LOdown News
November, 2015 
Scott Norman, LOXXII
Priority Health
Vice President, Sales

What made you decide to go through the LO program?
Great opportunity to learn more about Oakland County and network with other leaders in the area.

What did you think you would get out of it?
Build my leadership skills and gain a better understanding of the political and business community in the greater Oakland County area.

What did you actually get from the experience?
I felt like my experience with LO was very close to my expectations.  I met and got to know a number of local leaders; I valued the leadership training; and I left with a much greater understanding of the Oakland County area.

What would you tell someone who was thinking about applying for LOXXVII?
Great experience and great opportunity to become more involved in the community. Definitely worth the financial and time investment.

Have you made any changes since your LO graduation? (personally, professionally or in the community/volunteer wise)
Promotion to Vice President position at Priority Health

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Are You a Leader During Times of Stress?

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

- Martin Luther King, Jr., U.S. civil rights champion (1929-1968)

Leaders are tested-especially their abilities and their commitment-in times of turmoil and uncertainty. That's when leaders replace imposters, when champions take over from those who merely occupy a corner office. True leaders often appear in times of stress-be it financial, emotional, political or physical. As a student and as a teacher of leadership, I've long been impressed with how military officers in particular lead precisely when it's not convenient or easy-when the tumult is the greatest and uncertainty is at a peak.

We've come to expect such leadership from them. When a bomb went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, U.S. Army Colonel Everett Spain-at the time, a Harvard Business School student - ran toward the explosion, into the smoke, to help victims. "I can say with perfect honesty that it was not me who ran toward the smoke," he later explained, "but the values deliberately imprinted on me by my faith, my family, my friends, my mentors, the many character-building institutions I've been privileged to be associated with, and our American spirit."

This past summer, Alek Skarlotos-a specialist in the Oregon National Guard-and Spencer Stone-an airman in the U.S. Air Force-were on vacation, aboard a high-speed train bound for Paris. Suddenly, they heard gunshots and breaking glass. Rather than head for cover, they ran toward the chaos, to subdue a terrorist armed with an AK-47.

A Message from the Director

How Do You Lead?

Personal. Professional. Public. Leadership Oakland stands solidly on these three important pillars of leadership. As we enter this time of year when we reflect on what we have been given, and then move into full swing in the season of giving, I have a suggestion. Let's each take a moment to reflect on the people in these three aspects of our lives: personal, professional and public, and appreciate the lessons they taught us about how to be (or perhaps how not to be) good leaders. And then let's ask ourselves as leaders, how we might give just a little bit more in each of these categories to effectuate greater impact-and ultimately help make the world just a little bit better place.

And speaking of influential leaders... Take a look at the Breakfast of Champions Series we have lined up for you this year. Please join us in learning from, and being inspired by, these impactful leaders in our region. Another chance to hang out with leaders as well as to make a difference, is our annual Together We Can! at the Corner Bar in Birmingham in December (details below). Think about it. This whole leadership thing really does have cyclical aspects to it. We get so much from others which allows us to be more giving in our own ways. And when we give of ourselves, what we get back by way of the return on that investment is so much more than the gift itself. Leadership Oakland people know this. Leadership Oakland people live this!

Chris Scharrer
Executive Director
Leadership Oakland
Together We Can! Dec 9 

"Together We CAN!", is a social gathering of LO Alumni and current class members.  Come out to enjoy each other's company during the Holiday Season while at the same time helping raise food for families in need. 
Reunite with LO friends, meet some new ones, share some holiday spirit, and just relax for a bit. Light appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar.
Cost of entry:
Canned or pantry goods (any number of cans of soup, vegetables, etc will do). Bring what you CAN and we'll see which LO Class CAN donate the most CANS. All donations will be given to the Lighthouse of Oakland County this year. It is a friendly competition between classes.  Who will be the 'best class' this year?

Hope to see you Dec 9 at the Corner Bar adjacent to the Townsend Hotel - 100 Townsend Street, Birmingham.

Please RSVP so we can get an idea of how many will be attending:
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LO Announces it's annual Breakfast of Champions Series
Leadership Oakland's Breakfast of Champions series has a solid reputation for good content and engaging speakers, excellent networking, and a tasty breakfast. This year the series  brings together speakers for your professional, personal and public leadership development. It is open to the public. Registration can be done individually for each breakfast or receive a discount by registering for the series. The BOC series will all be held from 7:30am to 9:00am at the Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098

January 20, 2016
Jack Aronson
Founder, Garden Fresh
February 24, 2016
Young Professionals Panel
Jennifer Korman, LOXIX 
April 27, 2016
Barbara McQuade
US Attorney for the Eastern District of MI

The cost is $32 f or LO alumni association members, $36 for non-members/ general public and includes a complete breakfast. Register for all three events and save. $90 LO alumni association members and $100 non-members/ general public. Pre-registration required. To register, contact Carol Dendler at 248.952.6880 or register online at:  http://www.leadershipoakland.com/breakfast-of-champions/

Sponsorship opportunities are available for our Breakfast of Champions Series. Current sponsors include: HAP and DTE Energy Foundation.

Economy and Government Session
October 14 was our first session for our LOXXVI class. The session's objective was to raise awareness and create better understanding of  the relationship of government and the economy.  Participants also had an opportunity to become more informed about the activities and resources of our government.

"I had no idea of the resources that Oakland County offers to residents and businesses."                                           -Sandra Oram, LOXXVI 

Session Sponsors : Health Alliance Plan, DTE Energy Foundation, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Oakland County and L Brooks Patterson

Non-Profit and Human Services Session
On November 11 LOXXVI participated in the Non-Profit session as part of their Cornerstone program. The day provided them an overview of nonprofit and human service issues, challenges and resources. One of the session's objectives was to develop a heightened awareness of the barriers individuals and organizations face. The day also allowed them to identify opportunities for personal and professional involvement in supporting nonprofit agencies.

"We are all the same inside and have the same worth no matter the circumstances. This session further solidified that belief."                                                                      -Belinda Barron, LOXXVI

Session Sponsors: Health Alliance Plan, DTE Energy Foundation, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services,  Suburban Mobility Authority Regional Transportation (SMART), Common Ground, and Baldwin Center

Congratulations to 
Diane Antishin (LOXXVI) on her promotio n to Vice President, Human Resources from Executive Director, Human Resources at DTE Energy. 

Antishin is responsible for talent acquisition, HR consulting, workforce planning and analytics, compensation, benefits and wellness functions, and strategic labor and employee relations for DTE's utility and non-utility businesses.

Congratulations to  Lesley Delgado  (LOVII)  on her company, Strategic Recruiting  b e ing a BEST of MichBusiness Award Winner.  Sh wi ll receive the a ward on November 18 at the MichBusiness Award event, sponsored by the Michigan Business and Professional Associatio n.

Congratulations to Christine Logan   (LOXIX)  for earning her Master Structured Settlement Consultant (MSSC) designation. Christine was a member of the Inaugural Class of the MSSC program at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business and is one of the only 24 structured settlement professionals in the country to hold the designation.