Veteran Democratic political strategist
"We are thrilled to have Ms. Brazile as our special guest at Women of Excellence," said
Brazile became involved in politics at the age of nine when she worked to elect a
Today, her passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. Since 2000, she has lectured at more than 125 colleges and universities across the country on such topics as "Inspiring Civility in American Politics," "Race Relations in the Age of Obama," "Why Diversity Matters" and "Women in American Politics: Are We There Yet?"
Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Brazile is an adjunct professor at
Her passion is acting; she has made two cameo appearances on
Brazile is the vice chair of voter registration and participation at the
Director of Medical Service
When elected in 2002,
As an active member of the community, Commissioner Bell serves on several boards in the community and is a proud member of
Commissioner Bell is a graduate of
Alisha is married to
Executive Vice President
President & CEO
New Center Community Services
A proud alumna of The
Joy has worked in a variety of settings including management consulting, employee benefits management, healthcare operations and non-profit management; she occasionally extends the benefit of that experience to others in a consultative capacity.
Joy is active with the
Joy enjoys book club, traveling, and playing Scrabble with her mom. She is married to
President & CEO
Sheilah serves on many boards including,
She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 Art Van Award of Hope and South Oakland County NAACP 2012 Hall of Fame. However, Sheilah is most proud of her children who reside in
Vice President, Community Consultant
Gina began her professional career with the
Gina is also entrepreneur who own two hair salons; one in
Gina is a graduate of
Founder & CEO
Director of Human Resources & Client Relations
Curry earned a bachelor's degree from the
She is involved in numerous philanthropic activities, including her role as
In her leisure time Curry enjoys traveling and event planning.
She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of
Recognized for her volunteer work and fundraising efforts, Jackie serves on the
She is the mother of two boys and has one niece.
Manager, HAP Preferred Operations
Chairperson, HAP Diversity Committee
First Vice President
At Flagstar, she is responsible for key initiatives for the bank's investment in community and economic development private equity funds and its community lending activities. She works with community stakeholders to develop capital structures to preserve urban architecture, and as a result, has helped redevelop many long-closed buildings into homes, offices and retail storefronts. One of her passions is financing affordable housing to rebuild neighborhoods and create sustainable homes.
During her career, she has served on more than 20 nonprofit boards and currently is a board officer of the
Delley was named to Crain's Detroit Business list of 40 under 40 and also appeared in the inaugural edition of Who's Who In Black Detroit.
Talk Show Host
Mayor Pro Tern
Garrett serves as vice president of the
Garrett is a parent board member at the
Garrett is a life-long resident of
A recognized automotive industry leader known for being called a "rainmaker," "advocate," "change agent," and "champion of inclusion,"
As an advocate for minorities, she led negotiating to solidify
Gill is founder and creator of "Save a Girl...Save a World," providing multi-generational mentoring to young women at HBCU's, and IBWPPI a publicly policy global organization.
Gill is a recipient of several awards including:
Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Consistently recognized locally and nationally as a "top doc,"
Graddy is medical director for the
For the past 16 years Graddy has shepherded the organization that she founded in 1998 called
In addition to mentoring young people through her DOCSS organization and the Care Gate ministry at her church, Dr. Graddy enjoys teaching medical students and residents' about geriatrics. She feels that sharing her knowledge and experience with tomorrow's doctors is one of her life callings.
Chief Executive Officer
Patrice is active in the community, and serves as the corresponding secretary and executive board member of the
Vice President, Corporate Human Resources
Ann celebrated 40 years of employment with
Ann joined the
Working in HR has provided Ann with opportunities to coach many employees who now have successful careers with
Chief of Anesthesiolgy
Vice President, Gas Operations
Harris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and a masters of business administration degree from
Chief of Staff, Mayor's Office
Lisa is a life-long Detroiter and a certified public accountant with a diverse background in auditing, municipal accounting and corporate finance. The former Michigan State Representative ran for Mayor of the
Lisa graduated from
Founder & Executive Director
Her most notable game of golf was with comedian
"Our goal is to utilize golf as an alternative educational opportunity for boys and girls"
Chief Information and & Strategic Officer
Jones is the architect behind the transformation of the Information Technology Division. Specific achievements included more than
Jones is actively engaged in industry and professional organizations, and serves on numerous boards including the Community Telecommunications Network (CTN), the
Director of Special Events and Corporate Giving
Wendy has received awards and acknowledgement from the March of Dimes (MOD) for 2 years of record breaking fund raising for MOD Walk America National Campaign and ALS Association Michigan.
Before taking her role at the Foundation, she had served on the boards of March of Dimes and NEW (Non-profit Enterprise at Work) and worked on committees that included
A native of
Vice President & Development Advisor
In this position, she manages lending and equity investing activities that target funding for affordable housing and economic development initiatives to revitalize and stabilize low to moderate income communities throughout the state of
Renee has been in the community development field for over 10 years. Prior to joining PNC in 2009, Renee worked for
Renee is proud of the impact that her work makes in the community and seeks to affect greater positive change in the community through her participation on the board of
Chief Financial Officer
Beginning her career in healthcare at Ernst and Young, CPA firm, she has worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Larkins is a graduate of the
U.S. Small Business Administration Michigan District Office Constance Payne-Logan is the deputy district director for the
Constance also has over 10 years experience in government contract administration, negotiations, acquisition planning, procurement policy and technical program management in federal agencies including the
The Federal Executive Board has twice recognized Constance as the SBA Michigan District Office federal employee of the year. The International Black Expo has recognized her as "Government Representative of the Year."
Constance is married and has two children.
Roberta is a graduate of the
Roberta enjoys time with God and family. She is a member of
Roberta is dedicated to serving the community. This includes partnering with local universities, community agencies, and mentoring young women.
Roberta is married to
President & CEO
President and CEO
McCree received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from
McCree is responsible for cultivating relationships and resources that enable the
She is also tasked with strategic planning, program creation and implementation, building and maintaining partnerships, budgeting, marketing, staffing, facilitating alliances and fundraising to support program operations that directly impact
Director, Subscriber Services Shanghai OnStar
President and CEO
As a champion for vulnerable children and for creating the conditions necessary for them to thrive, Tabron leads the
Tabron has played an active leadership role in the
Throughout her more than 26 years in philanthropy, Tabron has participated in numerous sector efforts to enhance philanthropy, including: the policy and annual conference committees for the
President and Chief Executive Officer
An experienced program administrator and manager of multi-tiered public-private partnerships with funding streams in excess of $80MM, she has served at the pleasure of three mayors and has been recognized for her ability to transition municipal services and programs to a non-profit structure, streamline operations, and ensure fiscal efficiencies, integrity and transparency.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in finance (Financial Markets and Investments) and a Master of Business Administration, both from
District Vice Chancellor of International Programs
She is president and CEO of the
Parker is state appointed Emergency Manager for
She has a bachelor's degree in business from
Phillips also worked with the
She is the mother of two wonderful adults, Ronnie and Jasmine. She has been married for 30 years to
She was appointed by Mayor
She is also a board member of The
On Premise Key Account Manager/Special Events
Ross is the
Ross earned a B.A. in Advertising from
Board Member/Community Activist
Vice President of Marketing, Planning and PR
Smith, a member of
As a public servant,
Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer
Sturdivant has received numerous awards and recognition, including The Women's Informal Network's 2013 Most Influential African American Woman In Michigan Award,
Sturdivant has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including serving as the Board Chair of the
Chief Executive Officer
Alice was educated at
Alice is a graduate of Leadership Detroit Class of XXV. In 2013, she successfully completed the Harvard Business School Strategic Perspective in Nonprofit Management.
Erica is committed to serving the community and volunteers as the Board Chair of Freedom House, President of the
A native of
Vice President &
Prior to joining
Turner continues to serve on many committees, boards and community service organizations. The work she is most proud of continues to benefit underserved children as a board of trustee for
Renée T. Walker, APR
Renée T. Walker is president of
Renée is an accomplished strategist, speaker, entrepreneur and accredited public relations executive, and is the author of
Renée served as chief protocol officer - where she established the
Renée holds a master's degree in business administration/marketing from
President & Chief Executive Officer
With more than twenty-five years of experience as a an educator in the
Williams' holds a Bachelor of Science degree in science from
Director of External Relations
Woods was formerly a member of former
Prior to these roles, Woods' experience in event planning, implementation and sponsorship fulfillment and activation included positions with the
What is a Woman of Excellence?
Women of Excellence are those who exemplify the stature, poise, and grace that characterize the essence of womanhood, all while maintaining the delicate balance of filling the roles of helpmate, mother, teacher, and professional.
Women of Excellence are the champions of our economic empowerment and diversity, the backbone of our religious and educational organizations, and driving forces in politics and community service.
The Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Awards celebrates local African American women who inspire others through their vision and leadership.
In character, in manner, and in style we believe these women embody the virtues of not only excellence but, self-confidence and dignity as well.
We celebrate them for their personal code of ethics, exceptional courage, unwavering conviction, and extraordinary grace. It is truly an honor to induct these phenomonal women into our society of Women of Excellence.
|Copyright:||(c) 2014 Michigan Chronicle|