The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Molly Shi Boren will be the keynote speaker of its 2018 Leadership Luncheon. The annual luncheon is held to recognize the graduating classes of Leadership YOUniversity and Leadership Ada.  

Molly Shi Boren is a native of the Ada area and first lady of the University of Oklahoma. She graduated from East Central University in 1964 with a degree in English.  She continued her education at the University of Oklahoma, earning both a master’s degree in English and a law degree. After serving as a special district judge for Pontotoc County, she married Gov. David Boren in 1977.  

Since 1994, President and Mrs. Boren have admirably served the University of Oklahoma and continue to lead by example. 

Molly Shi Boren is the first person to have served as both first lady of the State of Oklahoma and the first lady of the University of Oklahoma.  She was also the first woman ever to serve on the board of trustees of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and the first woman elected to the board of directors of the Ada Chamber of Commerce. 

Leadership YOUniversity is a five-month individual professional development program that provides training in areas such as personality traits, generational differences, networking, public speaking, conducting meetings and team building. This year, the Chamber will graduate 24 participants from the program. Over 200 professionals have graduated from the program since its inception in 2009.

Leadership Ada is a seven-month program designed to educate and engage emerging community leaders about local issues. This year, 19 graduates from the 2017-18 program will be recognized at the luncheon.

The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23 at the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center on the campus of East Central University. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased by calling (580) 332-2506 or emailing

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.