Candid and Interactive Series Tackles Relevant Issues Facing Leaders Today


Leadership Oakland is pleased to announce its popular Breakfast of Champions Series will kick-off again this fall featuring top experts on some of the most talked about personal, professional and public leadership topics. Among the challenges the series will address include – leading in turbulent times of crisis; staying influential and relevant during rapid change; turning around team performance; and engaging the next generation of leaders. The expert line up of speakers will share their insights in a highly interactive format and up-close setting perfect for meaningful discussions to unfold.

The four-part breakfast series has built a reputation for solid content, engaging speakers, excellent networking, and a tasty breakfast. The series is open to the public. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $36 a session or $130 for the series.  Leadership Oakland Alumni Association members receive a discount — $32/session, $110 for the series.  Registration is available online at or by contacting Carol Dendler at 248.952.6880.

2016-2017 Breakfast of Champions line-up:

October 19, 2016, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
“Destination: Unstoppable” – Maureen Monte
MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Rd, Troy, MI  48098
What does it take to turn a struggling team into an unstoppable team – in a matter of weeks? Drawing on lessons learned from building winning teams in the corporate world, leadership expert Maureen Monte answered the call when Cranbrook’s varsity hockey coach realized his crew was in trouble. Learn how she applied her concept of No Teammate Left Behind™ to help lead them to a state championship six weeks later. If you’ve ever faced challenges leading or being a part of a team, this session is for you.
November 29, 2016, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
“Leading in Times of Chaos” – Sheriff Michael Bouchard
Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI  48083

It seems as if each day brings news of growing violence involving those sworn to protect and serve. From public outcry over alleged police brutality to innocent officers losing their lives, law enforcement is increasingly under fire. Join us as Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard – named the nation’s outstanding sheriff for 2016 – shares what it’s like to lead in such turbulent times.

February 21, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
“The Changing Face of Leadership”– Young Professionals Panel
MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Rd, Troy, MI  48098

The face of leadership is changing as a new generation begins to ascend. These bright, innovative professionals definitely have some ideas of their own. This is one of our most popular events! In a special panel discussion, they’ll share their views on leadership, success, how to work effectively with them, and what it takes to be an impactful leader. We also will be joined by Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 for this event.

April 4, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
“Staying Relevant in a Noisy World” – Joyce Jenereaux
MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Rd, Troy, MI  48098

With the world whirling at warped speed most days, how does a leader keep up and stay relevant? Perhaps no one knows that challenge better than Joyce Jenereaux, former publisher and president of the Detroit Free Press and Joyce successfully navigated the digital revolution to transform the traditional newspaper to meet the needs of today’s hyper-connected society. Recently retired and on to new ventures, she’ll share the leadership and business lessons she learned along the way.

The Leadership Oakland Breakfast of Champions Series is Sponsored by: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, HAP, DTE Energy Foundation, Corp!