LOdown News
February 2016 
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Mary Mbiya, LOXXIV
Area Manager
 Flagstar Bank
What made you decide to go through the LO program?
It was a great way to continue to learn more and dig deeper into the community we serve and it also offered me an opportunity to network. program?
What did you think you'd get out of it?
Information on how to best serve my community, meet some local leaders and learn how / why some decisions are made. Learn about some local businesses and network.
What did you actually get from the experience?
I was able to grow both personally and professionally. In addition to #2 above, I was able to learn more about the community we serve, got an opportunity to learn more about some of the local non-profits and what some of the needs are, networked and made some life long friends.
What would you tell someone who was thinking about the Cornerstone program?
It truly is a great way to effectively and efficiently learn more about Oakland County. Knowledge is powerful because it helps us make impactful decisions. I highly recommend LO because it offers a great opportunity to make informed decisions and if you allow it, there is an opportunity for internal personal growth.
Have you made any changes since your LO graduation?
Volunteering is a part of my life, I feel that who I am has truly merged with my work life. I volunteer as a 'Financial Focus Volunteer Facilitator for Neighborhood House' working with people that have fallen on hard times. Life skills that help stimulate financial independence are taught in the class. It keeps me grounded and I feel that I am constantly learning from  the participants. I was also promoted to Area Manager. I have grown both personally and professionally.
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Leader of Leaders Award


Nominate yourself or someone you know!
The Leader of Leader Awards are intended to identify outstanding LO Alumni Association members with impressive achievements personally, professionally, and/or in their public lives. Three winners are chosen each year because of their exemplary leadership contributions specifically to this region.
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Silent Auction Items Needed for Taste!
Promote your business by donating to the silent auction 
Taste of LO is a great event to promote your business with an auction item!  If you are interested in donating an item from your business or in your business name, please call Susan at 248.952.6880 x3

Volunteer photographer needed for Taste of LO event
Contact us if you love taking pictures and want to take shots during our March 24 Taste of LO event!
Saturday, March 26
Pistons vs. Atlanta Hawks 
7:30 PM
Join Leadership Macomb, Leadership Windsor/Essex, Leadership Toledo, Leadership Oakland at The Palace of Auburn Hills for an exclusive Leadership Night experience! Tickets include the Detroit Pistons vs. Atlanta Hawks game, access to a pregame Sports Business Panel, and a post game free-throw shot on The Palace Court!
A Message from the Director, Nancy Maurer
Old School Leadership: Lessons from the LO Breakfast of Champions with Jack Aronson
Like many of the nearly 90 people at the recent Breakfast of Champions session with Jack Aronson, founder of Garden Fresh Gourmet, I was eager to hear his story about what it takes to lead people and an organization successfully. I mean, he sold his salsa start-up to Campbell's for $231 million - the guy must be doing something right. Not to mention his new venture, Clean Planet Foods, is poised to take off in similar fashion.
I'm not sure exactly what I expected - maybe stalwart words of wisdom on how the local "mom and pop shop" can still make it big in the world of ever increasing mega-corporations. What I didn't anticipate was this refreshingly simple takeaway message: Old school leadership is alive and well and can still breed success.
Three themes stood out the most - read more
Nominate someone for Cornerstone - LOXXVII
Leadership Oakland is now accepting applications for LOXXVII. Applications received prior to April 6, 2015 will be given
"Priority Status" in the review process.
The benefits of Priority Status include:

*VIP treatment for applicants attending the "Taste of Leadership Oakland" on March 24, 2016 and the ability to meet other applicants and members of the of the Leadership Oakland Board. A nice gift package will be presented to you that evening.

*Eligibility for the Early Selection Review that occurs in early April. Because the Executive Director will talk to each early applicant prior to the selection review date and will pass along her recommendation to the selection committee, you are highly likely to be accepted.

*Once accepted, ability to lock in calendar dates for the upcoming program year.

*Ability to be on a tuition payment plan, if needed, prior to the start of the program.

Regular application deadline is May 25, 2016.
Download the application  or call 248-952-6880 for more information.
Upcoming Events

Leadership Oakland to Explore Issues Facing Young Leaders (and Those Who Work with Them) at the next
 Breakfast of Champions
One of the hottest topics in organizations right now surrounds the latest generation of workforce talent and how they are changing the way we work and lead. Flooding the workforce in large numbers, Gen Y is evoking much curiosity, discussion and even criticism. Who are these young, ambitious leaders? What do they want? And why do organizations need to listen to them?
Join Leadership Oakland for the next session of its highly popular Breakfast of Champions (BOC) series on February 24 for the Annual Young Professionals panel discussion. The breakfasts are open to the public. The BOC series will be held at the Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098.
The cost is $32 for LO alumni association members and $36 for non-members and guests and includes a complete breakfast. Pre-registration required. To register, contact Carol Dendler at 248.952.6880 or register online at: http://www.leadershipoakland.com/breakfast-of-champions/  
February 24, 2016
Young Professionals Panel
Jennifer Korman, LOXIX 
         Ryan Bladzik, LOXXIII
         Village of Holly

         Kim Martin, LOXXIII
         Henry Ford Health System
         Treger Strasberg, LOXXVI
         Humble Design
April 27, 2016
Barbara McQuade
US Attorney for the Eastern District of MI

Sponsorship opportunities are available for our Breakfast of Champions Series. Current sponsors include: HAP,  DTE Energy Foundation,Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Northwestern Mutual

Save the Date for Taste of LO

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Limited number of tables still available, reserve your spot now! Call Carol Dendler at 248.952.6880

Justice Session
February 10  was our fifth session for our LOXXVI class. The session's objective was to  expose Leadership Oakland participants to the practical operations of the Justice System.
"I learned that Oakland County has many issues that stem from all aspects of families, neighborhoods, education, mental health and many more. We as leaders must get involved and do our part in making this a better county and "world" of which to live."  
              - LOXXVI class member
Session Sponsors : Health Alliance Plan, DTE Energy Foundation, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, and Oakland County.

Member News

Congratulations to
Susan Williams (LO staff) on her recent appointment to the Crossroad's for Youth Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Jordan Twardy, LOXXV - 8 Mile Boulevard Association, for being a member of the Oakland County Executive Elite 40 under 40 class.

Congratulations to
Henry Tanaka, LOXVIII on being a part of the US delegation to Japan. Read more about his exciting experience.

Congraulations to Sachin Varmar, LOXX - Health Alliance Plan, for being a member of the Oakland County Executive Elite 40 under 40 class.

 To see all of the Oakland County Executive Elite 40 under 40 winners click here.

Starfish Family Service
Great Hearts Gala
June 10th (Friday)
Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit
Honoree: Mariam C. Noland and the Community Foundation for SE Michigan
Sponsorship opportunities are available. 
Or phone Lori Fidler, LOXVIII 734-727-3144

Crossroads for Youth was chosen to be part of Gardner-White's current #Charituesday online competition and we NEED YOUR HELP NOW! 

Each week, Gardner-White chooses and offers two local non-profit organizations the chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Gardner-White. Only one vote is allowed per day but you can vote as many days as you like from now until Tuesday, February 23 at 9 a.m.

So go ahead, what are you waiting for? Click now to vote!