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Danielle Scott-Arruda  |  KEYNOTE SPEAKER   twitter_logo_white_on_blue

5 time Olympian, 2 time Silver Medalist | USA Volleyball

Danielle Scott-Arruda holds the record for five consecutive Olympic appearances from 1996-2012 as a U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball team player. In addition, she earned back-to-back silver medals in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.

andrewsG. Asenath Andrews ’72
Retired Founding Principal | Catherine Ferguson Academy

G. Asenath Andrews founded Catherine Ferguson Academy, an alternative public high school for teen mothers that also provides early education services for the children of the high school moms. She has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan and Madonna University and as a research assistant at Moore & Associates Market Research Company as well.

Paula D. Cunningham
State Director | AARP Michigan

Paula Cunningham has served as the chief executive officer and president of Capitol National Bank since October 2006. Previously, Cunningham spent six years as the president of Lansing Community College, the first woman to hold that position. In 2013, she was also inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Margaret Dimond, Ph.D.
President and CEO | Crittenton Hospital Medical Center

Margaret Dimond, Ph.D., is president and CEO of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, a 290-bed acute hospital and fully accredited teaching facility. Crittenton is a ministry of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

Tiffany Dowling
President and CEO | M3 Group

Tiffany Dowling is president and CEO of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency that helps organizations of all sizes with marketing, public relations and advertising service. She is also the publisher of three Lansing based magazines and wholeheartedly believes in giving back to the community.

“Eunice” Adeola​ Fayehun ‘07
Producer  |  SaharaTV

“Eunice” Adeola​​ Fayehun ’07 is a journalist who covers African politics and human rights violations on her weekly satirical show “Keeping It Real With Adeola.” Originally from Nigeria, Fayehun is presently based in New York where she produces her weekly show for the online media platform, SaharaTV.

Tricia L. Foster
Retired Senior Managing Director and COO  |  CBRE Martin

As the retired senior managing director and chief operating officer for both CBRE|Martin and CBRE|Grand Rapids, Trish L. Foster oversaw approximately 70 professionals with assignments across the state, country and globe. Her comprehensive understanding of commercial real estate solutions developed over two decades.

Judge Denise Page Hood
Chief Judge | United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Denise Page Hood presently serves as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in 1994. She became Chief Judge of the Court on January 1, 2016.

Sarah Jennings, CPA, CFE
Principal  |  Maner Costerisan

Sarah Jennings joined Maner Costerisan in 2003. She currently serves as a principal in the firm’s accounting and outsourced services department and also leads Maner Costerisan’s fraud and forensics practice. She has particular specialization performing fraud risk assessments and internal control process improvements for organizations across various industries.

Sheri Jones
Anchor  |  WLNS TV 6 News Lansing

Sheri Jones anchors the six and 11 o’clock news for WLNS TV 6 and leads its Crime Stoppers Program. Her weekly Crime Stoppers report has aided in the capture of many of Mid-Michigan’s most wanted fugitive felons and earned many awards. She is dedicated to community service, volunteer work and advocating for crime victim’s rights.

Darlene Lee, Ph.D.
CEO | Darling Communications

Darlene Lee, Ph.D., is a leadership strategist and coach working to bridge the gender professional and equity pay gaps in the workplace. Lee is the thought leader behind the innovative annual executive education conference, “Women! Let’s Hear It From The Men: Key Strategies From The Businessmen’s Playbook.”

Karla Middlebrooks
Retired VP Operations Finance  |  Chrysler Group

Karla Middlebrooks has been a contributing partner to Excellence In Action, Inc. since 2008. In her role, she leads discussions and shares her experience as an integral part of EIA’s Maximizing Leadership and Professional Presence™ module. Previously, Middlebrooks led a 24-year career with Chrysler, including her role as vice president of operations finance for the corporation.

Dr. Breanna O’Keefe ‘08, D.O.
Primary Care Physician  |  Sparrow Hospital

Breanna O’Keefe ‘08, D.O., is a physician at E. W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She provides comprehensive medical care for obstetric, newborn, pediatric and adult patients through hospice and performs in-office surgical procedures. O’Keefe also serves on the faculty of MSU College of Human Medicine, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and as a community advisor and adjunct faculty to the Sparrow/MSU Family Medicine Residency Program.

John C. Porterfield
Regional President  | Comerica

John C, Portergield is the Regional President of the Grand Rapids/Holland area for Comerica Bank. Porterfield is on the Boards of The Right Place, Inc. and ACG Western Michigan. He is also on the City of Grandville Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and the Regional Issues Council of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also involved with the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.

Glenda Price, Ph.D.
President Emeritus  |  Marygrove College 

Glenda D. Price, Ph.D., has served many institutions of education during her career. Price has been retired since April of 2016 but previously served as president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, president of Marygrove College and provost of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mary E. Tyler
Financial Strategist and a Registered Broker | Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

Mary E. Tyler is a financial strategist and a registered broker with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Tyler has more than 17 years of experience as a Regional Vice President with Primerica, a self-regulatory organization. She is also the founder of the Joyful Sound Outreach Ministry and co-chair and co-founder of the Summit, a retreat for hurting women.

Stephie Wilson ’13
Entrepreneur

Stephie Wilson a licensed cosmetologist working in a full service salon, Thomas & Company. Wilson plans to combine her passions in cosmetology and psychology to start a non-profit program in a low-income school system that will provide hair care and a system of support for students in need.

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