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Lessons in Leadership Series

Lessons in Leadership features OCU alumni and friends and provides an opportunity for these leaders to share their stories as they answer the question “What is the most valuable lesson that you have learned as a leader?"

Seth Norcott

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Seth Norcott is an experienced Technology Audit Manager with a demonstrated history of conducting multiple external, internal, and operational audit engagements in complex global IT environments. Skilled in Risk Advisory, IT General Controls, Information Security, Data Protection, Control Framework Assessments, Cyber Assurance, and Identity and Access Management.

Eryn LeCroy

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Eryn LeCroy Headshot

New Jersey native Eryn LeCroy most recently performed the iconic role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Beginning in April 2022, Eryn is set to join the company of the much anticipated Broadway Revival of 1776 as both Martha Jefferson and Dr. Lyman Hall. Other credits include Off-Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theatre, Johanna), Assassins (City Center Encores!). World Premiere: Sousatzka (Young Sousatzka). National Tour: Jekyll and Hyde (Emma Carew). Regional: Brigadoon (Pittsburgh CLO, Fiona). Prior to her debut with The Rochester Philharmonic, Eryn also debuted with The Oklahoma City Philharmonic and returned to Ocean City Pops this season. In addition to receiving her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with honors from Oklahoma City University, Eryn is a Presser Scholar and National YoungArts Foundation alumna. She also serves with the non-profit organization Broadway Hearts, bringing music to children’s hospitals across the country.

Previous Sessions

Bailey Perkins: "Becoming an Inclusive Leader"

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Recording of Talk HERE

Bailey Perkins

A native of Lawton and fifth generation Oklahoman, Bailey works tirelessly as a womanist, public policy advocate, and adjunct professor at a local community college. She’s currently the State Advocacy and Public Policy Director for Oklahoma Food Banks. She previously worked for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the Oklahoma Policy Institute, and for the U.S. House of Representatives leading healthcare, education, nutrition, science, space, and technology policy initiatives for Congresswoman Kendra Horn in Washington, D.C. The OKC Friday ranked Bailey as the 16th most powerful young professional in Oklahoma City and The Oklahoman featured her in its “21st Century Women” series as a woman making significant contributions and driving change in Oklahoma City.

She graduated with honors from Oklahoma City University, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and history as a Clara Luper Full Tuition Scholar and Petree College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior Woman of the Year. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. Bailey is a Leadership Oklahoma Class 34 participant, a Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Association member as a LOYAL Class XIII graduate, and an Ion magazine Next Gen under 30 in Policy and Public Service. Each week, she contributes as a co-host on the “Let’s Pod This” political podcast. She also consults for the Black Women Voices Project, serves as the Vice Chair of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition Board of Directors, and supports efforts to elect more progressive women through the Sally’s List Board of Directors in her spare time.

DeEtta Cravens: "Servant Leadership"

Thursday, November 5, 2020
Recording of Talk HERE

De Etta Cravens

DeEtta Cravens entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 2016 as a Charles B. Rangel Fellow. She served at the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela from 2017 to 2019 and is currently the Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mali.

Prior to joining the State Department, she studied Portuguese in Brazil as a Boren Scholar, taught English in Thailand as a Fulbright Scholar, and interned at the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia. DeEtta received a Master of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Spanish, and Philosophy from Oklahoma City University. She is a proud member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and is passionate about youth development and international education and exchange programs.

Katie Wonderly: "Innovative Leadership"

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Katie is an OCU alumna ('15 Vocal Music Education) and an elementary school teacher at Putnam City Schools.

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Taylor Herzer: "Resilient Leadership: Adapting in the Era of COVID-19"

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Taylor is an OCU Alumna ('15 Cell & Molecular Biology, '18 PA Studies) and an Emergency Physician Assistant at Integris Health.