Walsh College Sponsors Commercial Real Estate “UCREW” Event

Walsh College is hosting the inaugural Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Detroit UCREW seminar, “Real Opportunities for Women,” from noon to 4 p.m., Monday, October 12, at the College’s Troy Campus, 3838 Livernois Road.

The program is designed to educate, inspire, and engage undergraduate, graduate, and early-career women to actively pursue careers in the commercial real estate industry.

Industries represented in eight round-table discussions during the event include Finance and Lending, Survey and Engineering, Law and Title Insurance, Architecture and Interior Design, Real Estate Brokerage, Appraisal, Finance and Tax, and Construction and Development.

Companies and firms represented at the seminar include CBRE, Jones Lang LaSalle, Plante Moran, Signature Associates, and many others.

Internship, job shadowing, and mentorship opportunities will be available to UCREW participants.

Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College, will deliver welcoming remarks and Jennette Smith, editor, Crain’s Detroit Business, will be the keynote speaker.

Free registration for the seminar is required at www.walshcollege.edu/UCREW. A post-event reception free to student participants will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; CREW member cost is $15.

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Detroit is a founding chapter of CREW Network, the industry’s premier women’s business networking organization dedicated to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women.

Founded in 1986, CREW Detroit is an organization of more than 150 professional women within a growing national network of more than 9,000 professional women in 74 chapters across the United States and Canada.

Walsh College offers numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business and information technology. In Finance, Walsh offers a Bachelor of Business Administration- Finance (BBA-FIN), a Master of Science in Finance (MSF), and a Master of Business Administration/MSF dual-degree program.

Registration for Winter 2016 begins Monday, November 23. For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Sept. 24: Chinese Suppliers Eyeing Detroit, Looking to Invest; Cybersecurity is Disrupting the Auto Industry, Find Out How at the 2015 MICHauto Summit

Cybersecurity is Disrupting the Auto Industry, Find Out How at the 2015 MICHauto Summit

From 3-D printing to vehicle-to-vehicle communication and cybersecurity, new tech companies are interrupting the traditional ways that vehicles are designed and brought to market. At the 2015 MICHauto Summit, a panel of leading business experts will explore how Michigan’s research and development and engineering centers must embrace this disruption and evolve with new strategies in order to thrive in an evolving mobility industry.

Panelists include:

  • Richard Garrity, Vice President and General Manager, Vertical Solutions Business Unit, Stratasys
  • Sandy Kronenberg, CEO, Service.com
  • Mike Morin, Portfolio Relations, Start Garden
  • André Weimerskirch, Associate Research Scientist, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

The 2015 MICHauto Summit will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Cobo Center. Building off the theme, “The Connected Culture: Shaping Michigan’s Automotive and Mobility Future,” the Summit will focus on Michigan as the center for advanced mobility. Presenters include: Robert Bosch’s Charlie Ackerman, Washtenaw Community College’s Rose Bellanca, Mahindra’s Rick Haas, Telogis’ Jason Koch, Gov. Rick Snyder and Fontinalis Partners’ Chris Thomas.

View the full Summit agenda and register today.

Chinese Suppliers Eyeing Detroit, Looking to Invest

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction team hosted delegates from the Changchun Municipal Enterprise Federation, a 300-member organization representing auto, pharmaceutical and agriculture companies, who visited the region for the first time. The delegation consisted of eight representatives from Chinese suppliers eager to explore investment and partnership opportunities.

The visit was part of a five-day trip organized by Chamber partner George Liu, president of Fawer USA Inc., building on the Chamber’s recent business investment missions to China. Business Attraction provided an overview of the region and information on real estate and relocation services for companies looking to expand in the U.S. market.

The delegation’s visit supports the Chamber’s ongoing goal of building a relationship with foreign investors and facilitating partnerships between Michigan and Chinese manufacturers.

German Investors Targeted on Trip to Frankfurt Auto Show

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction team met with 130 executives from leading automotive suppliers and over 150 companies to strengthen relationships and attract new investment to the region while attending the 66th Frankfurt Auto Show this month. This effort coincided with an investment mission to Germany and Japan organized by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The Chamber delegation included Butzel Long, Clayton & McKervey, Comerica, Oakland County and Signature Associates.

As part of the auto show, the Chamber, along with PwC, hosted a reception on behalf of the Governor, to promote Michigan’s business-friendly tax structure, reduced regulations and talent pool. Many of the companies that attended already have a presence in Michigan but are looking for further growth opportunities in the North American market.

“Our goal was to represent our partners and relay the message that the Detroit region is eager to welcome investment,” said Maureen Krauss, vice president of economic development for the Chamber.

“Collaboration is key. Our compiled assets as a region are much more impactful to these investors than our individual assets,” she said. “We have a compelling story to tell the international auto community.”

Read more about the Chamber’s investment mission, including its visit to Japan with the Governor.

70 Regional Executives Join Leadership Detroit Class XXXVII

The Detroit Regional Chamber recently announced the participants in Leadership Detroit Class XXXVII, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

The class kicked off with an intense two-day team-building orientation at Camp Tamarack in Ortonville.

Southeast Michigan has proven that transformative change is possible when creativity, ingenuity and hard work come together,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Our ability to improve the quality of life for all in the region relies on these same ingredients, shaped in new ways by these leaders. The Leadership Detroit experience is about taking executives out of their comfort zones to challenge long-held assumptions and embrace multiple perspectives while connecting them through their shared passion for the region.”

Class XXXVII features 70 executives from seven counties across Southeast Michigan, representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations. View the full Class XXXVII roster.

Chamber Congratulates Henry B. Cooney, Former Board Chair, for 18 Years of Leadership as CEO of Plunkett Cooney

Henry B. Cooney, CEO of the Plunkett Cooney law firm, announced last week his plans to step down from the position in December after 18 years. The Detroit Regional Chamber thanks Cooney for his continued leadership and looks forward to his ongoing impact on the Detroit region.

Cooney’s strategic leadership continues to play a pivotal role in region beyond his work at Plunkett Cooney. In addition to serving as chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors for fiscal year 2014-2015 and chair of the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, Cooney currently serves as immediate past Board chair and is a member of the Board’s executive committee. Read an article in Crain’s Detroit Business about Cooney’s leadership.

Detroit’s Comeback on Display at Michigan Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac

Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah continued to share Detroit’s comeback story and discuss the challenges that remain in the city during the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island last week.

Speaking on the “Revitalization of Detroit” panel alongside DTE’s David Meador, PVS Chemicals’ David Nicholson, and John Walsh, director of strategy for Gov. Snyder, Baruah praised the leadership shown by the Governor during the city’s bankruptcy, as well as his continued efforts to support Detroit’s economic growth. The panel was moderated by Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News. Read The News’ coverage of the panel.

Butzel Long attorney elected President of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge

DETROIT, Mich. – Beth S. Gotthelf, Attorney, Shareholder and Director of Innovation and External Relations, Butzel Long, has been elected President of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge (MIBB), a bi-national chamber of commerce. Gotthelf has previously served on the MIBB Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Executive Council. In 2012, Gotthelf served as Chair of matchmaking to bring Israel and Michigan automotive companies together as part of a high-tech automotive exchange mission by the Israel Consul for Economic Affairs and MIBB.

The Michigan Israel Business Bridge is a non-profit, membership-based, 501(c)(6) “connector” organization dedicated to promoting business partnerships between Michigan and Israel. MIBB brings new business to Michigan by connecting Israeli businesses to its network in Michigan for the purpose of generating wealth, jobs, and new opportunities. Israel has more than 3,000 companies centered on life sciences, homeland security, alternative energy, water technology and agro-technology, with more engineers and scientists per capita than any other country.

“The Michigan Israel Business Bridge is the perfect vehicle to connect Michigan and Israeli businesses, and keep connected the companies with feet in both Michigan and Israel,” said Gotthelf. “I look forward to increasing our partnerships and business opportunities between Michigan and Israel.”

Gotthelf represents and counsels a diverse mix of clients. She also is Chair of Butzel’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Team and Co-Chair of the Energy and Sustainability Practice Team. Moreover, Gotthelf counsels clients in governmental contracting, ITAR, EAR, and Foreign Military Sales.

At the same time, she is an Executive-in-Residence with the Macomb-OU INCubator. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau and serves on its Executive Committee.

Gotthelf has been very active in bar associations, including in the State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Law Section, where she served as past Chair and the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law. She is Chair of the City of Birmingham Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

In April, 2015, Gotthelf served as co-chair of the highly successful Gleaners Women’s Power Breakfast, raising funds for approximately 1.2 million meals. Her charitable activities include serving as past President of the Board of Trustees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter; past Trustee of the JVS Vocational Services; and member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, State Government Relations Oversight Committee.

Gotthelf was selected as one of 20 influential leaders by Michigan Lawyers Weekly – Women in Law (2010). She also was named to the Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2013-2015.

She was named in Michigan Super Lawyers (2006-14) and as one of the “Top 50 Female Michigan Super Lawyers” (2006-2015). Gotthelf is listed in DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Environmental Law, 2011-2015; Energy Law, 2011-2012; Government Relations Law, 2011-2012. She is a past Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Gotthelf has received several awards and special recognitions, including as an emerging leader by the Detroit Regional Chamber (2003); the National Association of Metal Finishers (2002); Corp! Magazine as one of “Michigan’s 95 Most Powerful Women” (2002); Corp! Magazine’s “Top 10 Business Attorneys for Southeast Michigan” (1999); and Crain’s Detroit Business’ 40 Under 40 in 1994.

She is a graduate of the University of Detroit (J.D., 1985) and Oakland University (B.S. Public Administration and Public Policy, 1980). In 2009, Gotthelf received an Oakland University Distinguished Alumni Award.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Tonya Allen

Tonya Allen-Skillman-0463 (2)Tonya Allen is president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation, where she works to align education reform, urban revitalization and public policy to improve the well-being of Detroit’s children. She is the architect of the Foundation’s 10-year $100-million Good Neighborhoods program, and helped orchestrate the development of Excellent Schools Detroit, a $200-million, citywide education reform organization. Her decades-long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve Detroit neighborhoods and reduce the plight of underserved people. She has been instrumental in numerous successful philanthropic, government and community initiatives and has a comprehensive understanding of philanthropic governance and strategy.

Rick Albin

Rick Albin, Political Reporter, WOOD TVRick Albin is the political reporter for 24-Hour News 8. He has been associated with WOOD TV since the mid-’90s. Albin has been in broadcasting since he began working at his hometown radio station while in high school. He has covered politics on the radio and on television in five states, and has interviewed every U.S. president since Gerald Ford.

Albin has participated in numerous candidate debates, including a primary debate for presidential candidates and numerous gubernatorial debates. His town hall meetings, first with Gov. Jennifer Granholm and now Gov. Rick Snyder, have become regular occurrences. Albin is also the host of “To The Point,” a show that examines issues and elections that impact the state and the nation.

Nemeth Law attorneys named to DBusiness Top Lawyers List

Detroit, Mich. —Sept. 22, 2015 — Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, announces that Patricia Nemeth and Anne Widlak have been selected by a vote of their peers to be included in DBusiness Magazine’s list of Top Lawyers, which will be published in the Nov./Dec. issue.

DBusiness’ Top Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey open to all area lawyers. Thousands of votes were cast honoring excellence in 50 practice areas, including Nemeth Law’s niche area of labor and employment.

Patricia Nemeth founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. The firm is now the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes. Nemeth and Widlak, a partner in the firm, were also among five Nemeth Law attorneys named Michigan Super Lawyers earlier this month. Additionally, Nemeth was named to the Best Lawyers in America© 2016 list in August.

“Nemeth Law is honored to add the DBusiness Top Lawyers award to our recent commendations,” Nemeth said.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Plunkett Cooney attorneys contribute to young lawyers’ practice guide

A comprehensive book that guides young defense lawyers through their earlier years of practice was recently published by the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar (DRI) and features a chapter co-authored by Plunkett Cooney attorneys Mary Massaron and Olivia M. Paglia.

Targeted to associates and law clerks who are beginning their practice, the book, titled: “A Young Lawyer’s Guide to Defense Practice,” provides practical guidance and insights into virtually every area of trial practice and procedure. The Guide also addresses such important considerations as ethics and life in a law firm. Massaron and Paglia co-authored the chapter on persuasive writing.

“This was a tremendous opportunity for us to be involved in a resource that can help law clerks and new associates get their careers off to a successful start,” said Massaron, who serves as Appellate Law Practice Group Leader at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s largest and most accomplished law firms. “The book is an insider’s guide that will give attorneys the foundation onto which they can solidly build their practice.”

The 27-chapter book provides tips on law firm life, ethics and conflicts, defending a claim, expert witnesses, discovery, evidence at trial, and various litigation topics, including motion practice, voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments, arguing motions and appeals, and writing an appellate brief.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Massaron served as President of the DRI in 2012 to 2013. She is a past chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan, DRI’s Appellate Advocacy Committee, and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Council of Appellate Lawyers, a division of the Appellate Judges Conference. A member of the prestigious American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Massaron co-chairs the Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference Foundation, an organization of Michigan appellate judges and lawyers. She is also a former chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs, a five-member committee that oversees preparation of ABA briefs for filing in the U.S. Supreme Court.

An active member of the DRI, the organization has named an award after Massaron, who has built a reputation as a mentor to new lawyers. The “Mary Massaron Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession” is conferred on someone each year at the DRI’s Women in the Law Seminar who has made significant efforts to advance women in the legal profession.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Olivia Paglia concentrates her practice in the area of insurance law. She routinely represents several major property and casualty insurance companies in coverage cases throughout the Midwest. Her coverage work includes handling a variety of issues, including environmental contamination, construction defect and high-exposure product liability claims.

Paglia is a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association (DMBA), the DMBA American Inns of Court, the Women Lawyers Association and the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Plunkett Cooney is one of the few Midwest law firms with a dedicated team of appellate attorneys, who routinely handle cutting-edge appeals involving issues of first impression and seek to reverse adverse judgments. In addition to representation before state and federal appellate courts, the firm’s appellate attorneys provide a broad range of specialized services, including counsel during trial designed to optimally position cases for possible appeal.

Plunkett Cooney is recognized as one of the nation’s leading law firms for insurance coverage litigation. Several members of the firm’s Insurance Law Practice Group have been awarded the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. In addition to their litigation expertise, Plunkett Cooney attorneys work with their clients to develop new insurance products and to address emergent theories of legal liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities and one each in Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information about the contributions of Massaron and Paglia to the DRI’s Young Lawyers Guide, contact Plunkett Cooney’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Work Hard and Work Smart

This article appears in the September 2015 issue of the Detroiter Magazine. To see more from this issue, visit our Detroiter page. To purchase your copy, email Jim Martinez at jmartinez@detroitchamber.com. You can also stay up-to-date on all things related to the Chamber by joining our email list.

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By Dawson Bell

Mike Rowe redefines how Americans view skilled trades

Mike Rowe is familiar to most Americans as the longtime host of “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel and, more recently, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” on CNN. These shows take you inside the livelihoods of people who make the world work.

Known for his hands-on approach as a TV host, Mike Rowe is working to change America's perception of skilled trades by showing viewers the interesting and well-compensated ways to make a living in the field.But he stopped thinking of himself as a TV host more than a decade ago when he realized the people who perform the sometimes dangerous and unglamorous, yet fascinating and necessary jobs he was bringing to the screen didn’t need a celebrity; they needed help.

From that point on – as he told a Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference audience earlier this year that the revelation came while he was filming a segment in an underground sewer in San Francisco – Rowe has become something of a professional apprentice, illuminating interesting work by doing it. He’s also become one of the country’s leading evangelists for the virtues of work that require neither a college degree nor a mountain of debt to attain.

That passion was on display at the Conference, where Rowe and Gov. Rick Snyder announced a new campaign to promote the skilled trades, which includes a half dozen videos featuring Rowe. The videos are designed for Michigan’s middle and high school students and focus on career opportunities in technical fields ranging from health care to welding.

From his first days in office, Snyder has often cited the need for more technical and vocational training for the Michigan workforce, but 53-year-old Rowe is characteristically blunt about what he sees as a disconnect between the aspirations and abilities of many young people and the message contemporary society sends about the road to success. Sometime in the post-war period in America it became accepted wisdom that the way – almost the only way – to secure a satisfying and prosperous future was by graduating from a four-year college, he said. And for many, he added, that may be true.

In contrast, he said, is the world he discovered while working his way across the country for “Dirty Jobs.” “Everywhere I went … there were “help wanted” signs,” he added.

”Closing the skills gap is not about creating opportunities. It's about making sure that people understand all of the opportunities that currently exist.”— Mike Rowe, Host, 'Dirty Jobs' and 'Somebody's Gotta Do It'As Rowe sees it, there are hundreds of occupations that don’t require a four-year degree, but do provide interesting, satisfying and well-compensated ways to make a living. Many of them make the lives of other people better or produce a tangible product that fulfills a real human need. Almost all, in Rowe’s view, deliver the intrinsic satisfaction that comes from working hard to get something that needs doing done.

And there’s certainly nothing mindless about skilled work. Rowe remembers, and decries, a poster that appeared in American schools, including his own in Baltimore, in the 1960s and ’70s: “Work smart, not hard,” it said above photos of a college student and a manual laborer. Rowe said even as an adolescent, the poster struck him as discordant. He was preparing to go to college – and eventually earned a degree in communications at Towson University – but the notion of a dichotomy between smart work and hard work showed a lack of appreciation for the value of the latter.

Rowe’s own grandfather had little formal education. He made his living as a pipe-fitter, electrician, mechanic and jack-of-all-trades. He “could fix anything” and “built a house without blueprints,” Rowe said.

As an adult television presenter, Rowe often thought about his grandfather and said that it would be “nice to do a show that looked like (that kind of) work.” He knew from his grandfather’s example that working hard didn’t mean mindless work, and he came to believe that the “Work smart, not hard” promotion for college education was the “single, worst piece of advice the country ever got,” he added.

In his contemporary role as an advocate for skilled work, Rowe produced a new poster: “Work smart, and hard.” That’s the message he’s spreading with his television work, a foundation he established called mikeroweWORKS and the joint initiative between the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency.

Rowe wants to redefine the definition of what constitutes a good job. Doing so, he believes, will require a serious marketing campaign – one that takes on the stereotypes that relegate skilled, necessary and important work to second-class status, one that reaches young people, and one that serves both the interest of aspiring workers and the employers who need them.

“Closing the skills gap is not about creating opportunities,” Rowe said. “It’s about making sure that people understand all of the opportunities that currently exist.”

Visit Mike Rowe’s skilled trades promotion website at profoundlydisconnected.com.

View his Michigan videos at mitalent.org.

Dickinson Wright to Sponsor Events in Detroit/Windsor as a Part of the Firm’s Canada-U.S. Platform

DETROIT, Mich., September 21, 2015 – Dickinson Wright PLLC, a leading full-service business law firm specializing in cross-border counsel, will be sponsoring several leading events in the Detroit-Windsor metropolitan area to support the vibrant Canada-U.S. trade in the region.

“As one of the leading law firms specializing in cross-border counsel, it is important that Dickinson Wright actively support and participate in those organizations that are working to increase and improve the Canada-U.S. trade and investment partnership,” says Daniel D. Ujczo, Dickinson Wright’s Canada-U.S. Platform Coordinator. “The 2015 NASCO Continental Reunion and the 2015 Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference provide significant opportunities for our clients to network with other business leaders who are on the front line of the cross-border relationship and for our attorneys to provide insight to the laws that govern the important North American economic space.”

Dickinson Wright will serve as a sponsor at the 2015 NASCO Continental Reunion at Caesars Windsor on September 28-30, 2015 that will draw leaders from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The firm will host the Welcome & Networking Reception on Monday, September 28, 2015 and Mr. Ujczo will participate in two panels throughout the conference: “Navigating North American Border Facilitation” and “Workforce Training & Certification”. In contrast to recent political discussions regarding building walls along North America’s borders, these panels will address effective and practical ways to ensure continental security and prosperity. Mr. Ujczo also will address potential solutions to business immigration and NASCO’s exciting tri-national workforce pilot, which will be launched later this year.

Dickinson Wright will also be serving as a Bronze Sponsor at the 2015 Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference on September 29-30, 2015 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. Dickinson Wright attorneys Wendy Hulton and Kim Stagg will participate in the first ever joint meeting of the women’s business enterprise groups from Canada and the Great Lakes. Additionally, the firm will host the “Removing the Fear Factor: Going Global and Developing Border Strategic Relationships” workshop. Dickinson Wright Attorneys Anna Maiuri, M. Kimberly Stagg, Suzanne Sukkar, and Brenda Swick will discuss the key issues encountered by companies seeking to engage in international business. They will address issues, such as, protecting intellectual property, methods of distribution and corporate structuring, customs and tax compliance issues, and immigration. This session will provide a step-by-step approach in an effort to separate the myth from reality in international business, all with an eye toward revealing the true opportunities to be gained from cross-border activity and relationships.

Dickinson Wright’s U.S.-Canada team consists of a group of highly-trained, dedicated lawyers who are at the forefront of working with businesses and governments to navigate legal issues surrounding the largest two-way trading relationship in the world. Dickinson Wright’s cross-border expertise in corporate structuring, financing, and taxation – coupled with the firm’s unrivalled regulatory, real estate, intellectual property, and distribution expertise – makes Dickinson Wright a leading provider of cross-border legal services.

To learn more about these events, please visit www.dickinsonwright.com/events.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 400 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has fifteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and eight other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn. (2); Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Walsh College Is the Presenting Sponsor of TEDx Detroit on Oct. 8, 2015

Walsh College is the presenting sponsor of TEDx Detroit, a day-long, independently produced conference of the internationally acclaimed Technology Entertainment Design (TED) non-profit organization devoted to spreading new and advanced ideas, on Thursday, October 8, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit.

Among the scheduled speakers is Walsh College alumna Dr. Rita Fields, assistant professor of business, Madonna University, and interim executive vice president, Mosaic Youth Theatre, Detroit. Dr. Fields earned her Doctor of Management degree from Walsh in 2012.

Speakers include academics, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators. They give short, powerful talks on topics ranging from science to business to global issues. The first Detroit TEDx was held in 2009; TED began in 1984. Independently produced TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

“The reemergence of Detroit as a center of entrepreneurism and innovation is closely aligned with the Walsh College brand focus of high-quality, high-value business education,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “We are proud to serve as presenting sponsor of this year’s TEDx Detroit, held in the same downtown Detroit area where Mervyn Walsh founded the College nearly a century ago.”

There have been more than 5,000 TEDx events around the world. Event planners expect 4,000 attendees at this year’s Detroit session.

Walsh College will also host an information booth for new and prospective students within the TEDx Detroit laboratory area at the nearby Hockeytown Café, 2301 Woodward, in addition to a Fox Theatre lobby display.

Walsh College combines academic rigor with real-world relevance to deliver an educational experience that can be put to work immediately. Walsh is a leading all-business, private, not for profit, independent college accredited by two major organizations. It is one of Michigan’s largest graduate business schools and is the College “Where Business is Turning.” Registration for Winter 2016 classes begins Monday, November 23.

More than 3,800 students attend Walsh, with 91 percent attending part-time. More than 26,000 individuals are Walsh alumni with more than 86 percent living in Michigan. Its graduates can be found in Michigan’s Fortune 500 companies, as well as countless corporations, firms, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

The Walsh faculty is credentialed, highly respected, and professionally experienced. It includes four Fulbright scholars, the most of any Michigan business school.

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.