Now Accepting Speaker Proposals For Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s leading marketing event returns in 2018 with Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed on March 22. Focusing on advanced digital marketing strategy, this event will provide a glimpse into the industry’s future as well as tips on hiring and managing digital marketing talent.

Individuals interested in speaking at Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed should submit all proposals using the form below by January 12, 2018. The Chamber will give preference to speakers with a strong stage presence while also showing a mastery of advanced digital marketing topics.

Recommended topics include online reputation management, influencer marketing and hiring digital marketing talent. Keep in mind that the audience at Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed  will be marketers with advanced digital marketing knowledge and potentially students looking to break into the field.

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Registration for Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed will open soon.

For speaker questions or more information on the blogging partnership, please contact Nick Mattar at 313.596.0404.

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Column: Rev interest in high-tech auto jobs

Dec. 13, 2017

The Detroit News

Glenn R. Stevens

Michigan’s automotive industry is healthy, but it’s vastly different than in years past. The mobility world is upon us, and it represents one of the most significant inflection points we have ever experienced in our industry and state. The career possibilities are much more diverse than they were 10 years ago and continue to broaden. But the industry does have a problem. Talent. While the perceptions of our industry as a career opportunity have improved, too many of our students still do not consider the automotive industry as an exciting, high-tech career option with a potential for growth. That needs to change.

Long gone are the days where car companies were only interested in putting wheels on cars and getting them on the roads. The automotive industry has collided with the tech world, and there is a convergence of companies and innovation happening from Detroit to Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Stuttgart and all points of the globe. Mechanical and electrical engineers will always be a staple in the industry but now, more than ever, the industry needs coders, software developers, technology scientists and data engineers to take those cars and connect them to the internet of everything. The connected and automated vehicle is dramatically shaping how people, services, goods and data are moved around us.

Currently, Michigan ranks number one in the nation in connected and automated vehicle projects. With more than 2,500 mobility-related patents awarded in Michigan over the past five years, the state continues to lead in innovation. Last week, at the annual MICHauto Summit, new data was released that showed more than 2,200 facilities in the state of Michigan conduct automotive research, design, engineering, testing and validation, many more than previously estimated. The future is ours for the taking, but the critical task for the industry today is attracting the best and brightest to fill the talent pipeline for tomorrow. About 20 percent of the current industry is at or near retirement age. Who will fill these jobs? It is essential that we look at the human capital supply change in a holistic way. We must develop our young minds, attract new talent, and supplement it with New Americans, veterans coming back to the workforce, and through retraining and reskilling our people. In a state with abundant natural and cultural resources, Michigan is an ideal home to live, work and play.

The 2017 Automobility Career Perception Survey, released at the Summit, completed by Research America Inc. and funded in part by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., gathered feedback from 900 students and influencers on how they felt about Michigan’s automotive industry and their commonly held perceptions and assumptions regarding future career opportunities.

The data showed some improvements since our first perception survey in 2014. There was a 14 percent increase of students who would consider a career in the automotive industry and a 12 percent gain in the number of youths, and 19 percent gain in the number of influencers who believe the automotive industry is growing with opportunity and advancement in manufacturing, professional skilled trades, and for those with advanced degrees. That’s good news for our industry. However, zero percent of youth outside of Michigan believe Detroit is leading the way in autonomous/driverless vehicle testing and development. Michigan youth understand Michigan is a state where innovation takes place, while youth outside of the state did not list Michigan in their top five states.

We have work to do. Developing, attracting and retaining talent must be Michigan’s top business priority and will determine our economic future. The digitalization of our economy, from the Industry 4.0 transformation on the shop floor to the connected car as the most high-tech consumer product on the planet, mandates that Michigan develop its workforce to transform our economy.

Glenn Stevens is the executive director for MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber. To download the executive summary of the perception survey or for more information on the MICHauto, visit


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Pulitzer Prize Winner Peggy Noonan to Explore Restoring Trust in Critical Institutions

Peggy Noonan, columnist for The Wall Street Journal and best-selling author of nine books on American politics, history and culture, will take Michigan’s Center Stage during the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Earlier this year, Noonan received the Pulitzer Prize for political commentary for her coverage of the 2016 presidential election. Her Wall Street Journal column, “Declarations” has run weekly for nearly two decades, garnering millions of readers.

In her most recent best-seller, “The Time of Our Lives,” Noonan chronicles her career in journalism, her time as a speech writer for Ronald Reagan, and the political arena throughout her career.

An expert in politics, Noonan will discuss the Conference pillar of restoring confidence in the critical institutions of government, media and business to build trust in society.

The Hunter Group LLC Announces Strategic Alliance With Emerge Consulting

The Hunter Group LLC is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with Emerge Consulting, led by President Joe Bamberger. Emerge Consulting is a Michigan-based Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) firm with a focus on small to mid-sized businesses. Emerge Consulting brings experience in recruiting emerging talent from universities, trade schools, and the military to The Hunter Group’s network of prestigious clients.

The Hunter Group Partners are enthusiastic about this new strategic alliance and Wim van Acker, Partner, explained “Joe Bamberger and his team will offer our clients access to talented individuals at the university level and during the early stages of their careers. Our entrepreneurial clients need support in the human resources and recruiting areas as they grow.”

Emerge Consulting President Joe Bamberger stated: “I’m excited for the future of this partnership. The Hunter Group has 20 plus years of recruiting and client relationships. We anticipate doing great things together and offering some of our unique solutions to their clients.” As the fight for entry level talent becomes increasingly difficult with a millennial generation of job-hoppers, Emerge Consulting brings a solution that allows its clients to reach a much larger base of potential employees than their resources would otherwise let them.

Joe Bamberger founded Emerge Consulting after spending several years in the staffing industry. Emerge Consulting was founded with the mission of making recruitment more efficient and cost effective for smaller companies and helping them Emerge above their competition in the war for talent. Joe Bamberger attended Detroit Country Day School before finishing his B.A. in 2009 at Colorado College. He currently resides in Bloomfield Hills and is active in the community by serving on the Alumni Council for Detroit Country Day School and as President of the Detroit Sting Lacrosse Club.

The Hunter Group LLC, Michigan’s Premier Executive Search Firm, was established in 1995 to serve the executive search needs of a variety of industries and is committed to identifying and attracting high caliber leadership and managerial expertise for its global client base through its international delivery network.

For more information about Emerge Consulting, contact Joe Bamberger at Tel: (248) 645.1551 and The Hunter Group Partners at (248) 645.1551,

Butzel Long attorneys Geaneen Arends and Clara DeMatteis Mager named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2017 Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan

Butzel Long attorneys and shareholders Geaneen M. Arends and Clara DeMatteis Mager have been named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2017 Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan. The news appears in the December 11 edition. The women honored in this inaugural report set legal precedents, manage high-profile cases, serve on community boards, win awards and mentor their co-workers.

Geaneen Arends

Based in the firm’s Detroit office, Arends concentrates her practice on corporate transactions and commercial real estate transactions. She assists clients with general business planning, entity formation and maintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned business certification and general business contracts.

She also advises business clients on a variety of real estate transactions, including acquisition, development and leasing of multi-family residential, retail, office and industrial properties. She has represented both borrowers and lenders in multi-million-dollar financing transactions.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Arends was in-house counsel for a real estate investment and property management firm where, among other accomplishments, she led the audit and repositioning of the company’s insurance and risk management program covering a $1Billion real estate portfolio, and she previously practiced in the real estate groups of two prominent Detroit law firms.

In 2016, Arends was elected to serve as a member of the Detroit Educational Television Foundation/Detroit Public Television (DPTV) Board of Trustees. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Detroit Historical Society, which manages all operations of the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Celebration.

Arends was named to DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers 2018 in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Real Estate Law, and was previously recognized in past years by DBusiness in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate Law, and NonProfits/Charities Law. She is an alumna of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Detroit, Class XXVII. She also is serving her second term on the Real Property Law Advisory Board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

In 2014, Arends was named to the 2014 Class of “Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Arends is a member of the Wolverine Bar Association, Urban Land Institute Michigan, the Detroit Economic Club, for which she also serves on the reception committee, and the Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit, for which she also serves on the ACG Detroit Women’s Forum committee.

Arends is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A., History, 1994) and of Boston College Law School (J.D., 1998). She is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.

Clara DeMatteis Mager

As the Immigration Practice Department Leader, Mager has been instrumental in growing the practice.

Mager focuses her practice on business and family immigration issues including all aspects of the international movement of personnel, inbound and outbound work-authorized nonimmigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent) status, immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring, employer sanctions, and immigration law audits.

She is a firm liaison to Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. She has served as Chair and Regional Chair of the Lex Mundi Immigration Committee. She is very active with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation providing legal services to select “social entrepreneurs.” The Foundation is part of the global social entrepreneur movement for positive social change. She is active in the community working on pro bono immigration matters.

Mager serves on the Board of Directors of the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) Michigan Chapter, the Italian American Alliance for Business and Technology, Leonardo International, Inc. and the Great Lakes Chapter of the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce. She also is a member of the Federal Bar Association (previous member of the Leadership Council of the Immigration Committee), State Bar of Michigan (Past Chairperson of the International Law Section and previously held positions of Chair-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Council Member and Chairperson of the Immigration Committee), Women Lawyers Bar Association and Italian American Bar Association (Board Member and Past President).

Mager also was a Board Member and past Chair of the J.D./L.L.B. Advisory Board, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law/University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She is a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Detroit XXII Class. Mager is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Immigration) and Michigan Super Lawyers (Immigration). Mager is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer.

Mager is a graduate of Wayne State University and of the Detroit College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1987) where she was a member of Law Review.

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 or follow Butzel Long on Twitter:

Kimberlydawn Wisdom

Kimberlydawn Wisdom is senior vice president of community health and equity, and chief wellness and diversity officer at Henry Ford Health System. She is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and  chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health.

In 2003, Wisdom was appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm as the nation’s first state-level Surgeon General. In that role, she founded the nationally known Generation With Promise program. In 2012, she was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health.

Wisdom founded the award-winning program, African-American Initiative for Male Health Improvement and the Women-Inspired Neighborhood Network-Detroit to reduce infant mortality. She leads equity strategies at Henry Ford Health System, and was honored by the American Hospital Association in July 2014 as an “Equity of Care” finalist. Wisdom provides strong leadership in diversity, population health, and improving the health of those disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes.

Michael J. Serra Named 2017 “Up & Coming Lawyer”

Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Michael J. Serra, a senior associate in the firm’s Ann Arbor office, has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2017 class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.”

Lawyers Weekly honored Serra and the other members if the 2017 class at a luncheon ceremony on December 7 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. Honorees will be profiled in a special section of the December 11 issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Each year, the publisher of Michigan Lawyers Weekly selects a small group of attorneys who are in their first ten years of practice to be named “Up & Coming Lawyers.” According to the publication, these individuals “display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers.”

A member of Bodman’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and IP Brand Protection Team, Serra primarily focuses on prosecuting, maintaining, and enforcing trademarks and copyrights. He has successfully litigated in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He has also handled national and international copyright, trademark, and domain name “takedowns” of infringing content, and trademark oppositions in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Outside of the office, Serra is involved in many community and volunteer organizations. He is a regular contributor to Bodman’s award-winning Pro Bono Program and volunteers with the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan, which promotes organ donation throughout the state.  Serra serves on the Coalition’s planning committee for its annual ALIVE fundraiser. Michigan Rising Stars 2017 recognized Serra as an emerging leader in intellectual Property Law and DBusiness magazine lists him as a 2018 “Top Lawyer” for Copyright Law.

About Bodman

Bodman PLC is one of the Midwest’s leading business law firms, providing counsel to some of the region’s most successful companies and wealthiest individuals on a broad range of issues. Deeply rooted in the communities they serve, Bodman lawyers provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm combined with the talent and knowledge expected of the nation’s leading attorneys. To learn more, visit

‘Mobility Moments’ Focus on Inclusive Leadership, Michigan’s Mobility Innovation

The 2017 MICHauto Summit featured two “Mobility Moments” showcasing two hot-button issues in the automobility industry.

Elizabeth Griffith, director of engineering for GM Global at Faurecia Interior Systems, spoke to the necessity of inclusive leaders and the qualities they exude. According to Griffith, an inclusive leader should be authentic, balanced, creative, fearless, show gratitude, be humorous and innovative, among other qualities. In addition, she made the case for culture’s importance, quoting author Peter Drucker: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” This session was sponsored by Fakhoury Global Immigration.

Following Griffith, IAV Automotive Engineering Project Manager Lars Eggenstein offered his personal insight on Michigan as a mobility innovation hub, citing his experiences both locally and abroad. A native of Germany, Eggenstein commended Michigan’s industry leadership and ability to attract foreign-born talent to original equipment manufacturers. This session was sponsored by Phoenix Contact E-Mobility.

M. Roy Wilson

Roy Wilson is the 12th president of Wayne State University. Prior to joining Wayne State, Wilson served as deputy director for strategic scientific planning and program coordination at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.

Previously, he was dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for health sciences at Creighton University, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and concurrently, chancellor of the University of Colorado-Denver and chair of the board of directors of University of Colorado Hospital. Wilson also chaired the board of directors of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and was acting president during part of that time.

Wilson’s research has focused on glaucoma and blindness in populations from the Caribbean to West Africa. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Howes: Mich. closing perception gap in bid for Auto 2.0

Dec. 5, 2017

The Detroit News

Daniel Howes

In the push to claim leadership in Auto 2.0, Michigan actually may be in a stronger position than previously thought, suggest new survey results to be released Wednesday at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto Summit.

More than 2,200 facilities are devoted to automotive research, design and engineering across Michigan — far more than the 375 widely touted by the government and industry officials positioning the state as the heart of the North American auto industry.

And a new Automobility Career Perception Survey finds the Detroit-based industry given up for dead less than a decade ago is perceived to once again offer opportunity and advancement. More than half the young adults age 17-24 said they would consider a career in the auto industry, up 14 points from a similar survey in 2014.

A rising 42 percent of parents and school counselors would recommend young people pursue a career in the auto industry, compared to just 23 percent three years ago. Perceptions that the industry is growing are up, evidence that prolonged profitability and the push into mobility, autonomy and electrification are changing the Old Economy industry’s image.

It should. Depending on the model, a new car today can carry 10 million or so lines of code, far more than a jet fighter or a garden-variety smartphone. The platforms on wheels don’t just use technology to communicate; they use it to monitor myriad points of engine performance, safety systems like adaptive cruise and braking, even quasi-autonomous driving.

“We need the auto companies to look just like the tech companies — high-tech, global and growth,” Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto, said in an interview Tuesday. “Things change. You either grow or die. You cannot stay the same. That’s not the way things happen.

“And this mobility world is an inflection point for Detroit and Michigan. Our ability to go on an upward curve on that inflection point is going to make or break us. Really what it comes down to is the digitalization of our economy.”

Perceptions are changing because reality is changing. The Detroit-based industry that saw two of its three automakers collapse into federally induced bankruptcy, even as such major suppliers as Delphi Corp. and Lear Corp. sought Chapter 11 protection, is markedly different than what brought the industrial Midwest to the verge of economic collapse.

The shift has the markings of permanence. General Motors Co. is exiting such major global markets as India, Russia, even Europe itself, to concentrate on boosting margins to fund big bets on electric vehicles, self-driving technology and mobility services like its Maven ride-sharing brand.

Detroit’s No. 1 automaker is beginning to persuade investors that it — not Silicon Valley darling Tesla Inc. — is the smart play to hit the market first with self-driving cars. And to be able to manufacture them in volume and with industry-leading quality.

GM’s former parts unit, Delphi Automotive PLC, split into two companies this week. Aptiv PLC will focus on electronics, smart mobility and autonomous driving, and Delphi Technologies PLC will extend its expertise in next-generation internal-combustion engines and after-market sales.

Delphi’s wager: that the mega-trends behind the deep techification of cars, trucks and transportation are not passing political and social moments. They’re a watershed for an industry facing the most revolutionary change since Henry Ford rolled the first Model Ts off the moving assembly line.

Ford Motor Co., chasing rival GM into China with pledges this week to introduce 15 new electric vehicles there over the next eight years, at the same time is renovating prime downtown real estate near its Dearborn headquarters. The goal: to make its neighborhood more attractive to the kind of young, tech-savvy talent it needs to straddle today’s auto industry with tomorrow’s.

Michigan leads the nation, by far, in autonomous vehicle testing sites, and claims as many such projects as the entire country of Japan. The American Center for Mobility, a public-private test facility carved from a corner of historic Willow Run Airport, is set to officially open as early as this month.

All of it, and so much more, are markers that the distinction between the lower-margin auto industry and higher-margin high-tech industry is increasingly artificial … at least to those willing to take a second look.

And that means the real competition for talent transcends simple-minded caricature, one reason the likes of Ford, and its rivals, are angling to change the way they’re perceived — and act. Because they have to.


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