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You are…

You entered your professional world fueled by ambition and a vision to make a difference. But now, navigating the complexities of leadership and organizational dynamics feels overwhelming. You crave a roadmap to harness your potential and make impactful decisions.
Years into your career, you’ve achieved success but feel a sense of stagnation. The leadership skills that got you here don’t seem enough for where you want to go. You’re searching for that next level of growth, both for yourself and for your organization.
You’ve always wanted to not just lead in your workplace but also make a meaningful impact in your community. Yet, balancing professional responsibilities with community engagement feels challenging. You’re looking for a way to integrate your leadership skills into creating a broader impact.
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Why Choose Leadership Oakland?

Leadership Oakland’s Cornerstone Program isn’t just another leadership course; it’s a transformative journey.

It’s designed not only to expand your leadership skills but to redefine them. Here’s why our approach stands out:

Comprehensive Scope
Our program covers a wide array of key areas – from economy and government to diversity and the arts. This holistic approach ensures you’re not just a leader in your field, but a well-rounded influencer in all spheres of life.
Diverse Community Engagement
With participants from various industries and backgrounds, you’re not just learning about leadership; you’re experiencing it in a microcosm of the real world. This diversity fosters unparalleled networking and learning opportunities.
Real-World Application
Each session is crafted not just to impart knowledge but to challenge your perceptions and push your boundaries. You’ll engage with real-world issues, gaining insights that go beyond theory into practical, impactful leadership.
In essence, the Leadership Oakland’s Cornerstone Program is more than an educational experience; it’s a gateway to a new dimension of leadership, where learning meets action, and where your potential is not just developed but unleashed. It’s not just about leading; it’s about leading with a difference.

In essence, the Leadership Oakland’s Cornerstone Program is more than an educational experience; it’s a gateway to a new dimension of leadership, where learning meets action, and where your potential is not just developed but unleashed. It’s not just about leading; it’s about leading with a difference.

Here’s what awaits you:

In-depth Learning

Engage in sessions spanning diverse topics from government to arts, each crafted to broaden your understanding of the challenges facing our region and challenge your approach to leadership.

Diverse Network

Connect with a wide range of professionals, enriching your experience with diverse perspectives and invaluable networking opportunities.

Real-World Impact

Participate in projects and discussions that not only challenge your thinking but also empower you to make a tangible difference in your community and organization.
By choosing the Cornerstone Program, you’re not just signing up for a course; you’re embarking on a transformative journey that prepares you to lead with vision, purpose, and impact.

If You Are Looking to…

  • If you want to enhance your leadership abilities with a comprehensive understanding of various critical sectors like government, health, and arts, the Leadership Oakland’s Cornerstone Program offers in-depth sessions led by experts to broaden your perspective.
  • If you want to build a diverse professional network that spans various industries and backgrounds, this program provides an unparalleled platform for connecting with other like-minded professionals, fostering long-term professional relationships.
  • If you want to make a significant impact in your community and organization, the Cornerstone Program equips you with the knowledge and skills to effect real change, preparing you to lead with innovation and insight.

Start with Leadership Oakland

It all starts with enrolling in Leadership Oakland’s Cornerstone Program.

This program is uniquely designed to not only impart knowledge but to catalyze profound personal and professional growth. The in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts provide a comprehensive understanding of various sectors, directly enhancing your knowledge on a broad range of topics.

The diverse network you build here is not just for the duration of the program, but for a lifetime, fostering connections that extend beyond professional boundaries.

And finally, the real-world impact – the program empowers you to apply your skills and knowledge to make meaningful changes in your community and organization.

This journey with the Cornerstone Program is where your transformation from a leader to an impactful changemaker begins.

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About the Program

Leadership Oakland’s Cornerstone Program is a culmination of dedicated efforts and insights gathered from years of experience in nurturing leaders.

Our team, consisting of seasoned professionals and subject matter experts, has meticulously crafted this program. We understand the nuances of effective leadership and have tailored each aspect of the program to address the real challenges and opportunities in today’s dynamic world.

Our commitment to excellence and our deep understanding of leadership development bridge the gap between your aspirations and the skills you need to achieve them.

Choosing us means choosing a team that’s not just experienced, but passionately invested in your growth as a leader.

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What You Will Experience

Intensive Leadership Retreat

Embark on your journey with a transformative 2.5-day retreat. This immersive experience not only fosters deep connections with peers but also kick-starts your introspective leadership journey. You’ll emerge with clearly defined personal and professional goals, laying the groundwork for your leadership transformation.

Monthly Sessions

Participate in diverse, monthly themed sessions covering crucial topics from government to education to the arts. These sessions broaden your understanding of various sectors and the resources in our region, equipping you with the knowledge to lead and transform. The outcome? You evolve into a well-rounded leader, adept in multiple leadership contexts.

Diverse Networking Opportunities

Connect with a wide array of professionals across different industries. This rich diversity expands your learning and broadens your worldview. The benefit? You build a powerful professional network that supports and accelerates your career progression.

Real-World Impact Projects

Engage in practical projects addressing real community and organizational challenges. These projects sharpen your problem-solving and strategic thinking abilities. The result? You’re empowered to create effective change, significantly enhancing your leadership influence in your community and organization.

Here’s how the sessions lay out

Leadership Development Retreat

Kick-off the program with a 2.5-day intensive retreat focused on leadership potential and goal setting.

Economy & Government

Understand the economic forces and government structures shaping the region, with insights from business and government leaders.

Nonprofits & Human Services

Explore the critical role of nonprofits and human service agencies in the community.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dive into an engaging session on diversity and inclusion, moving beyond traditional approaches to foster genuine understanding and appreciation.


Gain insights into the evolving landscape of healthcare and its personal and professional implications.

Justice System

Get a comprehensive view of the criminal justice system, from local to federal levels.

Education & Workforce Development

Learn about the challenges and innovations in education systems and workforce development.

Arts & Culture

Discover the arts and cultural sector’s impact on the region’s economic and social climate.


Focus on environmental changes and their effects, with expert insights from various fields.
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Imagine feeling stagnant in your career, watching opportunities pass by, thinking, “If only I had the right skills or network…”
That’s the reality for many professionals who miss out on programs like ours.

Leadership Oakland’s Cornerstone Program isn’t just another leadership course. It’s a transformative experience that equips you with not just skills, but a network and a vision.

Skipping this opportunity could mean staying in the same spot, while your peers move forward. Don’t let hesitation hold you back from becoming the leader you’re meant to be. This is your chance to step up and stand out.

Final Thoughts

As you stand at the close of your journey with Leadership Oakland’s Cornerstone Program, imagine looking back.

You’re not just leaving with enhanced leadership skills; you’re stepping forward as a visionary, equipped to make a significant impact in your professional world and community.

You see doors opening, opportunities that were once out of reach now welcoming you. With a robust network of diverse professionals at your side and a deeper understanding of the various opportunities that shape our world, you’re ready to lead with confidence and purpose. This is not just the end of a program; it’s the beginning of your new chapter as an empowered, impactful leader, shaping not just your future but that of those around you.


What if I am already too busy?
We recognize that many of our participants lead busy lives. That’s why the Leadership Oakland Cornerstone Program is structured to accommodate the schedules of active professionals. The session timings and program layout are crafted to ensure you can engage fully without overwhelming your existing commitments. Our goal is to enhance your leadership skills in a way that complements, rather than complicates, your busy lifestyle. This program is about investing in yourself in a manageable, yet highly impactful way.
What if I don’t have prior leadership experience?
The Leadership Oakland Cornerstone Program welcomes individuals at various stages of their career. Whether you’re an emerging leader or have years of experience, our program is structured to enhance your leadership capabilities, focusing on potential and growth.
Is there support available for the tuition fee?
Yes, we offer limited partial scholarships for those who need financial assistance. We also provide options for a payment plan to make the program financially accessible. Applying for a scholarship or a payment plan will not affect your application’s consideration.
How will this program benefit my career?
• By participating in our program, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of leadership across our region, build a diverse professional network, and work on real-world projects. These experiences not only enhance your leadership skills but also significantly improve your career prospects and professional visibility.