Walsh Honors Business Leaders at Annual Leadership Awards Dinner

TROY, Mich., October 16, 2019 — Business leaders from AT&T, Clayton & McKervey, Ernst & Young (EY), The Kresge Foundation and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) were recognized for their service to Walsh at the 20th annual Leadership Awards Dinner on October 10 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan.

David C. Lewis, Sr., president of AT&T Michigan and Peggy A. Dzierzawski, CAE, president and CEO of the MICPA were both awarded the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence and Community Service. Clayton & McKervey received the President’s Award for Outstanding Partner in Education, which was accepted by the firm’s co-founder Donald Clayton and president Rob Dutkiewicz, both Walsh alumni. EY partner and principal Vicki E. Kamenova received the Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade award and Amy B. Robinson, vice president, CFO and chief administrative office of The Kresge Foundation received the Distinguished Alumni award.

The event, which is a fundraiser for Walsh scholarships, surpassed its target goal for the evening, raising double the amount of the original goal. Since the event began in 2000, it has raised over $3 million in scholarship funds for Walsh students.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/about-us
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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Legislative Update: Raise the Age Unanimously Clears Senate Committee

The Chamber is a longstanding supporter of juvenile detainment reform. A package of 16 bills that raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 17 to 18 recently cleared a Senate committee and is being prepared to move to Gov. Whitmer. Under these changes, 17-year-olds are subject to the juvenile justice system instead of state prisons. This legislation changes Michigan statute so that minors currently entrapped in the penal system can instead receive age-appropriate rehabilitation and then participate in Michigan’s workforce without the disadvantage of a criminal record.

Michigan’s Talent Shortage Requires Preparing All Types of Citizens

To ensure we are building the future workforce that the economy demands, the Detroit Regional Chamber is focused on supporting smart policy that will empower and prepare all types of Michiganders to fill the talent demand for employers across the region and state that tell us their top issue is a talent shortage.

The Chamber has advocated in the education and workforce space for decades with a focus on increasing postsecondary education attainment through policies such as increased dual enrollment and expanded, need-based financial aid, among other focuses on K-12 education.

There is a significant opportunity for the nearly 700,000 people in Detroit that have started college but “stopped out” before receiving a degree or credential to connect with the required education or training businesses need in their talent pool.

To get more of Michigan’s citizens into the workforce and continue to grow the economy, the Chamber supports:

  • Michigan Reconnect, to help connect a large portion of the adult population without degrees or certificates on a path towards continued education. This policy work is supported by the Chamber’s education and talent strategy program work that is already reengaging adult students with some or no college experience in the Detroit region to get them on a track to a degree or training certificate.
  • Going Pro in Michigan, to upskill and rescale adults who find themselves left behind in our rapidly changing economy.
  • Criminal Justice Reform, to reduce lengthy and costly sentences and provide age-appropriate rehabilitation. Currently, the Chamber is advocating for a six-bill expungement reform package is going through the Michigan House of Representatives that will open up the expungement process to many Michigan residents who struggle to find a job because of past criminal records and open up eligibility for a number of low-level offenses such as traffic offenses that are ineligible under the current expungement law.
  • Immigration Reform, to fix the broken immigration system and provide businesses with global talent that will help keep our economy competitive.

The data shows that getting our high school graduates into the right universities or skilled trade programs is not enough to produce the workforce pipeline needed to be competitive in a 21st-century economy and beyond. By engaging all kinds of populations, Michigan can meet the talent demands businesses require and be an economically competitive state.

 

Walsh President, Alumni and Trustees Named Top Business Leaders

TROY, Mich., Sept. 6, 2019 — For the second year in a row, Walsh President and CEO Marsha Kelliher has been named one of the most powerful business leaders in metro Detroit by DBusiness Magazine. The Detroit 500 list recognizes business leaders who have made a significant impact in their role and is determined by factors including organization size, growth rate, geographical reach, and each leader’s network.

“I am honored by this recognition and proud to be in the company of these strong business leaders, including Walsh alumni, trustees and partners,” said Kelliher.

Since joining Walsh in 2017, Kelliher has been instrumental in the enactment of an ambitious strategic plan initiative and the launch of several new academic programs, including the country’s only multi-course concentration in automotive cybersecurity, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management, the Master of Arts in Business, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Several Walsh alumni and trustees were also recognized for their leadership:

Saber Ammori, Co-Founder and CEO, Wireless Vision
Van Conway, CEO, Van Conway & Partners; Walsh Trustee
David Girodat, Regional President, Fifth Third Bank; Walsh Trustee; Member, Walsh Foundation Board
Paul Glantz, Chairman, Emagine Entertainment Inc.
Alan Jay Kaufman, Chairman, President and CEO, H.W. Kaufman Group; Walsh Trustee; Member, Walsh Foundation Board
Thomas W. Lopp Jr., President, Sterling Bancorp Inc.
Steven McCarty, CEO, UHY
Madhava Reddy, President and CEO, HTC Global Services; Walsh Trustee

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Rehmann expands footprint with opening of new Detroit office

TROY, Mich., August 14, 2019 – Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm with locations across Michigan, Ohio and Florida is strengthening its Michigan presence by relocating in downtown Detroit. The new, expanded 6,000-square-foot office is located at 1249 Griswold St., Suite 201 in the historic Farwell Building in Detroit’s Capitol Park district.
Headquartered in Troy, Rehmann has been offering solutions to clients across the country for more than 75 years. The new downtown location will continue to allow the Firm to provide its signature “Rehmann Experience” to its clients—many of which are located in Detroit.
“Rehmann has long-standing ties to the city of Detroit and to the community, and we’re eager to expand our services and network in downtown Detroit,” said Randy Rupp, CEO of Rehmann. “Committed to being the firm of choice for our associates, we pride ourselves in creating a people-centric culture. We expect our Detroit office will be a great space for our employees and our clients to call home.”
Built in 1915, the Farwell Building’s rich history includes an interior designed by famed glass artist Louis Tiffany and most recently served as the setting for hit movies such as “Batman vs. Superman” and “Transformers”. It’s listed on both the State Register of Historic Sites and the National Register of Historic Places.
While Rehmann is the central tenant, the building will house apartments and a new restaurant by Phoenicia owner Sameer Eid. Rehmann’s office is a modern, open-concept office space and includes a staff of roughly 20 employees, who have relocated from other offices.
“The historic Farwell Building in the heart of Capitol Park is the perfect addition to our current footprint, and a draw for current and future employees,” Rupp added. “As our firm continues to experience rapid growth across the country, we’re excited about the opportunities for our firm and our employees right here at home.”
For information about career opportunities with Rehmann, visit Rehmann.com/careers.
About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions, making it our duty to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has over 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

LIFT Opens Doors to Advanced Manufacturing Learning Lab in Corktown

Detroit-based LIFT – Lightweight innovations For Tomorrow has opened the doors on its 6,500 SF immersive Learning Lab, located in the LIFT Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Corktown.

Eight unique labs are equipped to prepare incoming students for the most in-demand manufacturing careers, with K-12, community and technical college, and university programs.
CNC Operations and Welding Technician Training Centers, maker spaces for hands-on fabrication, as well as labs to learn Smart Factory basics and explore materials science and metrology are available to partnering organizations.

Detroit’s University Prep Science and Math High School (UPrep) will be utilizing the Fundamental Skills Development and Project Fabrication labs during the 2019-2020 school year. UPrep Schools will roll out the “IGNITE: Mastering Manufacturing” curriculum to students in the Learning Lab to produce the “multi-skilled technician” needed in today’s workplace.

Looking ahead, additional schools, organizations and businesses are invited to partner with LIFT to provide education in a real, working advanced manufacturing setting.

For more information, please visit https://lift.technology or contact LIFT Communications Director, Joe Steele at c: 734-233-4567, jsteele@almmii.org.

About LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow
LIFT is a Detroit-based, public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT is one of the founding institutes of Manufacturing USA and is funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research.

Walsh Student Collects 700 Books for Detroit School

TROY, Mich., May 20, 2019 — Walsh student Marissa Campo has been named a Literacy Heroine by the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Detroit Chapter for launching a book drive that collected more than 700 books for Westside Christian Academy in Detroit. Recognition is given to AWC members who have contributed to the success of the chapter’s Driving Literacy in the D initiative. Awards will be presented at an AWC networking celebration in June.

Campo launched the book drive at Walsh during National Reading Month in March and was overwhelmed by the response from Walsh students and staff and employees from area businesses including Alps Electric, Inc., Level One Bank and Materialise.

“Driving Literacy in the D was a great way for Walsh students to get involved with and give back to our community,” said Campo. “I hope our donation inspires students to foster a love of reading and dream big dreams for their future.”

“Marissa’s enthusiasm for this project was contagious and it was evident very early that she was going to exceed her original goal,” said Julie Battani, Student Life Coordinator at Walsh. “It was fulfilling to deliver the books to Westside Christian Academy and see Marissa interact with students who will benefit from her partnership with AWC’s Driving Literacy in the D.”

Campo is pursuing a bachelor of business administration in marketing, works as an intern in Walsh’s marketing department and serves as president of the Walsh Marketing Association student organization.

For information about Walsh programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Students Volunteer Time at Detroit Taxathon

TROY, Mich., April 12, 2019 — Walsh accounting and taxation students participated in this year’s Taxathon event on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, 2019 to provide free tax preparation services to Detroit residents eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

“The Taxathon is an excellent way for Walsh students to gain practical hands-on experience outside of a class setting while providing a valuable community service,” said Heather Rinkevich, Director of Academic Advising at Walsh. “The Taxathon is an important program and Walsh has been proud to participate for many years.”

In addition to the Taxathon event, the Walsh Accounting and Taxation Student Organization and graduate-level taxation students volunteer with the Accounting Aid Society annually to file taxes for local families and individuals for free. The Accounting Aid Society provides tax and financial services to underserved taxpayers in southeast Michigan.

For more information about Walsh degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Butzel Long attorney Ivonne M. Soler featured during seminar on Women’s Empowerment in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Ivonne M. Soler was a featured speaker during a seminar presented by the Mexican Consulate in Detroit on March 4, 2019
at Wayne State University. The seminar focused on Women’s Empowerment. Soler discussed the use of the law as a tool for the empowerment of women.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Soler concentrates her practice in the areas of family law litigation and commercial litigation. She represents clients with family and domestic relations issues, including divorce, property division, spousal support, child support, child custody and parenting time, change of domicile, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, post-judgment enforcement, adoption and assisted reproduction (family building) issues. She also represents clients in general matters pertaining to business and commercial litigation, including breach of contract actions and non-compete, trade secrets, and unfair competition disputes.

Soler is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2013) and Wayne State University (B.A., cum laude, 2006). While in law school, Soler served as the Associate Director of the Moot Court Board of Advocates, the President of Conexiones: The UDM Hispanic Law Society, and a member of the Dean’s Honor Society. She also enjoyed many honors while in law school, including book awards for the highest grade in Legal Writing and Trial Practice. She also was the winner of the 2012 Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament.

A native of Puerto Rico and fluent in Spanish, Soler is actively involved with the Hispanic Bar Association (HBAM) and the Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Michigan (WLAM). Notably, Soler serves on the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. She was appointed by former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

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 and Shanghai. 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 @butzel_long or : https://twitter.com/butzel_long

COTS Joins Four Local Nonprofits that received $1.25 million from the Kresge Foundation NextGen Detroit Initiative Designed To Help Break Poverty Cycle

DETROIT, Feb. 28, 2019 – COTS has received $250,000, a portion of $1.25 million in operating grants from the Kresge Foundation as part of Kresge Foundation’s NextGen Initiative. Kresge’s goal was to help accelerate social and economic mobility (SEM) for Detroiters through a two-generation approach. Kresge Foundation describes their NextGen Initiative as “a two-year program consisting of three components: 1) leadership development; 2) development of a community of practice; and 3) the creation of organizational and cohort action plans designed to advance and accelerate SEM using a two-generation, whole-family approach. “

COTS, an organization that offers programs emergency shelter for families, develops affordable housing, and provides permanent supportive housing assistance, will use the grant to continue to work with parents and children through their Passport to Self-Sufficiency™ (PTS). This theory of change serves as the DNA of COTS and involves mobility coaching and mentoring to support families as they set goals in the following areas: family stability, economic mobility, education, career development, and health and well-being. COTS provides the support of PTS through robust partnerships with other organizations, corporations, and individuals and offers the services of the PTS to anyone connected with any of COTS programs. With the grant, this program will continue to transform lives and COTS will be able to develop an evaluation process to measure its success.

“Frontline providers in the human services sector play a critical role in advancing social and economic mobility,” said Joelle Jude-Fontaine, senior program officer for Kresge’s national Human Services program. “Over the next two years, these organizations will have the opportunity to learn from each other and national experts around the country and become a network that collectively works to integrate the delivery of services and supports to improve outcomes for children and families living in Detroit.”

The winners of Kresge’s NextGen Detroit initiative will share the grant for two-year programs. Other winners include: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, Matrix Human Services, Starfish Family Services, and Wayne Metro Community Action Agency.

“We are honored to receive and be recognized amongst fellow nonprofits with a passion for supporting and creating sustainable change for Detroit’s most vulnerable population. This helps us continue to be a catalyst for eradicating generational homelessness and poverty,” said Cheryl Johnson, COTS CEO.

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About COTS
Founded in 1982, Detroit-based COTS http://cotsdetroit.org is a private, non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, housing services, and comprehensive support services for homeless families and the at-risk population. COTS’ mission is to alleviate homelessness by providing an array of services which enable people to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain quality affordable housing. Through the Passport to Self-Sufficiency™, COTS assists families in reaching their housing, economic, health, education and career goals. COTS also exists to advocate for long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness.