Institute for Emerging Leaders

A life-changing leadership development program for high-potential employees

Invest in the high-potential employees within your organization, providing the tools and connections for success.




The Institute for Emerging Leaders is the life-changing leadership program perfect for developing the high-potential employees in your organization into future leaders.

Throughout the course of three, 2-day experiences, future leaders will learn to think differently, build meaningful relationships, and lead effectively. This intensive learning experience meets the needs of an emerging leader and addresses the necessary competencies to lead effectively.

  • Systems thinking
  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking
  • Personal Leadership

Spring Program 2022

Courses 1 & 2: March 22 & 23
Courses 3 & 4: April 12 & 13
Courses 5 & 6: May 10 & 11

Fall Program 2022

Courses 1 & 2: Sept. 13 & 14
Courses 3 & 4: Oct. 18 & 19
Courses 5 & 6: Nov. 15 & 16


It was a real honor to be selected to participate in IEL by my organization. Through the program I learned intentional strategies to grow as a leader and mentor in my professional career.

IEL was an opportunity to learn, network, and strategize with like-minded professionals in my community. The collaboration is something that I will carry forward!

Attending IEL was a worthwhile investment from my company and provided unique opportunities to fast track my leadership development over 6 immersive sessions. I will carry the lessons with me throughout the rest of my career.
T.G. HR Manager

This Bi-Annual program has limited seating for maximum impact. Get your seats today and invest in the future of your high-potential employees and your organization.

IEL Member Organizations (Current and Past):

180 Medical
AAR Aircraft Services
American Fidelity
ArcBest Corporation
ATC Drivetrain
Bob Moore Auto Group
CASA of Oklahoma County, Inc.
Chaparral Energy
Citizens Bank of Edmond
Gulfport Energy
Heartland Payment Systems

Kimray, Inc.
Locke Supply Co.
Lopez Foods, Inc.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Mammoth Energy
MidFirst Bank
Mosaic Personnel
Museum of the Bible
Oklahoma Blood Institute
Oklahoma City Dodgers

Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Oklahoma Swim Academy
Oklahoma’s Credit Union
SandRidge Energy
The Oklahoman
Variety Care
Warren Equipment

Strata Leadership believes in creating a community of organizations that strive for excellence. We regularly meet with an advisory council to guarantee the programs we offer are relevant and essential.

IEL Advisory Council

Lisa Allison – Enable Midstream

Jeff Beagle – Director of Human Resources, INSURICA
Scott Briggs – Managing Director of Human Resources, OG&E
Jenna Byrnes – Senior Vice President, Oklahoma City Dodgers
Angie Christopher – Human Resources Director, 180 Medical

Lee Copeland – Oklahoma City Chamber
Shad Glass – Executive Vice President, Kimray, Inc.
Brent Hart – Learning & Development Manager, Gulfport Energy
John Higginbotham – Market CEO, Bank of Oklahoma, OKC (Co-Chair)
Shanna Jones – Vice President of Human Resources, Locke Supply
Stan Mayer – Vice President of Operations, MRO Group, AAR Aircraft Services
David McLaughlin – Assistant Vice President, Corporate Training, American Fidelity

Scott Mueller – Senior Vice President Organizational Development, MidFirst Bank
Dr. Holly Osburn – Director Leadership Studies, Assoc. Professor of Management, UCO (Academic Advisor)
Jessica Ramirez – Director of Human Resources, ATC Drivetrain
Nancee Roberson-Caldwell – Chief Strategy Officer/Senior Vice President, American Fidelity (Co-Chair)
Jeremiah Shaw – Executive Vice President, Strata Leadership

Nathan Mellor, Ed.D. – CEO Strata Leadership

Crystal Garcia – Strata Leadership