FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
LO is more than Professional Development
Cornerstone is the primary program that Leadership Oakland offers to individuals seeking to expand their leadership skills personally, professionally and publicly. The program begins in September with a 2 1/2 day retreat, and end in June with a memorable graduation. Each month class members participate in additional sessions with a different regional focus-from education, government and the justice system to health and human services and race and ethnic diversity. Each in-depth session is led by subject experts, and includes a mix of lectures, activities and observation. Class members leave these sessions with an expanded understanding of the interconnected community, and the inspiration and knowledge to make a difference in every aspect of their lives.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who participates in Leadership Oakland?
Talented, committed professionals with a desire to strengthen their leadership, organizations and community make up a Leadership Oakland class. The program is open to people living or working in Oakland County and the surrounding region. Participants come from a wide variety of industries, backgrounds, career levels, and age ranges from those in their 20s to those in their 70s.
How does the program work?
The Leadership Oakland Cornerstone Program is a nine-month program that kicks off with a Leadership Development Retreat consisting of 2 1/2 days in early September. At the retreat, participants get to know one another, gain an overview of the region, examine their leadership potential, and set goals for the year. The Retreat is followed by additional sessions each month from October through May. Each session is designed to expose participants to current resources and issues impacting our region as well as prompt them to think more deeply about their individual and group leadership growth and actions. The program concludes with the group Day of Service project and a special graduation event.
How can I be part of the next Leadership Oakland class?
Applications open each January. The class is limited to approximately 50 participants who are selected by the Leadership Oakland Selection Committee. The committee seeks to create a class that reflects a cross-section of the community, representing diversity of race, culture, age, and gender, and ability, as well as a diverse group of professional affiliations. In making its selection, the committee also looks for individuals most apt to utilize their leadership for the long-term benefit of the community.
Do I have to be part of a company or large organization to apply?
No. In fact, we’ve seen an increase in the number of entrepreneurs/small business owners and community leaders choosing to participate in recent years.
When is the application deadline?
The early application deadline is April 30. The standard application deadline is June 30.
What are the advantages of applying before the early application deadline?
Your application will be considered in the early selection review that happens in May. Applicants accepted during that review phase will lock in their spot for the year, regardless of the number of applications received after April 30.
How much is the program? Are there scholarships available?
The tuition cost is $3,500. We have some limited, partial scholarships available for applicants who are paying the tuition themselves or are from smaller businesses or non-profit organizations. If you are interested in scholarship assistance, please note that with your application, and be assured it will not affect the selection process. We also work with individuals, if needed, in establishing a payment plan.
Do I really have time for this?
We hear from a number of graduates who, initially hesitant about the time commitment, found that the experience and relationships created exceeded their expectations and determined it was a wise investment of time. Click here to hear from some of our alumni about their experiences.
I have more questions. Where can I get them answered?
Any member of our staff would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Please contact Leadership Oakland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership Development Retreat
October 18, 2023
Economy & Government
November 15, 2023
Nonprofits & Human Services
December 6, 2023
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Often called one of the most impactful sessions of the program by graduates, this is not the stereotypical diversity training. Participants leave with an increased awareness and appreciation of complexities surrounding diversity and inclusion and its impact on their effectiveness as leaders.
January 17, 2024
The changing worlds of healthcare impacts us all. Experts from throughout the region provide insight and understanding to the variety of developments that affect participants personally and professionally.
February 14, 2024
March 13, 2024
Education & Workforce Development
April 10, 2024
Arts & Culture
May 15, 2024
Day of Service Project
June 5, 2024
Shaping the Future
This session brings the Leadership Oakland Cornerstone experience full circle. It assimilates the insights and key learnings of the program and challenges participants to identify future action as a group and as individuals.
June 6, 2024
Leadership Oakland participants and their guests are then invited to celebrate the completion of the Cornerstone Program and the participant’s commitment to continued leadership.
The Committee will be seeking participation from a cross-section of the community. Participants should be active in business, and/or professional, educational, governmental, artistic, religious, service or community organizations. Retired individuals are also considered.
The most important factor in selection is identifying those individuals most apt to utilize their leadership for the long-term benefit of the community. In reviewing applications, the Selection Committee looks for candidates who demonstrate the following characteristics:
Genuine concern for the future of Oakland County and the region.
A sincere commitment, motivation and interest to serve Oakland County and the region.
Willingness and ability to make the time commitment required by the program.
The intention of seeking appointments to community boards, commissions or key volunteer leadership positions.
Representative of the diversity of the region.
For additional information contact Leadership Oakland at email@example.com.
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