Detroit Drives Degrees

D3 Sets Projects for Coming Year

In an effort to catalyze higher education in the region, the Chamber’s Detroit Drives Degrees initiative recently launched its Leadership Council.

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FAFSA Workshop

Have you filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) yet? If not, join Detroit Drives Degrees for a two-hour workshop led by financial aid experts for assistance in completing the FAFSA on Saturday, Feb. 25. The deadline for submitting the FAFSA is quickly approaching, improve your chances of getting FREE money for college by registering before the end of the month.

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Talent Outlook: Detroit Drives Degrees
March 23 | 8 to 10:30 a.m. | Detroit Athletic Club


Join leaders from the higher education, business, government and nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Talent Outlook: Detroit Drives Degrees breakfast.

How can Detroit cultivate homegrown talent to drive prosperity and opportunity? People are the region’s most important asset, but Southeast Michigan is falling behind in developing, retaining and attracting future leaders. Our future economic success — in an environment in which nearly two-thirds of jobs will require post-secondary credentials by 2025 — will depend on boosting educational attainment and promoting greater equity.

The program will feature perspectives from the private and public sector, and highlight work the Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) initiative is doing in the region to strengthen the talent pipeline and meet the growing demands of employers. In addition, David Dodson, president of MDC will deliver a keynote address on how educational attainment rates directly relate to opportunity and social mobility in a region.




Detroit Athletic Club
241 Madison Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226

$35 Chamber members
$70 Future members


8:00 a.m. Registration, Networking and Breakfast Open
8:30 a.m.



Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

8:40 a.m.


First Year Accomplishments of Detroit Drives Degrees (D3)

Daniel  Little, Chancellor, University of Michigan Dearborn

8:48 a.m. Race to the FAFSA Line Winner Announcement
9:00 a.m. Remarks
9:05 a.m.


David Dodson, President, MDC
9:55 a.m.


Strengthening the Detroit Region’s Homegrown Talent Pipeline

  • William Huffaker, Director for Global Talent Acquisition, General Motors Co.
  • Amber Arellano, Executive Director, Education Trust-Midwest
  • Brandy Johnson, Executive Director, Michigan College Access Network
 10:25 a.m.  Daniel Little, Chancellor, University of Michigan Dearborn
10:30 a.m.  Networking 

For more information, please contact Maggie Greaney at 313.596.0482.