LOdown News
May 2016 
Jeanette Carney, LOXIII
Founder & President
Carney & Associate
What made you decide to go through the LO program?
I decided to go through the LO program to prepare for regional and national leadership to support and advance the community.

What did you think you'd get out of it?
Nine months of a program which would deliver extensive knowledge in all county areas, i.e., government, education, law, healthcare, arts, etc.

What did you actually get from the experience?
I gained many friends and useful knowledge from the LO experience.

What would you tell someone who was thinking about the Cornerstone program?
The LO program is second to none, and will prepare applicants to engage in the community and enhance leaderships skills.

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 Focus on a Cause: 
Arts&Soul of Oakland County

Ann Marie LaFlamme, Channel 7 with Melissa Parks, LOXXVI, Founder of Arts&Soul of Oakland County.

Art&Soul of Oakland County launched on Friday, May 6 at the Motorcity Casino Sound Board. Orchards Children's Services held their Signature Event with 400 people in attendance. Ann Marie LaFlamme was the MC and explained that this initiative shares the stories and images of unforgettable children- capturing not just their souls, but reaching out to touch the essence of every human being- potential moms and dads, aunts and uncles, sisters and bothers, cousins and classmates. A real future for real children with hopes and aspirations who dream that a family might see them and know that "they" are the child for them, forever- a "forever family."

It was an incredible night that was shared with my family, friends, sponsors and the incredible photographers who gave their time and talent to magically make more real, the essence of each child.

Please follow the Art&Soul of Oakland County Facebook page and www.artandsouldreams.com for monthly exhibit locations and how you can help keep the conversation alive.

r.collective salon in Clawson is excited to host the first exhibit May 10-May 31.

Together we can build a movement where our community takes action and believes - Every Child is a Work of Art.


Save the date!
Come connect and learn how to engage with Community Housing Network.

There will be live music, beer  and wine tasting and appetizers.

Date: June 7
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Lafayette Market, 154 N. Saginaw St, Pontiac MI 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Please visit this link to buy tickets.

Grantsmanship Training

Along with Leader Dogs for the Blind, Community Housing Network is co-hosting the prestigious Grantsmanship Training Program from The Grantsmanship Center.

Date: June 13-17
Leader Dogs for the Blind, Banquet Room
1039 S. Rochester Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

To register or for more information visit  CHN .

A Message from the Director, Nancy Maurer
With only two weeks before the Cornerstone Program application deadline, anticipation is growing as we review the applications already received. The prospective Class of LOXXVII is upholding the tradition of being smart, committed, community-minded leaders from a variety of organizations.

It's always interesting to hear the reasons why people value their LO experience. The reasons typically fall into one or more of the following categories:

The People - The bond and respect that develops between class members is visible early on. 50 people, mostly strangers, meet in September at retreat with the aspiration to be The. Best. Class. Ever. This year's class, LOXXVI, took it up a notch claiming they are The. Best. Class. Period. To see this group of diverse individuals grow together over the course of several months to collaborate and overcome obstacles to build a greenhouse and community garden for their Day of Service project was truly inspiring.

The Network - The LO bond extends beyond the class members. There is no denying the generosity and power of the LO alumni network, now more than 1,100 strong. We repeatedly hear stories of someone who had a need, opened up the alumni directory and contacted an LO member who was there ready to help!

The Experience - From retreat to the monthly sessions to the Day of Service, the LO experience stands out to many. They see and experience the region - its high points and issues - first hand, hearing from thought-provoking leaders and learning from one another how their input can impact the area.

The Investment of Time - One of the biggest hesitations participants say they had going into the program was the investment of time - one day a month. It doesn't take them very long to shed that concern and decide that it is well worth the investment. Many say it's the day they look forward to most each month.

The Fun - People just plain have fun being in the program and part of LO.

The biggest piece of advice LO alumni usually give to those considering the Cornerstone Program is "Do it!" With two weeks left to go, I encourage you or someone you know to take that leap into the unforgettable and invaluable experience of the Cornerstone Program.
Upcoming Events
There is still time to nominate yourself or someone you know for Cornerstone - LOXXVII

Leadership Oakland is now accepting applications for LOXXVII
The deadline is May 25

Here are what people are saying about Cornerstone:

"I learned not only about personal leadership but I learned the behind the scenes details of how our community works and why certain decisions are made. I got connected to decision makers and learned of their needs, which in turn has helped me lead my organization's revitalization efforts."

-Kristen Elliott, LOXVI
Vice President of Development
Community Housing Network

"I made sincerely deep connections, learned a tremendous amount about
critical players and organizations in Oakland County and learned quite a bit about myself in the process."

-Dr. Rita Fields, LOXX
Assistant Professor of Management
Madonna University, School of Business

Don't miss out on being in our next class. Apply now!

Regular application deadline is May 25, 2016.
Download the application  or call 248-952-6880 for more information.
LO Happenings
LOXXVI Day of Service 2016
So what? ...What did they build that will benefit this community for years to come?  Click here to see the final result. It was amazing what happened when more than fifty-five community and business leaders gathered for the annual Leadership Oakland Day of Service on April 23, in a Pontiac neighborhood.  L. Brooks Patterson and the Mayor of Pontiac, Deirdre Waterman were also on hand to to see!
Thank you to our sponsors!
  LOXXVI - Shaping The Future

May 11 was our eighth session for our LOXXVI class. This session's objectives were to reinforce friendships, contacts and resources developed during their  Leadership Oakland experience.  Another objective was to help them assimilate the experiences, information and key learnings of the past year and to challenge them to take action in the future as a group and as individuals.

Tina Barton, LOXXV addressed the class and asked them as they are wrapping up their LO Cornerstone stone experience to reflect on: "What do I want to do? Who do I want to help? What do I want the results to be? What value do I want to create?."
Session Sponsors: Crossroads for Youth, HAP, DTE Energy Foundation, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Member News

Congratulations to Jennifer Korman, LOXIX and Kim Martin, LOXXIII for being presented the Corp! magazine's Most Valuable Millennial Award on April 27 at the VisTaTech Center. Other LO winners for the Most Valuable Professional award were: Ryan Bladzik, LOXXIII, Allison Gorman, LOXXVI and Treger Strasberg, LOXXVI.

Special congratulations to Jennifer Korman, LOXIX, who also walked away as the overall winner in the Most Valuable Millennial category!

Dr. Janet McPeek, LOIX is retiring from Crossroads for Youth the end of May!
Please congratulate Janet at her Retirement Reception
Thursday, June 9, 2016; 4:30-7:00 PM
Canterbury Village
2359 Joslyn Court
Lake Orion, MI 48360
Buffet Dinner | Cash Bar
$35 Per Person
Register at https://janetretirement.eventbrite.com or
Contact Crossroads for Youth at 248.628.2561