I remain deeply honored to have been selected to be part of Leadership Oklahoma’s “Best Class Ever”, Class XXIV.  However, I am truly humbled to have been allowed to serve in an array of recent years’ LOK Executive Committee roles and now LOK Chair for 2019 – 2020. 

Leadership’s Oklahoma’s fiscal year of 2019 – 2020 will be an exciting one! LOK will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Youth Leadership Oklahoma. LOK’s very recent 30th anniversary instilled an array of strategic decisions and actions upon our leadership, Dr. Marion Paden, our staff of Allyson Carson, Tina Biard, and Elizabeth Logan, and our board.  In 2019 – 2020, the collective of the three groups, will re-examine those strategic visions and ensure we accountably continue taking steps to continue the longevity of our organization. 

Born a sixth generation rural Oklahoman, but presently residing in urban Oklahoma, my personal, philanthropic and professional paths have exposed me to leaders from all of Oklahoma’s locales and walks-of-life. However, no organization has exposed me to a more influential network of distinguished leaders than what LOK possesses. Regardless of our class number, our geographic locale, or our profession, my hope is that our entire network of leaders, even inactive ‘LOK’ers’, will consider attending one of our many member events or assisting with any of LOK’s many committee needs. As a member-lead organization, LOK will only be as dynamic as our membership’s interest and involvement. LOK’s ability to maintain a balanced member involvement, rural and urban, public and private sector, ensures our organization will maintain a strong cross section of leaders.

“To whom much is given, much is expected” is a scripture and mindset which has permeated generations of my family. Each of us possesses our own inspirational centers of influence. Marion and I hope you will be willing to join us and re-introduce your leadership and influences into LOK in the coming year.


Scott M. Stidham
Chair 2019 – 2020
Class XXIV and Lifetime Member