NextGen Leadership Oklahoma Forms Ambassador Network

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Something historical happened at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City the evening of February 7, 2017. Twenty young leaders, mostly in their twenties and representing major communities across Oklahoma, met to began forming the first class of statewide ambassadors for the NextGen Leadership Oklahoma movement.

The mission of NextGen Leadership Oklahoma is to inspire and encourage the next generation of Oklahoma leaders to best utilize their talents and creative energy to improve Oklahoma’s families, workplaces, and communities. The ultimate purpose is to make Oklahoma the state of choice for Millennials and future generations.

Don Swift, NextGen founder and publisher of ionOK magazine, challenged participants to lead a movement that will encourage NextGen Leaders between 20-39 to step up to leadership roles in their communities now. The participants represented a cross section of organizations including communications, banking, investing, insurance, government, education, Tribal government, energy, music, construction, employment, entrepreneurship, accounting, public relations, and legal.

The NextGen ambassadors have two primary functions. First, they provide feedback and direction to NextGen organizers about what programs and services are the most relevant to younger leaders and their communities. Second, they provide a conduit of two-way communication between their communities and NextGen organizers to inform young leaders how to access NextGen services as they are available.

Swift told the group that ambassadors can help shape a statewide network of young leaders who can share resources and connect between communities to encourage and support each other’s local initiatives.

Most of the ambassadors have been recognized in one of six classes of NextGen Under 30 between 2011 and 2016. Others have attended NextGen Leadership Oklahoma events or have learned of the movement and offered their service to spreading NextGen’s reach across the state.

In addition to Swift, other organizers include Garland McWatters of INPowered2 LEAD; Peter Preksto, director of RuahTAO, Inc.; Brenda Jones Barwick, CEO of Jones PR, and Peter Vitali, financial advisor with Morgan Stanley.

Through the statewide NextGen Under 30 awards program, NextGen   ` recognizes individuals between 20-29 who are having an impact in their workplaces and communities. Nominations are now open for the NextGen Under 30 class of 2017. Applications are due by August 25, 2017,

NextGen is organizing a statewide outreach into local communities through the “Dream It, Dare It, Do It Success Tour.” The Success Tour is an expanding series of local leadership events designed to connect young leaders (20-39) with current leaders in their area. The first Success Tour stop is in Edmond, OK, April 26.

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