Heather McGowan

Heather McGowan is an author, consultant and co-founder of Work to Learn. As the No. 1 global voice for education on LinkedIn in 2017, McGowan is an internationally known thought leader who prepares individuals to most-effectively react to rapid and disruptive changes in education, work and society. As an innovation strategist, McGowan has worked with diverse teams to address these challenges.

Recognizing that business innovation begins with education, specifically learning faster than your competition, she has worked with university presidents and corporate human resources managers to prepare both graduates and workers for jobs that do not yet exist. McGowan assists corporate executives in rethinking their business models, teams, and organizational structures to become resilient in changing markets.

John McElroy

Host, “Autoline”

John McElroy is host of “Autoline” and “Autoline This Week,” an Emmy Award-winning, weekly half-hour television program featuring top automotive executives and journalists. McElroy also hosts the webcast “Autoline After Hours.” In addition to his hosting duties, McElroy also broadcasts five radio segments daily on WWJ Newsradio 950 AM and writes a monthly op-ed article for Ward’s Auto World.

He previously served as Detroit editor for Road & Track, and as the American correspondent for World Cars, published by the Automotive Club of Italy. Prior to that, he served as editorial director for Automotive Industries magazine. McElroy was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2018.

Butzel Long attorney James Townsend elected to Wayne State University’s Chapter of the Order of the Coif

Butzel Long attorney James H. (Jim) Townsend has been elected to Wayne State University’s Chapter of the Order of the Coif, the highest honor academic honor accorded to law school graduates nationwide. Only a number of schools have chapters of Order of the Coif, and only those who graduated in the top ten percent of their class are eligible for membership.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Townsend is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Practice Group. He focuses his practice on business, corporate, and real estate law.

Prior to joining the firm, Townsend represented the 26th District in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he was the House sponsor of legislation that established the Regional Transit Authority for Southeast Michigan. He was named Legislator of the Year in 2013 by the Michigan Municipal League.

Townsend served in Washington, DC as Legislative Director in the Office of U.S. Representative Nita M. Lowey. He also worked for U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. His private sector experience includes serving as a brand manager at Ford Motor Company; founding and directing the Michigan Suburbs Alliance (now Metro Matters); and, directing the Tourism Economic Development Counsel, a subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau charged with expanding southeast Michigan’s tourism economy.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently appointed Townsend to serve on the Advisory Council of the Redevelopment Ready Communities® program, a statewide initiative to assist communities in strengthening and streamlining their planning, zoning, permitting, and marketing efforts to create a predictable and straightforward experience for investors, businesses and residents working within a community. More than 100 communities in Michigan are currently seeking RRC certification. As a nonprofit executive, Townsend led the team of development industry experts, city officials and other stakeholders that established the RRC program in 2004. The MEDC acquired the program in 2012.

Townsend earned his BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (1988 ) (Highest Honors in History); his MBA & Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1997); and, his JD from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (2016) where he received the following recognitions:

• Awarded Silver Key for academic excellence, 2014-15, 2015-16
• Member, Wayne Law Review (2015-16), awarded Best Note by Law Review Board
• Faculty Board (student rep.), Levin Center at Wayne Law (2015-16)
• Board of Governors Scholarship, 2013-14, 2014-15
• Raymond Krell Scholarship, 2014-15
• Izumi Scholarship, 2014-15
• Judge Morcum Scholarship, 2015-16
• George Peck Scholarship for Superior Academic Achievement, 2015-16
• Bruce A. Miller Family Scholarship, 2016
• John Reed Scholarship, 2016
• Justice Marilyn Kelly Public Interest Endowed Scholarship, 2016

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in 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 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

Christy McDonald

Christy McDonald is the anchor and moderator of “MiWeek,” a weekly news and political analysis show on WTVS – Detroit’s PBS. McDonald also anchors WTVS special coverage including the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference. She has appeared on the PBS “NewsHour” and CNN reporting on Detroit, Michigan politics and the 2016 presidential election.

McDonald has moderated panels at the Detroit Economic Club, Detroit Policy Conference, Mackinac Policy Conference, Great Lakes Conference and Michigan Political Science Association Conference.

As an Emmy-winning anchor and reporter, McDonald connected with Detroit viewers for 10 years on WXYZ-TV 7 on big stories, from 9/11 in New York to political corruption in the city of Detroit. She has received reporting honors from the Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasters for anchoring and breaking news coverage. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College.

OCC Hosts Domestic Terrorism Conference Governor Snyder Delivers Keynote Address

There’s no better setting for a two-day emergency planning conference than Oakland Community College’s (OCC) “CREST” facility, a “city” built specifically to train emergency responders.
More than 275 representatives from at least 60 local, state, and national agencies convened to learn more about domestic terrorism and hear from Governor Rick Snyder, who delivered the keynote address. Local police, fire and EMS departments, Michigan State Police, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Patrol, and military personnel from multiple branches attended a two-day event at OCC’s Combined Regional Emergency Services Training (CREST) facility.
“This conference was a tremendous opportunity to assess the threats we all could face and to learn about the resources we have right here in Michigan that can help with this national concern,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.
The conference was organized and co-chaired by Ken Aud, OCC professor of Criminal Justice and Ken Van Sparrentak, OCC professor of Homeland Security. According to Ken Aud, the conference, Domestic Terrorism – Defending Against the Threat “focused on proactive approaches to combating the continuing war on terrorism in our country.”
“Our primary conference goal was to provide a platform for all agencies at the local, state, and federal level to meet, discuss and share the latest technology and information relative to domestic terrorism. According to the preliminary feedback, we successfully achieved that goal.”
Workshops led by area experts covered a variety of hot topics, from ISIS to Technology and Terrorism, Facial Recognition to Cyberterrorism, Unmanned vehicles to a case study of the Boston bombing, and more. In addition to the workshops, attendees were treated to hands-on experiences including drone demonstrations and robots used for security.
“This event is another way Oakland Community College is reaching out to serve the Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, Public Services, and Emergency Services communities,” said Peter Provenzano Jr., Interim Chancellor. “In today’s turbulent times, this work is critical to the safety and security of not only our community, but also the state and the nation.”
OCC offers both degrees and certificates in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. For more information on the event and/or programs, please contact Ken Aud, OCC Criminal Justice program chair at kjaud@oaklandcc.edu.

About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than 45,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

Southeast Michigan Economy Growing, But Is It Sustainable?

There’s good news for jobseekers: employers in southeast Michigan are hiring. During the second quarter of 2017 (Q2 2017), the region’s unemployment rate reached 3.8 percent—a low not seen since 2001. Yet, even with the number of job postings on an upward trend year-to-year, a stagnant labor force portends more workers will be needed to meet future employer demand in the region. These latest findings and more are analyzed in the Q2 2017 labor market reports, compiled by the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) for a 16-county area in southeast Michigan and other regions.

People are finding jobs, but employers face challenges filling them
Job postings continue to increase—slowly but steadily—while the region’s labor market remains relatively the same. This is because though job postings increased by one percent in between the first and second quarters of 2017, the labor market experienced a slight decrease of 4,406 people in the same timeframe due to natural churning of the economy as it continues to rebound after the recession. When looking at Q2 2017 postings in comparison to Q2 2016 postings, year-to-year employer demand was 16 percent higher with 22,175 additional jobs posted this year, likely because of continued economic growth in the region.

“With the gap between employer demand and labor force growth widening, employers in the region will likely experience increased hiring challenges,” said Alex Rosaen, Director of Data Analytics at WIN. “Efforts to train workers for available jobs and educate jobseekers about in-demand opportunities remain a top priority in the region.”

Soft skills increasing in importance
Though in-demand technical skills, desired education and/or experience, and salary ranges varied among the eleven occupation groups analyzed for the region, nearly every occupation group indicated “communications,” “writing,” or both among the top in-demand employability skills.

“We are seeing soft skills becoming more and more important to employers in every occupation and industry sector,” said Rosaen. “To ensure that jobseekers are equipped with in-demand soft skills, it is important that we continue to connect employers with training and education partners to offer these opportunities.”

What jobs are available and what do they pay?
Registered nurses remain the most in-demand job in southeast Michigan, overtaking truck drivers. Overall, the region’s top in-demand jobs included:
– Registered Nurses: 9,638 job postings
– Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers: 7,901 job postings
– Software Developers, Applications: 5,757 job postings
– Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, – Except Technical & Scientific: 4,932 job postings
– Retail Salespersons: 4,585 job postings

The Engineering & Design and IT occupation groups offered higher than average advertised salaries than other occupation groups. These two groups continue to promote the highest average salaries, though most jobs within these groups require at least a bachelor’s degree in a related field

The average wage advertised in postings during Q2 2017 were as follows, listed alphabetically:
– Agriculture: $42,000
– Business and Finance: $60,000
– Construction: $49,000
– Customer Service: $52,000 (although most postings listed wages below $35,000)
– Education: $56,000
– Energy: $49,000
– Engineers and Designers (manufacturing focused): $84,000
– Health Care: $63,000
– Information Technology (IT): $91,000
– Skilled Trades and Technicians: $39,000 (although most postings listed wages below $35,000)
– Transportation, distribution, and logistics (TDL): $60,000

The full Q2 2017 labor market report for the 16-county region analyzed by WIN, as well as WIN’s other latest data and research projects and reports are available at: www.winintelligence.org/data-research/quarterly-reports.

The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) is a collaborative effort between ten community colleges and six Michigan Works! Agencies, in partnership with numerous other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development system in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 16-county area, including Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw, and Wayne.

Sonya Mays

Sonya Mays is president and CEO of Develop Detroit, a real estate and housing development firm focused on improving housing stability and creating economic opportunities across Detroit. She previously served as senior advisor to the emergency manager of Detroit. In that role, Mays played a key part in guiding the city through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. She was responsible for a diverse range of legal, financial, operational, land use and economic development activities across Detroit’s restructuring efforts.

Prior to her work with the emergency manager, Mays served as vice president in the Global Industrials Group within Deutsche Bank’s Corporate and Investment Bank Division in New York. Mays provided capital markets expertise and mergers and acquisitions advisory services to large U.S. and global automotive and construction products companies.

Mays earned a bachelor’s, master’s and law degree from the University of Michigan. She was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Education for the Detroit Public School Community District in 2016.

$450,000 Kresge Foundation Grant will Support Programs to Improve College Readiness, Access and Success

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber received a $450,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation to launch a comprehensive plan and campaign to increase postsecondary education attainment in Southeast Michigan.

The three-year grant supports the Chamber’s Forward Detroit strategy to create and sustain an educated, employed and healthy workforce in the 11-county Detroit region. Increasing the number of adults with postsecondary degrees is a goal of Detroit Drives Degrees, a Forward Detroit initiative.

In a joint release, Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson said, “We want to help Detroit fulfill its workforce needs using its own homegrown talent. Detroiters are hungry for the opportunity to get to work, and this initiative will help ensure they’re equipped with the skills, education and credentials required to do just that. We know a postsecondary education is no longer a luxury, but a necessity to move into the economic mainstream, and we’re proud to partner with the Chamber to help more Detroiters and people from across the region get that education.”

The Chamber will work with the Detroit Drives Degrees Leadership Council, led by Co-chairs Daniel Little, chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Richard Rassel, chairman of Butzel Long, to designate regionwide improvement goals on key attainment metrics. The plan will address each stage of the talent development pipeline including: college readiness, college access, college success and transition to the workforce.

The Chamber thanks The Kresge Foundation for its confidence and support in Forward Detroit’s mission. This grant is a big step in helping the Chamber achieve its goal of increasing the number of individuals with postsecondary degrees from 43 to 60 percent by 2025.

For more information on Forward Detroit, contact Marnita Harris at mharris@detroitchamber.com or 313.596.0310. To view a full list of investors and past Investor Exclusive content, visit our Investor Resources page.

Jenny Love

Jenny Love is the Southeast Region health management director for Gallagher Benefit Services. In her role, Love works with Gallagher teams and clients to provide health management consultation and innovative solutions to control health care costs. Her clinical knowledge and experience in physician leadership, population health, primary care and integrative health care systems provides a unique perspective to claims and risk analysis as well as a thorough view of wellness and well-being to health benefit plan members.

Love is a board-certified family physician with more than 16 years of experience in public, behavioral, and community health. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where she also earned a master’s degree in public health with a focus on health care and prevention. She has more than 10 years of experience in health policy development including utilization of evidence-based guidelines for care, pharmacy benefits management and formulary development, and integration of behavioral and physical health states, including substance abuse and recovery.

Kyyba Xcelerator, Bodman PLC and TiE Detroit to host Pitch Club Nov. 29th at SPARK Ann Arbor

Kyyba Xcelerator, Bodman PLC and TiE Detroit are hosting Pitch Club on Wednesday, November 29th at SPARK Ann Arbor. Pitch Club is a mentoring and funding program aimed at connecting the various ecosystems and smart zones throughout Michigan. Pitch Club has ongoing monthly events that provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. The events are meant to educate, network, inspire and provide valuable experiences for being investable. As part of the events, 3 lucky entrepreneurs will receive the opportunity to practice their pitch and discuss business plan with funding experts, giving them a better understanding the mindset of an investor. Events are hosted monthly on Wednesday evenings in Michigan cities including: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

The November 29th event at SPARK Ann Arbor will include 3 startup presentations, a pool of judges, and a special guest “Founder & CEO” keynote speaker. The application deadline for startups is Sunday November 12, 2017. Apply here: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/pitch-club-application.php

Keynote Speaker
Paul Glantz, Founder and Chairman of Emagine Entertainment, Inc. and CEO of Proctor Financial Inc.

Robi Mitra, CEO, K&A Resource Group
Steve Jbara , Owner, Grand Rapids Drive
Tember Shea, Director inGAGE, Inforum
Patrick Falle, Global Chief Evangelist/Founding Investor, Avalara
Sridhar Lakshmanan, Educator, Entrepreneur, Mentor, University of Michigan, Dearborn
David C. Bloom, Founder and Principal, Factotem

5:10pm – 5:25pm Registration
5:25pm – 5:30 pm Opening Remarks
5:30pm-6:30pm Company Presentations
6:30pm-6:35pm – 2 minute break, and introduction of Keynote
6:35pm-6:55pm –Keynote, Paul Glantz, Founder & Chairman of Emagine Entertainment, Inc. & CEO, Proctor Financial Inc
6:55pm – 7:10 pm – Q&A with Audience
7:10 pm – 7:30 pm Networking

Thank you to our sponsors
Bondman PLC
TiE Detroit
Ann Arbor SPARK

Check out the entire calendar and get registerd here: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/calendar-registration.php

The select pool of the companies chosen to pitch at the monthly Pitch Club events will be provided investment opportunities in the form of presenting to the investment team of Kyyba Xcelerator and TiE Detroit Angels during their quarterly Angels meeting. Investment opportunities will range from $25,000 to $100,000. TiE Detroit Angels funded companies, if qualifications are met, also could have the chance to present to the TiE Global Angel Alliance (TGAA). TGAA is a global platform for funding that exposes startups to a broader investment pool and opportunities to raise additional funds much larger than any single TiE Chapter or local Angel Group. TGAA recently invested $395,000 in Zeto, and $450,000 for Hemex Health from the TiE Global network.

“Pitch Club provides a tremendous opportunity for cross-pollination and increased deal flow across Michigan, something that currently is not at the level it should be. This program will be very valuable for both the startup entrepreneurs and investors and will hopefully create a meaningful dialogue, as well as a technological and economic impact for the entire region,” said Tel Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Xcelerator. “In order to make this initiative even more successful, I encourage seasoned entrepreneurs in each of these areas to join us by serving as a mentor.”

“From the elevator pitch to the public pitch to the investor pitch, the more successful entrepreneurs are pitching, the more integral this will become to their success. We are pleased to partner with Kyyba Xcelerator to help entrepreneurs to gain exposure, insights and support that will help them truly move the needle,” said Paul Riser, Director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit.
“Access to investors and the opportunities to pitch without having to travel are signs of a healthy startup ecosystem,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “We are excited to have the Ann Arbor region included in Pitch Club; this new avenue for connecting startups and potential funders is a terrific addition to the existing ways entrepreneurs are able to attract capital as well as the investors already interested in what’s happening here.”
About Kyyba Xcelerator (KX):
Kyyba Xcelerator is a global second stage startup accelerator investing in technology and IP related startups in broad based industries. KX provides a custom acceleration program and scaling services to startups, including Customer Development, Product Development and Investment in exchange for equity. Industries Include: Health, Mobility, IoT, Industrial, Energy, Automotive, BlockChain and Fintech.

About Bodman PLC:
With more than 150 attorneys in offices throughout Michigan, Bodman PLC has delivered extraordinary results to our clients for more than 85 years. Our attorneys provide savvy business counsel to some of the region’s most successful companies and individuals on a broad range of issues, and we provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm with the talent and skill expected of the nation’s leading law firms.

About TiE:
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

Sarah Myrand
Kyyba Xcelerator