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2020 – A Transformative Year

2020 was supposed to be our 30th Anniversary year, but like so many, we needed to pivot part way through our event planning and lead our community in a very different way.  In March we began a series of virtual Lunch and Learns and Happy Hours.  It was our way of...

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Thriving Through Disruption

How much has your personal or professional life changed in the last eight weeks? Are you working from home? Not working? A part-time teacher / part-time parent? Starting to get screen headaches? Zoom overload? Stressed? Anxious? Missing friends and family? Maybe all...

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Susan Bailey, LOXIX Interview

Executive Director of Leadership Oakland, Tom Sommer, interviews Susan Morgan Bailey, LO board member, entrepreneur and culture & wellbeing expert. Tom: Susan Morgan Bailey is the Vice President of Culture and Wellbeing Practice Leader for Marsh and McLennan...

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You Don’t Know the Whole Story

Tears of sadness filled my eyes as Clarence shared his story of being diagnosed with advanced colon cancer at the age of 31! They turned to relief as he relayed the news of his remission. Then the questions flooded my mind, “What?! When?! How?!” After quickly doing...

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Slow Down! Networking is Not a Race

Slow Down! Networking is Not a Race It’s easy to feel more professionally connected than ever. Linked-In broadcasts our resume, accomplishments and career goals to the world. New connections are a few clicks away. But, virtual relationships pale in comparison to...

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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...

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Show More Kindness

One of my favorite childhood memories is breaking out the Sears and JCPenney holiday catalogs and poring over them to make my Christmas list. So many decisions to make! I still love the holidays but my list has gotten shorter and easier to make, especially this year....

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Leadership Oakland Cornerstone Program Experience

With only two weeks before the Cornerstone Program application deadline, anticipation is growing as we review the applications already received. The prospective Class of LOXXVII is upholding the tradition of being smart, committed, community-minded leaders from a...