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New Beginnings

Spring is in the air! Seemingly overnight, the trees burst into bud and bloom and flowers appeared. It's a time of anticipation for what's ahead. The same is true for us at Leadership Oakland (LO).

Spring brings new faces to LO as applications begin to arrive for the Cornerstone and Junior LO programs. The excitement builds as we review the thoughtful responses, and a glimpse of what the classes could look like slowly begins to emerge. Each class takes on its own unique identity even though the roots remain the same - a dedication to becoming stronger leaders and creating an even healthier region.

Of course, each class claims it's the Best Class ... Ever! And judging from the early applications, Cornerstone LOXXVIII and Junior LOX will uphold that legacy.

There's still time to be part of the excitement. The application deadline for Junior LO is May 1. And the deadline for Cornerstone is May 31. You can find more information on both in this newsletter.

Happy Spring!

 Who will make up LOXXVIII?

Our nomination/application process is coming to a close on May 31. What are you waiting for? Join other leaders who invest in themselves. Apply to Cornerstone today!

"The Cornerstone Program was a great investment of my money, time and resources...anyone thinking of applying should just jump in."
 -Dominic Mirabella, LOXXI

Applications Due May 31

Applications can be emailed to or mailed to
5435 Corporate Drive, Suite 203, Troy, MI 48098
 Applications Due May 1

Jr. Leadership Oakland is the place that encourages and empowers young adults to develop their full potential through three, full-day interactive workshops.

The free program will take place on June 19-21, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Oakland Community College's Auburn Hills Campus.

Program Objectives:
  • Create opportunities for students to realize their leadership potential
  • Expose students to a wide variety of career paths
  • Provide access to a network of professionals
  • Foster a commitment to community involvement
The program is free and open to all students in Metro Detroit that are entering their senior year of high school in the fall.

2017 Junior Leadership Oakland Sponsors


Our LOXXVII Cornerstone class selected the opening of a new safe house in Pontiac to support survivors of human trafficking. They chose this project because there is a great need for longer term safe housing, counseling and advocacy services. LOXXVII is partnering with Monarch Wings-Hope Against Trafficking. 

Monarch Wings-Hope Against Trafficking is a non-profit that helps Southeast Michigan female survivors of human trafficking rebuild, restore and transform their lives through a comprehensive two-year residential program.

Click on a link above to donate, volunteer or sponsor the Day of Service.

Special thank you to our Wings of Hope sponsors: 

Valiena Allison, LOXXVII

BOCUsing Reinvention to Stay Relevant

Speaker Joyce Jenereaux was very well received at the April 4 Breakfast of Champions. As the past President of the Detroit Free Press and, she was well equipped to discuss how important it is to stay relevant in a noisy world. Attendees got a unique view inside how a leader creates relevancy for companies and as an individual. This breakfast was the last of our 2016-2017 Breakfast of Champions Series. 
SessionLOXXVII: Arts & Culture

On Wednesday, April 12, LOXXVII participated in their Arts and Culture session which was held at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. The objective was to gain a broad perspective of art and cultural opportunities in Oakland County and Southeast Michigan. The session also focused on exposing participants to the issues facing the future of the arts and the impact on the social, economic and cultural climate in our region.

Detroit Institute of Arts President, Salvador Salort-Pons was a special guest speaker. He shared his vision for the future of the DIA. 

The class toured the Cranbrook Art Collection at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and spent the second half of the day at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.

"This session sparked some ideas and I plan on writing a grant which will allow art and culture to be used as a part of treatment planning for children and families."
                                                    -LOXXVII class member
Phillip Phillips
PartnerPartner News

On Thursday April 27, Community Housing Network, a long-time Leadership Oakland supporter is hosting a benefit concert at the newly renovated historic Flagstar Strand Theatre in downtown Pontiac. The concert will feature American Idol winner and pop superstar Phillip Phillips in a rare up close and personal acoustic duo show. Brian Vander Ark, the lead singer of The Verve Pipe, will open the show. 

A significant portion of the proceeds will be directed to Community Housing Network's Critical Needs Fund. Many of the people they serve encounter barriers that prevent them from getting a roof over their head, and staying under that roof once they move into their new home. The Critical Needs Fund helps fill gaps such as security deposits, proof of identity, furniture, personal care, and cleaning products that can't be met through any other funding.

Here are three ways you can support:

1. Purchase a sponsorship for your organization
2. Purchase individual tickets at $100 each
3. Forward the information along to your network

For sponsorship and ticket information visit communityhousingnetwork.orgYou can also contact  CJ Felton, LOXXIII, ALI-2  at  248.269.1342 |
Best Wishes, Mardi!

Congratulations to Mardi Woods, LO Project Manager, on her new career venture! Mardi is leaving LO to take a position with Quicken Loans. We're grateful for her nearly three years of service and her many contributions in that time. On behalf of the LO organization, thank you and best wishes, Mardi!!