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Josh Linkner to Address Regional Leaders at Leadership Oakland BOC Event

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OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich., July 9, 2014 – Best selling author, CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, and regional champion, Josh Linkner will kick off the Leadership Oakland Breakfast of Champions Series on August 26, 2014 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy.  He has just released his new book “The Road to Reinvention.”  

 “After the success of his first book and after reading his new book, we knew we needed to bring Josh in for a discussion that will allow our members and the public to discover ways to drive change in their personal  lives, businesses and the region ”stated Chris Scharrer, Executive Director of Leadership Oakland.  “Over the next 12 months we will be celebrating 25 years of successful leadership development and outstanding programming.  Josh will kick off both our Breakfast Series and our 25th Anniversary Celebration.”

In the book Linkner asserts, “Change is unavoidable. You need to decide: will you drive change or be driven by it?  By choosing to deliberately reimagine your own status quo, you can secure a strong future for both your company and your career.”  Disrupt. Retool. Create.  Overhaul.  Join us to Reinvent!  

For more information about Josh and his new book visit http://joshlinkner.com/the-road-to-reinvention/
To register for the series or for an individual breakfast go to www.leadershipoakland.com.

The event is sponsored HAP, DTE Energy Foundation, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, McDonald Hopkins, Oakland University School of Business Administration, Corp! Magazine and Center for Computer Resources.


2014 - 2015 LO Board of Directors

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Leadership Oakland Board Elects New Officers and Directors

Beginning July 1, 2014 Leadership Oakland will operate with a new slate of officers and directors.  Two members of the board are retiring due to term limits as outlined in the organizational by-laws.  Retiring from the board are current President, Charlon Hibbard of Mary Kay Cosmetics and Nancy Scarlet, Oakland County.  Both individuals were congratulated and thanked for their service at the Leadership Oakland Annual Meeting held June 20, 2014. 

New to the board are: Christine Santos, TTI Global, Susan Gibson, Corp! Magazine, Tammi Shepherd, Oakland County, and DeAndre Lipscomb, HAP. 

Serving as Officers for the coming fiscal year are:  President, Sue Novak, Plante Moran, Vice President, Kevin Wisely, Genisys Credit Union, Treasurer, Michelle Crocket, Education Achievement Authority of MI, and Secretary and Program Chair, Phil Korovesis, Butzel Long.  Incoming President Sue Novak said “Our board is comprised of successful committed individuals that enjoy working together to advance quality regional leadership development. Graduates of our program really are effective leaders in their communities, homes and businesses.  It is a great program to support as a board!”  Everyone on the board is a graduate of the year long Cornerstone program and have demonstrated a passion for the mission of the organization.

Leadership Oakland Executive Director, Chris Scharrer commented on the board; “This wonderful group of leaders takes their role as a governance body very seriously.  At the same time they have fun and create a culture of support for one another.  It makes me love my job!”  Other board members serving during the 2014-2015 program year include:  Kitty Adler, Townsend Hotel, Pete Auger, former City Manager, City of Auburn Hills, Pat Blount, St. John Providence Health System, Mike Dixon, Beaumont Health System, Mike Elinski, Homayune Ghaussi, Warner, Norcross & Judd, Scott Hiipakka, Patriot Services, Jennifer Korman, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Jim Piper, Ralco Industries, Ken Randazzo, DTE Energy, Michael Silverstein, Oakland University and Kristie Veenstra, Humana.


2014 Junior Leadership Oakland Program

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2014 Junior Leadership Oakland Program

Leadership Oakland Offers Youth Leadership Program

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich., April 1, 2014 – Leadership Oakland will once again take an active approach to get young people to explore their own potential and contribute to their communities with its Junior Leadership Oakland program this summer.  Junior LO is a three-day leadership program for students who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall and wish to build upon their leadership abilities.  With no cost to students, the program seeks to generate opportunities that will ignite leadership potential, create exposure to a wide variety of career paths, and provide interaction with a network of business professionals and community leaders.

“We want to inspire these young people with a passion for Michigan so they can provide the future leadership we need to regain our position as a strong state,” comments Leadership Oakland Executive Director, Chris Scharrer.

2014 marks the seventh year Junior Leadership Oakland will take place.  The program was originally set up as a Cornerstone Class project, and has benefited well over 200 high school students since its inception.  Over the course of three days, participants will explore leadership on three levels; personal, professional, and public.  Students will be challenged to define their own sense of leadership, creating goals that will align their desired image as a leader and their future choices.  

Junior LO will take place on June 23-25 at the The Auburn Hills University Center.  The deadline for applications is, May 7, 2014.  Students can find the application and learn more about the program by visiting www.leadershipoakland.com and clicking on the “Junior LO Program” tab.  This year’s Junior LO sponsors are Oakland Schools, The Robot Garage, and Oakland Community College.



2014 Leader of Leaders Award Winners

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2014 Leader of Leaders Award Winners!

Community Leaders recognized at popular Leadership Oakland Event

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich., March 24, 2014 – Leadership Oakland honored three of its Cornerstone Program graduates with the Leaders of Leaders Award (LOLA) at the “Taste of Leadership Oakland” event on Thursday, March 20.  The awards are intended to identify outstanding Alumni Association members with impressive achievements personally, professionally, and/or in their public lives.  The three winners were chosen because of their exemplary leadership contributions specifically to this region. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, honorary chair of the event, was on hand to help recognize and offer congratulations to these outstanding individuals.

This year’s LOLA winners are Paul Landry (LOVIII) for Personal Leadership, Susan Bailey (LOXIX) for Professional Leadership and Dominic Mirabella (LOXXI) for Public Leadership. Paul Landry received his Master’s from Central Michigan University and is a Community Work Incentive Counselor with United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit. He presents nationally and statewide, empowering individuals with and without disabilities to rise to their full potential. Paul is also very involved with local community activities and charities.  Susan Bailey is nationally known for her work in corporate wellness, and is the current manager of the award-winning Wellness and Health promotion at DTE energy. Susan also has played a lead role in developing the Michigan Wellness Council from a grass-roots organization to a statewide resource for best practices in worksite health promotion. Dominic Mirabella is a graduate of West Point and achieved the rank of Captain in the US Army before his honorable discharge.  He is actively involved with a variety of volunteer roles, including President of the Royal Oak Kiwanis club.  He was recently recognized by L. Brooks Patterson as a member of this year’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class. This is just a sampling of the numerous achievements of these outstanding individuals.

A nomination and review process was used to identify these three individuals for recognition this year.  Leadership Oakland is proud of its alumni for their contributions to the region and beyond.  Additional finalists include: Faris Alami of Integrations Systems Management, Christine Buechner of James Logan & Associates, Bernie Fuhs of Butzel Long, Judy Muhn of the American Red Cross, Edward Olson of Olson Law Firm, Kent Snyder of Kent Financial Group, Anne Williams of Excellence Quest  and Brent Wirth of Easter Seals.


2014 Taste of LO

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Top Business Leaders to be honored at Popular Event

Troy, Mich., Feb. 3, 2014 – Leadership Oakland will be presenting the Leader of Leaders awards at the 9th annual “Taste of Leadership Oakland” event on March 20, 2014.  This is the organization’s biggest event of the year and it will once again be held at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, MI.  Applications are now being accepted for the awards which will be presented by last year’s winners at the event.

For the past 3 years, The Leader of Leaders award has been given to three cornerstone program alumni who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities personally, professionally and publicly. Executive Director, Chris Scharrer describes the award as “A way to really honor our graduates who have done great things with their lives at an event where top community leaders are networking and having fun.”

Last year’s winners included Marc Craig- for his work with the Community Housing Network, Malkia Maisha Newman- as an Advocate for the Mentally Ill, and Dave Sokol- for his tireless community service with multiple organizations. Leadership Oakland is asking that nominations for this year’s Leader of Leaders awards be submitted by February 21, 2014.

The event will take place from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on March 20 at the Townsend Hotel.  In addition to the awards, the event will include a keynote by L. Brooks Patterson, strolling Hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to meet Leadership Oakland graduates and discover how the organization’s Cornerstone Program has helped them become key contributors to their businesses, communities, and the Southeast Michigan region.  The hotel’s address is One Hundred Townsend Street, Birmingham, MI 48009.  Award nomination and event registration can be found at Leadership Oakland’s website, www.leadershipoakland.com.

Major Sponsors for this year’s “A Taste of Leadership Oakland” event are HAP, DTE Energy Foundation, Mercedes-Benz Financial, TTIGlobal, The Townsend Hotel, Easter Seals, Corp!, and Baker College. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

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