In this issue: LO's 28th Class | Cornerstone Applications Still Open | LO Partner Spotlight | Upcoming Partner Events | Alumni News
From the Executive Director
What Does Hope Have to Do with Leadership?
There are many characteristics used to describe strong leaders – decisive, driven, confident, visionary, inclusive, collaborative – the list goes on. But we don’t often see the word hopeful. I think it needs to be near the top. Now before some of you think “oh no, she’s gone all woo woo on us,” let me explain.
Whatever your personal, professional, political or spiritual beliefs may be, one thing many of us can agree on is we are living in divisive and disturbing times. In overthinking the current events making world and national news, I noticed something slightly stronger than the growing knot in the pit of my stomach – hope. I think a lot of you feel it too in the midst of a myriad of other things.
When I look back on some of the greatest leaders of our time, the majority of them faced huge adversity. Each of them harnessed hope to drive positive change in the midst of insurmountable odds. In my experience with the Leadership Oakland audience, I know many of you have that same spark and drive.
My biggest source of hope right now? The dozens of local leaders who will gather in a few weeks to kick off the 28 th Leadership Oakland Cornerstone class. I still can’t put into words the unique experience that awaits this group (if I could, marketing the program would be a whole lot easier). Talented, caring and committed professionals from various backgrounds, generations, races, belief systems and viewpoints will challenge and grow their leadership to make themselves and our region stronger. If past classes are any indication, the spark created by their differences won’t result in an explosion but instead serve as a catalyst for meaningful change. I can’t wait!
Be Part of the Experience-Join Leadership Oakland's 28th class
There’s room for more in our next class which begins in September. If you want to become a stronger leader, learn more about the region, have a desire to make a difference and want to get to know some amazing professionals, apply now.
LO Partner Spotlight-Beaumont Health Expands Emergency Center
Long-time Leadership Oakland supporter, Beaumont Health, is getting ready to open its doors to an expanded emergency center at its Royal Oak hospital.

The multi-phase renovation project will double the size of the existing Emergency Center to better serve the region as emergency care needs increase. Beaumont Royal Oak is among the busiest emergency centers in the country. Take a tour of the new space here.
Upcoming LO Partner Events
Micah 6 Community's Meet Me at the Mills
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Rochester Mills Beer Co.

Support Micah 6 Community by presenting this flyer when you dine out. 20% of all food and beverage purchases will go to support the Pontiac-based community development non-profit.
Metro Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer's
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Detroit Zoo

Join in to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The opening ceremony is at 8:30 a.m. with the walk at 8:50 a.m. Find out more here.

Crossroads for Youth - Fundraiser
Friday, September 8, 2017
You, Me and Bubble Tea

You, Me and Bubble Tea in Oxford Michigan will be donating 20% of all purchases on September 8 to Crossroads for Youth with this flyer!

Leader Dogs for the Blind
Harness the Power of Leadership Experience

Experience teamwork, communication and trust through the Leader Dog process. Harness the Power of Leadership is a one-day workshop for work groups to participate in the foundational principles of leadership with a trained Leader Dog. Learn more about this unique program here .
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