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June 23: Leadership Detroit Honors Top Regional Leaders at Class XXXVI Commencement; Schlichting Appointed to U.S. Commission on Care

Leadership Detroit Honors Top Regional Leaders at Class XXXVI Commencement

Last week, Leadership Detroit, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, celebrated the commencement of its 36th class, while presenting its annual awards to three alumni who have made a positive impact on the region. Commencement took place at The Garden Theater in Detroit and featured 66 executives from across the region, representing business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

In addition, Leadership Detroit held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing past alumni that act on and support the program’s five pillars of exemplary leadership, and who have made a positive impact to move Michigan forward. This year’s award recipients included:

  • Lifelong Leadership Award: Eva Garza Dewaelsche, president and CEO of SER Metro-Detroit Jobs For Progress Inc.
  • Inspirational Leader Award: Michael Khoury, president of Detroit Cristo Rey High School
  • Moving the Needle Award: Carla Walker-Miller, president and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services

To view photos from commencement, click here. The complete Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI roster is available at


Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting Appointed to U.S. Commission on CareThe Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Henry Ford Health System CEO and Chamber executive committee member Nancy Schlichting on her appointment by President Obama as chair of the U.S. Commission on Care, an organization established to examine how to best deliver health care to military veterans.

Schlichting’s support for military veterans in the Detroit region extends beyond the health care industry. As chair of the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference, Schlichting helped shape a statewide dialogue on the importance of hiring veteran talent in order to spur the state’s economy. A key To-Do List item from the Conference was the creation of a military veterans hiring conference with the goal of securing Michigan employment for veterans. In leading Henry Ford Health System, Schlichting remains a critical partner in attracting veteran jobs and talent to Southeast Michigan.

Click here to read an article on Schlichting, who was featured on the cover of the March edition of the Detroiter magazine for her innovative leadership in health care.


Discover How to Maximize Your Chamber Membership, July 15

New and existing Detroit Regional Chamber members can learn how to take advantage of all the benefits of their Chamber membership at the upcoming Membership Maximizer on July 15 at TPC Michigan golf club in Dearborn. Attendees will hear a brief overview of benefits, programs and events, as well as meet face-to-face with Chamber executives in attendance to ensure their membership is working for them and their business needs. Following the Membership Maximizer, attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow Chamber members by attending Connections & Cocktails from 5 to 7 p.m. To register, click here.


The Henry Ford’s ‘Innovation Nation’ Wins Daytime Emmy Award, Highlights Importance of STEM Education

The Henry Ford’s “Innovation Nation” television series, featured on CBS Detroit, recently won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. It is the first nomination and win for the show, currently in its first season.

“Innovation Nation,” hosted by CBS News correspondent Mo Rocca, debuted in fall 2014 and highlights inventors and innovators across the country. Its goal is to spark interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers among young people — an issue critical to Michigan and the United States’ global competitiveness and a topic of discussion at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference. To view past episodes, click here.


Chamber Staff Give Back by Volunteering with Youths at Southwest Solutions

Detroit Regional Chamber staff members volunteered with dozens of youths at the Southwest Solutions Early Learning Community Family Fun Day in Detroit last week. The program was part of a monthly series that promotes literacy through fun and creative themes.

Throughout the afternoon, Chamber volunteers engaged in numerous activities, ranging from helping with arts and crafts with kids and their families to leading dinosaur fossil digs and running a scavenger hunt.

Southwest Solutions Early Learning Communities provide free training and resources to parents and caregivers so that they can prepare children to be ready to learn when they enter school. To learn more about Southwest Solutions’ services, visit