Leadership Oakland is committed to building stronger communities by developing strong leaders. The Leader of Leaders Awards are intended to identify outstanding LO Alumni members with impressive achievements personally, professionally, and/or in their public lives.  If you or someone you know has a leadership story that exempliifies extraordinary leadership qualities, plesae submit your nomination.

Nominations are being accepted until April 9, 2021.  Winners will 
be announced at the Leader of Leaders Award virtual event on May 20, 2021.

May 20, 2021 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Registration is closed for this event.


Special President's Award

Jennifer Korman, LOXIX
Project Management Office
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Patricia Blount, LOXXIII, ALI-3
Director, Ambulatory Rehabilitation, Sleep Centers, Neurological Recovery Systems
Ascension Health

Executive Director Award

Dawn Magretta, LOIX
Executive Director
Schoolcraft College Foundation

Chris Scharrer, LOIX
New Paradigm Solutions, LLC

Nancy Maurer, LOXXV
Sonder Haven LLC

Pinnacle Award

Leigh-Anne Stafford, LOXXV
Oakland County Health and Human Services

Leader of Leaders Award

Personal Leadership
Valiena Allison, LOXXVII
Allison Family Foundation

Professional Leadership
Kris Ray, LOXXVI
Plante Moran

Public Leadership
Cheryl Boodram, LOXXIX
Executive Vice President of Sales & Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Financial Credit Union


Personal Leadership
“Personal leadership is the self-confident ability to crystalize your thinking and establish an exact direction for your own life, to commit yourself to moving in that direction, and then to take determined action to acquire, accomplish, or become whatever you identify as the ultimate goal in your life.” – Joel Farcht

In this category, we recognize nominees who demonstrate a commitment to the practice of personal leadership throughout all aspects of their life.  This person brings the following values in the service of others:

·      Personal vision

·      Integrity

·      Self-discipline

·      Honesty

·      Kindness

·      Spirituality

This nominee’s actions regularly inspire others to dream more, learn more, and do more and serves as a role model to the community.  


Professional Leadership
“You manage things; you lead people.” —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


In this category, we recognize nominees who achieve a high level of success and competency, demonstrate the ability to create and implement a vision for their team, act with boldness by taking smart risks to advance organizational and personal goals, and inspire employees and team members to take smart risks and to drive positive change in their professional lives.


Public Leadership
“There’s no greater challenge and there is no greater honor than to be in public service.” —Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice


In this category, we recognize nominees who have committed themselves to public service, worked tirelessly to advance sound public policy, and exhibited virtuous leadership.  This award seeks to recognize leaders who have exercised sound judgment and an entrepreneurial spirit and served as exceptional role models for others in public service.