• Program
  • Schedule
  • Application
  • Mentor Guidelines

Leadership OU Program

Leadership OU fosters leadership and networking skills among student leaders while developing professional growth.

Program Description:

Leadership OU provides leadership, mentoring, and networking opportunities for junior and senior level students hosted by alumni and community partners on a monthly basis from September - April. Students will be matched with alumni mentors for the duration of the program. Monthly sessions will include presentations by career experts and community leaders reflecting on the importance of leadership, mentoring and networking in their careers.

The program will conclude with a closing reception event where participants will receive a $250 tuition stipend upon successful completion of the program.

Mentor Program:

The mentorship program allows Oakland University alumni to share their experiences with student leaders preparing for the professional world. Students will learn about their mentors' career, position, leadership style, and how to make the transition from student to successful and involved alum after graduation.

The mentoring relationship will run the duration of the program, but may continue beyond completion of the program if desired. Mentoring is broadly defined as activities such as job shadowing, invitations to events, advising and one-on-one meetings, phone calls, emails or other connections.

Successful completion of the Leadership OU program is defined as:

  • Attending monthly Leadership OU sessions (seven of eight scheduled events)
  • Initiating conversation and meetings with their mentors
  • Communicating with their mentors any questions about professional success or being involved alumni

Expectations of participants at sessions:

  • Be active in session discussions
  • Dress professionally for each session
  • Come prepared to each session with the necessary materials
  • Arrive on time and be ready to participate

Eligibility:

Students who have received junior or senior status (minimum 56 credit hours) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and have demonstrated student leadership and campus involvement are eligible to apply. Participants must be on good academic standing throughout the program.

How to apply:The 2014-2015 Leadership OU class has been selected. The deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is now available, please click on the application tab above.

For additional information, contact Maria Willett, student engagement and outreach coordinator at (248) 364-6121 or mjwillet@oakland.edu.

2014-2015 Leadership OU Schedule

Tuesday, December 2, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Charlie Wollborg, CAS `95, Founding Partner of Curve Detroit

Tuesday, January 20, 10 a.m. - noon
Nancy Susick, SON `97, Senior VP of Beaumont Health System and President of Beaumont Hospital, Troy

Friday, February 13, 12-2 p.m.
Michael Mahfet, SECS `95, VP and GM, AAB Robotics, North America

Tuesday, March 10, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Adam Kochenderfer, CAS `02, Rochester Hills City Council

Thursday, April 2, 6-8 p.m.
Closing Reception at Meadow Brook Hall

Leadership OU Application

The 2014-2015 Leadership OU class has been selected. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available, click here to download an application. Participants will be notified in early June. There is no application fee or cost for participation on the part of the student.

Applications may be submitted to:
Email: mjwillet@oakland.edu
Mail: Maria Willett
John Dodge House
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309

For additional information, contact Maria Willett, student engagement and outreach coordinator at (248) 364-6121 or mjwillet@oakland.edu.

Leadership OU Mentor Guidelines

Click here to receive information on becoming a 2015-2016 Leadership OU mentor.

The mentorship program allows Oakland University alumni to share their experiences with student leaders preparing for the professional world. Students will learn about their mentors' career, position, leadership style, and how to become successful and involved alumni after graduation.

The mentor program will run from October 2014 - April 2015, but may continue beyond the program period if appropriate. The time commitment is one to two hours per month. Mentoring is broadly defined as activities such as job shadowing, invitations to events, advising and one-on-one meetings, phone calls, emails or other connections.

Mentors will:

  • Attend the Leadership OU kick-off event
  • Provide contact information (phone, email, etc.) to mentee to initiate conversation
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and values
  • Share knowledge about becoming a professional
  • Give support and encouragement
  • Provide constructive guidance and practical feedback
  • Attend the closing reception on campus

Topics to discuss during mentor/mentee meetings:

  • Life as an OU alum
  • Short and long term professional goals
  • Experiences in the professional world
  • How leadership, mentors, and networking has played a part in your success
  • Hobbies, interests, education, community service activities, etc.

For additional information, contact Maria Willett, student engagement and outreach coordinator at (248) 364-6121 or mjwillet@oakland.edu.