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Lindel Fields is a dynamic leader as well as a certified John Maxwell Speaker and Trainer. This past November, because of his leadership, Tri County crossed a finish line ten years in the making when they won the prestigious award for excellence, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is a Presidential-level honor, recognizing outstanding practices among American organizations and businesses including an unceasing drive for radical innovation, thoughtful leadership, and organizational improvement. This achievement has inspired Lindel Fields to help other organizations to become great places to work and earn world-class results through best practice conferences. As a keynote speaker, he inspires and unifies his audience through engaging real-life stories tied to the theme of the event. Lindel leaves the audience with easy-to-implement methods they can take back to their personal or professional lives.

Biography

Lindel Fields is an education thought leader with more than three decades of experience instilling a love of learning in students and transforming cultures at public institutions to unshackle them from assumptions limiting student and faculty potential.

Fields’ teaching career started in prison, teaching inmates horticulture and life skills to help them transition to life after incarceration. Working his way up through Oklahoma’s CareerTech system, he has now served as Superintendent and CEO of Tri County Tech in Bartlesville since 2008.
Fields believes no student should be denied access to an education based upon their inability to pay, nor should they graduate suffocating in debt.

During his tenure, Tri County has reconstructed its culture and education quality, placing it among ‘Fortune’s Great Places to Work®’ for four consecutive years. Fields also led Tri County across a finish line ten years in the making when the technology center won the prestigious U.S. presidential award for excellence: the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2018.

The pillars of achievement supporting these accolades include Fields’ vision to decline constrictive federal funding in pursuit of more flexible revenue, improve graduation and job placement rates, and grow access to tuition assistance. Customized education delivery models allow partnerships with local businesses and entrepreneurs to upskill the local workforce and stimulate Northeast Oklahoma’s economy.
As a result of Fields’ leadership, Tri County has achieved a graduation and job placement rate over ninety percent since 2010. More than 500 students have unlocked the door to a higher quality of life through a tuition assistance foundation that Fields made a priority in 2014.

Taking care of Tri County faculty and staff are as equally crucial to Fields as students’ needs. Fields’ maintains that good pay and benefits are the basics in creating a great place to work culture. Under Fields leadership, Tri County employees have had the opportunity for performance stipends and bonuses since 2010, despite Oklahoma’s historical ranking as 49th in teacher pay and years of declining funding to public education.

It was during Fields’ time instructing inmates he first witnessed the potential of CareerTech to change lives. He helped convicted offenders transform themselves and gain confidence through hands-on learning and gain the skills necessary to be successful upon re-entry into society.

These days, Fields is passionate about transforming other education institutions and organizations by sharing what he and his team have built together at Tri County — teaching the Baldrige framework as well as one-on-one leadership training and regular public speaking.

Fields regularly contributes to national discussions on quality improvement and has been a keynote speaker for organizations such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Performance Excellence Network, and Great Place to Work®, sharing the story of Tri County’s transformation.

He is a board member of the Oklahoma State Chamber, the Jane Phillips Medical Center, and the Bartlesville Area United Way.

On the weekends you can find Lindel and his daughter Eva cheering on his wife Leigh Ann, an elite cyclist, at biking events across the country. You can also find Lindel face-timing his daughter, Jordan, a world traveler, or attending a college sporting event with his son, Blake. An athlete himself, Lindel is currently training for the 2020 Tulsa Ironman Triathlon.

Fields earned his bachelor’s degree in trade and industrial education from Oklahoma State University and his master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University.

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Lindel Fields is an education thought leader with more than three decades of experience instilling a love of learning in students and transforming cultures at public institutions to unshackle them from assumptions limiting student and faculty potential.

Fields believes no student should be denied access to an education based upon their inability to pay, nor should they graduate suffocating in debt.

Fields’ teaching career started in prison, teaching inmates horticulture and life skills to help them transition to life after incarceration. Working his way up through the Oklahoma’s CareerTech system, he has now served as Superintendent and CEO of Tri County Tech in Bartlesville since 2008.

During his tenure, Tri County has reconstructed its culture and education quality, placing it among ‘Fortune’s Great Places to Work®’ for four consecutive years. Fields also led Tri County across a finish line ten years in the making when the technology center won the prestigious U.S. presidential award for excellence: the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2018.

The pillars of achievement supporting these accolades include Fields’ decision to decline constrictive federal funding in pursuit of more flexible revenue, increasing graduation rates, and growing access to tuition assistance.

As a result, Tri County has achieved a graduation and job placement rate of more than ninety percent since 2010.

Taking care of Tri County faculty and staff is as equally crucial to Fields as taking care of students. Under Fields’ leadership, one-hundred percent of Tri County employees have received a raise and been eligible for a performance bonus every year since 2004, despite Oklahoma’s historical ranking as 49th in teacher pay and years of funding cuts to public education.

At home, Fields can be found training as a triathlete and practicing Yoga. His wife Leigh Ann is an elite cyclist. Together they travel the country competing as endurance athletes.

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