One of the hottest topics in organizations right now surrounds the latest generation of workforce talent and how they are changing the way we work and lead.  Flooding the workforce in large numbers, Gen Y is evoking much curiosity, discussion and even criticism. Who are these young, ambitious leaders? What do they want? And why do organizations need to listen to them?

Join Leadership Oakland for the next session of its highly popular Breakfast of Champions (BOC) series on February 24 for the Annual Young Professionals panel discussion. The breakfasts are open to the public. The BOC series will be held at the Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098.

The cost is $32 for LO alumni association members and $36 for non-members and guests and includes a complete breakfast. Pre-registration required. To register, contact Carol Dendler at 248.952.6880 or register online at:

February 24, 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. (9:00-10:30 a.m. – Facilitated Table Discussions)

“Personal Leadership – Young Professionals Panel”

Back for the third year, we will feature a panel of young professionals who are bringing fresh perspectives to leadership. How does leadership define them? How do they define success? What does it take to be a successful young leader and professional in the region? What is the personal leadership story that has propelled them forward?  We will be joined by Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 under 40 for this event.  After the panel presentation, the conversation will continue with facilitated table discussions (9:00-10:30 a.m.)

Jennifer Korman, LOXIX (moderator) – Project & Change Management Analyst, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Ryan Bladzik, LOXXIII – Village President, Village of Holly

Kim Martin, LOXXIII – System Manager, Performance Improvement, Henry Ford Health System

Treger Strasberg, LOXXVI – CEO, Humble Design

 The final breakfast in the series features:

April 27, 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

“Public Leadership – Fighting for Justice”

Barbara McQuade was appointed by President Obama to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in 2010.  Since that time, she has worked tirelessly on behalf of our communities.  Significant cases include the conviction of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on public corruption charges, the conviction and life sentence of an Al-Qaeda operative for attempting to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009, the conviction of a former Michigan Supreme Court Justice on bank fraud charges, and the conviction of Dr. Farid Fata, who over treated and lied to hundreds of patients about having cancer so that he could bill Medicare for expensive chemotherapy treatments.

Barbara will share some of the highlights of her time in this role and encourage all of us to be strong, ethical community and business leaders.

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