Founder and CEO, Simon Associates Management Consultants
Andi Simon is a Corporate Anthropologist who helps executives see their companies with more observant eyes, achieve “aha!” moments, and discover new and profitable opportunities. By applying the concepts, methods, and tools of anthropology to business environments, she turns observation into innovation and revitalizes businesses seeking growth.
Becka Klauber Ritcher
President and Co-Founder of Helpr, Becka Klauber Richter, has been operating childcare brands for 15 years. Helpr was grown from a boutique domestic placement and babysitting agency into a global network of care professionals and family enterprise technology servicing the top media, retail, finance, and technology companies. As a former foster parent, new mom and power user of her own platform, Becka is driven by her mission of achieving universal parent inclusion and community in the workplace.
Owner, Dean Law and Consulting
Charity Dean is the owner of Dean Law and Consulting established in 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. She is the former Director of Civil Rights for the City of Detroit. Charity is an advisory member of the Detroit Women's Leadership Network, the president of Grandmont Community Association and was recently appointed by Governor Whitmer to serve on the Michigan Women’s Commission.
Dr. Hei-ock Kim
Founder and Executive Director, Kim Center for Social Balance
Hei-ock (Hay-oh) has devoted over a decade to nonprofit administration in social justice, environmental conservation, and the arts. She was also a passionate educator for more than 30 years as a teacher, professor, and lecturer.
Hei-ock serves on the board of Workforce Ventures, increasing workforce participation through income share agreements. She is also a member of MANA de San Diego, Women in Public Finance, and Lawyers Club of San Diego. A frequent speaker, Hei-ock has served as a subject matter expert on workplace gender equity for KPBS Midday Edition, Employee Rights Center, Women in Public Finance, Lawyers Club and former San Diego Councilmember Barbara Bry.
After graduating from Princeton University and The Juilliard School, Hei-ock earned her doctorate in classical piano performance from The Catholic University of America. Her favorite pastimes include rock climbing, kayaking, native plant landscaping, and furniture building.
Duc Nguyen Abrahamson
Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC)
Duc Nguyen Abrahamson (She/Her), Executive Director at Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC)
As the Executive Director, Abrahamson acts as the spokesperson for APACC, manages and evaluates programs and activities, provides leadership to the board and staff, allocates necessary resources, and develops organizational policy and programs.
Abrahamson has created strategic programs and fundraised in nonprofits since 2006. Before joining APACC, Abrahamson worked with Wayne State University, Walsh College, HAVEN, The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan (formerly Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan), and the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. She obtained her BA in Psychology from Wayne State University.
Abrahamson is a member of the Board of Advisors for Corp! Magazine and the Inclusion Allies Coalition Advocacy Committee, focused on being a visible and vocal advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion globally.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Burnout Clinic
Duncan So, Founder & Executive Director at TheBurnoutClinic.com. Duncan has been a child of corporate burnout that has led him professionally into the field of human flourishing for over a decade working on systemic social change projects. He’s a social entrepreneur and change agent, on a mission to create more passionate world-building systems and programs for companies and communities on the path of making social good. Board Certified with the Association of Integrative Psychology. A Master Practitioner in Mental Emotional Release, NLP and Hypnosis. At the Burnout Clinic, we help HR Leaders develop and integrate burnout recovery programs within their organization. Our flagship 2-day burnout retreats stop the cycle of high anxiety, fatigue, creative slumps, and burnout, and rapidly returns leaders back happy, productive and creatively engaged at work.
Attorney at Law, Schock Solaiman Ramdayal, PLLC
Farrah C. Ramdayal is an Attorney and Partner at SSR Law Office. She specializes in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Wealth Preservation.
Farrah is a member of the Macomb County Probate Bar Association and is a Trustee of the Macomb County Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Macomb and is currently a Director for the Macomb County Bar Association. She is a Past President of the Women Lawyers Association (Macomb Region) and is currently a Director at Large for the Women Lawyers Association (State Region).
She sits on the Philanthropy Board for The Church of Christ Care Center and is on the Board of Trustees for The Village of East Harbor. Farrah is also a member of the District D Committee for The Character and Fitness Board for the State Bar of Michigan.
Farrah is an ICLE (Institute of Continuing Legal Education) speaker and has conducted several seminars throughout the state of Michigan; she has also been a guest speaker at Baker College.
Farrah has been selected by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Michigan for the last five consecutive years and she is a VA Accredited Attorney. Farrah was a recipient of the 2015 Corp Magazine Most Valuable Millennial Award and also received the Corp Magazine Overall Winner in Michigan that year.
Farrah earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree at the University of Toronto; she went on to receive her Law Clerks of Ontario Certificate from Humber College Institute. She then attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where she received her law degree.
President & CEO, MichBusiness
Director of Senior Care, Care.com
Jill McNamara is the Director of Senior Care for Care.com, the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing high-quality family care. Since joining Care.com in 2011, Jill has expanded the company’s senior care services nationally and has assisted in growing the Senior Care Planning program for Care.com’s enterprise arm, which builds customized family care benefits packages for employers supporting the caregiving responsibilities of their employees. The program provides families with customized and comprehensive guidance, strategies, and local resources to meet individual needs.
Jill started her social work career working with adults with mental and physical disabilities and continued to provide in-home counseling in and around the Boston area to families facing an array of complex challenges. Guided by her professional and personal experiences in senior care, she is extremely passionate about helping families and individuals navigate their own journey in senior care. Jill has her Masters in Social Work, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and a Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Gordon College and obtained her Master of Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work.
Human Resources Specialist, Greenleaf Trust
Kim has been a team member at Greenleaf Trust for over 12 years. She helps lead the Human Resources team and works with employee benefits, the wellness program, and leads the Greenleaf Trust Scholarship/Internship program. These areas allow her to do what she loves the most, which is to interact with team members. Kim is also a member of the Communications and Culture Team at Greenleaf Trust which is a workgroup dedicated to cultivating a caring workplace established by the founder.
Labor and Employment, Clark Hill
Maria Fracassa Dwyer is a Member in the firm’s Labor and Employment Group. She is also the Practice Leader of the Food, Beverage & Hospitality team. Maria is a trusted adviser and counselor to senior management across a wide range of industries including public and private employers. Maria represents clients across the entire spectrum of employment and labor law.
Mary Cooney Ph.D.
An educator by trade, Mary Cooney, Ph.D., spent the bulk of her career in higher education. She experienced the Millennials from the very beginning when they waltzed into her classroom and wanted to know why they needed her class. After studying the generations and many trial-and-error experiences, she found ways to connect with Millennials. Now, she takes that experience and wisdom to teach companies and organizations how to maximize and leverage their generational differences for workplace wins. She is especially excited about emerging strengths seen in Gen Z.
Founding Executive Director, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council
Michelle Richards is a leading authority on women-owned and small businesses. She has successfully advocated for economic opportunities, provided much-needed resources, and built the credibility of community-based, women-owned and small businesses for nearly four decades. In 1984, Michelle founded the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council which provides business development resources, training, and opportunities to thousands of women business owners each year.
As a founding member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), she also was a pioneer in the movement to certify female-owned businesses to level the playing field for corporate and government contracts. As a result, today Great Lakes WBC has 1,400 certified women business owners with $8.7 billion in annual revenue and 51,000 U.S. employees.
Michelle blends her community activism and business acumen to advance women and minority small businesses. Although modest about her accomplishments and successful advocacy, Michelle’s work has not gone unnoticed. She has provided expert testimony to both the U.S. Senate and House Small Business Committees on behalf of women business owners. In addition to numerous awards and recognition's that she has received throughout her notable career, Michelle was inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame by the American Institute for Diversity and Commerce in 2014.
International Speaker & Author; Founder, FABWOMEN
As a Latina woman who spent over 20 years in the male-dominated insurance and financial services industries, Shanna Kabatznick has turned her experience into a platform that encourages, empowers, and educates teams and leaders. A top producer in her field, Shanna was the rare Latina in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), Women Leaders’ Symposium and many other leadership conferences, who continuously broke records in sales and customer engagement. Shanna specializes in working with organizations and teams in the insurance, banking, and financial services industries. Her high energy and magnetic personality create an environment where attendees will feel not only connected but motivated and educated. She has been featured in CBS6 Virginia This Morning, ABC 8 News (WRIC), Sonabank POWER Plug Podcasts, Take the Lead podcast, and many others. Shanna is the Founder of FABWOMEN, a diverse organization for women that focuses on connecting women from all over the world to grow both personally and professionally. Shanna is also a published author and recently released her book “Master the Art of Connecting- 30 tips to Authentic Conversations”.
Therese Marie Smith
Director of Education and Programs , MichBusiness
Therese Marie Smith is Director of Education & Programs for Best & Brightest Programs. Her primary goals are to oversee and develop the Peer Discussion Groups that provide a safe and confidential space for HR leaders and other professionals to share experience and best practices. Additionally, she is responsible for the creation and execution of a variety of educational programs that address important issues faced by today’s business community.