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.
Emily Shirden relocated from Chicago to Detroit in 2014 to help build the Detroit office of Finn Partners, which now employs nearly 20 full-time communications professionals. With over 15 years in the PR biz and particular experience with national health organizations, she was recently acknowledged as a "PR Guru" by pharmaceutical marketing journal PM360.
Detroit-based reporter Chastity Pratt Dawsey shared tips from Bridge Magazine’s truth squad during her AWC national webcast presentation on the role of investigative journalism in the age of “fake news.” Chastity covers Michigan’s cities and urban affairs for Bridge and is an AWC Detroit Vanguard Award winner.
Steve Jobs’ advice: “stay hungry, stay foolish” motivated Junkai Wang to expand her skill set and career opportunities. Educated in China and France to be a trilingual negotiator in international trade, she shares how she pivoted into marketing communications and acquired technical skills to rebrand a corporate website.
Stephanie Steinberg is the managing editor of monthly lifestyle magazine Neighborhood SEEN. She was also a features reporter for the Detroit News and a health and finance editor at U.S. News and World Report. Her favorite interview was with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis while riding a duck boat tour in Boston.
Julie Fracker is the communications director for the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. When Julie worked in media relations for Kmart, she took calls from national media after the company stopped selling handgun ammunition – a decision influenced by Michael Moore after he showed up in the company's headquarters to film a scene for his documentary Bowling for Columbine.
Freelance writers need every ounce of inspiration to earn a buck or two and keep going when things get tough. Here’s what Pam Houghton learned from Michigan-based movie-makers at an AWC Detroit program back in 2010 that has stuck with her.
Stage 3 Productions in Warren, Mich. offers state-of-the-art studio facilities and creative services for print and video productions. Several AWC members recently participated in photo shoots there, thanks to Beth Farley, Stage 3 art director and AWC marketing team member.
Freelancer Esther Allweiss Ingber writes on many topics. But one of her favorite gigs is being a restaurant reviewer. Here’s how she got that role at the Detroit Jewish News, how she goes about the assignment and her recent favorites among the dining spots she’s visited.