Organizations are set to experience a double tsunami within the next 10 years as one large generation of the workforce retires and another is eager to take the helm. The next generation leaders – commonly known as Generations X & Y (Millennials) – have some very different views on what it means to lead and live successfully. What does this mean for organizations as they try to remain competitive and retain talent? And how can they effectively manage leadership development and transition within diverse generational styles?

Join Leadership Oakland for the next session of its highly popular Breakfast of Champions (BOC) series on February 21 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 21, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  

“The Changing Face of Leadership– Young Professionals Panel”

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 Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 under 40 for this event.

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


Talisa Norton, LOXXVII – Co-Owner/COO, All Pro Color

Sara Stoddard, LOXXIV – Chief of Emergency Management, Oakland County Homeland Security Division

Jordan Twardy, LOXXV – Community & Economic Development Director, City of Ferndale


The final breakfast in the series features:

April 4, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

‘Joyce Jenereaux – Staying Relevant in a Noisy World’

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!, Baker College and SMART.