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Detroit Regional Chamber Hosts Commencement for Leadership Detroit Class XXXVII, Recognizes Past Alumni for Creating Positive Change in the Community

DETROIT, June 16, 2016 – Today, Leadership Detroit, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, celebrated the commencement of its 37th class, marking the end of the 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

Leadership Detroit’s Class XXXVII features 69 executives from across the region, drawing from 11 counties and 42 municipalities in Southeast Michigan. The class represents a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

“This group of exceptional leaders brought to the table a rich diversity of talent, skills and perspectives. They recognized quickly that our region continues to experience unprecedented change and we need collaborative leaders now more than ever before,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Chamber.

The commencement ceremony took place at The Garden Theater in Detroit and included Leadership Detroit’s annual awards, recognizing past alumni that act on and support the program’s five pillars of exemplary leadership, and who have made a positive impact in the community. This year’s award recipients include:

Inspirational Leader Award: David Sampson, CEO, Mariners Inn; Leadership Detroit Class XXX
Lifelong Leadership Award: David Breen, former Market Managing Partner, PwC; Leadership Detroit Class IX
Moving the Needle Award: Jeanette Pierce, Executive Director, Detroit Experience Factory; Leadership Detroit Class XXXII

The complete Leadership Detroit Class XXXVII roster is available at

“While celebrating the commencement of another class of leaders, it is great to honor alumni whose dynamic leadership and collaboration impacts the region in a very meaningful way,” said Piepszowski.

About Leadership Detroit

Leadership Detroit is a community leadership program for executives in Southeast Michigan led by the Detroit Regional Chamber with over 1,800 alumni. Launched in 1979, the program aims to create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region and to challenge emerging and existing community leaders to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership.

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About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members.

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