Prepare for the PMP® Exam with Davenport University’s 5-Day Boot Camp!


A worldwide study by Global Knowledge showed that professionals with a technical or process credential can increase their income by earning a PMP® certification.  The PMP® designation is highly recognized as a meaningful certificate of project management competence and understanding. The 5-day PMP® Boot Camp was designed to prepare students to pass the PMP® exam while learning Agile and advanced project management tools and principals.

What makes our PMP® Boot Camp different?

  • Program facilitator is a PMP®, Certified ScrumMaster, and Agile Certified Practitioner with a near 100% pass rate for his students on the PMP® exam
  • Structured learning with latest project management tools and techniques
  • Best-in-class course materials – our program is taught using the Crosswind PMP® Certification Exam Success System combined with a proprietary framework and Agile methodologies.

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Livonia, MI 48152
DATES | TIME:     August 28 – September 1, 2017 | 8 am – 5 pm


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Cybersecurity Skills Gap Increases, as Does Demand for Professionals

In a new Cybersecurity Skills Gap Analysis, the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN)—on behalf of the Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative (AMDC)—identified nearly 350,000 cybersecurity-related job postings nationally from July 2015 to June 2016. The study was conducted to better understand future workforce demands in the cybersecurity space.
With employer demand for cybersecurity-related occupations increasing, identifying standards for this industry is essential for providing guidance for emerging skills needs and training.

WIN’s Cybersecurity Skills Gap Analysis report identified four categories of occupations among the cybersecurity workforce: frontline cybersecurity workers, cyber-sensitive service workers, physical security and access workers, and indirect cyber-related workers. Report researchers analyzed job postings to identify a broad set of occupations associated with all aspects of cybersecurity, including the development of software, testing, hardening, connectivity, business-related cyber roles, physical security, and general cybersecurity knowledge.

With nearly 7,000 total job postings in Michigan, WIN also identified 39 institutions offering programs, degrees, or training related to cybersecurity in the Advance Michigan area, including Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Shiawassee, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. In total, students can choose among more than 90 degree programs and 80 certification programs in this region. Standards to guide these programs will be critical in the future, as experts in the field believe specialized two-year degrees or certifications are often sufficient, when compared to the now required four-year degree or higher.

Of the nearly 350,000 total cybersecurity-related postings nationally, California reported the highest level of postings with over 45,000 online job advertisements, followed by Virginia, Texas, and New York, with over 20,000 postings in each state. Nearly 90 percent of postings required a bachelor’s degree or higher, and over 76 percent were for occupations in the frontline cybersecurity workers category, which consists of those working directly with the technical design and implementation of cybersecurity strategies. There were 778,402 cybersecurity workers in the national workforce in 2016 and 13,520 cybersecurity workers in Michigan, which ranked 35th in the nation.

“It is essential that we understand employer demand in cybersecurity and identify standards for the occupations that are part of this industry,” said Lisa Katz, executive director of WIN. “We want to ensure access to necessary educational and training resources, as well as the future vitality of the cybersecurity field, which is critical to virtually every industry, from automated vehicles to banking and health care.”

The full Cybersecurity Skills Gap Analysis and more key findings from this report can be viewed at:

For more research and data from WIN, or a custom analysis, please visit:

The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) is a collaborative effort between ten community colleges and six Michigan Works! Agencies, in partnership with numerous other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development system in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 16-county area, including Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw, and Wayne. WIN was founded with the support of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and publicly launched in November 2011.

The Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative (AMDC) is a group of organizations that provides immediate and sustained assistance to firms and workers in a 13-county region in Southeast Michigan affected by reduced Department of Defense procurement. The group coordinates assistance to organizations that promote research, industrial development, and talent development relevant to the defense industry. Efforts support resiliency and capacity in autonomous transportation and connected mobility, lightweight materials manufacturing sector, and information technology, with a focus on increasing security of automated transportation systems and products. The core coalition of partners includes the Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board, Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan, Michigan Defense Center-an operation of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Merit Network, and Macomb County Office of Economic Development and Planning.

Mitzel joins Plunkett Cooney’s Tort, Litigation Practice Group

Attorney Brian K. Mitzel recently joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, as a member of the firm’s Tort & Litigation Practice Group.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Mitzel focuses his litigation practice primarily in the areas of premises liability, property and casualty, and general liability. Admitted to practice in Michigan, he is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, Mitzel worked as a file clerk, an administrative clerk and a research clerk for the firm.

In 2016, Mitzel received his law degree, cum laude, from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he received numerous academic awards, including several CALI and Book awards. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Wayne State University in 2013.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Tort & Litigation Practice Group focus on the defense of civil litigation, including motor vehicle negligence, liquor liability, product liability, toxic torts and premises liability, including slip and falls, trip and falls and open and obvious dangers. Members of the practice group have handled literally thousands of cases to successful conclusion, and they have significant trial experience at all levels of the state and federal court systems.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the 2017U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Plunkett Cooney has also received numerous awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

For more information about Brian K. Mitzel joining the firm, contact Plunkett Cooney’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008;


Butzel Long attorney Rebecca S. Davies named a “2017 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Rebecca S. Davies has been named a “2017 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

She is one of 30 female attorneys who will be honored during a luncheon on September 7, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in Troy. The event will celebrate the individuals who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community. Honorees also will be profiled in an upcoming edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Davies concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She represents employers in federal and state court litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies.

She has represented both the private and public sectors for nearly 20 years including companies with two to 20,000 employees. In the public sector, she has represented numerous municipalities, libraries, counties and government authorities.

Davies has had repeated success both in and out of the courtroom. In federal court, she has received no cause verdicts in the defense of employment and commercial jury trials. In state court, she has obtained numerous dismissals and favorable settlements in a wide range of employment disputes, including harassment, wrongful termination, employment discrimination and wage claims. She also has repeatedly obtained dismissals of charges before federal and state administrative agencies. Her greatest successes, however, may be her efforts to prevent litigation. She has regularly counseled employers regarding compliance under federal and state employment laws (including FLSA, FMLA, ADA and Title VII), drafted employment policies, and advised on preventative strategies.

She is a frequent author and lecturer, not only for client in-house trainings and publications, but also outside organizations including Walsh College, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Automation Alley and the American Society of Employers.

At the same time, Davies is an adjunct faculty member at Walsh College, where she teaches the SHRM-CP/SCP certification courses as well as general business law courses.

She also facilitates two monthly affinity groups of human resource professionals for MichBusiness. She is active in national and local legal associations and regularly volunteers in her community.

Davies is a regular contributor to the annual supplement for the American Bar Association’s The Fair Labor Standards published by BNA. She also serves on the Board and was the past Chair of the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association (NATERA). She is a member and previously served as the Chair for the Labor and Employment Section for the Oakland County Bar Association. She serves on the Workforce and Education Committee for Oakland County.

Davies earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan at Dearborn and a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law in 1995. She completed her master’s degree in 2010 from Wayne State University Law School by obtaining her L.L.M. with a GPA of 3.79 in Labor and Employment Law.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting or follow Butzel Long on Twitter:

Economic Development Outreach Yields More Than 900 Jobs, $179 Million Invested in Region During Past Year

Forward Detroit, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s economic development strategy, continues to play a key role in impacting Southeast Michigan’s long-term growth by attracting major companies to the region. Together with its economic development partners, the Chamber helped attract 13 companies from July 2016 through June 2017. The projects yielded a combined $179.25 million in capital investment and 957 jobs.

Some notable projects include:

• ArcelorMittal’s investment of $83.5 million expansion into Detroit
• Fuyao Automotive’s $66.3 million investment in a new facility in Plymouth
• VDL Steelweld’s $3 million investment in a North American headquarters in Oakland County
• Thanasi Foods’ $2.8 million investment in a Macomb Township facility

The success of these projects positively reflects the Chamber’s ongoing collaboration with 11 county partners, the city of Detroit, city of Novi, city of Southfield, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy through Destination Detroit, an initiative of Forward Detroit. Together, these partners focus on promoting the region’s assets with one unified voice to national and international companies looking to expand in the U.S. market. This work is made possible through the strategic partnerships and contributions of Forward Detroit’s investors.

Learn more about Forward Detroit’s initiatives here.

Chamber, National Business League Partner with European Union on Trade

With more than 140,000 Michigan jobs connected to European direct investment, Detroit-area business leaders gathered at the Detroit Regional Chamber recently for a workshop hosted by the European Union (EU) designed to promote more international trade. The event, organized in partnership with the Chamber and the National Business League (formally Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce), brought together more than 40 business and government leaders to focus on how businesses can export to Europe and attract foreign investment and advocate for a pro-trade climate.

“Like Detroit, the EU is making a comeback,” said Caroline Vicini, deputy ambassador of the European Union to the United States, in kicking off the event. “In a globalized world, we need to stay open for business while making sure our economies are weatherproofed and our workers do not become collateral damage.”

Vicini called on participants to be a positive voice for trade, to push back on protectionist rhetoric, to support increases in international trade, and to advocate for even better trade relations between the United States and Europe.

Other speakers included: Jeanne Broad, international trade development manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC); William Butler, business development representative at the Detroit Regional Chamber; Eve Lerman, senior international trade specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and Virginia Wilkinson, director of strategy and research at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC).

Fall Ladies Day at Dearborn Hills Golf Course

One of our most popular golf events, Ladies Day, will take place this fall. There will be two shotgun starts Friday, August 25, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event includes an 18-hole scramble, closest-to-the-pin contest, longest drive contest, tee prizes, tokens for on-course beverages and snacks, and a beer and wine bar. Registrants may participate individually or in a group with up to four golfers per group. Call (313) 563-4653, visit our Pro Shop, or go to

Forward Detroit Quarterly Results

April–June 2017

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Forward Detroit strategy programs and initiatives reported the following results for the April to June 2017 quarter.

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction team worked with the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Oakland County and city of Troy to close a deal to bring the North American headquarters for Dutch automotive engineering service firm, VDL Steelweld to the region. The company leased a 50,000 square foot facility in Oakland County, investing $1.22 million in the region and adding 43 new jobs that pay an average of more than $100,000 annually.

Learn more about the Chamber’s Business Attraction efforts. 

MICHauto, an initiative of the Chamber, held a Legislative Supplier Fair and Reception and its annual Auto on the Island programming in May at the Mackinac Policy Conference. The fourth annual Supplier Fair and Reception connected more than a dozen suppliers with lawmakers to continue the discussion on the economic impact of suppliers across the state.

Continuing to bring the industry to the forefront of conversations, MICHauto hosted 35 industry CEOs on Mackinac Island for Auto on the Island. The challenges, opportunities, threats and weaknesses facing the automotive and mobility industry were discussed among the CEOs present as well as in a discussion with Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan. Automotive stakeholders also participated in an automotive roundtable discussion that focused on human capital in the digital age.

Learn more about MICHauto.

 In spring 2017, the Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) team launched two surveys to increase the Detroit region’s population by putting a greater focus on retaining existing residents and attracting new ones. The surveys resulted in 500 responses that will be used to further build out D3’s talent attraction and retention strategies.

To further communicate D3’s work in talent to a broader audience, Sarah Craft, program manager, sat on a panel for the Detroit Regional Relocation Council Quarterly Business Meeting, where she informed 50 national relocation professionals on Detroit’s assets and appeal. Additional panelists included: University Moving Storage’s Ben Cross; Center City Properties’ Michael Martorelli; Quicken Loans’ Dan Ngoyi; and Hall & Hunter’s Amy Zimmer.

At the May D3 Leadership Council meeting, the team brought together education experts from Cleveland to talk to the Council’s representatives in higher education, business, government, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector about a national model proven to improve student success. The goal of the discussion was to understand how Cleveland has successfully increased its educational attainment rate and how a similar model can be implemented in Detroit.

Learn more about Detroit Drives Degrees.

Read more about what the Forward Detroit initiatives accomplished:

Michigan’s Mobility Assets Key Topic of Netherlands Delegation Visit to Detroit

Detroit’s Tech, Automotive Leadership Takes Spotlight During Israel Mission Trip

MICHauto Roundtable: Technology Innovation Will Augment Workforce Transformation

Economic Impact of State’s Auto Suppliers Key Topic at Annual MICHauto Legislative Reception

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Awards $3.5 Million Grant to Detroit Promise to Help Students Pursue Higher Education

Detroit Drives Degrees Gleans Lessons from Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland to Increase Local Graduation Rates

Help Detroit Drives Degrees Attract and Retain Talent in Southeast Michigan

MICHauto Supports Student Entrepreneurs in Lear Open Innovation Challenge

Jason Hanselman Elected as President of Ingham County Bar Foundation

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Jason T. Hanselman, Lansing-based member in the Firm’s Government Policy and Practice group, has been elected to serve as President of the Ingham County Bar Foundation (ICBF) for a one-year term. The ICBF is the Ingham County Bar’s philanthropic entity and has a close relationship with the Ingham County Bar Association (ICBA) and other local bar organizations.

The ICBF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in Michigan in 2002 as a vehicle for lawyers and other interested citizens to make charitable contributions for the tangible, meaningful benefit of the community. The Foundation’s mission is to promote access to justice, expand the availability of legal services to the public at large, support local charitable organizations, promote continuing legal education and foster the honor and integrity of the profession of law.

Hanselman, who was appointed to the ICBF Board of Director’s last year, has been an ICBA member for more than 17 years and also served on its executive leadership team for several years, including recent stints as President, Vice President, and Secretary.

In his practice, Hanselman advises clients in highly-regulated fields, such as energy, elections, health care, and public education. He regularly represents those clients in complex business matters, litigation before state and federal courts, and regulatory proceedings before administrative boards and commissions.

Hanselman received a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami and a B.A. from Michigan State University.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit and follow Dykema on Twitter at


AIA Michigan Honors McIntosh Poris Associates With Three Awards for Design Excellence


McIntosh Poris Associates has received three AIA Michigan Honor Awards for design excellence in various categories.  The firm has been awarded for Detroit’s East Riverfront Framework Plan in the Unbuilt Project category and the Michigan Research Studio in the Low Budget/Small Project category.  In addition, Laurie Hughet-Hiller, AIA, Associate at McIntosh Poris Associates, has been acknowledged with the notable Young Architect Award.

East Riverfront Framework Plan

Through a national design competition, The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, City of Detroit Planning & Development Department, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation selected a design team to develop a strategic framework plan for the City’s East Riverfront District.  The winning proposal was led by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with Detroit’s McIntosh Poris Associates, and French landscape architect Michel Desvigne, economic consultant HR&A Advisors, and five other Detroit-based firms.  The team was selected in April 2016 from seven finalists among 24 teams.

Titled “Your Detroit East Riverfront,” the plan was developed during months of public engagement, meetings, and site tours to provide citizens the opportunity to participate in the planning process.  The goal is to transform a blighted two-mile stretch of the waterfront from downtown, along the Detroit River to Belle Isle Park and north to Larned Street, including Jefferson Avenue, into a dynamic series of neighborhoods.  Among the challenges was to find ways to connect neighborhoods north of the nine-lane wide Jefferson Avenue to the riverfront.  The final plan provides a vision for creating more publicly accessible parks, connective greenways, pedestrian- and bike-friendly streets, and mixed-use developments.

“This urban design plan suggests, finally, how incrementalism begets infrastructure and how the sum of small plans adds up to something bigger and better,” said the awards jury, who recognizes unbuilt projects commissioned for compensation or research and design competitions.

Michigan Research Studio

Although the build-out budget was tight, the 3,715-square-foot Michigan Research Studio—an off-campus facility for the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning—offers an inspiring place to learn for Detroit public high school students.  Located on the ground floor of the mixed-use 3909 Woodward Garden Apartments (a ground-up building also designed by McIntosh Poris Associates) in Detroit, the studio provides college preparatory classes on architecture, urbanism, and design led by Taubman College teaching fellows.  The minimalist, open-plan facility simulates a collegiate classroom setting with flexible spaces for seminars, lectures, student exhibitions, design studio, and architectural research.  The space features exposed ceiling components—structural steel, ductwork, and plumbing—to provide points of reference for students.  Polished concrete flooring and pendant tube lighting contribute to the industrial, studio-like feeling.  Student interaction is encouraged through laptops, wall pin-ups, and configurable drawing tables and chairs.  The University of Michigan’s spirit is depicted through bold school colors in yellow and blue paint.

“It looks as though all the budget could afford was paint, lights, tables, and chairs, but every decision was the right one—easy to say, but very difficult to do,” noted the jury, who recognizes projects with constraints of small budget, scale, and size.  “Perfect choices for an inspiring and useful space.”

Laurie Hughet-Hiller

As a recipient of the Young Architect Award, Hughet-Hiller, AIA, has demonstrated exceptional accomplishment, societal dedication, and community service.  Upon graduation in 2006, she began her career in Los Angeles at Rossetti’s Los Angeles office and Clive Wilkinson Architects, who is internationally recognized for designing creative communities.  She decided to pursue her professional goals in Detroit and returned to her home state of Michigan in 2009.  At McIntosh Poris Associates, she has led progressive commercial, hospitality, creative office, and multi-family residential projects.  Some of her career highlights at the firm include the award-winning Michigan Research Studio, and the schematic design for the Downtown Synagogue, which involved several years of community engagement.  Hughet-Hiller received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture (2004) and Master of Architecture (2006) degrees from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where she earned numerous scholarships and graduated with honors.  She is currently a board member at CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) in Detroit, where she serves as an advocate of advancing women’s success in commercial real estate.

McIntosh Poris Associates is a full-service architecture, interiors, and urban design firm.  Founded in 1994 by Michael Poris, AIA, and the late Douglas McIntosh, the firm transforms buildings, communities, and urban centers with architecture created through dialogue.  Since 1994, McIntosh Poris Associates has won more than 100 awards for single- and multi-family residential, mixed-use, commercial, hospitality, institutional, and arts projects throughout Michigan, New York, and Ontario for private, public, and non-profit clients.