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Leadership LeFlore County 2024
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Leadership LeFlore County 2024

Friday, December 22, 2023

Poteau Chamber of Commerce & the LeFlore County Development Coalition

Taking Applications For The 17th Annual Leadership LeFlore County Class 2024



January 4, 2023


Contact: Karen Wages

Poteau Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 918-647-9178



 (POTEAU, OKLAHOMA) – Leadership LeFlore County is taking applications for the 17th annual leadership class of 2024.  Applications are now being accepted by contacting Poteau Chamber of Commerce 918-647-9178 or online at  Deadline for applications February 16th .   Leadership LeFlore County consist of Seven Sessions throughout April with a trip to the capitol and graduation in May.  Sessions are on Thursday at different locations around Poteau 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  The Opening Session will begin on Thursday Night March 7th at 6:00 pm.  There will be one Saturday for the Tour of LeFlore County. Attending all sessions are important to graduate.


Leadership LeFlore County is about giving the up-coming young professionals of the LeFlore County demographic area the information and tools to create ways to help make things happen in their work- place, business, organization, and the community.  The class curriculum will teach the important functions of management and types of leadership skills which will help to enhance productivity and the networking connections to achieve goals.  Leadership is an action creating the social influence that enhances and motivates the efforts of others toward a certain task.


Leadership can consist of a variety of positions and attributes. Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive Leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.  Defining a great leader depends on several qualities and the desire to succeed.  Some of the key qualities of a great leader are attitude, drive, imagination, and passion.  The 2024 Leadership course touches on all of these during the eight-week session.  LLC is sponsored each year by The LeFlore County Development Coalition, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, OG&E, Kiamichi Technology Center, The Community State Bank, The Donald W. Reynolds Center, City of Poteau, Leadership Development and Citizens Engagement and the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.


Leadership LeFlore County:

The 2024 session marks the 17 th year with over 250 alumni that hold successful leadership positions on the state and local level.  LLC is a county wide leadership program designed to be a series of issue-oriented forums and learning experiences which are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of a successful leader.  LLC is looking for applications from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and geographical locations in LeFlore County and the surrounding areas.


Leadership Leflore County is open to all interested LeFlore County residents and does not discriminate based on age, sex, race, religion, or natural origin.  Participants are selected based on their ability, demonstrated interest in their community and insight for effective leadership.


The application process is to ensure a class consisting of members from diverse backgrounds and locations.  Twenty are chosen annually to attend the nine-week course. Danette Russell, OSU Extension says, “each year has been a great success, numbers increase, feedback is positive and new leaders develop.”


Each year we offer a diversified curriculum of studies that will prepare the participants for future leadership roles.    It is great each year to see the past graduates grow in leadership capacities adding to the success of our entire community. Karen Wages, CEO Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

The leaders that develop from this experience have taken the chamber, the city and county to new levels of professionalism, community pride, unity, and growth.


We are looking forward to the vision, energy, and connectivity with the 2024 class.


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