Leading Forward

Leadership Development

OKC’S Premiere 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 Tuesday, October 24 from 7:30a – 11:30a for breakfast and to hear from speakers Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church, Walter Bond, former NBA player, Hall of Fame Speaker, and Accountability expert. You’ll also hear from an incredible panel of seasoned leaders including former Lieutenant Governor, Todd Lamb, and many more.

Connect with local leaders.

Learn how to merge faith and business.

Be encouraged by incredible speakers.

Leadership Development

Where faith and leadership converge

Discover the synergy of faith and leadership at Leading Forward, the premier business leadership forum in OKC! This event brings together a diverse community of individuals who are passionate about the intersection of faith and leadership.

You’ll gain valuable insights, network with like-minded individuals, and find inspiration to propel your leadership journey to new heights. It’s an opportunity to explore the profound connection between your faith and your role as a leader.

Leading Forward

Hear these Incredible Speakers

Walter Bond

Walter Bond is a top accountability speaker and former NBA player. Walter’s mastery in two different global industries has made him an authority on peak performance. Walter has delivered his entertaining and dynamic message to companies and associations
throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.

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Clients include Accenture, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The Dwyer Group, Allianz, Amway, GNC, Hilton, Medtronic, UPS Store, Radio Shack, Red Robin, and many national

Topic: Next Level Fundamentals: How Exceptional Leaders Deliver Unprecedented Wins!

Not every team player is a performer.  Not every leader gets to pick all stars.  And yet still, some leaders have a magic spell that transforms a group of individuals into a single high-performing unit. But there’s no sorcery here.  It’s all about chemistry. While Walter Bond won’t take you back to 9th grade science class, he will share the formula used by top NBA Coaches to create winning team dynamics year after year. When you need a group of individual players to work collectively and cohesively to reach organizational goals, then this program is for you.

  • You will discover how to:
    Recruit and retain the right talent at the right time for maximum results
  • Transform lower performing individuals into top team players
  • Drive loyalty to the team and pride of belonging
  • Design a framework for powerful teamwork
  • Build a team chemistry that bonds

Dr. Stephen Rummage

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.

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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.

Kelli Masters – Leadership Panel

Recognized as one of the most influential women in sports business, Kelli Masters often hears, “You have a DREAM JOB!” But she chooses to inspire others not with her successes, but with her vulnerability, sharing not only the victories but also the battles and failures along the way.

Kelli is an attorney, an NFL sports agent and Founder and President of KMM Sports, a full-service sports management company with offices in New York, Los Angeles and her hometown of Oklahoma City.

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Kelli has represented more professional athletes than any woman in the industry, having served as agent/contract advisor to players in every NFL draft since 2006 as well
as numerous athletes in the MLB draft and the Olympics. In 2010, she made history as the first woman to represent a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.

Bleacher Report named her as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Sports Business, based upon her trailblazing success in athlete representation.

Kelli is a former National and World Champion baton twirler, and was also Miss Oklahoma 1997, winning awards for talent and community service at the Miss America pageant that year.

Currently, Kelli serves as an Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma Christian University, teaching Sports Law. She is a sought- after writer and speaker on topics of sports and nonprofit as well as leadership, diversity and discovering purpose in life. Her first book was released in 2021, “High Impact Life.”

Joy Hammons – Leadership Panel

Joy Hammons is the Chief Executive Officer of Foreword, a leadership development and strategy consulting firm located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Foreword empowers leaders who face unprecedented challenges by integrating the power of strategy, technology, and culture.


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Joy served Fortune 500 corporations for over 30 years holding a broad range of leadership positions in technology before starting Foreword four years ago. Her passion lies in coaching individual leaders and teams to success, both personally and professionally.

Joy was appointed by the Governor as a Commissioner for the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) and is currently in that position. She holds a
bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.

Todd Lamb – Leadership Panel

Todd G. Lamb became the University of Central Oklahoma’s 22nd President July 1, 2023, marking a new chapter in a distinguished career that spans public service, statewide elected office, private law practice and business ownership.


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Early in his career, Lamb was a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. He was appointed to the Joint Terrorism Task Force and was assigned to portions of the 9/11
investigation. He also served on details protecting President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. Following his tenure with the U.S. Secret Service, President Lamb worked on the staff of U.S. Senator Don Nickles. He was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2004 where he represented portions of Edmond and northwest Oklahoma City. He rose to the position of Majority Floor Leader during his Senate tenure.

Lamb was elected as the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Oklahoma, a position he held from 2011 to 2019.

Greg Slavonic – Leadership Panel

Greg Slavonic is the former Acting Under Secretary of the Navy and previously served as the 18th Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs and after a 34-year distinguished career in the Navy/Navy Reserve retired as a Rear Admiral.

He is currently the Interim Executive Director for the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs and oversees 1,400 employees, a budget of $155M with a mission of serving Oklahoma’s over 350,000 veterans.


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As the Under Secretary he served as the deputy and principal assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, as well as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Management Officer for the Department of the Navy. He oversaw intelligence activities, special access programs, development of future weapons systems, building a 355-ship Navy and a department budget of over $200 billion dollars.

Prior to joining the Department of Defense, he served as the first Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-OK).

For the past 45 years, he has held various civilian senior level positions in the communications and defense industry and is also the CEO for Blue Water Strategies a
defense consulting firm. He has written two books on leadership development, co- authored a book on American Olympian and Oklahoma native Jim Thorpe and recently published a book on his experience with Iraq’s former president Saddam Hussein.

During his Navy career he served combat deployments to Vietnam, Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Buffet opens at 7:00 a.m.)

8:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

8:10 a.m. Opening Keynote Speaker – Dr. Stephan Rummage

9:00 a.m. Leadership Panel: Todd Lamb, Joy Hammons, Greg Slavonic and Kelli Masters

10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:20 a.m. Closing Keynote Speaker, Walter Bond

11:30 a.m. Adjourn


All costs mentioned below include breakfast, the Leadership Panel, and the Keynote Speakers.

  • $49 per person
  • $249 for a table of six
  • $349 for a table of eight