George Okantey

Purdue Extension Educator, Marion County, Community Development

Marion County
George Okantey

George M. Okantey is a Community Development Extension Educator in Marion County. He connects science-based university resources to help constituents understand situations and then guide a process for developing solutions. He is passionate about designing practical learning opportunities that solve problems and improve the quality of life of Marion County residents and beyond. George provides expertise and resources for planning and visioning, leadership and civic engagement, implicit bias awareness, workforce development, capacity building and leadership renewal retreats. He collaborates with the principal decision-makers, organizations, businesses and schools to develop, implement and sustain these initiatives.

George is an Association for Talent Development Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), a Purdue University Lovell Leadership Series Lecturer and past president of Indiana Leadership Association. He obtained his Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). His areas of expertise include learning design and training, talent development, facilitating strategic planning processes and coaching. He is a Vital Smarts certified instructor in Crucial Conversations: Tools for talking when stakes are high and Influencer: The power to change Anything. George is a qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument instructor and a Facilitation Application Specialization Training (FAST) session leader.

He is the incoming vice president of the Indiana Extension Educators Association, a member of the Local Initiative Support Corporation’s quality of life advisory committee. He is a recognized educational partner of the Maple Crossing Great Place and a member of the Mapleton-Fall Creek Community Development Committee.