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

Today, Leadership Detroit, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, will celebrate the commencement of its 38th 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 XXXVIII features 68 executives from across the region, drawing from eight counties and 33 municipalities in Southeast Michigan. The class represents 39 industries including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

“The Detroit Regional Chamber has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to help shape and support aspiring leaders who are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This year’s group of exceptional and diverse leaders came to together and recognized that as our region experiences unprecedented change, assumptions and stereotypes need to be challenged to make way for better collaboration and momentum going forward,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Chamber.

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

  • Inspirational Leader Award: David Rudolph, President, D. Ericson & Associates Public Relations; Leadership Detroit Class XXIV
  • Moving the Needle Award: Lisa Nuszkowski, Executive Director, Detroit Bike Share, Downtown Detroit Partnership; Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV
  • Lifelong Leadership Award: John Van Camp, President and CEO, Southwest Solutions; Leadership Detroit Class XX

The complete Leadership Detroit Class XXXVIII roster is available at


About Leadership Detroit

Leadership Detroit is a community leadership program for executives in Southeast Michigan led by the Detroit Regional Chamber with more than 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. For more information, please visit

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. For more information, please visit