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A Word from the Executive Director
Reflections/Looking Ahead
January marks my first anniversary at Leadership Oakland. Two words come to mind as I reflect back on the past year: gratitude and optimism.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an organization as strong and impactful as Leadership Oakland (LO). The support from the LO Board, staff, sponsors, alumni and community has been remarkable. And the expertise and open mind of former executive director, Chris Scharrer, has been invaluable. She's a wonderful mentor, advocate, and friend. There's an article yet to be written there on successfully navigating a leadership transition.
Optimism: The Talent of Our Region
This past year has brought the opportunity to cross paths with and learn about many current and future leaders of our area. Metro Detroit is filled with genuinely caring, smart, innovative people willing to do the work of turning words into action to make our quality of life, organizations and overall region better. 
Optimism: The Future of LO
Recently, the LO Board and I participated in a strategic planning retreat.  We're excited for what's ahead for Leadership Oakland as we work to grow and sustain our role in developing leadership excellence. I look forward to sharing more with you in the months to come. 
There are plenty of opportunities for you to be involved in being a part of LO's future in the coming months: the Young Professionals Breakfast of Champions, Taste of LO, the next Cornerstone class, to name a few.  I look forward to hopefully seeing or hearing from you sometime soon.
Bring on 2017!

Now Accepting Applications for our Cornerstone Program 
Who will be in the next Best Class ... Ever?

The excitement is building as Leadership Oakland opens applications for the Cornerstone LOXXVIII class. Who will make up the next talented and committed class determined to make a difference? Maybe you? Or a close friend or colleague?

The Leadership Oakland Cornerstone program offers emerging and experienced leaders the opportunity to
expand their leadership skills personally, professionally and publicly. The nine-month experience provides an in-depth look at our region, its resources, issues and opportunities for individual and community growth.    
Each year's cohort is made up of a about 50 professionals from diverse backgrounds, career paths and experience. Retired individuals are also encouraged to apply.

The Selection Committee looks for candidates who demonstrate the following characteristics: 
  • A sincere commitment, motivation and interest to serve our region. Genuine concern for the future of Oakland County and the region.
  • Potential for advancement in leadership within their own organization or community.
  • Willingness and ability to fully participate in the program.
  • The intention of becoming involved in community boards, commissions or key volunteer leadership positions.
Early Application Deadline is April 5, 2017

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bocYoung Professionals Panel 
The Changing Face of Leadership

February 21, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Moderator: Jennifer Korman, LOXIX, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

The face of leadership is changing as a new generation begins to ascend. These bright, innovative professionals definitely have some ideas of their own. This is one of our most popular events! In a special panel discussion, they'll share their views on leadership, success, how to work effectively with them, and what it takes to be an impactful leader. We also will be joined by Brooks Patterson's Elite 40 for this event.

Location: MSU Management Education Center
811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098


Talisa Norton, LOXXVII
Co-Owner / Chief Operating Officer
All Pro Color
Sara Stoddard, LOXXIV
Chief of Emergency Management
Oakland County Homeland Security Division
Jordan Twardy, LOXXV
Community & Economic Development
City of Ferndale
Cost of Single Session: 
$32 LOAA Member
$36 Non-LOAA Member/General Public

Thank you to our breakfast sponsor:

Leadership Oakland's Biggest Event Returns to The Townsend Hotel. Don't Miss Out!

Taste of LO
March 23, 2017 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham
"Taste" is our signature event bringing together hundreds of professionals for a night of fun, great food and conversation to support LO programs and scholarships. The evening features an extensive silent auction, honors for inspiring leaders and plenty of opportunities for easy networking. New this year -- the first Annual Best Class Ever ... Award.
Don't miss out on this special evening! Sponsorship opportunities now available. To donate an item to our silent auction contact Susan Hollady at 248.952.6880.

Single Tickets: $40 
Tables: $275 (includes 8 tickets and table marketing sign) Limited availability!
Dine Out to Support LOXXVII's Day of Service
Mark your calendars for February 28, when Granite City in Troy will donate back to Leadership Oakland for the LOXXVII Day of Service! If you have a business lunch or want dinner with friends or family, plan to go to Granite City in Troy on that date and let them know you are there for Leadership Oakland. They will give back a percentage of what you spend to LO. Share with all your friends, family and coworkers, too. More details to come soon.
LOXXVII: Diversity & Inclusion Session

On Wednesday, January 11, LOXXVII participated in their Diversity & Inclusion session at Fox Run Retirement Community. The class had an opportunity to hear from diverse speakers that shared information on privilege, the Holocaust, and transgender issues. 

Nicole Pardo from Global Alliance Solutions shared a presentation on implicit bias and engaged the class in interactive activities designed to help the class uncover their own biases and how they can be better aware of them. 

The day was designed to increase awareness, understanding and sensitivity to all ways we are unique and different and its impact on personal and professional relationships.

One member of the class described the day as being their  favorite session of the year so far. She said, "it was powerful, memorable and actionable -- we can do something with this new information we have learned."

Thank you to our session sponsors: 

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Alumni Spotlight

Jason Pauleteer, LOXXVI
Vice President and Marketing Manager
PNC Financial Services Group

When it comes to communicating leadership skills effectively, sharing your home is one way that leaves a lasting legacy. Case in point: Jason and Chapri Paulateer, who had children of their own yet knew there was room for more in their lives and in their hearts.

Jason Paulateer, a Detroit native, went through the Leadership Oakland Cornerstone Program last year and was voted Vice President by his class. Jason was already well known for his public leadership and his commitment to the community. During his LO Cornerstone year, we learned also about his personal leadership and commitment to family that was awe inspiring. 
His understanding of community needs, including that of children in need of foster parents, paired with a willingness to expand his personal circle of family, grew. Today, he is Dad to ten kids, some with special needs. Four of their kids have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD. One is on the autism spectrum. One struggles with Oppositional Defiance Disorder. All of them are loved.

Through Leadership Oakland's whole-life development mission, Paulateer says he was able to apply what he learned about health and human services to be a better adopted parent. He developed an understanding of diverse perspectives and varied opinions by sharing with professionals from diverse professions, ethnicity, backgrounds and beliefs. Then, as he learned about what resources are available within the community, he began to develop a "village mentality" for building a network of support for his family, business, and life goals.

"Each session helped me professionally by providing exposure and access to available resources in the region," Paulateer said. "I have been able to work across many organizations in support of my business objectives." Paulateer said he was surprised to discover so many things about his own community that he never knew until he made a commitment to develop his leadership skills through Leadership Oakland.

"How could I have lived here all my life and not know about this stuff?" he said.
A key component to great leadership is an understanding of diverse perspectives, and as an emerging/rising leader, Paulateer is interested in maintaining the vision he has brought to the table. Like others in the program, these individuals all share the common desire to reach their full leadership potential and benefit our community. This creates a strong network which crosses boundaries and makes impactful change possible for us all.

Learn more about Jason and his family in this story by the Detroit Free Press: 
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