There can be a big difference between a boss and an effective leader.

Many people have worked under managers that although might have had the knowledge to be in such a position, did not have the skills to lead an organization or department effectively. Leaders are often promoted because they succeed in a specific area or industry. Excelling at the next level, however, requires different skills essential to an organization’s reputation – relationship-building, conflict management, strategic thinking, and media and presentation skills, to name a few.

The STF and Tri County Tech Leadership & Reputation Academy is an intense, eight-part Executive Education course aimed at new and emerging leaders. Each class is limited to 25 to 30 participants, and sessions include lectures, group presentations, and role-playing, and draw on materials from a variety of respected sources, including the Harvard Business Review, best-selling authors, successful corporate executives and STF’s own time-tested, proprietary content.


“Simply put, LRA is one of the best investments a company can make in its existing and future leaders – informative, practical, insightful and transforming.”

Frauke Quiroga • Managing Partner, Luxa Enterprises


Not only is the Leadership & Reputation Academy beneficial to participants, but it is also beneficial to participants’ companies and organizations as a whole.

Benefits to Participants

  • Development: Exposure to intensive, multi-tract development in executive coaching, leadership and reputation management, unavailable anywhere else in Oklahoma.
  • Problem-Solving: Preparation for challenges unique to leadership roles using quick thinking and real-life scenarios.
  • Connections: Provides a network of peers likely to face similar issues regarding leadership and reputation

Benefits to Companies or Organizations

  • Leadership: Prepares new, emerging and established leaders for their roles in your organization.
  • Talent Development: Sends the message that you value your employees by investing in their professional and leadership development.
  • Value: Fraction of the cost of retaining a firm or sending executives to out-of-state business school and leadership development programs.

Beginning in August, Schnake Turnbo Frank and Tri County Tech are partnering to offer a Bartlesville class.


“By far, one of the best professional experiences of my career.”

Heather Griswold • Deputy Chief of Staff, Oklahoma State Superintendent’s Office


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Coming Spring 2018 | TENTATIVE TOPICS

Get a preview of the training, meet the instructors and network with others in the class. Dive into your first session focusing on the difference between leadership and management and how to recognize and excel at both.

One definition of a core value is something from which you won’t budge – even if it means losing business. What are your organization’s core values? How do you articulate them? This exercise helps you find the answers.

During the morning session, learn how to stay grounded and avoid the pitfalls of success. The second session will provide the framework for developing a community outreach plan that ensures when you give, your company will receive.

During a crisis, people are watching, and the stakes are high. As a leader, you’re entrusted to perform under pressure. A mishandled crisis can cost you, but acting decisively and keeping emotions in check can improve your credibility.

You may be the smartest, hardest working leader in your company. But, in the wrong setting, poor etiquette can set you back. Our experts will help assure you represent your organization with professionalism, sharpness, and grace.

One of the greatest downfalls of business communication is that we often try to sound too detailed and too “corporate.” In our zeal to impress, we fail to communicate. Learn how to communicate both in writing and in person with clarity, simplicity, and power.

With our nation becoming more diverse, it’s imperative for organizations to understand inclusion in the workplace. Learn how an inclusive environment affects key stakeholders. The afternoon session will discuss how reputations are formed, changed and sometimes damaged because of specific behaviors. We’ll discuss how reputations develop and shift, and how to recognize when danger lies ahead.

In this closing session, you’ll learn how to succeed in business but maintain your sanity, health, sense of humor and relationships. We will end the session with a graduation ceremony


Enrollment open soon!


Well worth the effort…designed to hone skills critical to organizational leadership in a way that maximizes the limited time available to most executives.

J.D. Strong • Executive Director, Oklahoma Water Resources Board


ADVISORY COUNCIL: Alison Anthony, President, Williams Foundation | Dr. Don Betz, President, University of Central Oklahoma | Carl Edwards, Partner, Price Edwards & Company | Lindel Fields, Superintendent/CEO, Tri County Tech Mark Graham, President & CEO, Tulsa Area United Way | Ted Haynes, President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma | Secretary Lisa John, Secretary of Culture and Humanities, Chickasaw Nation | Dave Lopez, Associate, Schnake Turnbo Frank | Bill Major, Executive Director, Zarrow Family Foundations | Mike Mears, President & CEO, Magellan Midstream | Sanjay Meshri, Executive Vice President, Advanced Research Chemicals | Pierce Norton, President & CEO, ONE Gas | Beth Pauchnik, Chief Administrative Officer, INTEGRIS | Commissioner Mike Thompson, Commissioner, Okla. Dept. of Public Safety | Roy Williams, President & CEO, Greater OKC Chamber | STF Partners: Becky J. Frank, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer | Russ Florence, President & Chief Operating Officer | Aaron Fulkerson, Chief Development Officer | David Wagner, Chief Financial Officer
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