Rich Cantillon on the Ponca City Leadership Program

Mike Seals - May 19, 2020 10:28 am

Why Participate in Leadership Ponca City?

by Rich Cantillon

The Ponca City Leadership program is one of the oldest leadership programs in the State of Oklahoma. This year, 2020, we will start our 35th leadership class.

The Ponca City Leadership program was started to teach leadership skills including team work, team building, communication skills, working with a variety of personality traits and gaining knowledge of the community, county and state.

There are 11 sessions spanning from August to May followed with graduation. Leadership starts with an orientation day, followed by a retreat which includes learning motivational leadership skills. Then we have sessions on history, civic and human resources, industry, arts and culture, county government, education, state government, city government and economic development. At the end of each session the class will share a character trait learned in that session and an AHA take away from the day.

At graduation each leadership participant shares what the program has meant to them. Many say it is life changing, the most incredible experience I have ever had, so much fun, I have gained new lifetime friends.

One important element is that our leadership class participants learn about each other and the various careers each has chosen. So many don’t know what companies do and this is a huge benefit to the class. This can also be a benefit to the company sponsoring an employee in the class.

Leadership Ponca City, each year, has more people apply than we are able to take. Our limit for each class is 24. This testifies to the success of this incredible program.

If you have any questions, please contact Rich Cantillon by phone 765-4400 or email [email protected]


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