Leadership Oakland provided me with an ideal opportunity to enhance my leadership skills and a way to connect and collaborate with other area leaders. The LO Cornerstone program offered a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Oakland County. As an African American female, I enjoyed having the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with 51 other leaders from across the region. In addition, I really appreciated how each cohort has an impactful community project. To be a great leader – we all must focus on how to leave our community better.

As an alum and an LO Board Member, I highly recommend taking this leadership journey.

Sandy Harvey, LOXXX

President & Chief Strategist, Exodus Consulting Group

My experience with Leadership Oakland has been nothing short of outstanding. It has provided me the opportunity to network with like-minded, dynamic people all with the same core qualities: the passion and desire to do what’s right and the leadership skills to make a difference. Secondarily, the various programs that I have been exposed to have increased my understanding of not only the challenges that we face in the county, but also regionally. Leadership Oakland’s programs are dynamic, thought provoking, and geared for leaders.”
Scott Hiipakka, LOXVIII

Chief Service Officer, Patriot Services Corporation

Leadership Oakland provides opportunities to expand your leadership skills. By going through the Cornerstone program you are exposed to how the court system works to learning about people with disabilities to understanding what diversity and inclusion really mean. Leadership Oakland also provides many opportunities for us to give back to the community by volunteering. And it is also focused on future leaders through its Junior Leadership Oakland program targeted at high school students. My experience has been great and it continues to be a rewarding experience.
Kenneth Randazzo, LOXVIII

Manager, National Accounts, DTE Energy

Participation in Leadership Oakland allowed me to create a framework to discuss leadership in aspects of life beyond business. It provided me insights and reference points to use continuously and brought the results I was seeking. I’m thankful for the program, and the network of amazing people involved.

Faris Alami, LOXX

CEO & Founder, International Strategic Management

Leadership Oakland is a bridge builder in our region. By connecting participants and alumni members to key resources throughout Southeast Michigan, and through the events and activities this organization sponsors, our region has leaders who are focused on collaboration as a way to build economic strength. Additionally, participation in the program prepares individuals to question the status quo and, importantly, to step up to the opportunity of contributing to solutions to our regionís toughest challenges. I recommend this program to anyone that cares about leadership in a way that contributes to something even greater than the ‘bottom line’.”
Michelle Hodges, LOVI

Director, Bell Isle Conservancy

It’s hard to describe the Leadership Oakland experience because everyone has a different one. The only guarantee that I can make is you’re going to be a part of an impressive network of people. The unity of collective success and talent in the room was inspiring to me. After my experience I was presented with a challenging risk and my class unknowingly gave me the courage to move forward without regret. I’m forever appreciative of the opportunity to gain knowledge from this collective group.”
Kevin Kelly, LOXXIV

Starr Commonwealth