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).

Accounting MOVE Project names Rehmann Best CPA firm for women

Accounting MOVE Project names Rehmann Best CPA firm for women
Embracing diversity means creating a workplace where people of all backgrounds feel included and valued. Rehmann is committed to supporting opportunities that foster diversity and gender equality. As a result, Rehmann has been named to the Accounting MOVE Project’s “Best Public Accounting Firms for Women” for the fifth consecutive year.
The list, released by the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, recognizes firms that provide:
• Consistent, measurable progress in advancing women
• Proven and continually evolving programs that retain and advance women
• Evidence that the firm’s advancement of women is intrinsic to its growth and succession goals
The 2017 MOVE Project theme, “Pipeline to Finish Line: Powering Women to the Partner/Principal Level,” discussed specific strategies and programs that will advance women leadership.
In addition to having two robust leadership development programs that pair sponsors with pro

tégés — allowing for development at both the individual and firm levels — Rehmann ranked 4 percent above average in the Accounting MOVE Project’s 2017 survey of the number of women partners, principals and management committee members at participating accounting firms.
Rehmann also has a dedicated Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) that focuses on the development of female associates and women’s career advocacy across the Firm to ensure a strong progression of women leaders.
“We are honored to be included among the best accounting firms for women for the fifth time in a row,” said Katie Strehler, Rehmann chief human resources officer.” Equal opportunity and advancement are fundamental to Rehmann’s culture and we’ll continue to drive that same principle.”
For information about career opportunities with Rehmann, visit Rehmann.com/careers.
About the MOVE Project
The Accounting MOVE Project is based on the MOVE methodology, developed by research partner Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which investigates the factors proven to be essential to women’s career success: M – Money: fair pay practices; O – Opportunity: advancement and leadership development; V – Vital supports: work-life programs that remove barriers; E – Entrepreneurship: operating experience for managing or business ownership
About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has nearly 800 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

Orlans PC Expands Across Midwest, Mid Atlantic, Northeast

The mother-daughter team of Linda and Alison Orlans launched Orlans PC today, the second largest Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified women-owned law firm in the United States. Linda Orlans will serve as Executive Chair, and Alison Orlans will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer.

Orlans PC is the result of a merger of Orlans Associates P.C. (Troy, Mich.), Orlans Moran PLLC (Waltham, Mass.) and Atlantic Law Group LLC (Leesburg, Va.).

Combining teams and resources allows Orlans PC to enhance client service by refining processes, leveraging shared technology and increasing collaboration. Clients now have the benefit of national firm capabilities and resources with localized, face-to-face service. The merger also allows the firm to maintain top compliance standards to meet the growing needs of existing clients, while leveraging a broader range of capabilities to attract new clients.

“The future goes to those prepared to change ahead of the times,” Linda Orlans said. “The legal world is changing and our mission is to be on the forefront and help affect that change for the better. This unified law firm represents a dramatic step forward in creating a more capable, more responsive and more efficient entity to serve a growing client base.”

Orlans PC provides legal services to local and national banks, credit unions, consumer loan finance companies, loan servicers, investors, government agencies, landlords, municipalities, utilities, title insurance companies and private individuals. It operates in eight jurisdictions including Washington DC, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia, and is headquartered in Troy, Mich. The firm is certified by (WBENC), as women owned and operated.

Linda Orlans launched Orlans PC in the Detroit area in 1998, and has expanded over the years to serve hundreds of clients in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Over the past decade, the number of women-owned law firms has grown five times faster than the national average, and Linda has been at the forefront of a new wave of woman-owned law firms opening across the country.

“Legal expertise fused with lean six sigma principles has allowed us to build a different kind of firm, where our attorneys can perfect legal processes, collaborate, and focus on results,” said Alison Orlans. “This merger allows us to think more creatively – and more entrepreneurially – about the services, support and process we put in place for our clients.”

About Orlans PC

Established in 1998 by Linda Orlans, Orlans PC is a Michigan-based law firm that serves the real estate and financial services industry. Decades of extensive experience includes: representing investors, lenders, banks and servicers in loan transactions, default, bankruptcy proceedings, land contract disputes and default, title issues, secured and unsecured asset recovery and real estate transactions.

Entrepreneur-YOU Venture Funding Awarded to Women-Owned Michigan Businesses

Nine local female entrepreneurs presented their business plans and business pitches to a panel of judges recently, vying for a portion of more than $50,000 in cash and services to winners of the third much-anticipated Entrepreneur-YOU Business Plan and Pitch Competition.

The competition was held at Walsh College, which is one of the collaborators behind Entrepreneur-YOU, along with the Michigan Women’s Foundation and Inforum Michigan, with support from Fifth Third Bank.

Competitors were grouped in two categories – Lifestyle and Growth. Participants were evaluated on 15 criteria. Following are the winners and the value of their awards:

Lifestyle
1st prize, Tatiana Grant, Flash Delivery, $13,900
2nd prize, Shannon Byrne, Slow Jams, $9,400
3rd prize, Yvette Rock, Live Coal Gallery LLC, $5,900

Growth
1st prize, Julie Hyde-Edwards, re-Contour Nipple Guard and Mastectomy Dressing, $13,900
2nd prize, Julie Andreae, Secure Beginnings’ Breathable Crib Mattresses, $9,400
3rd prize, Adrienne Minerick, Blood Typing Microdevice, $5,900

“We are ecstatic about the award,” says Tatiana Grant, Co-Owner of Flash Delivery with Ericka Billingslea, first-place winners in the Lifestyle category. Their prize money will be used for software updates, to expand the business and for branding and marketing. Flash Delivery is a restaurant and grocery delivery service based in Detroit. Grant resides in Farmington Hills.

The competition “was a great experience,” Grant says. “We are more confident in our company now. The prize is like a pat on the back for our work.”

Julie Hyde-Edwards, first-place winner in the Growth category, was inspired to create a medical device to help patients going through breast reconstruction after she experienced it herself. She shared a prototype of the dressing to her surgeon, who confirmed its medical solidity; Hyde-Edwards received a U.S. Patent in April and recently received confirmation of the product’s FDA classification.

“The goal is to help women heal more beautifully from breast cancer and launch a successful business in the process,” says the Royal Oak resident. “This award is an honor. It is validation of my business concept and a motivator to move ahead. I made some valuable connections as well.”

The prize is a “catalyst” for Hyde-Edwards to push forward with her business. She believes her business carries a message that oftentimes, solutions come from people in the trenches – in her case, patients. The award is validation to trust your gut and jump in to make your passion into a product that helps people, she notes.

The fourth annual Entrepreneur-YOU education conference is scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Walsh College Troy Campus. Visit www.thewalshinstitute.com/eyou for more information.

Entrepreneur-YOU is a program of women helping women launch and grow businesses through the collaborative efforts of its sponsors, Michigan Women’s Foundation, Inforum Michigan and Walsh College, with support from Fifth Third Bank. In-kind sponsors include Accounting: Baker Tilly, Deloitte, and Rehmann; PR and Marketing: Brogan & Partners, Eisbrenner Public Relations, Tanner Friedman and Your People, and Legal: Jaffe, Stobl Sharp, Tifani Sadek and Butzel Long.

Walsh College
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Michigan Women’s Foundation
Michigan Women’s Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that is committed to creating positive change for Michigan’s women and girls. As a statewide foundation, MWF seeks to transform Michigan to achieve equality and empowerment for its women and girls. We do this by raising funds to support and collaborate with individuals and organizations to address and eliminate barriers to economic and social equality for Michigan women and girls. In over 25 years, we have awarded more than $3.2 million to more than 500 programs and organizations working to advance equality, remove barriers and improve lives. We value community, results, accountability and above all – equity. Learn more at www.miwf.org.

Inforum Michigan
Founded in 1962, Inforum is the only professional organization in Michigan – and one of a few in the country – that combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs, a respected forum for new ideas, and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies. Inforum Center for Leadership (ICL) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research arm of Inforum. ICL programs serve a broad range of women in different stages and types of careers – from nonprofit professionals, to emerging and rising corporate leaders, tech entrepreneurs, Veterans and corporate board leaders. Inforum Center for Leadership also conducts and publishes original research on women’s leadership influence, including the Michigan Women’s Leadership Index. Inforum has offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids with operations in Saginaw, Lansing and Kalamazoo. Visit inforummichigan.org

MEDIA INQUIRY:
Lynne Golodner, Your People, 248-376-0406, lynne@yourppl.com

Walsh College, Michigan Women’s Foundation Present Third Annual Entrepreneur-YOU Women’s Business Plan and Pitch Competition

The third annual Entrepreneur-YOU Women’s Business Plan and Pitch Competition will be held Friday, Oct.10 at the Walsh College Troy campus.

Ten finalists, selected from 95 entries, will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges for a prize pool valued at more than $75,000.

“We encourage all women in business to attend the competition to cheer on our finalists and see how entrepreneurship in Detroit is not just about technology and industry but also about home-based businesses started by women with unique ideas,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College.

The pitch presentations are open to the public, but preregistration is requested. Visit http://www.walshcollege.edu/EYOU for more information and a complete list of finalists.

Funding for the competition comes from Fifth Third Bank, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the DTE Energy Foundation. In addition, the winners will receive in-kind support from local companies donating time for marketing, legal and accounting services.

Entrepreneur-YOU is a cooperative initiative among Michigan Women’s Foundation, Inforum Michigan, and Walsh College with support from Fifth Third Bank. The purpose of the initiative is to assist women in the pursuit of successful businesses.

In addition to the business plan competition, Entrepreneur-YOU also includes an annual conference.

WALSH COLLEGE

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

MICHIGAN WOMEN’S FOUNDATION

Michigan Women’s Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that is committed to creating positive change for Michigan’s women and girls. As a statewide foundation, MWF seeks to transform Michigan to achieve equality and empowerment for its women and girls. It raises funds to support and collaborate with individuals and organizations to address and eliminate barriers to economic and social equality for Michigan women and girls. In over 25 years, it has awarded more than $3.2 million to more than 500 programs and organizations, working to advance equality, remove barriers and improve lives. It values community, results, accountability, and above all – equity.