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!

At Strata Leadership, we believe that investing in our community is just as important as investing in our organizations. For that reason, Strata Leadership reserves (2) scholarships, per class, for emerging leaders that have dedicated themselves to non-profit organizations in our great community.

We invite all Institute for Emerging Leaders Fellows to share their post-graduation professional updates with us. Your accomplishments and experiences are valuable to our community, and we would love to hear about your career milestones, new projects, promotions, or any other exciting developments. Keeping us updated allows us to celebrate your successes and stay connected with our Fellow network. Please take a moment to fill out the form below and share your news with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

“I certainly plan to stay connected with many from our group for years to come. This was an incredible experience that has already made a positive impact and I’m confident it will continue to positively impact my life as well as those I influence.”
 – Ginger Bobala, Class XVII

“Participating in IEL has been a highlight of my career. Throughout the course I was challenged in unique and thought provoking ways, and connected with like-minded individuals. I am thankful to my organization for investing in me as a leader, and allowing me to continue to grow both professionally and personally.”

-Kiren Alberry, 180 Medical, Class XV

“IEL was an innovative, challenging and memorable experience. I am grateful for the Strata team and leadership for offering this training for the leaders of tomorrow.”

-Rachel Johnson, Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, Class XVI

Businesses with vision set on future success partner with IEL to invest in their emerging leaders.

-Ken Gentner, Kimray, Class XV

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 Baseball Club

Angie Christopher –  180 Medical

Lee Copeland – Oklahoma City Chamber

Brent Hart – OKC Philharmonic



 Shanna Jones – Locke Supply

 Scott Mueller – MidFirst Bank

Dr. Holly Osburn – UCO (Academic Advisor)

Jessica Sole – ATC Drivetrain

Nathan Mellor, Ed.D. – CEO Strata Leadership

Susan DeWoody – President Strata Leadership

 Crystal Garcia – Strata Leadership

Jamie O’Brien – Strata Leadership