General Partner, The BELLE Michigan Fund
In 2010 Carolyn and a group of 30 other Michigan women founded BELLE Capital/Michigan, of which she is the General Partner. Under her leadership, Michigan’s first female venture fund was created to invest in women owned companies in the state and other underserved communities in the US. To date the Fund has made five investments and is transforming the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women in Michigan.
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
James is an Outreach Consultant for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. It is a private, non-profit corporation established in 1978 devoted exclusively to supporting Detroit’s economic development initiatives. DEGC has been designed to make business success in Detroit possible. It is dedicated to strengthening the city from the inside out.
Division Manager, New Detroit Inc
Rich Hawkins, as Director of Economic Equity and Division Manager for Administration for New Detroit Inc., is responsible for developing initiatives and supporting actions intended to increase the number and success of businesses owned by people of color. He is also responsible for developing initiatives that create opportunities for low and moderate income minority families and individuals to improve their economic standing and to compete for... Read More →
Partner, Sensei Change Associates
Wayne offers leadership development and management training to support learning in organizations. He has an EdD in Leadership and Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His consulting competency centers on communication, diversity management, team building, conflict management, retreat facilitation, and organizational research methods with a global perspective.
President, Detroit Development Fund
Mr. Ray Waters is the President of Detroit Development Fund (formerly Enterprise Detroit) and the Managing Director of the Detroit Community Loan Fund (DCLF). Detroit Development Fund and the DCLF provide growth capital to minority owned businesses in the City of Detroit. DDF provides financing packages for Detroit developers working on affordable housing projects and commercial projects in Detroit neighborhoods. DDF also provides lines of credit... Read More →