Note: Titles are those held at the time of being honored.

2018 Honorees

Ursula Adams
Founder & Managing Partner
SheHive

Katie Bigelow
Founder
Mettle Ops.

Dr. Betty Chu
Chief Medical Office & Vice President of Medical Affairs
Henry Ford West Bloomfield

Gina Coleman
Vice President, Client & Community Relations Director
PNC Bank

Lynette Dowler
President
DTE Energy Foundation

Kara Grasso
Vice President, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sales
DENSO International America, Inc.

Tiffany Gunter
Assistant City Manager
City of Birmingham

Michele Hodges
President
Belle Isle Conservancy

Blaire Miller
Partner
The Hunter Group

Dannis Mitchell
Diversity Manager
Barton-Malow Co.

Portia Roberson
Group Executive, Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity
City of Detroit

Jessica Robinson
Director, City Solutions
Ford Motor Co.

Shelly Sahi
CEO/Founder
SAHI Cosmetics

Linzie Venegas
Vice President
The Ideal Group Inc.

Marlin Williams
Founder
Sisters Code

Christina York
CEO
SpellBound, ALTality

2017 Honorees

Cynthia Canty
Host, “Stateside with Cynthia Canty,”
Michigan Radio

Melanca Clark
President & CEO
Hudson-Webber Foundation

Karen Gordon
Founder
GO Where Meetings Matter

Sabrina Keeley
COO
Business Leaders for Michigan

Gloria Lara
CEO
Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerica

Rachel Lutz
Owner
The Peacock Room

Gina Metrakas
VP, Government Affairs and Urban Revitalization
Quicken Loans & The Family of Companies

Maureen Miller Bronson
Livonia City Council member
Michigan Venture Capital Association

Sue Mosey
Executive Director
Midtown Detroit, Inc.

Van Nguyen
Executive Director
Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce

Christine Sitek
COO
OnStar, GM Global Connected Team

Michelle Sourie Robinson
President & CEO
Michigan Minority Development Council

Olga Stella
Executive Director
Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Luanne Thomas Ewald
CEO
Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Kim Trent
Policy Fellow, Michigan Future Member
Wayne State Board of Governors

Mary Zatina
SVP, Government Relations & Community Afffairs
Beaumont Health

2016 Honorees

Camille W. Banks
Executive Director
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Linda Blair
Executive Vice President, Chief Business Unit Officer and President
ITC Michigan

Lisa Dancsok
Vice President
Rock Ventures LLC

Kerry Doman
Founder & CEO
After 5 Detroit

Cathy Koch
President and CEO
K-Tec Systems, Inc.

Julie Kozlowski
Director Compensation, Benefits & Global Mobility
FCA US LLC

Ronia Kruse
President and CEO
OpTech

Tonya Matthews
President and CEO
Michigan Science Center

Donna Murray-Brown
President and CEO
Michigan Nonprofit Association

Marlo Rencher Ph. D.
Executive Director
Cleary University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Regina Staudacher
Member, Tax Partner
Howard & Howard Attorneys

Sharon Wenzl
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Community Affairs
Cooper Standard

Alexis Wiley
Chief of Staff
City of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Executive Office

2015 Honorees

Annette Benson
Founder
Annette Benson Law

Marianne Fey
Senior Director
DWH

Susan Hawkins
SVP, Quality & Patient Safety and Chief Quality Officer
Detroit Medical Center (DMC)

Kimberly Keaton Williams
Senior Director of the Central Sourcing Group
Kelly Services

Tricia Keith
Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Services
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Carolyn Krieger-Cohen
Founder
CKC Agency

Jeannie Parent
Publisher, Michigan Region
Digital First Media

Melissa Roy
Executive Director
Advancing Macomb

Sandra Shecter, CPA, CGMA
Principal
Rehmann

Michelle Srbinovich
General Manager
WDETFM 101.9 Detroit

Linda Watson
Lawyer
Clark Hill PLC

Alexis Wiley
Chief of Staff
City of Detroit, Mayor Mike Duggan Executive Office

2014 Honorees

Angel Gambino
Founder
Alchemists Collective

Smiti Gupta
Professor Department of Nutrition & Food Science
Wayne State

Lisa Howze
Chief of Staff
City of Detroit, Mayor Mike Duggan Executive Office

Sharon Madison
CEO & Chairman
Madison Madison International

Amy Peterson
Co-Founder
Rebel Nell

Lisa Sampson
Senior Vice President
PNC

Stephanie Schliffski
German Customer Director and Marketing Director, NA
Valeo

Rebecca Schmitt
Global Delivery Network, HR Lead
Accenture

Jillian Slyfield
Senior Vice President & Detroit Growth Leader
Marsh Detroit

Denise Starr
Executive Vice President, Chief Administration Officer
Compuware

Victoria Targosz
Attorney
Targosz Legal Group

2013 Honorees

Tonya Allen
President and CEO
The Skillman Foundation

Eileen Ashley
Michigan Managing Director if Wealth Management Division
Comerica Bank

Stephanie Bergeron
President and CEO
Walsh College

Joann Chavez
Vice President and Chief Tax Officer
DTE Energy

Janice Cosby
Chief Marketing Officer
St John Providence Health System

Beth Gotthelf
Director of innovation and external relations
Butzel Long

Rhonda Laurencelle
Executive Vice President of Talent Management
Right Management

Victoria McInnis
Chief Tax Officer
General Motors

Barbara Novak
Vice President and Corporate Secretary
Meritor, Inc.

Elizabeth Parkinson
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnership
Detroit Lions

Sonya Sepahban
Senior Vice President for Engineering Development and Technology
General Dynamics

Melissa Spickler
Founder
The Spickler Group, A Merrill Lynch Advisory Team

Pam Turkin
Founder
Just Baked

Marla Wise
Associate Publisher
Crain’s Detroit Business

2011 Honorees

Barbara Byrd-Bennett
Chief Academic and Accountability Auditor
Detroit Public Schools

Sarah Earley
Founder/president
Belle Isle Women’s Committee

Julie Fershtman
Counselwoman
Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell & Taylor

Carol Goss
President
Skillman Foundation

Lydia Gutierrez
President
Hacienda Foods

Colleen Haley
President, General Motors Business Unit
Yazaki

Kim Horn
CEO
Priority Health

Donna Inch
Chairman and CEO
Ford Land

Saunteel Jenkins
Detroit City Councilwoman
Detroit City Council

Maureen Krauss
Director of Economic Development and Community Affairs
Oakland County

Kelly Major Green
Executive Vice President
United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Barbara McQuade
U.S. Attorney
Eastern District of Michigan

Valerie Parisi
Dean
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Francine Parker
Executive Director
UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

Marjorie Simmons
Managing Principal and Chairman of the Board
SHW Group

2010 Honorees

Eileen Ashley
Senior Vice President and S. Michigan Regional Managing Director
Comerica Bank

Shari Burgess
Treasurer and VP
Lear Corporation

Susie Ellwood
President and CEO
Detroit Media Partnership

Michelle Goff
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
R. L. Polk

Colleen Haley
President, General Motors Business Unit
Yazaki

Mary Lehmann
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, and Treasurer
Arvin Meritor

Cynthia Pasky
Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer
Strategic Staffing Solutions, Inc.

Vivian Pickard
President, General Motors Foundation, and
Director, Corporate Relations, General Motors Company

Nancy Rae
Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Communications
Chrysler LLC

Sharon Rothwell
Vice President – Corporate Affairs
Masco

Mary Zuckerman
Executive Vice President and Chief of Business Operations
Detroit Medical Center

2009 Honorees

Barbara Allushuski
Executive Vice President, Great Lakes Region
Right Management

Elise Benedict
Chairman and CEO
University Moving & Storage

Esther R. Blum
Sr VP, Controller & CAO
Taubman Centers

Denise Christy
President
Humana Michigan

Sue Cischke
Group Vice President, Environmental & Safety Engineering
Ford Motor Company

Jennie Cook
Senior Vice President
Comerica Bank

Leslie J. Cummings
Vice President-Finance; Treasurer
Knape & Vogt Manufacturing

Gloria Danna Brooks
President & CEO
Arbor Hospice

Marla Drutz
vice president and general manager
WDIV

Sue Ellen Eisenberg
Owner / Attorney
Eisenberg Law Firm

Dr. Haifa Fakhouri
President and CEO
Arab American and Chaldean Council

Nancy Gioia
Director Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs
Ford Motor Co.

Rose Glenn
SVP Marketing & Comm
Henry Ford Health Systems

Colleen Haley
President, General Motors Business Unit
Yazaki

Kouhaila (Ki) Hammer
CEO
Ghafari Associates L.L.C.

Joyce Hayes-Giles
Senior Vice President
Detroit Edison and Michigan Consolidated Gas

Susan Kornfield
Partner and chair
Bodman LLP

Mary Kramer
Publisher
Crain’s Detroit Business

Ronia Kruse
President and CEO
OpTech LLC

Maureen LaFontaine
Owner
LaFontaine Automotive Group

Mary Ann Lievois
CEO
ISCG

Cheryl Lippert
Partner, Advisory Services
KPMG

Elizabeth Lowery
former Vice President, Environment & Energy
General Motors

Alyssa R. Martina
Publisher and President
Metro Parent Publishing

Patricia Maryland
President
St John Health

Dr. Mildred Matlock
COO
Rehab Institute of Michigan

Juliette Okotie-Eboh
Senior Vice President of Community Affairs and Administration
MGM Grand Detroit

Sue Perlin
Managing Partner Non Profit
Plante and Moran

Nancy Rae
Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Communications
Chrysler LLC

Pamela Rodgers
Owner/President
Rodgers Chevrolet Inc

Nettie Seabrooks
COO
DIA

Shirley Stancato
President and CEO
New Detroit Inc

Lisa Vallee-Smith
CEO & Founder
Airfoil Public Relations Inc.

Amanda Van Dusen
Principal Attorney
Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone

Lynn Weaver
Vice President, Human Resources and General Affairs
Yazaki

2008 Honorees

Barbara Allushuski
Executive Vice President, Great Lakes Region
Right Management

Susan Anderson
T-Systems North America, Inc

Vernice Anthony
Executive Director
Greater Detroit Area Health Council

Lizabeth Ardisana
Chief Executive Officer
ASG Renaissance

Eileen Ashley
Senior Vice President and S. Michigan Regional Managing Director
Comerica Bank

Leslie Banas
Attorney/Partner
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Kathleen Barclay
FORMER VP, Global Human Resources
General Motors

Kay Benesh
Regional Audit Managing Partner
Deloitte & Touche

JoAnne Berryman
Senior Vice President
National City

Jan A Bertsch
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Chrysler Group & Mercedes-Benz Sales in North America

Margaret Blohm
Margaux & Associates, LLC

Carole Brumm
Huntington Bank

Shari Burgess
Treasurer and VP
Lear Corporation

Jann Cantelon
Vice President, Auto/National Operations
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Jeanne Carlson
President and CEO
Blue Care Network

Rhonda Cohen
CEO
Motor City Casino

Karen Cullen
Vice President of Corporate Communications
Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Lauren Eisbrenner
Executive Vice President
Eisbrenner Public Relations

Irma Elder
CEO & Pres
Elder Automotive Group

Lynne Ellyn
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
DTE Energy

Marianne Fey
Executive Vice President
McCann Erickson

Linda Forte
Senior Vice President, Business Affairs
Comerica Bank

Mary Fowlie
Compliance Results Associates

Christina George
Owner
Lovio-George, Inc.

Michelle Goff
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
R. L. Polk

Carol Goss
President
Skillman Foundation

Kim Green-Kerr
Area Vice President Michigan/NW Ohio
Sprint Nextel

Karla Hall
Vice President, DTE Energy Foundation
DTE Energy

Beverly Hall Burns
Principal
Miller Canfield

Michele Hodges

MaryBeth Howe
SVP and Managing Dir
Wells Fargo

Sue Kluge
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Blue Care Network

Denise Knobblock Starr
Sr VP
Compuware

Nicole Lamb Hale
Managing Partner
Foley & Lardner

Mary Lehmann
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, and Treasurer
Arvin Meritor

Joan LeMahieu
Chief Executive Officer & President
Parade Company

Maria Leonhauser
President & Co-Owner
Franco Public Relations Group

Florine Mark
President & Chairman
Weight Watchers

Kathleen McCann
Senior Vice President
Soave Enterprises

LeAnne McCorry
Residential Mgr
Aon Group

Elaine McMahon
Senior Vice President, Small Business Banking
Comerica Bank

Terry Merritt
Senior Vice President
Walbridge Aldinger

Patricia Mooradian
President
The Henry Ford

Joan Moore
The Arbor Consulting Group, Inc.

Leslie Murphy
Managing Partner
Plante Moran

Faye Nelson
CEO/President
Detroit Riverfront Consv

Patricia Nemeth
Attorney/Owner
Nemeth Burwell, P.C.

Cindy Niekamp
BorgWarner Inc.

Mariam Noland
President
Community Foundation of SE MI

Linda Orlans
Owner
Orlans & Assc

Kathy Oswald
Henry Ford Health System

Francine Parker
Executive Director
UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

Mary Petrovich
CEO
AxleTech International

Vivian Pickard
Director, Corporate Relations
General Motors Corporation

Judy Rinkus
National City

Barbara Rom
Managing Partner
Pepper Hamilton

Barbara Rossman
President & CEO
Henry Ford Macomb Hospital

Nancy Schlichting
Pres & CEO
Henry Ford Health Systems

Jennifer Schroeger
Vice President
UPS Metro Detroit

Iris Taylor
President
Detroit Receiving Hospital

Mary Templeton
Vice President
RL Polk

Mary Ann Victor
Vice President of Communications
Somanetics

Carolynn Walton
Vice President and Treasurer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Michelle Weil
Vice President of Tax
MAG Industrial Automation Systems

Mary Zuckerman
executive vice president and chief of business operations
Detroit Medical Center