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 in addressing personal, professional and public leadership challenges. Among the topics the series will address include – leadership strategies for organizational and professional vitality; harnessing the power of leadership through a unique approach; and what trends can be expected as leadership evolves into the next generation. 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 three-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 $100 for the series. Leadership Oakland Alumni Association members receive a discount — $32/session, $90 for the series. Registration is available online at or by contacting Carol Dendler at 248.952.6880.

2017-2018 Breakfast of Champions line-up:

Reprioritizing the Keys to Personal and Professional Success – Mary Pigatti
November 14, 2017, 7:30-9:00 a.m.
MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Rd, Troy, MI 48098
Sponsored by: Marsh & McLennan Agency | Michigan
Leaders are increasingly turning their attention in a new direction as a means to excel personally and professionally. Mary Pigatti, CEO of Retrofit, has been in the business of transforming lives, workplaces and communities for more than 25 years and has witnessed first-hand how prioritizing well-being makes good business sense. In this session, she’ll share a blend of real-life experience and data-proven strategies for organizational and personal vitality.


Harnessing the Power of Leadership
January 23, 2018, 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Leader Dogs for the Blind
1039 S Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307
What can a blind person and a guide dog teach you about being a better leader? A lot more than you could ever imagine. Be prepared to be inspired and enlightened as we join Leaders Dogs for the Blind to experience first-hand their powerful Harness the Power of Leadership program. Stay afterward for the optional tour of their impressive facility that changes hundreds of lives each year.

Don’t Call Me a Millennial: Busting the Myths of the Next Generation of Leadership
Annual Young Professionals Panel
February 27, 2018, 7:30-9:00 a.m.
MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Rd, Troy, MI 48098
Today’s high aspiring and emerging leaders are breaking through the stereotypes of their generation. These bright, innovative professionals are combining wisdom from previous generations with their own definition of leading into the future. This is one of our most popular events! Don’t miss this interactive opportunity to learn from these dedicated and visionary professionals. We also will be joined by Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 under 40 for this event.

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

Established in 1990, Leadership Oakland is a 501 (c)(3) organization focused on business and community leadership development. The organization provides a nine-month Cornerstone Program to participants from businesses, organizations and governmental agencies that are selected based on an application process. Leadership Oakland graduates are key business and community leaders serving as catalysts on boards of various organizations throughout the region.