By Phil Klutts
May 31, 2022

Leadership Edmond graduates largest class in history

The graduates of LE Class XXXVI included 43 Edmond citizens exploring the city and developing into local leaders.
Class XXXVI member Lezel Safi speaks to the largest graduating class in history. (Photo provided)

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the graduation of Leadership Edmond Class XXXVI at the Edmond Conference Center. Class XXXVI was the largest in program history with 43 members, including Ward 1 Edmond City Councilman David Chapman, Ward 3 Edmond City Councilwoman Christin Mugg, and Oklahoma House Representative Ryan Martinez. At the graduation ceremony, Michelle Schaefer, Leadership Edmond Class XV graduate, was recognized as the 2022 Leadership Edmond Alumni of the Year.

Leadership Edmond is a nine-session annual program designed to identify and develop local citizens for positions of community leadership and explore critical issues facing the Edmond community. The program is coordinated by the Edmond Chamber, and the latest class was presented by Edmond Electric.

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About Phil Klutts

Phil is an Edmond native and has managed to keep his wife here instead of traveling the world, which they both enjoy. They have two boys who love the outdoors, adventures, and learning new things. Phil is a problem-solver at heart and enjoys connecting people to the resources they need.

In addition to being the co-owner of Edmond Business, Phil founded the CK Group LLC after working for large and small businesses in the Energy, Construction, and Fitness industries. He focuses on helping small businesses and entrepreneurs improve their systems and processes. CK Group LLC's mission is to eliminate chaos and create clarity for small business by connecting vision, strategy, and implementation.