May 2016 Newsletter
Leadership Oakland Happy Hour
A Conversation with Barbara Leslie
On April 13, 2016 there was a conversation series with Barbara Leslie. Barbara is the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO and Leadership Oakland Alum. She has 20 years of experience in local, state and federal advocacy on behalf of businesses in Oakland.
Congratulations to Dale Marie Golden McDonald!
Congratulations to the 2016 Leadership Oakland Graduates!
On May 14, 2016, there was a Leadership Oakland graduation in which several individuals graduated from the program. The LO alumni congratulate all those who received this accomplishment.
Thank you Cat Brewer for your Leadership & Service!
The Leadership Oakland Alumni Association would like to extend a special thanks to Cat Brewer as her tenure with the Leadership Oakland program comes to an end. Her leadership and involvement has been very much appreciated. The Leadership Oakland Alumni Association hopes that she will continue to stay connected and involved with us in the future.
A special message from Cat Brewer
Cat has been so instrumental during the Leadership Oakland program, that we reached out to her in hopes that she would share a message with the Leadership Oakland Alumni Association. She graciously agree and sent the following message:
"After graduating from Leadership San Leandro in 2004, it was my dream to direct a Leadership program in addition to teaching communication courses at the college level. Through a fortuitous series of events, I was granted my wish 11 years ago at the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce under the direction of Joseph Haraburda, who took a chance on trusting that I would take care of the program.
I'm proud of my accomplishments during my tenure with Leadership Oakland. I developed the clear pillars of the program: knowledge, network and know-how and watched many participants and graduates put them into practice! I also had the privilege of helping many participants confront both personal and professional challenges and observed them doing so with spirit, determination, knowledge, strength, flexibility and grace. But for me, my most important accomplishment has been the connections I've made. I've met some of the most brilliant, passionate, helpful and inspiring people through this program and for that I am eternally grateful, especially for the ones I now call friends.
While the end of my tenure is bittersweet, I know the program will live on under new leadership and it's my hope that each alum will continue their journey of leadership utilizing the knowledge they gained in the program, the network they built inside and outside of it, and the know-how you already possessed as well as what you learned from the program to make your communities and cities even more vibrant and exciting than they already are!"
The Leadership Oakland alums are very grateful for her leadership, involvement, service and wish her the best of luck on her future endeavors!
Leadership Oakland Alumni Happy Hour
Monday, June 20th, 5-9pm
Coversation Series with Cristy Johnston Limon
Wednesday, July 20th, 5-7pm
970 Grace Avenue
Keep an eye out in for a Coversation Series event with Steve Snider in October!
Stay Connected with LOAA!
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