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2018 National Clarion Award Winners Announced

July 27, 2018|

Three Michigan entrants – Detroit Athletic Club (DAC), Diva Tech Talk and Michigan Radio – made repeat appearances on the annual roster of national AWC Clarion winners. This year they took top honors in marketing communications campaigns, logo design, sports photography and various radio categories.

10 Attributes of Truly Authentic Leaders

July 24, 2018|

Denise Gray-Felder, chief communications officer at Michigan Medicine and AWC Detroit Headliner, delivered the keynote speech at Celebrate & Elevate 2018. In this excerpt, she describes authentic leadership and encourages you to live the work and personal life that you define, based on the terms you set.

Driving Literacy in the D

Is it a birdhouse? An alarm box? A dollhouse? No, it’s a “Little Free Library” and they’re cropping up all over town. AWC Detroit has joined the effort to plant them in the community to make books more accessible to children and adults.

See more about AWC Detroit’s five “little library” installations in 2018. 

Learn about our literacy initiative


Lydia Sanchez Merritt

Lydia is responsible for course management and communications for an online public health program at Michigan State University. She is currently working on a master’s degree in strategic communications at MSU and loves helping friends and associates with creative media.


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