In this issue: LOXXVII Graduates  |  Cornerstone Applications Still Open | Junior LO X  | Upcoming Partner Events  |  New Board Members  |  Member News
From the Executive Director

Rethinking Your Summer To-Do List

Ah, summer … the lazy days of resting, relaxing and recharging. Wait … wha? Who has time for that?! It seems summer has become just another time to go, go, go … even while on “vacation.” Let’s just add rest to the official list of four-letter words.

I experienced a huge wake-up call last summer that showed me rest is not an option but a necessity – not an easy lesson for someone who used to judge the success of the day by how much got done. Rest gets a bad rap, especially among professionals determined to make a difference in their families, organizations and communities – like many Leadership Oakland (LO) participants. Rest = slacking; rest = mind-numbing hours in front of the TV (maybe, but not usually); rest = wasting precious time.

Truth: Real rest is doing things that you enjoy, that energize and recharge you. And while you, like me, may love and be energized by your job – too much of a good thing is … well, not good.

So that got me wondering … what do LO readers do, or wish they would do more of, to rest and recharge? The LO community is unique and diverse but united by the desire to live to our full personal and professional potentials. And who knows … your suggestion may inspire someone else to try something new or create new connections between LO readers.

To get you thinking, here are a few things I’ve done recently to rest and recharge:

  • Read – I LOVE to read and learn. Latest book favorite – Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, and top-rated Wharton professor, Adam Grant. I’m currently looking for other recommendations.
  • Ballroom Dance Classes – Super fun and a good workout
  • Long weekend in Ohio’s Amish Country – there’s something to be said for old-fashioned simplicity
  • Spent a rainy Sunday binge-watching forgotten 80’s sitcoms like Benson (major admiration points from me if you remember that one).

Join in the conversation, what non-work related activity is your favorite?
Congratulations to the newest Best Class … Ever!!
Leadership Oakland’s 27th class has officially graduated. This high-achieving, civic-minded group learned more about themselves as leaders, the resources and issues of the region, and made life-long connections during the nine-month program. They also executed the most ambitious Day of Service project in Leadership Oakland history – rehabbing a safe house for female human trafficking survivors in partnership with non-profit, Monarch Wings – Hope Against Trafficking (click here for photos). Congratulations to our new Leadership Oakland Alumni. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

Thank you to our graduation sponsors: Baker College, HAP, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and DTE Energy Foundation.
Want to be Part of the Experience?

There’s still time if you’ve been thinking about being a part of the next Leadership Oakland Cornerstone class. We’ve been able to successfully increase the number of participants in recent years without affecting the quality and comradery of the experience. A few remaining spots are available for the cohort that begins in September. If you or someone you know is interested, please let us know.

Happy 10th Anniversary Junior LO
Thirty students from 20 high schools throughout Southeast Michigan had the distinction of participating in the 10th Junior Leadership Oakland class. The three-day leadership workshop provides selected high school seniors with the opportunity to develop personal, professional, and public leadership skills as they plan their futures. 

Junior LO is the creation of graduates from Leadership Oakland’s LO18 Cornerstone class who developed the program as their Day of Service class project. Their goal was to encourage high school seniors to learn more about leadership and potential career paths in our region. 

Thank you to our sponsors:  Genisys Credit Union, Oakland Community College - Auburn Hills Campus, Crossroads for Youth and Oakland County.

A special thank you to all our speakers for investing their time and talent.
Upcoming LO Partner Events

Sweet Dreamzzz Macy’s Shop for a Cause Challenge
Now-August 9, 2017

Support Sweet Dreamzzz and its Early Childhood Sleep Education Program and receive a savings pass to Macy's 12th Annual Shop for a Cause Charity Shopping Event in August. Your donation could help Sweet Dreamzzz win additional funding from Macy’s. For more information, click here.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Workshop

Presented by United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit

Enhance your leadership skills by understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it impacts you and your organization. This workshop is free; however, registration is required.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
8:30-11:00 a.m.
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC, Farmington Hills

26th Crossroads for Youth “Give a Child a Chance” Golf Classic

Hit the links to change the lives of at-risk kids

Friday, September 8, 2017
Metamora Golf and Country Club, Metamora

If you are an LO alumni/sponsoring company and would like your event featured in our newsletter, please let us know at
New LO Board Members
Welcome new board members

Leadership Oakland is pleased to announce five new members to its Board of Directors

  • Susan Bailey, LOXIX, Marsh & McLennan Agency | Michigan
  • Maureen Elliott, LOXIX, Beaumont Health
  • Carnita Hunt, LOXVI, HR consultant
  • Pete Karsten, LOXI, Baker College
  • Jordan Twardy, LOXXV, City of Ferndale

The newly elected directors will fill the vacated seats of those whose service ended due to term limits or other organizational by-law provisions.

Thank you to the following retiring Board members for their many years of dedicated service and support!
  • Outgoing Board President, Michelle Crockett, LOXVI, Miller Canfield, P.L.C. 
  • Pete Auger, LOXIX, City of Novi
  • Mike Dixon, LOXVI, Beaumont Health
  • Mike Elinski, LOXXI, Ally Financial
  • Homayune Ghaussi, LOXIX, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

View the entire board here
Member News

Congratulations to …

  • Junior LO title sponsor, Genisys Credit Union, for being named a Michigan Economic Bright Spots organization by Corp! Magazine.
  • LOXXVII alumni, Jay Patel, President and CEO of Amtech Electrocircuits, for also being honored as a Michigan Economic Bright Spots organization by Corp! Magazine.  In addition, Jay is opening Acton Academy in Oakland County this Fall.  This innovative school designed for the 21st century will be located in downtown Rochester.  For more information visit or call 248-923-1635. 
  • Bruce J. Annett Jr., LOIX, Lawrence Technological University vice president of marketing and public affairs, on receiving the TechCentury Image Award by the Engineering Society of Detroit for achievement in promoting engineering and technical professions.