Institute for Emerging Leaders

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

Invest in the high-potential employees and emerging leaders 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

Do you know or work with an emerging leader? Are they ready to be challenged in this intensive leadership development experience? Nominate them today to participate in the next open class of IEL!

Fall Program 2023

Courses 1 & 2: September 12-13, 2023
Courses 3 & 4: October 17-18, 2023
Courses 5 & 6: November 14-15, 2023


Spring Program 2024

Courses 1 & 2: March 12-13, 2024
Courses 3 & 4: April 9-10, 2024
Courses 5 & 6: May 7-8, 2024


Fall Program 2024

Courses 1 & 2: September 17-18, 2024
Courses 3 & 4: October 15-16, 2024
Courses 5 & 6: November 12-13, 2024


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

 Jeff Beagle –  INSURICA

Kellie Black – Arcbest

Thayla Bohn – American Fidelity

Scott Briggs –  OG&E

Jenna Byrnes – Oklahoma City Dodgers

Angie Christopher –  180 Medical

Lee Copeland – Oklahoma City Chamber

Susan DeWoody – CarterBaldwin

Shad Glass – Kimray, Inc.

Brent Hart – Gulfport Energy


Shanna Jones – Locke Supply

Stan Mayer – AAR Aircraft Services

Scott Mueller – MidFirst Bank

Dr. Holly Osburn – UCO (Academic Advisor)

Jessica Ramirez – ATC Drivetrain

Heather Wilson – Paycom

Nathan Mellor, Ed.D. – CEO Strata Leadership

Jeremiah Shaw – President, Strata Leadership

Crystal Garcia – Strata Leadership

Jamie O’Brien – Strata Leadership