Trials of Running a Community Leadership Program
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Opening Night Welcome Reception at ahha in the Arts District

Conference Schedule

June 20, Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Opening General Session
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Learning Sessions
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Connection Luncheon
1:30 p.m. – 3:00p.m. Learning Sessions
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Learning Sessions
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Awards Reception (invitation only)
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Dinner Banquet - Keynote Speaker: Emeka Nnaka
9:00 p.m. - ? Banquet After party at the Inner Circle Vodka Bar

June 21, Friday
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Learning Sessions
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learning Sessions
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch with Keynote speaker

Session Leaders

We had an amazing group of leaders for our sessions!

Session Leaders Details

Learning Sessions

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Learning Sessions Details

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Conference Planning Committee

This conference could not have been possible without the following leaders:

Conference Planning Committee Details

Conference Chair: Stacie Hunt, Leadership Howard County, MD
Jessie Baginski, Leadership Lake County, OH
Kristin Bakke, LEAD Brevard, FL
Amanda Blair, Leadership Tulsa, OK
Catherine Cate, Leadership Tennessee, TN
Rachel Ciomcia, Cleveland Leadership Center, OH
Cheri Gengler, Leadership Twin Cities, MN
Jessica Hendricks, Hall County Leadership Unlimited, NE
Alexis Higgins, OK
Mercedes Milberry-Fowler, Leadership Tulsa, OK
Tami Miller, Leadership Greenville, SC
Debbi Moore, Leadership Las Cruces, NM
Nikki Morristell, Leadership Lackawanna, PA
Ashley Mudd, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, LA
Pam Newman, Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka, IN
Diane Parks, Leadership Chattanooga, TN
Adam Paluka, OK
Sarah Rhea, Leadership Montgomery County, TX
Becky Seelen, Leadership Eau Claire, WI
Emily Stitch, Baton Rouge Leadership Program, LA
Wendy Thomas, Leadership Tulsa, OK
Amy Thompson, Leadership Cincinnati, OH
Hollie Tometich, Ottumwa Leadership Academy, IA
Kimberly Walton, Leadership North Texas, TX
Jeff Williams, Leadership Long Beach, CA
Lisa Winkelbauer, Leadership Orlando, FL
Kate Zimmerman, Leadership Lancaster, PA
Jo Ellen Carson, ALP, NC
Lura Hammond, ALP, TX
Mary Ligon, ALP, GA

Programs Attending

These Leadership Programs attended the conference!

Programs Attending Details

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  • Cleveland Leadership Center - OH
  • Community Foundation for San Benito County - CA
  • Conway Area Leadership Institute - AR
  • Coro New York Leadership Center - NY
  • FOCUS St. Louis - MO
  • Greater Baltimore LEADERship - MA
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute - IA
  • Hall County Leadership Unlimited, Inc - NE
  • Kansas Leadership Center - KS
  • Lakes Area Leadership Academy - MO
  • LEAD Brevard - FL
  • LEAD Clermont - OH
  • LEAD San Diego - CA
  • Leadership Academy of Madison County - IN
  • Leadership Akron - OH
  • Leadership Albany - GA
  • Leadership Allen/Fairview - TX
  • Leadership Anne Arundel - MD
  • Leadership Austin - TX
  • Leadership Baton Rouge - LA
  • Leadership Birmingham - AL
  • Leadership Brentwood - TN
  • Leadership Broken Arrow - OK
  • Leadership Cape May County - NJ
  • Leadership Center for Excellence - VA
  • Leadership Chattanooga - TN
  • Leadership Columbus - OH
  • Leadership Cumberland - PA
  • Leadership Delaware County - OH
  • Leadership Denver - CO
  • Leadership Dothan - AL
  • Leadership Edmond - OK
  • Leadership Emporia - KS
  • Leadership Evanston - IL
  • Leadership Fort Smith - AR
  • Leadership Garland - TX
  • Leadership Genesee - NY
  • Leadership Greater Enid - OK
  • Leadership Greater Hartford - CT
  • Leadership Greater Huntsville, Inc. - AL
  • Leadership Greater Madison - WI
  • Leadership Greater Syracuse - NY
  • Leadership Greenville - SC
  • Leadership Gwinnett - GA
  • Leadership Houston - TX
  • Leadership Howard County - MD
  • Leadership Indianapolis - IN
  • Leadership Institute of Acadiana - LA
  • Leadership Jacksonville, Inc. - FL
  • Leadership Kenosha - WI
  • Leadership Kitsap - WA
  • Leadership Knoxville, Inc. - TN
  • Leadership Lackawanna - PA
  • Leadership Lake County - OH
  • Leadership Las Cruces - NM
  • Leadership Lenexa - KS
  • Leadership Lincoln, Inc. - NE
  • Leadership Long Beach - CA
  • Leadership Loudoun - VA
  • Leadership Louisville Center - KY
  • Leadership Lynchburg - VA
  • Leadership Manhattan - NY
  • Leadership McKinney - TX
  • Leadership Medina County - OH
  • Leadership Montana - MT
  • Leadership Montgomery - MD
  • Leadership Montgomery - AL
  • Leadership Montgomery County - TX
  • Leadership Napa Valley - CA
  • Leadership Niagara - NY
  • Leadership Norman - OK
  • Leadership North Houston - TX
  • Leadership Now - MI
  • Leadership Oklahoma City, Inc. - OK
  • Leadership Omaha - NE
  • Leadership Orlando - FL
  • Leadership Pioneer Valley - MA
  • Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. - PA
  • Leadership Plano - TX
  • Leadership Pocatello-Chubbuck Assoc. - ID
  • Leadership Portland - OR
  • Leadership Rancho Cordova - CA
  • Leadership Rhode Island - RI
  • Leadership Rochester Inc. - NY
  • Leadership San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, Hillsborough - CA
  • Leadership Sandy Springs - GA
  • Leadership Shawano - WI
  • Leadership Snohomish County - WA
  • Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka - IN
  • Leadership Southcoast - MA
  • Leadership Spokane - WA
  • Leadership Springfield - MO
  • Leadership Tallahassee - FL
  • Leadership Tampa - FL
  • Leadership Tennessee - TN
  • Leadership Texarkana - TX
  • Leadership Thurston County - WA
  • Leadership Toledo - OH
  • Leadership Tomorrow - WA
  • Leadership Tulsa - OK
  • Leadership Twin Cities - MN
  • Leadership Tyler - TX
  • Leadership Warren County - OH
  • Leadership Washington County - MD
  • Leadership Winston-Salem - NC
  • Leadership Winter Park - FL
  • Leadership Worcester - MA
  • Leadership York - PA
  • Montgomery County Leadership Academy - IN
  • Ottumwa Leadership Academy - IA
  • Southern California Leadership Network - CA
  • Tennessee Association of Community Leadership - TN
  • Vision St. Charles County Leadership - MO
  • West Coast Chamber Leadership - MI
  • WestStar Leadership - TN