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Authenticity and Service – The Hallmark of Non-Profit Leadership

October 17, 2018|

Meet Summit speaker Dr. Darienne Driver and get a glimpse into her leadership style in her new role as CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. A former Detroit Public Schools teacher and most recently superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, she assumed leadership of the non-profit agency in mid-2018.

Leaving the Security of a “Regular” Job for Entrepreneurship

October 15, 2018|

Jocelyn K. Allen joined forces with Chandra S. Lewis in 2015 to form The Allen Lewis Agency, a full-service transformational agency committed to helping clients tell their stories, build their brands, and commemorate experiences. AWC Detroit asked her a few questions about her career journey in public relations and marketing.

The Challenge of Making a Radical Career Change

October 11, 2018|

Harper West’s topic for the 2018 Summit is “Emotional and Social Skills for Leadership.” A past president of IABC Detroit, she left the marketing and PR field after 25 years to pursue a career in clinical psychology. Today she is a psychotherapist and distinguished author in her new field.

Building Your Own Coalition of Allies and Mentors

October 5, 2018|

Leadership Summit speaker Dr. Sibrina Collins -- a chemist, educator and writer -- felt honored to have mentors and cheerleaders supporting her career journey. Now as executive director of The Marburger STEM Center at LTU, she is a role model for women entering the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

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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