Institute for Emerging Leaders | Strata Leadership

Invest and retain the future of your organization by developing your high-potential employees. 

The Institute for Emerging Leaders (IEL) is designed to equip emerging leaders with the character, competence, and community connections needed to lead effectively. 

IEL is an intensive learning experience with curriculum tailored to meet the needs of an emerging leader. IEL has a strong emphasis on character development and addresses the following competencies needed to lead effectively: 

Systems Thinking  Decision-Making
Time Management  Critical Thinking
Communicating to Connect  Personal Leadership


IEL Advisory Board

Mark Burson – General Agent, Oklahoma Agency, MassMutual Financial Group
Jenna Byrnes – Senior Vice President, Oklahoma City Dodgers
Jill Castilla – CEO, President & Chairwoman, Citizens Bank of Edmond
Shad Glass – Executive Vice President, Kimray, Inc.
Conny Hanson – Director of Human Resources, Gulfport Energy
John Higginbotham – Market CEO, Bank of Oklahoma, OKC (Co-Chair)
Shanna Jones – Vice President of Human Resources, Locke Supply Co.
Stan Mayer – Vice President of Operations, MRO Group, AAR Aircraft Services
David McLaughlin – Assistant Vice President, Corporate Training, American Fidelity
Betty Merritt – Organizational Development Specialist, HR, INTEGRIS Health
Scott Mueller – First Vice President Organizational Development, MidFirst Bank
Dr. Holly Osburn – Director Leadership Studies, UCO (Academic Advisor)
Nancee Roberson-Caldwell – Chief Sales Officer, American Fidelity (Co-Chair)
Jessica Ramirez – Director of Human Resources, ATC Drivetrain
Jeremiah Shaw – Executive Vice President, Strata Leadership
Frank Smith – Chairman & President, C3 Brands, Mosaic Personnel
Brandon Tatum – President, Oklahoma Christian Academy (Academic Advisor)
Aaron Weast – Owner and Operator, Chick-fil-A


Invest in your high potential employees today!

Send email inquiries to or call us at 877.357.0001

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