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Dr. Nathan Mellor

CBFA 2022 Pre-Conference Speaker

Dr. Nathan Mellor is the executive director of the Harding University Center for Organizational Leadership and CEO of Strata Leadership, LLC. A two-time TEDx speaker, author and executive coach, he has provided more than 3,000 coaching sessions for executives throughout the United States. He also teaches LEAD 6101, Personal Leadership Development, in our MAOL program.

Dr. Mellor holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harding University and a Master of Dispute Resolution and Doctorate of Education from Pepperdine University. He has also pursued post-graduate and executive education through the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Professional Institute and the College of Executive Coaching.


Dr. Mellor has provided leadership development services to hundreds of nonprofits, governmental agencies, companies, churches and educational institutions. A sampling of organizations he has served includes: AAR Corporation, Agility Medical Group, American Airlines, ArcBest Corporation, Bank of Oklahoma, Bob Moore Auto Group, California State University System, CoorsTek, Cytovance Biologics, Federal Drug Administration, Idemitsu, Immediate Care, Insurica, Kimray, Locke Supply, MidFirst Bank, Mississippi Department of Human Services, National Christian School Association, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Paycom, REI Oklahoma, SandRidge Energy, Sonic, TriCorps Security, Warren CAT, WPX Energy and the Virginia Department of Social Services.


Dr. Mellor has taught part-time or full-time since 1997. Prior to joining Harding in 2021, he taught at Baker College, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Christian University, Pepperdine University and York College. He has been a guest presenter at institutions including: Emporia State University, East Central State University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma State University, Pepperdine University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, WPX Energy, Yale University and York College.

His background in higher education administration includes serving as assistant director and co-founder of the Mitchell Center for Leadership and Ministry at Harding, assistant director of Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He also served as the vice president of community engagement and advisor to the president at Oklahoma Christian University.

In pursuit of educational, humanitarian and religious interests, Nathan has studied or taught in Australia, Belize, China, England, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Russia and Rwanda. He is passionate about developing future leaders and is the co-founder of the Presidential Leadership Institute, hosted on the campus of York College, in collaboration with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. He is the former chairperson of the Oklahoma Ethics Consortium and received the Executive Pilot award in 2018.

Mellor met his wife, Christie, at Harding, and the two were married in 1997. They have two daughters, Annalise and Arden. He and Christie are fans of the national parks and enjoy visiting them whenever possible.

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