About Us

We care about your success as much as you do.

At Strata Leadership, we know you are trying to build a successful company

 

But, like many businesses, you may not have the tools, resources, or even the time to develop your leaders and that can have a negative impact on your culture and bottom line.

We believe that great companies like yours deserve a trusted partner that can develop and equip your leaders.

That’s why we are passionate about serving leaders who believe in elevating the lives of their team. The success of your team matters as much to us as it does to you.

Over the last decade, we have spent over 10,000 hours developing effective, consistent leaders through character and competence-based coaching and development programs. From equipping emerging leaders to refreshing busy senior leaders, we have several individual and group programs that can be done on-site, off-site, virtually, or even in a National Park.

Your path to success:

First, let’s talk. We want to learn more about you, your company, and your vision.

Next, we’ll create a coaching or development plan specifically designed for the needs of your team so that you can confidently grow your business. With a thriving workplace, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

It’s time for you to stop missing out on your team’s potential and start enjoying the success that comes with effective leadership.

Our Team

Executive Vice President

Director of Marketing & Communication

Manager of Strata Experiences
Manager of Leadership Development Services
Senior Graphic Designer

Dr. Nathan Mellor, Ed. D.

President

A thought-leader, two-time TEDx speaker, author, and CEO of Strata Leadership, Dr. Mellor is an experienced executive coach, who has provided in excess of 3,000 coaching sessions for executive leaders. He serves as a sounding board, sparring partner and a source of encouragement for leaders seeking to maximize their effectiveness.

Since its founding in 2009, Strata Leadership has pursued its mission of “Elevating Life at Work.” Each year, the professionals at Strata Leadership provides character and competence-based talent development services for hundreds of clients (non-profits, for-profits, educational institutions, and governmental agencies) throughout the United States and abroad.

In pursuit of educational, humanitarian and religious interests, Nathan has studied or taught in: Australia, Belize, China, England, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, and Rwanda. He is passionate about developing future leaders and is the co-founder of the Presidential Leadership Institute, hosted on the campus of York College, in collaboration with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. He is an adjunct professor for graduate programs at York College and Oklahoma Baptist University. He is the chairperson for the Strata Center for Workplace Coaching and the co-founder of the Institute for Emerging Leaders. He is also the Chairperson of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium.

Dr. Mellor earned the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree from Pepperdine University, where he was a Colleagues Grant recipient. He earned the Master of Dispute Resolution degree from the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was named a Straus Fellow. He earned the Master of Science in Education degree from Harding University while serving as the Graduate Assistant to the University President. He earned the Bachelor of Arts from Harding University where he was elected Student Association President.

His book, "Sleeping Giants: Authentic Stories and Insights For Building A Life That Matters" is available via Monocle Press, Amazon, and Audible. He also hosts the podcast, “The Strata Leadership Show.” Nathan lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife and two daughters.

 

Speaking Themes:

Communication
Ethics
Leadership
Motivation/Inspiration

 

Speaking Topics:

Shared Mental Models-Managing for Success
Everyone has a mental model. It is the lens through which we process the world. As a leader, it is crucial to understand how mental models are shaped and formed to be able to build team unity. In this presentation, we will consider how to build a culture of respect and consistency at work. The program focuses on enhancing communication, positive reinforcement of values and addressing the root of behaviors that undermine unhealthy teams.

Everything Speaks
A core concept that helped guide and shape the creations of Walt Disney was his belief that “Everything Speaks.” Using this mindset as a source of inspiration, Dr. Mellor explores how the contributions of every person in an organization matter. He also explores how our words and actions speak volumes. Drawing upon real life examples and relevant data, it is the perfect presentation for energizing teams and building morale.  (Communication, Ethics, Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)

Stepping Down to Greatness
The success of a leader is dictated by the success of those they are leading. A leader cannot be successful if the people they are leading are not successful. Through this program, Dr. Mellor provides inspiring stories and research that engages the heart and mind. (Ethics, Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)

Built to Win
The difference between a winning season and a winning program is consistency. In this positive, insightful and inspiring program, Dr. Mellor provides a practical roadmap for leaders seeking to take their organizations to the next level.  (Ethics, Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)

Focused
We live in a world of distractions. Through this program, Dr. Mellor explores how breakthroughs in the world of neuroscience are providing meaningful insights into how to train the brain for focus. The program is a breakthrough event that is extremely engaging and practical. Applicable to all, the content can be applied instantly and is a crowd favorite. (Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)

Innovate to Accelerate
Do you feel like your organization is headed in the right direction, but needs to change its pace? Through this session, Dr. Nathan Mellor walks leaders through how to increase productivity by enhancing your organization's ability to accelerate the learning process. If you are looking for inspiration and practical insights gained by working behind the scenes with innovative leaders and companies, this program can help you reach your goals. (Leadership, Motivation/Inspiration)

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Jeremiah Shaw

Executive Vice President

Jeremiah Shaw has a genuine desire to understand others’ stories, explore their challenges, and connect them to resources that will help them win.

Jeremiah earned a BS in Industrial Safety from the University of Central Oklahoma. This foundation continues to feed his interest in safe work environments.

After graduation, Jeremiah worked for Young Life, where he facilitated efforts in bringing together volunteers, businesses, non-profits, and schools for the betterment of students within the community.  His diverse job description provided strong skills in marketing, training, business development, and leadership that served him during his time in sales at Deep Fork Tree Farm.

Jeremiah, his wife Whitney, and their three young children live in Edmond, Oklahoma where they continue to serve their community through several non-profit organizations.

Contact Jeremiah today!
jshaw@strataleadership.com
877-357-0001

Christina Hicks

Director of Marketing & Communication

Christina Hicks has been with Strata Leadership since 2017 and serves as the Director of Communication. She is excited to positively influence others through Character Core Magazine and by leading a team of talented individuals supporting the mission of Strata Leadership, elevating life at work.

With over ten years of experience in publishing, Christina has assisted hundreds of authors in completing their writing dreams. Her unique background in history, laws and ethics, and design inspire her approach to sharing stories of character.

Christina and her husband enjoy spending time outside with their son kayaking, hiking, and managing their property just outside of Edmond.

Crystal Garcia

Manager of Strata Experiences

Crystal Garcia is passionate about connecting with people and helping them identify and reach their personal and professional goals. As the Manager of Strata Experiences with Strata Leadership, Crystal works with the Strata Experiences team to create memorable training and development programs that equip participants with the tools needed to become more effective leaders within their organization and community.

Crystal attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned a BA in International and Area Studies and a Master of Human Relations. She worked at the University of Oklahoma for eleven years. During this time, she worked with the office of Educational, Training, Evaluation, Assessment, and Measurement (E-TEAM) as a Research Assistant. She went on to work in the Office of Student Life as the Director of Latino Student Programs and Services before moving to the Gallogly College of Engineering where she served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Her background in higher education, community engagement, and event planning has been useful as she leads a team of event coordinators to create lasting moments of growth and development for program participants.

Crystal lives in the Oklahoma City metro where she enjoys serving others by sitting on numerous nonprofit boards and community event committees, focusing specifically on Latino community initiatives.

Wes Martin

Manager of Leadership Development Services

Wes Martin is the Manager of Leadership Development Services. In this role, he oversees the team of Coaches, Trainers, and Consultants, empowering them to deliver world-class leadership solutions to Strata’s clientele. Wes is driven by the belief that behind every healthy team, organization and society is a leader or team of leaders who are committed to and actively seeking the success and wellbeing of others. For this reason, he seeks opportunities to support, celebrate and advocate for leaders at all levels, and in all walks of life.

Prior to Strata Leadership, Wes was with the Oklahoma City Thunder where he oversaw the training, development, and engagement of the team members who contribute to the #1 ranked arena for game experience in the National Basketball Association. Wes has also worked in higher education, construction and ministry, which allows him to connect with leaders from many different backgrounds and industries.

Wes holds a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University and a BS in Multidisciplinary Studies from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK where he was a collegiate football player. As an Organizational Psychologist, his areas of expertise include change management, leadership development, and succession planning.

Wes enjoys reading, cooking, and taking fantasy football way too seriously. He is married and they have one daughter.

Ashley Glueck

Senior Graphic Designer

Ashley Glueck joined the Strata Leadership team in mid-2016. As a graphic designer, she deals with all Strata-branded products including Character Core, training and event deliverables, and all marketing & promotional materials.

Ashley grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma before moving to OKC in 2010. She graduated in 2014 earning a BFA in Communication Design with a concentration in illustration. Prior to her time with Strata, she gained experience in branding, packaging, layout, and print design working for a large corporation headquartered in Oklahoma.

Ashley enjoys numerous hobbies and artistic ventures, as well as spending time with her Boston terrier Fish, her cats Rogue and Marsha Lynch, and her husband Patrick.

Thaddeus Bartlett

Senior Consulting Partner

Thaddeus Bartlett has served as a consultant for some of the top brands in the United States, to include Chick-fil-A, The Home Depot, and Ford Motor Company. In addition, he has developed workshops for some of the most sought-after leadership authors and speakers in the nation.

With a broad range of corporate experience that spans a diverse range of industries, Thad has a unique gift for helping organizations build scalable solutions for growing and developing their leaders, teams, and overall culture. He approaches every client as a partner, and gives special attention to integrating leadership development into the organization’s overall business objectives.

Thad holds the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Freed-Hardeman University. He earned the Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Thad is based in Atlanta, Georgia. He and his wife Rachel have been married since 1995 and have four children.

Michele Bridges

Certified Trainer

Michele serves as a trainer for Strata Leadership and is based out of Springfield, Missouri.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Drury University and began a 20-year career in the Medical Sales Industry. Throughout that time, along with her sales responsibilities, she developed a love for teaching and training. Michele is an energetic speaker, who engages people through story and humor in hopes of leaving a lasting imprint on the culture of every company she works with. With Strata Leadership, she loves that she gets to focus on Leadership, Communications, Teamwork, Trust, and other topics that build the heart and spirit of a company.

Michele is married to her college sweetheart, Darin, and most of their moments are spent being their son’s biggest fans.

Bryan Coon

Certified Trainer

Bryan Coon has over 40 years of experience in the business and engineering worlds. He is recognized for his extensive knowledge and ability to work with a variety of clients to meet their needs. He cares deeply for his community and works to make it a better place for businesses, families, individuals and others through his work as an engineer.

Mr. Coon is an Oklahoma City native who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He also attended the University of Oklahoma and is a Registered Professional Engineer and Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Oklahoma with expertise in Land Use, Planning, Zoning and Design.

Serving his community is very important to Mr. Coon and he regularly makes time to serve the organizations and institutions he supports. He has been a member of Crossings Community Church for 23 years, six of which were spend as a Church Elder. He served on the Crossings Community Clinic Board of Directors for 12 years as well as the OKC MAPS Senior Healthy Living & Fitness Board of Directors. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Leadership Foundation of Oklahoma.

Mr. Coon also enjoys collaborating with other Oklahomans through the Strata Leadership coaching program. He has been a part of the program for two years and looks forward to mentoring our City’s emerging leaders as they continue to shape our City.

Mr. Coon lives in Oklahoma City and has two children and five grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf, music, spending time with his family, singing in the Crossings Community Church choir and his grandchildren.

Kent Fahrenbruck

Consulting Partner

Kent Fahrenbruck began his time with Character First/Strata Leadership in 1997. He currently serves as a Consulting Partner for Strata Leadership. Over the past 23 years, he has worked with and trained thousands of educators, law enforcement personnel, business leaders and parents around the world to integrate life-changing character principles into their lives, families, and organizations. He is also a certified evaluator for Character.org, an organization that sponsors the National Schools of Character program.

Kent graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Agribusiness. He spent 24 years at US West Communications as a field technician, human resource manager, dispatch supervisor, and trainer. In 1996, he moved to Oklahoma City, assuming responsibility for Character First Education, where he supervised curriculum development, teacher training, and program deployment around the world. His travels include multiple trips to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, Ghana, and the Philippines.

Kent and his wife, Kathy, live in Fort Collins, Colorado. They have five grown children and fourteen grandchildren.

Valarie Hope

Certified Trainer

Valerie Hope is a Strata Certified Trainer, Leadership Coach, Professional Speaker and CEO of Connect to Joy, LLC. Valerie is a curious and creative learner, which has set her apart in becoming an accomplished leadership coach and professional speaker. Valerie is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

For the past 20 years, Valerie’s career has taken her throughout North America, Latin America, and Europe. She’s worked for Up with People, the international leadership program, the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Hyatt Corporation in roles focused on public relations, training, recruitment, and leadership development.

As CEO of Connect to Joy, LLC, Valerie asks thought-provoking questions and employs unique strategies to empower people from all walks of life. Her sessions are designed to go beyond concepts and data points, to shine a light on what has heart and meaning.

Valerie holds a BA from the University of Alabama in Public Relations and Spanish and is a Certified Executive Coach through the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute.

As a world-traveler, Valerie has developed and transformed leaders throughout Latin America, North America and Europe to become more conscious, connected, and creative.

Valerie is a native Spanish-speaker from the Republic of Panama. She loves Latin dancing, playing tennis and she claims Dallas as her home. She has the cowboy boots to prove it.

Ashley McCormick

Certified Trainer

Ashley McCormick is a Strata Certified Trainer. She is known for her upbeat and high-energy presentations as well as her strong leadership skills. She has a wide variety of experience which most notably includes training, leadership, and leading project and change management. Ashley’s strong communication skills have allowed her to facilitate strategy sessions, mediate conflict and provide coaching to individuals at a variety of levels.

Ashley is currently a leader at Devon Energy in the Technology Department where she leads a team of talented individuals across a variety of areas. In her role, Ashley is most passionate about empowering the experts around her to be able to flourish and do their best work.

Ashley holds an M.Ed. in Adult Education, Training and Development from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Ashley is a proud Husker fan.

A proud mother of two, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband, Mark, small children, Cael and Claire and two Bassett Hounds, Fred and Dodger. She can regularly be found with a book in her hands or traveling to see her friends and family that live throughout the country.

Betty Merritt

Certified Trainer & Coach

Betty A. Merritt is a certified executive coach and experienced trainer with a passion for helping leaders discover and leverage their strengths, minimize distractions, and optimize their performance at work and in life. She specializes in leadership, employee engagement and culture building. As a Master Certified MBTI practitioner and certified facilitator of the CPI 260 and TKI Conflict Mode instruments, she has extensive experience assessing situations and delivering practical solutions through executive coaching, team building and development, opening clear communication channels and embracing conflict.

Betty has worked with leaders across the nation in sectors such as healthcare, energy, restaurant and retail, guiding them in strategic planning, cultural transformation, talent management and change management. She currently runs the internal executive coaching program for INTEGRIS Health, where she trains and mentors newly certified coaches. She also administers the Partnerships for Success employee engagement program.

She graduated with a M.Ed. in adult education and a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Central Oklahoma. She currently serves as chapter president for the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of Talent Development. She also serves on the advisory council for both the Institute of Emerging Leaders and the Center for Workplace Coaching.

An avid hiker, Betty enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors and kayaking with others, leading mini retreats that utilize the power of nature for decompression and building resilience.

Betty currently resides in Edmond, OK with her husband and three dogs. She is a voracious reader and loves to travel.

Jamie O'Brien

Consulting Partner

With her passion for people, Jamie thrives in being a part of the growth and development of others. As the Managing Director of the Institute for Emerging Leaders with Strata Leadership, Jamie is able to pair her passions and experience to support young professionals in the development of their leadership skills.

Jamie brings a unique perspective from her diverse background in marketing, business development and wedding coordinating. By serving on various boards and committees, she has been able to invest in building community and supporting business ethics. Jamie earned her BS in Family Studies and Child Development and a minor in Biblical Studies from Oklahoma Christian University.

Through seeking opportunities to learn, grow and serve, Jamie has spent time in Austria, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Honduras, Ghana, Israel and Egypt. Jamie and her husband Preston reside in Norman with their son, Maverick.

 

Contact Jamie today!
jobrien@strataleadership.com
877-357-0001

Dr. Holly Osburn

Certified Trainer

Holly K. Osburn is an Associate Professor of Management and the Director of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Osburn is a 1998 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University where she received her BS in Psychology.

She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Immediately after completing her Ph. D. she worked as a consultant and program manager for OU for a year before becoming an assistant professor of psychology at Oklahoma Christian University. Dr. Osburn has served as a professor of management in the College of Business at the University of Central Oklahoma since 2009 and Director of Leadership studies for the College of Business since 2011.

As the Director of Leadership studies, Dr. Osburn has created and developed a number of programs that seek to instill and develop leadership characteristics in students. One of her greatest accomplishments in this role has been establishing the Broncho Business Leader program. Commonly referred to as “2B Leaders,” the program takes 30 top undergraduates students from the College of Business and empowers them to be change agents in their communities. A second program developed under her leadership has been a Leadership Speaker Series which hosts six executive level speakers from the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area each year to talk to College of Business students about what it means to be a leader. A third impactful program designed and executed by Dr. Osburn is an event called Network It. Network It is a speed-networking event that helps students refine their networking skills in a safe environment. Dr. Osburn believes her mission is to inspire students to become individuals of positive impact in their respective communities. Her goal is to show students that through learning and implementing what they learn, they can change the world and make a difference.

Her research focuses on the areas of leadership, planning, creativity and business ethics. Her research can be found in The Journal of Creative BehaviorThe Journal of Applied Behavioral ScienceCreativity Research Journal and a recent chapter in The Handbook of Organizational Creativity.

Dr. Osburn and her husband of 16 years, Mike Osburn, a graduate of OC, have three children ages 11, 8 and 6, and live in Edmond, OK.

Jim Priest

Senior Consulting Partner

Jim Priest is a husband, dad, attorney, author, CEO and ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. For over thirty four years he was a trial lawyer focusing on employment and civil rights law before joining the nonprofit Sunbeam Family Services as its CEO in November 2014.  Under Dr, Priest’s leadership Sunbeam first adopted an “Employee First” culture resulting in being named one of Oklahoma’s “Best Places to Work” every year of his tenure.  Under his leadership Sunbeam also grew from a $7 million budget agency serving vulnerable Oklahomans to a $14 million agency.

Dr. Priest’s gift of communication, both verbal and written,  is well known and deeply appreciated whether it’s speaking to large audiences, facilitating small groups, or in one on one conversations.  As a speaker, coach, trusted advisor and counselor, his humor, warmth and multilateral insights have made him an innovator in both the for profit and nonprofit sectors.

As a trial lawyer for over three decades, Dr. Priest represented major corporations, governmental entities, police officers, managers, directors, corporate officers, and victims of discrimination. He tried nearly 100 lawsuits in Oklahoma and surrounding states and was a sought after legal advisor and speaker at Bar conferences.

Dr. Priest is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and has written three books, “Family Talk”, What is Your Fate?” and “Changed Lives, a history of Sunbeam Family Services” (co-authored with Bob Burke). He is a weekly contributor to the Oklahoman and Newsok.com writing a column called "Family Talk" that addresses issues relating to marriage, parenting and families.

Dr. Priest earned his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University, magna cum laude and was a member of the National Championship Mock Trial Team.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Houghton College in Houghton, New York, where he was involved in student government and music outreach where he started and led a ten voice singing group that traveled throughout the northeast.

Most importantly, Dr. Priest is the husband of one, father of two, owned by a dog named Jeter, and is an elite, world class grandfather to his namesake grandson, James.

Speaking Topics:

Culture Begins with the C (Suite): How to Create a Powerful, Positive Work Culture

Nearly everyone agrees that workplace culture and organizational health are critically important, but few companies recognize the important role played by executives in the C Suite. Most often workplace culture (seen as a "soft side" issue) is left to Human Resources while the C Suite focuses on what they consider to be "hard side" aspects of the business (marketing, finance, sales, operations). In this dynamic presentation attorney and former CEO, Jim Priest explains why culture eats strategy for breakfast and how C Suite execs must and can engage in creating a positive workplace culture.

Great Employee Relations in the C*A*R*D*S: Consistency, Action, Respect, Documentation

For employers who feel like they are gambling--and losing--at employee relations, Jim Priest provides four practical recommendations and implementation ideas. A former employment attorney and CEO, Jim engages the audience with card games and card tricks that illustrate how your workplace can stop gambling and start winning with employee relations. Priest punctuates his presentation with real-life examples of employment law cases he's handled over the three decades of his law practice, as well as what he encountered as a CEO focused on "employees first". You'll laugh, you'll shake your head, and you'll leave with real-world answers to your real-world employee challenges.

Lean in or Lean out?  How to Deal with #metoo in the Workplace

In today's workplace, we live in an era of confusion, awkward interactions, and workplace dissonance caused by women who are "leaning in" while more men are "leaning out", trying to figure out the new rules of employee engagement. In this entertaining and insightful presentation, Jim Priest, former employment law attorney and CEO, provides practical pointers and frames the right attitude workers need to have in this changing environment. With plenty of real-life illustrations from his law practice and his time as CEO, Jim will provide you with real-life guidance you can use immediately.

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Lorna Reeves

Consulting Partner

Lorna Reeves, a banking professional with 40 years of banking and leasing experience. Recently retired, Lorna looks forward to beginning a new chapter in her life. Her private banking relationship approach  has inspired many business owners to set goals and elevate their businesses to new levels. Banking has been Lorna’s focus since her first job as a teller in her hometown bank. Inspired by her fathers’ example in life, to reach out and assist others in need, banking seemed to fit her values for four decades.

As Market President with Guaranty Bank, she was responsible for the growth of the Fort Collins Market loan and deposit portfolios. Additionally, with her team, she was responsible for community outreach, business development activities including volunteer and special projects for the bank.

Lorna’s philosophy is simple, give back to the community you live in and support your local organizations. Giving back to the community is extremely important to her as she has volunteered with many nonprofits and served on several boards over the years.

A 30-year resident of Fort Collins, Lorna is originally from Nebraska. She and her husband Jerry have been married for 24 years. They enjoy golf and spending time with family. They have 4 grown boys and 8 granddaughters. Lorna also enjoys traveling, reading, music, volunteering and leadership development.

Cmdr. Mike Wagner

Consulting Partner, SCPS

Mike Wagner joined the Boulder County (Colo.) Sheriff’s Office in 1997, becoming a sworn deputy in January 2000.  Mike currently serves as a commander in the Operations Division, where he has command authority over the Court Security Unit, Civil Unit, Public Information Unit, in addition to serving as the agency's Public Information Officer (PIO). Mike previously held assignments in administration, investigations, civil, training, and patrol.

Mike regularly teaches and consults throughout the country on topics that include leadership, ethics, train-the-trainer, decision-making, communication, use of force, training unit management and program development, and field training programs, among others. Mike has worked with Strata Leadership, and its predecessor organization, since 2004, and has served as a consulting partner since 2011.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently completing a Master of Science degree in organizational leadership from the University of Colorado Boulder.  Mike was born and raised in Boulder County, Colorado, where he still resides with his wife and their children.

Heather Wilson

Certified Trainer

Heather Henshall Wilson, SHRM-CP, has over 16 years of diverse career experience. What binds these experiences together is a strong emphasis of building great places to work through recruitment, organizational development, and strategic initiatives. Heather’s leadership philosophy has proven successful in building cultures of optimism, transparency and a growth mindset that pushes people to be their best in life and at work. Heather understands the power of engaged employees and the things that leaders and organizations must do to recruit, retain and maximize talent to reach its full potential. Heather currently utilizes her strengths and experience to improve the lives of patients and employees as the EVP and Chief of Mission and Culture at The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital.

Heather entered into her career of learning and development when the CEO of Ford Audio Video challenged her to build their training function for employees and clients. She conquered it and found her passion for making an idea come to life and encouraging personal and professional growth in herself and others. Heather’s proven success opened the door for a new opportunity to build a sales training department at American Fidelity Assurance Company. During her years at American Fidelity, she gained a well-rounded knowledge for the three primary functions of an organization – sales, corporate support and operations, all while serving as a member of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® Team. After eleven years of service, Heather entered a new role and new industry at Heartland Payment Systems where she led the New Client Services Team responsible for the onboarding and implementation of over 10,000 new payroll clients.

Heather’s passion to serve others shines through her involvement in her community. She currently serves as the HR Committee Chair and a member of the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Oklahoma City. Additionally, she shares her wisdom for motherhood and embracing the present moment as a contributing writer for the Oklahoma City Moms Blog and her own blog at pearlyposts.com.

Heather lives for family time with her husband, daughter, three sons and their dog, Penny. She is passionate about running and hopes to conquer her second half marathon in the very near future! A few of Heather's favorite things are Oklahoma sunrises and sunsets, football Saturdays, the color pink and coffee talk.