Who participates in Leadership Oakland?
Talented, committed professionals with a desire to strengthen their leadership, organizations and community participate in Leadership Oakland. 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?
It is a nine-month program that kicks off with the 2.5 day Leadership Development Retreat 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. Eight, full-day sessions each month from October through May follow. 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 special graduation event.
Is there a lot of homework?
There is very little time required outside of attendance at the retreat, monthly sessions, and participation in the Day of Service project. However, we have several optional experiences for you to take part in should you have the desire and time.
How can I be part of the next Leadership Oakland class?
Mark your calendar for February 1, 2019. That's when the application period opens. 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 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, 2019. The standard application deadline is June 15, 2019.
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 that. If we receive your application before mid-March, you’ll receive a complimentary invitation to our Taste of LO event, which includes an exclusive meet-and-greet reception with LO Board of Director members and select alumni.
How much is the program? Are there scholarships available?
The tuition cost is $3,250 and includes retreat accommodations, class materials and meals during the monthly sessions. 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. If you are concerned, please have a conversation with Nancy Maurer, executive director. She can guide you in making an informed decision. Some potential applicants wait a year or more before applying. Others jump right in. We are most concerned about the quality of the experience, and getting the timing right, for each participant.