Leadership Collective



Are you looking to advance your role in leadership or taking your company to the next level? Maybe for yourself, business, or the local community? The Leadership Collective Broken Arrow is an exclusive one-day workshop for business owners, or C-Suite executives, with varying topics from year to year in order to elevate your leadership potential. This year’s, 2021 Leadership Collective, will feature Lead for Tomorrow with Bill Fournet, Founder and CEO of The Persimmon Group.

As an executive leader, being well prepared to thrive in this time of constant change and disruption is crucial. In this full-day session, Bill will guide you through finding stability through mini-sessions focused on fail-proofing your strategy, multiplying the productivity of your workforce with the latest people and team performance approaches, and maximizing your personal time and performance. We’re confident this session will leave you with new insights, new techniques, and new action plans to unlock your organization’s potential. Click here for the 2021 Leadership Collective Agenda.


Join us Wednesday, November 3, 2021



Bill Fournet is the Founder and CEO of The Persimmon Group, the award-winning management consulting firm he founded in 2004. Bill loves to solve complex problems for organizations of all sizes, and remains hands-on at Persimmon, consulting clients of all sizes and in many verticals. A sought-after speaker on Generational Diversity, Leadership and Project Management, Bill believes “we are in the midst of a great transformation.” From technology to generational issues, Bill analyzes workforce trends to help you understand the future of work and how to stay ahead in times of uncertainty.

Bill’s experience in managing high-performance teams has directly influenced the unique business philosophy and atmosphere that has created one of the leading small businesses today.

The Persimmon Group was awarded the Blue Ribbon by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its success as one of the leading small businesses in America in multiple years. The Persimmon Group was also named multiple years to the Inc. 500/5000 list for the U.S. Fastest Growing Companies. The Persimmon Group has received the Families and Work Institute’s 2013 Effective and Flexible Workplace Award, and also received the 2016 Arrowhead Award for the Oklahoma Professional Business of the Year.

Bill earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He has been honored as the Small Business Person of the Year by Tulsa’s Metro Chamber of Commerce and is a two-time honoree for “Most Admired CEO” in Oklahoma.

Bill currently serves as a Member, Board of Directors at Boy Scouts of America, Indian Nations. He and his wife, Christy, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma and have three sons.


Kathy Taylor is the interim dean of the Collins College of Business. An accomplished leader, business executive and corporate attorney, Taylor has a record of transformational change and leadership in both the public and private sectors. She is also a tireless advocate for education and entrepreneurship, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion.

In addition to Taylor’s service as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Commerce and Mayor of Tulsa, she has served on several corporate boards, including Sonic Corp, Bank of Oklahoma, National Car Rental and Dollar Car Rental, as well as on various boards for professional and non profit organizations.  Taylor is currently active on the boards of the Tulsa Public Facilities Authority, 36oN, a basecamp for entrepreneurs, StitchCrew, a business accelerator, the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, and VEST a network for expanding the pipeline of women in positions of influence.

Taylor earned a BA and a JD from the University of Oklahoma.  She was the inaugural recipient of hte Order of the Owl, the highest honor bestowed by the OU College of Law.  Taylor was a resident fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School Institute of Politics and holds honorary doctoral degrees from The University of Tulsa and Old Dominion University.