In this issue: LO Backstage Pass Event | Breakfast of Champions Series | Meet LO 28 | LO Partner Spotlight | Partner News | Alumni News
From the Executive Director
Seek to Understand – Especially When It’s Most Difficult

As I type this, it’s been two days since the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. The tragedy comes in the wake of several turbulent weeks in our country – the Charlottesville riots; devastating and deadly hurricanes; escalating tensions with North Korea; the NFL and standing vs. kneeling;etc. Polarizing viewpoints seem to be at a frenzy and getting stronger.

Upcoming Events
Don't Miss LO Backstage Pass at the Flagstar Strand Theatre
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Experience Pontiac as you never have before including:
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the newly renovated Flagstar Strand Theatre
  • A Taste of Pontiac featuring the infamous Slows BBQ, Fillmore 13 Brewery and Lafayette Market
  • Great conversation with Leadership Oakland alumni, friends and supporters
Event Sponsors:
Reprioritizing the Keys to Personal and Professional Success
Harness the Power of Leadership: Leader Dogs for the Blind
January 23, 2018

Young Professionals Panel
February 27, 2018
November 14, 2017
7:30-9:00 a.m.
MSU Management Education Center, Troy

Leaders are increasingly turning their attention in a new direction as a means to excel. Mary Pigatti, CEO of Retrofit, has been in the business of transforming lives, workplaces and communities for more than 25 years. She’ll share a blend of real-life experience and data-proven strategies for organizational and personal vitality.
Introducing LO 28
The 28th Leadership Oakland Cornerstone kicked off their journey with a retreat in September. Meet this year's class.
LO Partner Spotlight
Mercedes Benz Financial Services Named Outstanding Corporation
Long-time Leadership Oakland supporter, Mercedes Benz Financial Services, will be honored with the Outstanding Corporation Award at the Association for Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day.

The Outstanding Corporation Award is presented to a corporation for demonstrating outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.
LO Partner News

Help Shape Oakland's Next Generation of Leaders

Be part of developing our region's future leaders by joining the Oakland Next planning effort. To learn more, email Leadership Oakland alumnus, Nadja Koehler.

Genisys Credit Union Receives National Recognition for Fighting Hunger

Genisys Credit Union has been awarded the 2017 Communitas Award for the Genisys Fights Hunger campaign benefiting Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Read more.
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LO Alumni in the News

  • Marci Taran, LOXXVI, CEO for Bradley Company, was named a 2017 Rising Star by Promotional Products Business magazine.