Leadership Stillwater

Leadership Stillwater is a program designed to identify, motivate and engage emerging community leaders to assist in developing their potential. This is accomplished by stimulating an interest in Stillwater and by providing a common meeting ground of shared concerns among leaders from all sectors of the community. LSW prepares participants for more active involvement in the community.

Program Objectives:

  • Expand participants’ leadership potential by increasing their knowledge of critical issues facing the community and connecting them to current community leaders
  • Expose participants to qualities of leadership: goal setting, management styles and interpersonal relationships
  • Provide information about the key organizational structures within the community
  • Increase volunteerism

Program Activities/ Requirements:

  • Participants will meet for 14 interactive sessions
  • The first Sessions are an orientation and retreat
  • Leadership development
  • Internship with a non-profit organization
  • Police ride along
  • Attendance at one city council meeting
  • Required group project


  • Participants must live or work in Stillwater or have a genuine interest in the community and commitment to giving back and making a difference in Stillwater
  • Individuals will be selected through a blind application process
  • Leadership Stillwater does not discriminate based on age, sex, race, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin
  • Due to limited class size, applicants who are not selected are encouraged to apply again in subsequent years

Applications for Leadership Stillwater Class XXXIII are now open! They will close on Monday, July 1st. Download a fillable pdf application here.


Joe Akin, Stillwater Medical Foundation

Ronni Bear, Central Rural Electric Cooperative

Maggie Brock, BancFirst

Sara Brown, Airbus OneWeb Satellites

Brian Campbell, OK Department of Career & Tech

Kayla Canis, OSU College of Education & Human Sciences

Luke Carillo, Grand Lake Mental Health

Joshua Cooper, Murray Law Firm

Abbey Davis, OSU Spears School of Business

Kellie Ebert, OSU Career Services

Cara Eubanks, OSU Foundation

Sasha Hanarahan, Oklahoma State University

Penny Holt, Oklahoma Community Credit Union

Desiree Jenkins, Great Plains Bank

Shelby Keller, OSU Wellness

Jennifer Kilian, Simmons Bank

Kane Mach, Stillwater Junior High School

Riley Hall, Exchange Bank

Chris Peters, Stillwater NewsPress

Jamie Richardson, Lions Meadows of Hope

Joe Steele, Meridian Technology Center

Will Townsend, BancFirst

Jennifer Wolf, OnCue