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Community Leadership Development Class 7 Holds Session 4 in Blackwell

Christy Christoffersen


The Community Leadership Development class gathered in Blackwell October 11th and 12th. Jay Hannah, one of OML’s popular speakers led the training class.  Jay has a love of Oklahoma and its history; so on top of learning new leadership skills Jay is generous in sharing his knowledge of Oklahoma history along the way.

Jay Hannah with CLD Class 7

Jay Hannah with CLD Class 7

Thursday evening October 11th the City of Blackwell hosted a cookout at the Blackwell Event Center!   Burgers and hotdogs were served and the class enjoyed an evening of fun and fellowship. 

Friday morning, City Manager Chip Outhier introduced Mayor TJ Greenfield. They welcomed the Community Leadership Development class to their city and encouraged everyone to enjoy their visit to Blackwell. 

Jay Hannah, Executive Vice President of Financial Services for BancFirst was the speaker for the day.  After an interactive get to know you session, Jay jumped right in teaching the Abilene Paradox. He taught the class about mismanaged agreements, identifying the warning signs, risks involved and actions to take to prevent the mismanaged agreements. Jay also taught Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building.  This was a full day of learning new leadership skills on how to identify issues and how to resolve problems.

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The City of Blackwell hosted lunch catered by Prairie Fire BBQ. The class enjoyed a meal of smoked brisket, turkey, baked bean, potato salad, and pie for dessert!  After lunch the class broke into two groups, one group took a driving tour of Blackwell presented by Merry Whitham, City Clerk and CLD 7 class member.  Chip Outhier took the other group and gave a tour of the new wastewater treatment facility.

A big thank you to the City of Blackwell for hosting this event! A special thanks also to our wonderful speaker Jay Hannah.  Thank you Blackwell Mayor TJ Greenfield; Chip Outhier, Blackwell City Manager; and Merry Whitham, City Clerk for hosting the CLD class Session 4.

Blackwell is a wonderful place to visit!  Great food, museums, and a quaint downtown!  They also have a Dairy Queen!

The next class will be held December 7th in Ardmore for Session 5.  The CLD Class 7 would not be possible without the generous support of community partners, including Oklahoma Natural Gas, and Phillips66.

Be sure to “like” the Community Leadership Development class on Facebook to follow CLD Class 7 on their journey!!