Carolyn Cassin is a highly-regarded organizational development and operations expert, accomplished health care entrepreneur, and national expert in end of life care. Over her 30-year career, Cassin has started and grown two companies, and helped transform and turn around three more. Her professional successes include turning around a failing hospice organization in Southeast Michigan and building it into the nation’s largest and one of the best run hospices in the country.
She is also president and CEO of Michigan Women Forward, Michigan’s only public statewide Foundation dedicated to helping women and girls realize their dreams of economic self-sufficiency and social equality. Under her leadership, the Foundation developed a microloan fund for women-owned and managed businesses in the state.
Cassin and a group of 30 Michigan women founded BELLE Michigan. The state’s first female venture fund was created to invest in women-owned companies and other underserved communities in the United States. The Fund has made six investments and is transforming the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women across Michigan.