Meet a Nonprofit Leader: Kay Holt

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kay_holt.jpgDr. Kay E. Holt has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and arts management. She is the associate director and a professor in the graduate nonprofit leadership program at Oklahoma City University where she leads the new arts administration track. Prior to her current position, Dr. Holt served as executive director of Canterbury Voices (formerly known as Canterbury Choral Society), a position which brought her back to her home state of Oklahoma. Her other career experiences include director of education and community partnerships at The Dallas Opera and visiting professor at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Holt possesses a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Wyoming and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Nonprofit Leaders program.  

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Who Narrates the World?

By Nicole Sukenis
Professional Development Chair for YNPN of OKC


Who Narrates the World? This is the question that was posed to the audience at a recent training hosted by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, “Claim Your Expertise: A Breakfast Event with Zeba Khan.” There were two main take-aways that I believe are applicable to my professional life with YNPN of OKC and Infant Crisis Services. You can read about the first one here.

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Too Young to be an Expert?


Earlier this spring, as part of YNPN of OKC’s mission to provide affordable professional development for young/new professionals in the nonprofit sector, our organization sent Nicole Sukenis and me to an Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits training. It was titled “Claim Your Expertise: A Breakfast Event with Zeba Khan.” I went into this training hoping to gain knowledge to help our chapter advocate for the needs of the nonprofit sector’s newest members, but I ended up with thoughts on how each of us as individuals can find our own voice to share our knowledge with the world...

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