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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...

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Are You Serving as You Lead?

The first time I heard the term servant leadership I thought “what kind of crazy leadership fad is that?” My early leadership career was spent in an industry that was highly competitive and unpredictable. Weren’t leaders supposed to be strong, dynamic and decisive?...

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What Makes LO So Special?

As I’ve been making the introductory rounds at various community events, I often find a lot of curiosity about Leadership Oakland and what makes it so special. To be honest, it’s difficult for me to put into words without feeling like a salesperson that’s a bit too...