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As an active member of the community, Dishman serves on several boards for non-profit organizations, including Jefferson East Inc., Michigan Women’s Foundation, and Northeast Guidance Center.

During 2013, Dishman was honored as part of Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 class. Dishman was also honored with the Detroit Free Press and Metropolitan Coalition Affairs Shining Light Award in the Future Leader category. The Chronicle also honored Dishman as a 2013 Women of Excellence.
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Alexis Dishman, Senior Loan Officer IFF

As an active member of the community, Dishman serves on several boards for non-profit organizations, including Jefferson East Inc., Michigan Women’s Foundation, and Northeast Guidance Center. During 2013, Dishman was honored as part of Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 class. Dishman was also honored with the Detroit Free Press and Metropolitan Coalition Affairs Shining Light Award in the Future Leader category. The Chronicle also honored Dishman as a 2013 Women of Excellence.

Angela started DHDC in 1997 from her living room “because [she] was tired of burying children”. Ms. Reyes was born in Southwest Detroit, and continues to reside there as a community activist for over 30 years. As a teenager, Angie, began working with ‘at-risk’ and gang-involved youth. She is the mother of four adult children, and has seven grandchildren.
Passionate about education and policy, she received her Master’s in Public Health from The University of Michigan and is known for her expertise in critical policy issues that impact not only Southwest Detroit neighborhoods, but common issues facing other urban areas. Angela has addressed international and national audiences sharing best practices in resolving community issues, including cultural awareness, youth gangs and violence, substance abuse, immigration, educational reform, community-based participatory research, policy development, and community organizing.
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Angela Reyes, Founder Executive Director Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

Angela started DHDC in 1997 from her living room “because [she] was tired of burying children”. Ms. Reyes was born in Southwest Detroit, and continues to reside there as a community activist for over 30 years. As a teenager, Angie, began working with ‘at-risk’ and gang-involved youth. She is the mother of four adult children, and has seven grandchildren. Passionate about education and policy, she received her Master’s in Public Health from The University of Michigan and is known for her expertise in critical policy issues that impact not only Southwest Detroit neighborhoods, but common issues facing other urban areas. Angela has addressed international and national audiences sharing best practices in resolving community issues, including cultural awareness, youth gangs and violence, substance abuse, immigration, educational reform, community-based participatory research, policy development, and community organizing.

Eva Garza Dewaelsche is President and CEO of SER Metro Detroit Jobs for Progress, Inc., a workforce development organization where she has served more than three decades.  While at SER Metro, she established a nationally accredited, post-secondary technical school serving both Detroit and Chicago, and later served as Principal of the SER Casa Academy, a charter school to serve high risk youth from the City of Detroit. She is a former Detroit Police Officer and also served on the Detroit Police Commission under Mayor Archer.  Dewaelsche, a lifetime resident of Detroit has been actively furthering her personal goal of enhancing the quality of life for all Detroit residents by serving on numerous boards and commissions. Her current board affiliations include Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Public Television, Wayne County Community Development Entity, New Detroit Inc. and Wayne State University Alumni Board. She is also Vice President of the Public Lighting Authority.
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Eva Garza Dewaelshce, CEO, SER Metro Detroit Jobs for Progress, Inc.

Eva Garza Dewaelsche is President and CEO of SER Metro Detroit Jobs for Progress, Inc., a workforce development organization where she has served more than three decades. While at SER Metro, she established a nationally accredited, post-secondary technical school serving both Detroit and Chicago, and later served as Principal of the SER Casa Academy, a charter school to serve high risk youth from the City of Detroit. She is a former Detroit Police Officer and also served on the Detroit Police Commission under Mayor Archer. Dewaelsche, a lifetime resident of Detroit has been actively furthering her personal goal of enhancing the quality of life for all Detroit residents by serving on numerous boards and commissions. Her current board affiliations include Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Public Television, Wayne County Community Development Entity, New Detroit Inc. and Wayne State University Alumni Board. She is also Vice President of the Public Lighting Authority.

Fay Beydoun is a visionary leader who has devoted her career to serving the business community and the community at large. Since leading the American Arab Chamber of Commerce in 2008, Ms. Beydoun has used her talent and expertise to benefit the Chamber and the community at the local, national and international level.
In 2002, Ms. Beydoun expanded her circle of activities to enhance the relationships between the United States and the Middle East. She became vice president of the U.S.-Arabic Economic Forum, an organization that facilitates economic collaboration, cultural dialogue, and innovation between the United States and the Middle East. The Forum attracts more than 1,000 participants from 35 countries including top Fortune 500 executives and more than 150 global leaders, in the fields of government, business, technology, academics and policy. It fosters powerful opportunities for American and Arab leaders to reinforce existing partnerships and forge new alliances and collaborations between the two regions.
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Fay Beydoun, Executive Director Arab Chamber of Commerce

Fay Beydoun is a visionary leader who has devoted her career to serving the business community and the community at large. Since leading the American Arab Chamber of Commerce in 2008, Ms. Beydoun has used her talent and expertise to benefit the Chamber and the community at the local, national and international level. In 2002, Ms. Beydoun expanded her circle of activities to enhance the relationships between the United States and the Middle East. She became vice president of the U.S.-Arabic Economic Forum, an organization that facilitates economic collaboration, cultural dialogue, and innovation between the United States and the Middle East. The Forum attracts more than 1,000 participants from 35 countries including top Fortune 500 executives and more than 150 global leaders, in the fields of government, business, technology, academics and policy. It fosters powerful opportunities for American and Arab leaders to reinforce existing partnerships and forge new alliances and collaborations between the two regions.

Jereshia Hawk is a Transmission Enhancement Deliverability Engineer for 
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest electric and natural gas utility. She served in a variety of engineering roles since May 2014, including metering & regulation,
transmission pipeline engineering, and damage prevention public safety outreach,
enhancing the quality of life for over 6 million Michigan residents. While serving as
an engineer, she has also been dedicated to creating a more engaged workforce
whose diversity enables best-in-class performance by co-chairing a multi-
generational employee resource group, co-coordinating the gas engineering intern program and by being an overall diversity champion. She served from 2011 to 2014 as product specialist for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. She served from 2012 to 2014 as chief executive officer of Love Struck LLC., an online women’s boutique, providing high quality products to customers in over 20 countries. In April 2014, she graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Mathematics.
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Jereshia Hawk, Success Partner: Empower You Daily

Jereshia Hawk is a Transmission Enhancement Deliverability Engineer for Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest electric and natural gas utility. She served in a variety of engineering roles since May 2014, including metering & regulation, transmission pipeline engineering, and damage prevention public safety outreach, enhancing the quality of life for over 6 million Michigan residents. While serving as an engineer, she has also been dedicated to creating a more engaged workforce whose diversity enables best-in-class performance by co-chairing a multi- generational employee resource group, co-coordinating the gas engineering intern program and by being an overall diversity champion. She served from 2011 to 2014 as product specialist for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. She served from 2012 to 2014 as chief executive officer of Love Struck LLC., an online women’s boutique, providing high quality products to customers in over 20 countries. In April 2014, she graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Mathematics.

As Detroit Mayor Duggan’s Special Advisor, Jill Ford heads the City of Detroit’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. Jill chose to come to Detroit from the San Francisco Bay Area, where as an Angel Investor and Advisor she transformed emerging businesses using strategies forged in mobile gaming. Jill brings a wealth of global leadership in mobile and games, including heading Disney Mobile’s worldwide distribution to mobile manufacturers and running Motorola’s global games usage. A global citizen, Jill ran a company in Ghana that discovered, developed, and funded new entrepreneurs and she has traveled to more than 15 countries. Jill combines a Wharton MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard University.
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Jill Ford, Special Advisor, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

As Detroit Mayor Duggan’s Special Advisor, Jill Ford heads the City of Detroit’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. Jill chose to come to Detroit from the San Francisco Bay Area, where as an Angel Investor and Advisor she transformed emerging businesses using strategies forged in mobile gaming. Jill brings a wealth of global leadership in mobile and games, including heading Disney Mobile’s worldwide distribution to mobile manufacturers and running Motorola’s global games usage. A global citizen, Jill ran a company in Ghana that discovered, developed, and funded new entrepreneurs and she has traveled to more than 15 countries. Jill combines a Wharton MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard University.

Leslie Andrews assumed the position of Director of Community Relations and Corporate Partnerships for Rock Ventures, LLC in July 2012 after serving as the Michigan Area Development Director for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) since July 2004. In her role, she oversees the development and implementation of all the philanthropic support for the company in all the markets in which it does business. Her responsibilities include all corporate charitable giving, identifying volunteer opportunities for company team members, and ensuring that the company’s community presence is clearly defined and effectively impactful.
Prior to coming to Rock Ventures, in her role with UNCF, she was responsible for the Michigan market, leading a multi-million dollar fund development campaign for the nation’s oldest and most successful minority educational assistance organization.
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Leslie Andrews Director Community Relations, Rock Ventures

Leslie Andrews assumed the position of Director of Community Relations and Corporate Partnerships for Rock Ventures, LLC in July 2012 after serving as the Michigan Area Development Director for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) since July 2004. In her role, she oversees the development and implementation of all the philanthropic support for the company in all the markets in which it does business. Her responsibilities include all corporate charitable giving, identifying volunteer opportunities for company team members, and ensuring that the company’s community presence is clearly defined and effectively impactful. Prior to coming to Rock Ventures, in her role with UNCF, she was responsible for the Michigan market, leading a multi-million dollar fund development campaign for the nation’s oldest and most successful minority educational assistance organization.

Linglong He is the Chief Information Officer of Quicken Loans Inc. With more than 20 years of experience within technology, Linglong is responsible for the overall vision and leadership for technology initiatives across the business. Since joining the company in 1996, Linglong has served in many roles, including Director of Database and Systems Engineering, Software Engineer, Oracle DBA, Progress DBA and as a UNIX System administrator.

Technology drives the business at Quicken Loans. The company has placed in the top-10 of Computerworld’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” for three consecutive years and has been listed in the magazine’s annual survey for eight consecutive years. Quicken Loans also ranked highest in “customer satisfaction” among all home lenders in the United States for the third consecutive year in a benchmark study of mortgage origination by J.D. Power and Associates, for 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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Linglong He, CIO Quicken Loans

Linglong He is the Chief Information Officer of Quicken Loans Inc. With more than 20 years of experience within technology, Linglong is responsible for the overall vision and leadership for technology initiatives across the business. Since joining the company in 1996, Linglong has served in many roles, including Director of Database and Systems Engineering, Software Engineer, Oracle DBA, Progress DBA and as a UNIX System administrator. Technology drives the business at Quicken Loans. The company has placed in the top-10 of Computerworld’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” for three consecutive years and has been listed in the magazine’s annual survey for eight consecutive years. Quicken Loans also ranked highest in “customer satisfaction” among all home lenders in the United States for the third consecutive year in a benchmark study of mortgage origination by J.D. Power and Associates, for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Mary Sheffield is a native Detroiter with a demonstrated track record of service and leadership in our community.  Following in her father’s footsteps, Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, Mary was ordained as a minister and is very active in her ministry.
In 2010, Mary ran for the Democratic nomination for the privilege of representing the 4th District in the Michigan State House of Representatives. Mary, the youngest candidate in the race, finished second by only 70 votes in a highly-contested primary election. Although unsuccessful, this campaign introduced Mary to Detroit’s business, labor, and community leaders and paved the way for her to become an integral part of the leadership in Detroit for years to come.
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Mary Sheffield, CouncilWoman: Detroit City Council

Mary Sheffield is a native Detroiter with a demonstrated track record of service and leadership in our community. Following in her father’s footsteps, Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, Mary was ordained as a minister and is very active in her ministry. In 2010, Mary ran for the Democratic nomination for the privilege of representing the 4th District in the Michigan State House of Representatives. Mary, the youngest candidate in the race, finished second by only 70 votes in a highly-contested primary election. Although unsuccessful, this campaign introduced Mary to Detroit’s business, labor, and community leaders and paved the way for her to become an integral part of the leadership in Detroit for years to come.

For years, Meagan Ward’s creative spirit has in more ways than one shaped her existence as an entrepreneur. Inspired by her mother’s tenacious work ethic and equipped with a business marketing degree from Western Michigan University, Meagan set out to address a void she felt was present in the corporate world.
 
Moreover, she discovered upon graduating and searching for employment the potential that lied in both offering what she wanted and hiring herself. Consequently, Creatively Flawless Branding Agency was born. Not only is the agency a reflection of its owner, Creatively Flawless prides itself on stellar service and uniquely aiding in the first-hand development of every client’s vision, ideas and talents.
 
Branding not only encompasses an image, but according to Meagan it is the umbrella under which marketing, advertising, promotion, public relations and an ability to target audiences lives and thrives. Her love of fashion and vast experience in the industry continues to serve as a driving force behind her ability to produce stylish professional websites, blogs and social media campaigns.
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Meagan Ward, CEO The Powerful Women

For years, Meagan Ward’s creative spirit has in more ways than one shaped her existence as an entrepreneur. Inspired by her mother’s tenacious work ethic and equipped with a business marketing degree from Western Michigan University, Meagan set out to address a void she felt was present in the corporate world. Moreover, she discovered upon graduating and searching for employment the potential that lied in both offering what she wanted and hiring herself. Consequently, Creatively Flawless Branding Agency was born. Not only is the agency a reflection of its owner, Creatively Flawless prides itself on stellar service and uniquely aiding in the first-hand development of every client’s vision, ideas and talents. Branding not only encompasses an image, but according to Meagan it is the umbrella under which marketing, advertising, promotion, public relations and an ability to target audiences lives and thrives. Her love of fashion and vast experience in the industry continues to serve as a driving force behind her ability to produce stylish professional websites, blogs and social media campaigns.

Megan Moslimani is a former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at the
Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. She has tried various high profile
and complex cases. Megan comes from a diverse and multicultural
background.  She has a passion for learning and takes pride in keeping
up with the latest advancements in the legal world.  She dedicates her
extra time to giving back to the community and volunteering for
several local organizations.  She enjoys being a part of the Big
Brother Big Sister Program.  Megan also sits on the board of the Wish
Upon an organization dedicated to providing resources, time and
opportunities to teenagers with severe life-limiting medical
conditions. Through creative, social, and educational opportunities,
the goal is to normalize their environment and rebuild their
self-esteem as they transition to adulthood. Megan is now Deputy Chief
of Criminal Enforcement and Quality of Life for the City of Detroit
Law Department.  Her work focuses on local prosecutions, commercial
blight litigation, and enforcement against serial slumlords.
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Megan Moslimani Esq.: Deputy Chief: Criminal Enforcement/Quality of Life: City of Detroit

Megan Moslimani is a former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. She has tried various high profile and complex cases. Megan comes from a diverse and multicultural background. She has a passion for learning and takes pride in keeping up with the latest advancements in the legal world. She dedicates her extra time to giving back to the community and volunteering for several local organizations. She enjoys being a part of the Big Brother Big Sister Program. Megan also sits on the board of the Wish Upon an organization dedicated to providing resources, time and opportunities to teenagers with severe life-limiting medical conditions. Through creative, social, and educational opportunities, the goal is to normalize their environment and rebuild their self-esteem as they transition to adulthood. Megan is now Deputy Chief of Criminal Enforcement and Quality of Life for the City of Detroit Law Department. Her work focuses on local prosecutions, commercial blight litigation, and enforcement against serial slumlords.

The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council has hired Michelle Sourie Robinson as its new president and CEO. Robinson comes to the Detroit-based MMSDC after more than 13 years at Home Depot Inc., most recently as its director of supplier diversity, the MMSDC said in a release. Previously she was corporate counsel for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., after working her way up from store management positions. She earned an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and a law degree from University of Kansas.
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Michelle Sourie Robinson, President & CEO Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council has hired Michelle Sourie Robinson as its new president and CEO. Robinson comes to the Detroit-based MMSDC after more than 13 years at Home Depot Inc., most recently as its director of supplier diversity, the MMSDC said in a release. Previously she was corporate counsel for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., after working her way up from store management positions. She earned an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and a law degree from University of Kansas.

Mumtaz Haque has served the Michigan community for more than 20 years. A Detroit Public School Administrator and a cultural consultant, she is also the producer and host of the Manorajan Radio Show. The show began airing in 1995 and focuses on cultural awareness and community service. Mumtaz currently serves as a board member of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD). She served as president of IIMD between 2002-2004 and in 2010-2012. She is a also a member of the Michigan Department of Education Bias and Sensitivity Committee for MEAP and MME (Michigan Merit Exam). In November, she completed her second term on the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. Mumtaz is a frequent presenter for civic and nonprofit groups, serves as a motivational speaker and works to improve relationships between the Asian Indian community and other groups.
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Commissioner: Michigan Civil Rights Commission

Mumtaz Haque has served the Michigan community for more than 20 years. A Detroit Public School Administrator and a cultural consultant, she is also the producer and host of the Manorajan Radio Show. The show began airing in 1995 and focuses on cultural awareness and community service. Mumtaz currently serves as a board member of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD). She served as president of IIMD between 2002-2004 and in 2010-2012. She is a also a member of the Michigan Department of Education Bias and Sensitivity Committee for MEAP and MME (Michigan Merit Exam). In November, she completed her second term on the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. Mumtaz is a frequent presenter for civic and nonprofit groups, serves as a motivational speaker and works to improve relationships between the Asian Indian community and other groups.

Nicole Farmer has been widely recognized for her distinctive voice and insight on the journey of entrepreneurship. After becoming the first African American woman to own a Tuffy Auto Service franchise in 2006 and running her own multi-million-dollar company, Farmer launched Lifeline Business Consulting Services. She subsequently founded LifeLine Business Consulting and has since coached thousands of entrepreneurs realize their dreams of entrepreneurship and receive millions of dollars in funding.

Farmer’s mission is clear: Inspire minority and women business owners to realize their dreams. LifeLine Business Consulting provides intensive training and coaching business development programs and is widely recognized as a leader in entrepreneurial training and development.
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Dr. Nicole Farmer: Lifeline Business Consulting

Nicole Farmer has been widely recognized for her distinctive voice and insight on the journey of entrepreneurship. After becoming the first African American woman to own a Tuffy Auto Service franchise in 2006 and running her own multi-million-dollar company, Farmer launched Lifeline Business Consulting Services. She subsequently founded LifeLine Business Consulting and has since coached thousands of entrepreneurs realize their dreams of entrepreneurship and receive millions of dollars in funding. Farmer’s mission is clear: Inspire minority and women business owners to realize their dreams. LifeLine Business Consulting provides intensive training and coaching business development programs and is widely recognized as a leader in entrepreneurial training and development.

Padma Kuppa is a Hindu American and community activist working for social justice and understanding. Born in India, she arrived in the U.S. to start kindergarten in 1970 on Long Island. Returning to India with her family in 1981, she finished high school and college while living in a mainstream Hindu culture. Returning to New York in 1988 as a foreign student, she, husband and their two children have made Troy, Michigan their home since 1998. She is a founding member of the Troy-area Interfaith Group, as well as the Bharatiya Temple's Outreach Committee. As a member of the Hindu American Foundation's Executive Council, she advocates on issues pertinent to Hindus in America. Her work with WISDOM, Women's Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Detroit, exemplifies how forming friendships is the way to build peace and promote pluralism. Her faith has been strengthened and deepened through her personal experiences and struggles, while her interest and search for more knowledge and understanding of Hindu philosophy is a family tradition. Whether she works as IT project manager, writer, or diversity consultant, being a mom is the most important! You can also read her blog, A Balancing Act, at padmakuppa.blogspot.com. The views represented in this column are not a reflection of the views of any organization of which she is a part.
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Padma Kuppa; Director: Hindu American Foundation

Padma Kuppa is a Hindu American and community activist working for social justice and understanding. Born in India, she arrived in the U.S. to start kindergarten in 1970 on Long Island. Returning to India with her family in 1981, she finished high school and college while living in a mainstream Hindu culture. Returning to New York in 1988 as a foreign student, she, husband and their two children have made Troy, Michigan their home since 1998. She is a founding member of the Troy-area Interfaith Group, as well as the Bharatiya Temple's Outreach Committee. As a member of the Hindu American Foundation's Executive Council, she advocates on issues pertinent to Hindus in America. Her work with WISDOM, Women's Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Detroit, exemplifies how forming friendships is the way to build peace and promote pluralism. Her faith has been strengthened and deepened through her personal experiences and struggles, while her interest and search for more knowledge and understanding of Hindu philosophy is a family tradition. Whether she works as IT project manager, writer, or diversity consultant, being a mom is the most important! You can also read her blog, A Balancing Act, at padmakuppa.blogspot.com. The views represented in this column are not a reflection of the views of any organization of which she is a part.

The Arab American Women’s Business Council (AAWBC), founded in 2007 as a 501c3 nonprofit professional organization, elected Renée Ahee as its first chief executive officer, effective March 15, 2015. Ahee is a co-founder of the organization, whose mission is to bring together Arab American business women of diverse disciplines and industries and to provide opportunities for them to grow professionally and to grow their business through leadership, education, scholarship, internship and cultural programs. She has been a member of the board of directors since its inception. Ahee served as executive director of the National Arab American Medical Association from 2009 to 2015. She is also owner and president of Ahee Communications, Inc. a public relations and marketing communications firm, which she established in 1999
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Renee Ahee, Renée Ahee: CEO: Arab American Women's Business Council

The Arab American Women’s Business Council (AAWBC), founded in 2007 as a 501c3 nonprofit professional organization, elected Renée Ahee as its first chief executive officer, effective March 15, 2015. Ahee is a co-founder of the organization, whose mission is to bring together Arab American business women of diverse disciplines and industries and to provide opportunities for them to grow professionally and to grow their business through leadership, education, scholarship, internship and cultural programs. She has been a member of the board of directors since its inception. Ahee served as executive director of the National Arab American Medical Association from 2009 to 2015. She is also owner and president of Ahee Communications, Inc. a public relations and marketing communications firm, which she established in 1999

Rumia Ambrose-Burbank is chief executive of one of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses. Her Troy, Michigan-based company, VMS365 (formerly a division of Virtual Maintenance Solutions), ranks No. 51 on the be 100s industrial/service companies list. Tapping opportunities in the maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supply side VMS365 generates annual revenues of around $59 million and employs 150 people full time.

But even with such an achievement, Ambrose-Burbank felt a void in her entrepreneurial spirit. Her inspirational moment came after witnessing an emerging market for the self-service retail food industry, whether it was wine bars or salad bars. “It was all about customers serving themselves and liking the experience,” she says
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Rumia Ambrose, CEO, Burbank VMS365

Rumia Ambrose-Burbank is chief executive of one of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses. Her Troy, Michigan-based company, VMS365 (formerly a division of Virtual Maintenance Solutions), ranks No. 51 on the be 100s industrial/service companies list. Tapping opportunities in the maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supply side VMS365 generates annual revenues of around $59 million and employs 150 people full time. But even with such an achievement, Ambrose-Burbank felt a void in her entrepreneurial spirit. Her inspirational moment came after witnessing an emerging market for the self-service retail food industry, whether it was wine bars or salad bars. “It was all about customers serving themselves and liking the experience,” she says

Sharon Banks formed Bankable Marketing Strategies in 1998 after serving in marketing and sales management positions with Fortune 500 companies including Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM, and Ford Motor Company. She has held management positions in the public sector including the County of Wayne with its county-seat in Detroit, Michigan. Sharon has held positions in the education and non-profit sector including Founding Executive Director for Wayne County Community College District’s Education First Foundation and Director for Walled Lake-Oakland County Public School’s Foundation for Excellence.
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Sharon Banks President Bankable Marketing Strategies

Sharon Banks formed Bankable Marketing Strategies in 1998 after serving in marketing and sales management positions with Fortune 500 companies including Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM, and Ford Motor Company. She has held management positions in the public sector including the County of Wayne with its county-seat in Detroit, Michigan. Sharon has held positions in the education and non-profit sector including Founding Executive Director for Wayne County Community College District’s Education First Foundation and Director for Walled Lake-Oakland County Public School’s Foundation for Excellence.

After concluding that women needed a feminine hygiene product to supplement their needs, Allen developed and patented ForeverFresh Disposable Undergarments and recently launched ToddiFresh, a children's line of disposable underwear. The product is currently sold in select Walgreen stores and distributed to schools across the country through School Nurse Supply, MacGill and School Health. School Health is an Illinois, based company that distributes to the top 500 school districts in the country. This is the third launch of her product. Prior to re-launching ForeverFresh, Allen was a new business development consultant for Continental Services, parent company of the Infinity & Ovation Yacht Charters. She conceptualized and developed the Summer Cruise Series which continues to be an extremely successful program for the division.
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Tanya R. Allen, Founder ForeverFresh; President: National Association of Women Business Owners – Detroit

After concluding that women needed a feminine hygiene product to supplement their needs, Allen developed and patented ForeverFresh Disposable Undergarments and recently launched ToddiFresh, a children's line of disposable underwear. The product is currently sold in select Walgreen stores and distributed to schools across the country through School Nurse Supply, MacGill and School Health. School Health is an Illinois, based company that distributes to the top 500 school districts in the country. This is the third launch of her product. Prior to re-launching ForeverFresh, Allen was a new business development consultant for Continental Services, parent company of the Infinity & Ovation Yacht Charters. She conceptualized and developed the Summer Cruise Series which continues to be an extremely successful program for the division.

Born en route to America to a single Vietnamese mother who emigrated here along with two older sisters in 1979 with only $25 to her name, Tawny Thieu-Walker is the owner of Liquid Salon.  
 
Simply put, Tawny Thieu is the quintessential American success story.
 
It was a humble, yet difficult beginning for a single mother with 3 young daughters who spoke no English, but wanted her children to have a chance at the American Dream. Naturally, money was extremely tight and young Tawny always got stuck with her older sister's hand-me-downs.
 
Understandably, she became obsessed with fashion and high heel shoes as a little girl, because they seemed "glamorous." Tawny started to work as soon as she could, and at 16, secured a receptionist job for a local hair salon. She soon fell in love with the beauty business and continued to work in this industry while putting herself through college at Oakland University, where she earned a bachelors degree in Business/Marketing in 2002.
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Tawny Lieu Walker, CEO, Liquid Salon

Born en route to America to a single Vietnamese mother who emigrated here along with two older sisters in 1979 with only $25 to her name, Tawny Thieu-Walker is the owner of Liquid Salon. Simply put, Tawny Thieu is the quintessential American success story. It was a humble, yet difficult beginning for a single mother with 3 young daughters who spoke no English, but wanted her children to have a chance at the American Dream. Naturally, money was extremely tight and young Tawny always got stuck with her older sister's hand-me-downs. Understandably, she became obsessed with fashion and high heel shoes as a little girl, because they seemed "glamorous." Tawny started to work as soon as she could, and at 16, secured a receptionist job for a local hair salon. She soon fell in love with the beauty business and continued to work in this industry while putting herself through college at Oakland University, where she earned a bachelors degree in Business/Marketing in 2002.

Tonjola D. Cole is Director of Entrepreneurial Initiative for Michigan Women’s Foundation. Tonjola is a 

native Detroiter but has spent the majority of her time traveling throughout the country; the past 10 

years in New York City working in lending and community development with JPM Chase and Bank of 

America.  Prior to banking and lending, as a Budget Analyst Tonjola was responsible for annual budgets 

up to $10 million for the Department of Defense. 

Tonjola served the Honorable Dr. Floyd Flake (retired Congressman) of the Greater Allen Development 

Corporation as VP of The Greater Allen Finance Committee to develop a financial literacy, housing 

matters and entrepreneurial program for the Southeastern Queens Community.  Tonjola currently 

serves as Treasurer to MLK-DPS Charter School, Member of Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the 

owner of Creative Ideas.  

Tonjola studied Business Administration abroad with the University of Maryland, Frankfurt, Germany 

and continuing her studies in Community Development.
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Tonjola D. Cole, Director, Entrepreneurial Initiative for Michigan Women’s Foundation

Tonjola D. Cole is Director of Entrepreneurial Initiative for Michigan Women’s Foundation. Tonjola is a native Detroiter but has spent the majority of her time traveling throughout the country; the past 10 years in New York City working in lending and community development with JPM Chase and Bank of America. Prior to banking and lending, as a Budget Analyst Tonjola was responsible for annual budgets up to $10 million for the Department of Defense. Tonjola served the Honorable Dr. Floyd Flake (retired Congressman) of the Greater Allen Development Corporation as VP of The Greater Allen Finance Committee to develop a financial literacy, housing matters and entrepreneurial program for the Southeastern Queens Community. Tonjola currently serves as Treasurer to MLK-DPS Charter School, Member of Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the owner of Creative Ideas. Tonjola studied Business Administration abroad with the University of Maryland, Frankfurt, Germany and continuing her studies in Community Development.

Toni Jones, a speaker, womanist, wellness and thought educator
dedicated to empowering women to educate, embrace and heal their
total womanhood. Through her process of self-discovery, she transitioned from being
an expert in external self-maintenance to a specialist in internal selfmaintenance,
to being a “wife” in a marriage to a “wife” in her womanhood.
Toni made it her mission to educate women on how
they too can discover, heal and expand their womanhood in
wellness.As a wellness and thought educator, owner and publisher of her
wellness empowerment brand for women, WIFECOMMA, W.I.F.E. is
an acronym for Womanhood in Full Empowerment, Comma means
fulfillment is continuous and she is committed to assisting the
evolution of womanhood through wellness education.
Through this brand Toni translates psychological, neurological
research, ancient understandings of womanhood and spirituality into
comprehensive and applicable practices for the modern day woman.
All while creating workshops, theoretical based programs and
personal coaching that target the promotion of wellness for the high
active western woman.
Walker’s Legacy Celebrates Detroit Leading Women with Local Power25 List
Toni Jones, Founder Wife Comma

Toni Jones, a speaker, womanist, wellness and thought educator dedicated to empowering women to educate, embrace and heal their total womanhood. Through her process of self-discovery, she transitioned from being an expert in external self-maintenance to a specialist in internal selfmaintenance, to being a “wife” in a marriage to a “wife” in her womanhood. Toni made it her mission to educate women on how they too can discover, heal and expand their womanhood in wellness.As a wellness and thought educator, owner and publisher of her wellness empowerment brand for women, WIFECOMMA, W.I.F.E. is an acronym for Womanhood in Full Empowerment, Comma means fulfillment is continuous and she is committed to assisting the evolution of womanhood through wellness education. Through this brand Toni translates psychological, neurological research, ancient understandings of womanhood and spirituality into comprehensive and applicable practices for the modern day woman. All while creating workshops, theoretical based programs and personal coaching that target the promotion of wellness for the high active western woman.

Tonya Allen, a serial “idea-preneur,” serves as the Foundation’s president & chief executive officer. Her two-decade long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and reduce the plight of underserved people, especially children. Allen has been instrumental in many successful philanthropic, government and community initiatives and has a comprehensive understanding of philanthropic governance and strategy.
In her current role, Allen aligns the complexities of education reform, urban revitalization and public policy, so that these sometimes divergent areas of work come together to improve the well-being of Detroit’s children. She serves as the architect of the 10-year, $100 million Good Neighborhoods program. She orchestrated the development of a $200-million, citywide education reform organization called Excellent Schools Detroit, and a high-school improvement strategy has resulted in 15 new college-preparatory high schools.
Walker’s Legacy Celebrates Detroit Leading Women with Local Power25 List
Tonya Allen, President, The Skillman Foundation

Tonya Allen, a serial “idea-preneur,” serves as the Foundation’s president & chief executive officer. Her two-decade long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and reduce the plight of underserved people, especially children. Allen has been instrumental in many successful philanthropic, government and community initiatives and has a comprehensive understanding of philanthropic governance and strategy. In her current role, Allen aligns the complexities of education reform, urban revitalization and public policy, so that these sometimes divergent areas of work come together to improve the well-being of Detroit’s children. She serves as the architect of the 10-year, $100 million Good Neighborhoods program. She orchestrated the development of a $200-million, citywide education reform organization called Excellent Schools Detroit, and a high-school improvement strategy has resulted in 15 new college-preparatory high schools.

Dr. Shauna Ryder Diggs is a dermatologist in solo private practice at Cosmedic Dermatology:  

Shauna Ryder Diggs, MD, PC.  She practices general, cosmetic, and laser dermatology, with over 

22 years of laser dermatology experience. Dr. Diggs specializes in using the latest advancements 

in dermatology for skin rejuvenation, and has created the CosmedicDerm Professional Skin Care 

product line which maintains youthful, clear, vibrant skin.

Dr. Shauna Ryder Diggs is a graduate of the University of Michigan Inteflex Program with its 

combined seven year medical school and undergraduate education.  She then advanced to her 

Internal Medicine Internship at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.  Her 

specialty training was completed at the University of Michigan Dermatology Residency program, 

where she developed expertise in autoimmune, infectious, benign and malignant dermatoses.  She 

participated in basic science research on psoriasis studying the maturation of psoriasis involved 

cells.  Dr. Diggs is a board certified dermatologist of the American Board of Dermatology, and a 

fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic 

Surgeons and a member of the Michigan Dermatological Society.  She has been a lecturer at the 

University of Michigan Medical School to second-year medical students as well as the Dental 

School, teaching in the dermatology modules.
Walker’s Legacy Celebrates Detroit Leading Women with Local Power25 List
Shauna Ryder Diggs: MD: Dermatologist: Cosmedic Dermatology

Dr. Shauna Ryder Diggs is a dermatologist in solo private practice at Cosmedic Dermatology: Shauna Ryder Diggs, MD, PC. She practices general, cosmetic, and laser dermatology, with over 22 years of laser dermatology experience. Dr. Diggs specializes in using the latest advancements in dermatology for skin rejuvenation, and has created the CosmedicDerm Professional Skin Care product line which maintains youthful, clear, vibrant skin. Dr. Shauna Ryder Diggs is a graduate of the University of Michigan Inteflex Program with its combined seven year medical school and undergraduate education. She then advanced to her Internal Medicine Internship at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. Her specialty training was completed at the University of Michigan Dermatology Residency program, where she developed expertise in autoimmune, infectious, benign and malignant dermatoses. She participated in basic science research on psoriasis studying the maturation of psoriasis involved cells. Dr. Diggs is a board certified dermatologist of the American Board of Dermatology, and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons and a member of the Michigan Dermatological Society. She has been a lecturer at the University of Michigan Medical School to second-year medical students as well as the Dental School, teaching in the dermatology modules.

A history maker: Gwen Jimmere is the first black woman to hold a U.S. patent for a natural hair care product. Additionally, she is the CEO & Founder of NATURALICIOUS, one of the fastest growing natural haircare brands in the U.S. She is the brains behind the revolutionary OooLaLocks Hair Box–the only simple, four-step natural haircare system designed specifically for curly hair that is proven and guaranteed to take you from wash to ready-to-style in just 1 hour or less.
 
Gwen is also is the co-founder of Pitch Proof, where she coaches and trains entrepreneurs on how get to capital for their multimillion dollar ideas without going into debt by preparing for, entering and ultimately winning business pitch competitions and attracting equity investments.
Walker’s Legacy Celebrates Detroit Leading Women with Local Power25 List
Gwen Jimmere, CEO & Founder of NATURALICIOUS

A history maker: Gwen Jimmere is the first black woman to hold a U.S. patent for a natural hair care product. Additionally, she is the CEO & Founder of NATURALICIOUS, one of the fastest growing natural haircare brands in the U.S. She is the brains behind the revolutionary OooLaLocks Hair Box–the only simple, four-step natural haircare system designed specifically for curly hair that is proven and guaranteed to take you from wash to ready-to-style in just 1 hour or less. Gwen is also is the co-founder of Pitch Proof, where she coaches and trains entrepreneurs on how get to capital for their multimillion dollar ideas without going into debt by preparing for, entering and ultimately winning business pitch competitions and attracting equity investments.

On May 6th, Walker’s Legacy launches in the city of Detroit. We have an all-star list of speakers but most importantly, we want to take a moment to honor the women of color leading the city by creating opportunities, motivating others, and being all around powerful.

Check out the amazing Detroit #Power25 women who will be celebrated on May 6th.

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Walker's Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.

  • So glad to see Gwen Jimmere on this list of power players!

  • Carl

    Another racist organization. I guess white women don’t measure up.

  • Shekina Farr Moore

    Congratulations to the Detroit Power 25!

 

Walker's Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.

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