New Voices Board Internship Program
Submission Deadline06/02/2017

Learn, Experience, Connect, & Serve

Leaders are the community's most vital asset. For forty years, Leadership Tulsa has identified, developed and connected diverse leaders who impact the community through service. Now, through a special partnership with the Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) we are expanding opportunities for even more talented leaders to get involved with Tulsa's extraordinary nonprofit organizations.

Despite several years of focus, Tulsa's social service agencies are still challenged to find new voices from diverse communities to effectively serve in board roles. The New Voices Board Internship Program will seek to recruit, train, and mobilize a network of talented new board members from under-represented Tulsa minority populations to serve in board leadership roles.

Program Description

The New Voices Board Internship Program will provide a year-long experience serving on a board of directors of a TAUW nonprofit agency. In addition, program participants will gain training in board leadership and responsibiilities during an all-day workshop in August 2017 and participate in quarterly breakfast roundtables to share ideas and gain perspectives from seasoned board members. Participants must complete an application form and be selected for the program, but there is no cost once selected.

The small size of the class, limited to 15 to 25 participants, will ensure lively discussion and personal attention.

Who Should Participate

Successful candidates:

  • Will be from a historically underrepresented racial, ethnic, or religious background and be able to contribute to a diversity of perspectives.
  • Have the commitment to serve the nonprofit sector in a leadership role.
  • Have time and ability to successfully complete the board internship assignment, including support from employer.
  • Have not previously served on more than one nonprofit board of directors. 

Benefits of Participation 

You will grow personally. Through the development of personal leadership goals and the support of mentors and other members in the program, participants will discover their leadership potential and gain new insights into themselves as individuals.
You will learn. You will develop leadership skills useful to your nonprofit board of directors and in your professional life. 
You will meet new people - leaders in business and the community. You will get to know your classmates well, forming lifelong friends and community partners.
You will gain new perspectives. Our classes are selected for their diversity of experiences, so you will hear perspectives that are deeply felt, strongly supported and very different from your own. You will have many opportunities to share your experiences and beliefs with others who have not heard your voice before.
You will contribute to the community. There is no greater satisfaction than knowing you have made a difference in the lives of others.

Program Schedule for New Voices

Full Day RetreatAugust 25, 20179 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October Breakfast RoundtableOctober 19, 20178 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
December Breakfast RoundtableDecember 14, 20178 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
February Breakfast RoundtableFebruary 15, 20188 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
April Breakfast RoundtableApril 19, 20188 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
June Breakfast RoundtableJune 21, 20188 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
August Breakfast Roundtable & Program Wrap-upAugust 16, 20188 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Application Process

Complete this online application no later than June 1, 2017.

Program will be limited to just 15 to 25 participants. Participants not selected for the 2017 program will have the opportunity to hold over their application for a future program.

There is no cost to participate in the New Voices program!

Have Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the program, please call the LEADERSHIP TULSA office at 918-477-7079. You may also e-mail your questions to Wendy Thomas, executive director, at

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