2019 National Conference - Event Details

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2019 National Conference

June 19–21, 2019
Tulsa, OK
Join us in Tulsa, OK!


Registration Information

Conference registration is now open, don't delay register today!

Registration Information Details

Register Jan 1 - March 31

ALP Member $475  Non Member $675

  • 2-4 people ALP $450 
  • 5 + people ALP $425 

Register April 1 - May 15

ALP Member $500  Non Member $700

Register May 16 - June 15

ALP Member $600  Non Member $800

After June 15 or at the door

ALP Member $700  Non Member $900


Opening Night Reception

Opening Night Reception

Join your colleagues for the opening reception

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

Join your peers at these fun evening events:

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.

Scheduled Events

Keynote Speaker - Byron White

Keynote Speaker - Byron White

Byron serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. He is a dynamic and engaging speaker.

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 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.

Byron lives in Cincinnati’s North Avondale neighborhood with his wife, Vanessa, and their five children.

Keynote Speaker - Emeka Nnaka

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.

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.

Conference Schedule

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Conference Schedule Details

June 18 & 19, Tuesday & Wednesday (Pre-Conference)
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 (Pre-Conference)
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

June 19, Wednesday (Pre-Conference)
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Public Values in Civic Engagement: Successful Discussion on Controversial issues

June 19, Wednesday (Pre-Conference)
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m ) Open Space for CEO/President's/Executive Director's
Management Issues: Challenges and Trials of Running a Community Leadership Program

June 19, Wednesday
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Opening Night Welcome Reception at ahha in the Arts District

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
1:45 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
7:45 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

Post-conference Event

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Post-conference Event Details

Friday, June 21

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

Asset Based Community Development  (ABCD) is a strategy for sustainable community-driven development.  It is an approach keeping with the principles and practice of participatory development, where active participation and empowerment (and the prevention of disempowerment) are the basis of practice. ABCD draws out strengths and successes in a community's shared history as its starting point for change.  ABCD builds on the assets that are already found in the community and mobilizes individuals, association and institutions to come together to build on their assets--not concentrate on their needs.

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/President's/Executive Director's

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.

Learning Sessions

Check out these valuable workshops with still a few more to add! And note that round table sessions will be a facilitated discussion on a specific topic with at least one person who has experience in the topic participating in the session.

Learning Sessions Details

June 18 & 19 from 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

Session Leaders

We have an amazing group of leaders for our sessions!

Session Leaders Details

Travel Resources

Hotel Information

Hotel Information

We are excited to have the Hyatt Regency for our host hotel!

Hotel Information Details

Room rate will be $129.00

Hyatt Regency Tulsa
100 East Second Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74103

918 234 1234

Hyatt Regency Tulsa is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma’s vibrant business, entertainment, and cultural districts. Our hotel overlooks the scenic gardens of the Williams Center Complex and is only eight miles from Tulsa International Airport. Adjoined via skybridge to Williams Towers, our luxury, high-rise Tulsa hotel is adjacent to the famous Tulsa Performing Arts Center and just a few walking blocks from the Cox Convention Center, BOK Center and more than 50 restaurants and bars.

Get Involved

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

Planning to Attend

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Planning to Attend Details

Cleveland Leadership Center, OH
Community Foundation for San Benito County, CA
Coro New York Leadership Center, NY
Focus St. Louis, MO
Hall County Leadership Unlimited, Inc, NE
Kansas Leadership Center, KS
LEAD Clermont, OH
LEAD San Diego, CA
Leadership Baton Rouge, LA
Leadership Buffalo, NY
Leadership Champlain, VT
Leadership Columbus, OH
Leadership Cumberland, PA
Leadership Delaware County, OH
Leadership Denver, CO
Leadership Donelson Hermitage, TN
Leadership Edmond, OK
Leadership Evanston, IL
Leadership Fort Smith, AR
Leadership Greater Hartford, CT
Leadership Greater Huntsville, AL
Leadership Greater Syracuse, NY
Leadership Greenville, SC
Leadership Howard County, MD
Leadership Indianapolis, IN
Leadership Institute of Acadiana, LA
Leadership Knoxville, TN
Leadership Lackawanna, PA
Leadership Lake County, OH
Leadership Lenexa, KS
Leadership Long Beach, CA
Leadership Longview, TX
Leadership Loudoun, OH
Leadership Louisville Center, KY
Leadership Macomb, MI
Leadership Medina County, OH
Leadership Mohawk Valley, NY
Leadership Montgomery, AL
Leadership Montgomery, MD
Leadership Niagara, NY
Leadership North Houston, TX
Leadership Now, MI
Leadership Oklahoma, OK
Leadership Pittsburg, PA
Leadership Pocatello-Chubbuck, ID
Leadership Rhode Island, RI
Leadership San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, Hillsborough, CA
Leadership Snohomish County, WA
Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka, IN
Leadership Spartanburg, SC
Leadership Springfield, MO
Leadership Tallahassee, FL
Leadership Tampa, FL
Leadership Tennessee, TN
Leadership Texarkana, TX
Leadership Thurston County, WA
Leadership Tomorrow, WA
Leadership Tulsa, OK
Leadership Twin Cities, MN
Leadership Unlimited, OH
Leadership Washington County, MD
Leadership WestStar, TN
Montgomery County Leadership Academy, IN
Ottumwa Leadership Academy, IA
West Coast Leadership, MI