Nomination Process

Each year, the Academy’s Advisory Board along with current and past Fellows seek out and nominate individuals to be invited to apply to the Academy. These individuals represent the business, non-profit, government, education and entrepreneurial sectors of the Tulsa community. Nominees must show dedication and potential for top leadership roles in both their professional and civic life. Once nominated, the individuals have a choice to apply to the Academy. Applications typically exceed the number of individuals who are selected for the program by the Advisory Board.

Program Overview

The program is designed to capitalize on the strengths of the participant through rigorous reflection and thoughtful development around efficacy, leadership agility and leadership interaction. Through 8-sessions (evenings and weekends) and professional resources, Fellows graduate with a clearer sense of personal and professional strengths, more confidence to effectively pursue their passions and an increased commitment to shaping the Tulsa community.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

Individuals will be selected based on the following criteria

  • Commitment to civic involvement through time, talent and/or resources.
  • Motivated to address critical needs in the community.
  • Demonstrated leadership potential in their profession and/or community.

The Academy’s Core Curriculum Involves:

EXPLORING

Exploring, discovering & developing each participant’s distinctive style of leading.

IDENTIFYING

Identifying success indicators that drive career mobility

GROWING

Creating a personal agenda for growth and development through access to personal coaches and strategic connections with highly regarded community leaders.

Advisory Council

The advisory council is comprised of local African-American leaders across various sectors and industries. The Council leads, develops, and oversees the programmatic, logistical, and financial details of the academy. Additionally, the council is tasked with nominating and voting on fellows to join the academy.

Clifton Taulbert

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Brandon Oldham

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Peggy Simmons

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Wesley “Wes” G. Mitchell

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Sandra Quince

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Sam Combs

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James Osby Goodwin, J.D.

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Audra Bohannon

Senior Client Partner
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Jameelah Stuckey

AALA Program Manager
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