Leading Forward Business Leadership Forum

 Leading Forward is a quarterly Business Leadership Forum that provides Oklahoma City business leaders a place to connect, get refreshed, and find encouragement with ways to integrate faith and work.

 Join us on February 15, 2022 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for our quarterly breakfast featuring speakers Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church and Sean Kouplen, CEO of Regent Bank.

Dr. Stephen Rummage
"Four Keys to Leading with Integrity"

Sean Kouplen
"Leading with Love: How the best leaders maximize their organization’s effectiveness"


The February 2022 Leading Forward program will bring into focus values. Values are arguably the most important component of culture. They help employees understand what an organization stands for and what is expected of them. Values are well-defined, consistent with leadership actions and behaviors, and woven into the fabric of the organization, providing the foundation for culture. 

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Dr. Stephen Rummage | Senior Pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church

Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is a world-renowned speaker to audiences of throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa. Dr. Rummage holds the Masters of Divinity with a specialization in biblical languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed a Ph.D. in preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Before moving to Oklahoma, Dr. Rummage pastored churches in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and Louisiana.  He has served on the faculties of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and currently serves on the faculty of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is the author of several books and the founder of Moving Forward, a radio teaching ministry which airs daily nationwide to more than 100,000 listeners.

Sean Kouplen | CEO of Regent Bank

Sean Kouplen is Oklahoma’s immediate Past Secretary of Commerce & Workforce Development and the Chairman & CEO of Regent Bank.

In his volunteer role as Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development, Kouplen oversaw 36 state agencies who lead the economic development, community development and workforce development efforts for the state of Oklahoma. Under his leadership, the state attracted over 100 new businesses. Governor Stitt also tasked Secretary Kouplen with leading our business and economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, and he created the Oklahoma Business Relief Program that helped almost 9,000 Oklahoma businesses. 

In 2008, Kouplen led an investor group that purchased 110-year old Regent Bank in Nowata, OK. Since that time, the bank has expanded to Tulsa, OKC, Springfield, MO, Bartlesville, Edmond and coming soon to Broken Arrow.  The bank has grown from $72 million to $1 billion in assets- making it one of America’s fastest-growing banks. Regent Bank has won many awards including Inc Magazine’s Best Places to Work and the ICBA Central United States Community Bank of the Year.

Kouplen holds numerous local and statewide leadership positions, including Past Chairman of the OSU National Alumni Association, OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees and Hospitality House Board of Directors. He is currently a board member for the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, First Americans Museum, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, Gatesway Foundation, Tulsa Community College Foundation and an Elder of Southpoint Church in Bixby.  He is a member of the OK Bankers Association and Young President’s Organizations, and he is the founding partner of the Ascend Executive Leadership Institute.

Kouplen’s awards include Journal Record’s Most Admired CEO Award, his fraternity’s top national alumni award, Citizen of the Year in Bixby, OK and, most recently, a black belt in Taekwondo. Kouplen has written three best-selling books, hosts a nationwide podcast called Purpose-Driven CEO, and leads a daily call-in devotional for over 100,000 people throughout the country every morning at 8:17am…and you are invited!

Kouplen has been married to Angela for 23 years and they have three children - Emory (18), Kennedy (14) and Finley (almost 12).


Agenda February 15, 2022

7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast (Buffet is Open at 7:00 a.m.)
7:40 a.m. Program Begins
9:00 a.m. Adjourn

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