We strive to be the premier leadership and networking organization serving Southeast Michigan.


To develop a network of diverse and influential leaders by exposing them to regional resources and issues, and challenging them to reach their full personal, professional, and public leadership potential.

Diversity Value Statement

We strive to model and promote diversity and inclusion as a means to strengthen leadership. We do this by: respecting and encouraging all perspectives; and engaging diverse populations in all activities.


Since 1990, the Leadership Oakland Cornerstone Program has brought together more than 1,300 leaders from corporate, civic and non-profit organizations throughout the community. Graduates of the program have put their knowledge and network to work by becoming key contributors in their communities and places of business.

“Because of Leadership Oakland, I now sit on two non-profit boards and am much more involved with community projects.”


Each year, as part of the 9-month program, 50 developing leaders delve into the issues facing the region — from education, government and the justice system to health and human services and race and ethnic diversity. In-depth, monthly sessions, led by experts in each of these arenas, focus on both the treasures and challenges facing the region. Our goal is to take developing leaders and provide them with a rich network of colleagues, a deep understanding of the region’s challenges and the opportunity to achieve value for their own organizations, creating new levels of leadership. Through Leadership Oakland, today’s leaders will grow in their personal, professional and public leadership ability.

“I got my dream job through a person I met at Leadership Oakland. I can’t think of any other business group that has made such an impact on my professional network.”


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Thomas J. Sommer, MPP, CFRE

Executive Director

Susan A Web

Erin Shankie

Program Director

Board of Directors

Faris Alami

Faris Alami, LOXX

CEO & Founder

International Strategic Management

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Susan Bailey, LOXIX

Vice President, Culture & Wellbeing Practice Leader

Marsh & McLennan Agency | Michigan

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Matt Allen, LOXVII


Miller Canfield

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Tina Barton, LOXXV

Senior Program Advisor to the Executive Director

U.S. Elections Assistance Commission

Jonathan Berg

Jonathan Berg, LOXXVII


Bodman PLC

Cheryl Boodram

Cheryl Boodram, LOXXIX

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Chief Financial Credit Union


C.J. Felton, LOXXIII, ALI-2

Director of Real Estate Development

Community Housing Network

Melissa Foreman

Melissa Foreman-Lovell, LOXXX

Chief Nursing Officer

Beaumont Health

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Sandy Harvey, LOXXX

President & Chief Human Resources Strategist

Exodus Consulting Group

Carnita Hunt

Carnita Hunt, LOXVI

Business Owner

Business Owner Navigator P & HR Consulting

Peter Karsten

Peter Karsten, LOXI

President, Auburn Hills Campus

Baker College

Mary Mbiya

Mary Mbiya, LOXXIV

Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Director

Flagstar Bank

Dustin McClellan

Dustin McClellan, LOXXIX
Secretary/Program Chair


Pontiac Community Foundation

Steve Selinsky

Steve Selinsky, LOXII

Vice President of Product Strategy, Marketing and Community Outreach

Health Alliance Plan

Tammi Shepherd

Tammi Shepherd, LOXXIII, ALI-2

Manager, Application Services

Oakland County

Michelle Sherman

Michelle Sherman, LOXXVI

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer

Southwest Solutions

Jordan Twardy

Jordan Twardy, LOXXV

Community and Economic Development Director

City of Ferndale

Our Sponsors

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