GM VP of global cyber Kevin Tierney presents ‘Building Cyber Leaders and Leadership’ at Walsh College’s Conversation With Leaders

TROY, Mich., Nov. 22, 2021 — Kevin Tierney, vice president, global cybersecurity for General Motors, will present Building Cyber Leaders and Leadership Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 from 12-1 p.m. as part of Walsh College’s Conversation With Leaders series. This free, live virtual event will be moderated by Leon Nash, partner, Deloitte. This event, the first in a series of three discussions that will run through 2022, is open to all. Those who work in CFO and CIO offices will benefit significantly from the session. Reservations are required.

Tierney oversees all aspects of cybersecurity risk across the General Motors enterprise. In his previous role as chief product cybersecurity officer he built one of the industry’s first internal red team penetration testing lab and launched the first security vulnerability disclosure program of any major automaker.

“Cyber vulnerability is one of the most significant challenges facing businesses today. Organizations must develop cybersecurity leaders within their own ranks to mitigate complex, ever-evolving cybersecurity risks. Walsh College incorporates this principle into our cybersecurity curriculum and we are fortunate to have Kevin Tierney share his expertise in this area with the Walsh community,” said Michael Levens, Ph.D., president and CEO of Walsh College.

For more information or to register for Building Cyber Leaders and Leadership, visit foundation.walshcollege.edu/conversations-with-leaders

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, data analytics, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Foster Swift to Participate in Mansfield Rule Program Focused on Diversity in Leadership

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. –Foster Swift Collins & Smith will be one of 70-plus law firms participating in the Midsize Mansfield Rule Certification program.

This program was established by the Diversity Lab (an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in the law) with the goal to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these positions.

The Mansfield Rule Certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions.

The Midsize certification process, which is modeled after the version designed for full-size firms, is modified to boost diversity in leadership for firms with a smaller number of attorneys, single office locations and leaner firm leadership structures.

The certification period for the firms participating in the Midsize program will last a rigourous 18 months from September 2021 to March 2023 to provide adequate time for the firms to take action on hiring, promotion and leadership activities.

Firms that complete the Midsize Mansfield Rule criteria will be designated as “Mansfield Certified” which will give them the opportunity to send their underrepresented partners to the Mansfield Rule Client Forums in 2023 to build relationships and learn from the Diversity Lab’s in-house counsel collaborators.

Foster Swift believes that a diverse and comprehensive staff enables them to better serve their communities. In 1993, the firm formed an active diversity committee that has been meeting and providing guidance for the firm’s internal diversity training programming, policy consideration and community support ever since.

By electing Anne Seurynck in 2020, Foster Swift became one of the first of Michigan’s large law firms to designate a woman attorney as firm president. In addition, 25 percent of the firm’s attorneys are women and many serve in management roles including two of the six members of the firm’s executive committee and three firm practice group leaders.

Collin Mays Named Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s Chair

The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter is pleased to announce that Collin Mays, a celebrated Michigan public service expert and community advocate, will serve as event chair for the 2021 Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for Oct. 30, 2021.

“I’m very excited to serve as the chair of the 2021 Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Mays said. “My passion for the work of the Alzheimer’s Association is long-standing as I have seen two grandparents suffer from this horrible disease.

“As chair, I’m hoping to engage a new group of activists to help bring awareness surrounding Alzheimer’s and its terrible effect on our loved ones. We all know someone who has dealt with this disease. Many people do not realize the impact of Alzheimer’s on minority groups. In fact,
older Black/African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites, and Hispanic/Latinos are about one and one-half times as likely. These are alarming statistics. It’s time to help provide more resources to fighting it.”

Mays was recently selected by Delta Township as their new community and economic development coordinator due to his experience and expertise in both economic and workforce development. Previously, he served as economic development director in Center Line, Mich.

He is a 2015 Michigan Chronicle 40 under 40 award winner and was included in the Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in their 20’s Class of 2019.

Mays received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University and master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University. He is an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We are thrilled to have Collin serving in this key role for the Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Jennifer Lepard, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter. “Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever. Every dollar raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s allows the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research.”

Longtime media personality Chuck Gaidica — whose mom, Geri Gaidica, and father-in-law, John Ottens, both battled Alzheimer’s and dementia — will once again serve as the Detroit Walk emcee and celebrity advocate.

More information about the format of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be available in the coming months.

“Whether we’re together at a large in-person gathering at the Detroit Zoo or in small groups in our individual neighborhoods, we can make a difference,” said Erin Lin, director of the Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “The health and safety of our constituents, staff and volunteers will be our top priority as we assess the changing status of the pandemic and make a decision about how we’ll walk in 2021.”

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth-leading
cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members
and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In
Michigan alone, there are more than 190,000 living with the disease and 518,000 caregivers.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit
alz.org/walk or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

Walsh Appoints Suzanne Siegle Provost and Executive Vice President

TROY, Mich., Sept. 3, 2020 – Walsh President and CEO Michael Levens, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Suzanne M. Siegle, Ed.D., J.D., as provost and executive vice president effective Sept. 14, 2020. As provost, Siegle will oversee faculty, academic administration and support services, online and remote learning, library services and institutional research.

“Dr. Siegle is a dynamic leader who brings extensive experience and knowledge in education, law and business, with a pulse on the needs of students,” said Levens. “Her creative approach and experience will be instrumental in guiding our academic programs and services in an ever-changing higher education environment, ensuring Walsh continues to meet the needs of students and business partners.“

Siegle joins Walsh from Concordia University, Ann Arbor where she most recently served as the assistant vice president for legal affairs and operations, campus dean for the Haab School of Business and professor of business and leadership.

Siegle’s academic and professional experience combine business, law and higher education, specifically focusing on the value and importance of a business education in today’s world. While at Concordia, she launched and grew both its undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs and founded CULaunch!, an annual pitch event for aspiring entrepreneurs to compete for startup seed money. Siegle also oversaw the growth and development of a one-year master of science in leadership and an advanced standing professional MBA program.

A licensed attorney, Siegle has experience in business law, real estate, technology transfer, intellectual property, higher education law, risk management, Title IX compliance and corporate insurance.

Siegle’s research and scholarship encompass locus of control and leadership effectiveness, positive organizational psychology and the entrepreneurial mindset. She is the founder of the research firm LOCUS Mindset and regularly presents her research at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters and the Michigan Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organizations, where she is a member of the community of scholars.

Siegle holds a doctorate in higher education leadership and management from Regent University, where her dissertation focused on alternative and innovative operating models for higher education in the 21st century. She earned her juris doctor from Ave Maria School of Law, an MBA from Western Governor’s University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Names Michael Levens, Ph.D., as President and CEO

TROY, Mich., Aug. 17, 2020 — The Walsh Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Michael Levens, Ph.D., as Walsh’s eighth president and CEO, effective Aug. 1, 2020. Levens previously served as Walsh’s interim provost and professor and academic chair of the marketing department.

Levens brings both academic and business experience to his role. Prior to joining Walsh in 2006, Levens held several senior leadership positions at General Motors, working in research, product development and brand management for brands including OnStar and Saab among others. Levens is a Fulbright Scholar and has a post-doctoral qualification from Tulane University, a Ph.D. from Capella University, an MBA from Bond University in Australia and a bachelor of science from Kettering University.

Levens’ textbook, “Marketing: Defined, Explained, Applied,” is in its 3rd edition and has been used by more than 200 colleges and universities worldwide. He has worked on more than 100 research projects internationally and is a Fulbright peer reviewer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a member of the Scientific Committee of the annual international conference “Emerging Trends in Economics, Culture and Humanities.”

“President Levens’ blend of academic and business leadership experience mirror Walsh’s mission to provide an education combining theory, application and professional experience. We welcome his leadership during this unique time in our history as we approach the 100th anniversary of our founding,” said Michael Plotzke, chair of the Walsh Board of Trustees and double alumnus.

Gerald Schafer served as interim president and CEO from March 1 until July 31, 2020.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Honors Business Leaders at Annual Leadership Awards Dinner

TROY, Mich., October 16, 2019 — Business leaders from AT&T, Clayton & McKervey, Ernst & Young (EY), The Kresge Foundation and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) were recognized for their service to Walsh at the 20th annual Leadership Awards Dinner on October 10 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan.

David C. Lewis, Sr., president of AT&T Michigan and Peggy A. Dzierzawski, CAE, president and CEO of the MICPA were both awarded the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence and Community Service. Clayton & McKervey received the President’s Award for Outstanding Partner in Education, which was accepted by the firm’s co-founder Donald Clayton and president Rob Dutkiewicz, both Walsh alumni. EY partner and principal Vicki E. Kamenova received the Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade award and Amy B. Robinson, vice president, CFO and chief administrative office of The Kresge Foundation received the Distinguished Alumni award.

The event, which is a fundraiser for Walsh scholarships, surpassed its target goal for the evening, raising double the amount of the original goal. Since the event began in 2000, it has raised over $3 million in scholarship funds for Walsh students.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/about-us
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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Launches Brand New Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs

TROY, Mich., April 29, 2019 — Walsh is introducing two new degree programs for the fall 2019 semester, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM) and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL). The programs are a direct response to industry demands for a bachelor’s completion program for individuals with an associate of applied science degree and a master’s degree program focused solely on leadership.

The BSAM offers core business knowledge for people without a business background to advance their career or move into management. Applicants must hold an associate of applied science degree to enroll. The MSOL provides a deep exploration of leadership from a variety of perspectives and is expected to draw students from a wide range of professional backgrounds and industries. Both the BSAM and the MSOL can be completed entirely online or as a hybrid program blending online and on-ground instruction at Walsh’s Troy location.

“We worked closely with our industry advisors to develop the Bachelor of Science in Applied Management and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership,” said Michael Rinkus, executive vice president and chief academic officer at Walsh. “More than 85% of Walsh alumni are living and working in Michigan. These programs will help Walsh continue to contribute to economic growth and talent retention in southeast Michigan and beyond.”

For information about Walsh degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh President Delivers Keynote Address at Leadership Luncheon

Walsh President & CEO Marsha Kelliher delivered the keynote address at the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce’s 14th Annual Fall Civic Leadership Luncheon & Global Business Economic Forum on October 31. The theme was A Tribute to Women: Profiles in Public Service as part of the C4 Series: Courage, Conviction, Confidence and Character.

President Kelliher’s address followed opening remarks by U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell and highlighted the many ways public servants improve our communities, the value of their civic duty, and the fact that everyone, from individuals to global organizations, plays a role in caring for our communities.

“It was an honor to speak to an audience of such dynamic individuals, particularly about a subject that resonates so strongly with me – honoring women in public service,” said Kelliher.

The event also highlighted The Pink Fund in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

ABOUT WALSH

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, Farmington Hills and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

MICPA Honors Walsh Leadership, Alumni and Students

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) has announced the 2018 MICPA Award Winners, and many have a Walsh connection. Honorees are recognized for outstanding commitment and leadership, both to the CPA profession and their communities, and will be celebrated at the MICPA Awards Dinner on October 3.

Robert M. Johnson, BAC ’85 and MSF ’92 is the newly elected Chair of the Board. Former Walsh Finance Department Chair Leon C. LaBrecque will receive the Chair’s Service Award. Alan C. Young, MST ’85, will be recognized as the outgoing Chair of the Board and Walsh President Emerita Stephanie Bergeron will be recognized as an outgoing Board Officer. Young’s firm, Alan C. Young & Associates, P.C. will receive the Firm Appreciation Award.

Several additional Walsh alumni will also be recognized:

Bailey Altman, BAC ’11 – Outstanding Task Force, Emerging Leaders
Tony Burdick, MSA ’94 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Educators
Joanne M. Candela, MSF ’92 – Outstanding High School Teacher
Alex J. Drost, MSF ’16 – Emerging Leader Award; Outstanding Task Force, Emerging Leaders
Paul L. Gimbutis, MAC ’08 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Victoria A. Mundinger, BAC ’11 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Bradley P. Perry, MAC ’14 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Earl J. Poleski, MST ’86 – Outstanding CPA in Government Impact
Jonathan Satterfield, BAC ’16 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Audrey M. Victor, BAC ’91 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Federal Tax
Andrew F. Zaleski, MST ’99 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions

Current Walsh BAC student Joslyn Le will also be honored as part of the Outstanding Task Force as an Emerging Leader.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of our alumni in the field of accountancy,” said Walsh President and CEO Marsha Kelliher. “Walsh was founded on our Accountancy program and these individuals are a strong reflection of our values of excellence, integrity and collaboration. We join the MICPA in honoring all of the 2018 award winners.”

For more information about Walsh Accountancy programs, visit https://www.walshcollege.edu/bachelors-ba-degree-accountancy.

WALSH HONORS BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS AT LEADERSHIP AWARDS DINNER

TROY, Mich., Sept. 11, 2018 — Walsh will recognize business and community leaders Richard D. Aginian, David Provost, Alan C. Young and the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation at its annual Leadership Awards Dinner, which takes place at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 11 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.

The annual Leadership Awards Dinner recognizes business and community leaders, distinguished alumni and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to Walsh. The event also benefits Walsh’s Leadership Awards Scholarship and Jeffery W. Barry Endowed Scholarship and has raised more than $2 million in scholarship funds since it began in 2000. Sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Chemical Bank as well as CareTech Solutions, Plastipak Packaging, Wealthcare Management Services and Ernst & Young.

The Walsh Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Aginian, Walsh Trustee and Retired President & Publisher, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. The Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence & Community Service will be presented to Provost, President & CEO of Chemical Financial Corporation. The Walsh Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Young (MST, Walsh ‘85), Managing Director and CEO, Alan C. Young & Associates. The President’s Award for Outstanding Partner in Education will honor DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, which helps fund programs that improve the lives of people in metro Detroit.

“Walsh is proud to recognize these outstanding individuals and organizations,” said Walsh President and CEO Marsha Kelliher. “As leaders in their businesses and communities, they have shared their expertise and talent in their commitment to Walsh. We are pleased to honor them while raising funds to help change lives and provide scholarships for deserving students to pursue their educational goals.”

For more information about reserving your seat at Walsh’s Leadership Awards Dinner and available sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gail Ball at 248-705-0287 or visit foundation.walshcollege.edu/LeadershipAwards.

ABOUT WALSH

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).