Leadership pipeline grows
Hispanic Leadership Institute targets aspiring movers and shakers from Tulsa’s Hispanic community.
Ashley Philippsen is the program director for two of Leadership Tulsa’s newest programs.
The idea behind the two newest programs under the Leadership Tulsa umbrella is simple: “Step up to the plate, and don’t wait for Superman,” says Ashley Philippsen, program director for Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) and Thrive Tulsa.
The HLI targets aspiring movers and shakers from Tulsa’s Hispanic community. Eager participants — generally ages 21 to 45 — meet with local business leaders, nonprofit leaders and policymakers to learn about issues, sharpen their skills and network. The program was created in partnership with the Tulsa Hispanic Chamber.
Thrive Tulsa uses the city as its classroom for a lead-by-experience approach. Approximately 20 participants are selected from public, private and nonprofit sectors, with an emphasis on under-represented communities. Recruited through social media, LT alumni and professional networks, participants meet with local leaders in venues around town to explore issues that affect all Tulsans: education, economic development, criminal justice, health care and social services.
“They learn to look at how and why to lead, how to observe and not jump to conclusions, how to collaborate,” Philippsen says. Participants spend six months practicing inquiry, building self-awareness, expanding their leadership competencies, and examining community challenges and opportunities, Philippsen says. They then apply the lessons learned to develop Community Impact Projects and finally present their concepts to an audience of stakeholders, including LT alumni, mentors, program funders and other leaders.
“By offering new programs to new audiences, we are building the bench of available leaders now and for the future,” says Wendy Thomas, LT executive director.