Register: Chamber’s Tammy Carnrike to Join Awe Foundation to Support Black and Latinx Women Entrepreneurs

Detroit Regional Chamber Chief Operating Officer Tammy Carnrike will join the AWE Project for When Women Lead, a discussion on supporting Black and Latinx women entrepreneurs, Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. Visit learn more and register for free.

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Detroit Regional Talent Compact Unveils Roadmap to Addressing Alarming Education Data and COVID-19 Disruption

New partnership includes action plans from state of Michigan and regional business, education, and philanthropic organizations

DETROIT, Sept. 30, 2020 – Today, partners in government, business, education, and philanthropy unveiled the Detroit Regional Talent Compact, a collective 10-year roadmap for rebuilding the workforce talent pipeline in Southeast Michigan. Thirty-five statewide and regional partners agree to work together, with specific action plans, in response to the data uncovered in the Detroit Regional Chamber’s State of Education report last winter – a situation that has become more acute with ongoing concerns of education loss due to COVID-19.

“The State of Education we released last December was alarming, and COVID-19 will only make things worse if we don’t take action to increase the highly-skilled talent in our region,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “These times call for a new strategy and unprecedented collaboration. The Detroit Regional Talent Compact is a blueprint to create a more robust and inclusive talent pipeline to drive economic growth as we navigate the impact of the pandemic in the decade that follows.”

The State of Education report highlighted that:

  • 47% of Detroit regional students who pursue postsecondary education, have not earned a degree or certificate within six years of graduating from high school.
  • Further, the region has some of the largest gaps between white and Black college graduation rates in the country, with 60% of white students graduating and only 26% of Black students (based on six-year graduation rates).
  • Only 17% of individuals without a college degree earned a family-sustaining wage in the region, and 69% of city of Detroit residents ages 18-64 without a high school diploma are either not in the labor force or unemployed.

The Chamber and its collective impact initiative to improve the talent pipeline, Detroit Drives Degrees, have committed to a goal of increasing postsecondary credential attainment to 60% and reducing the racial equity gap in half by 2030 as the overarching goal of the Compact. Per capita income increases by $1,250 when bachelor’s degree attainment increases by one percentage point, so the Detroit region would have an estimated ROI of $42 billion and result in more than 265,000 new degrees and credentials if the goal is met by 2030.

“The Detroit Regional Talent Compact represents the very cross-sectoral coordination and commitments that Southeast Michigan needs to increase college access and completion and, in turn, expand economic opportunity for more people throughout our region,” said Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation. “Collaborations of this magnitude smartly beckon both introspection and an attentiveness to common purpose in advancing systemic changes
that can help to eliminate inequitable outcomes among Black and Latinx students, and their peers. We are humbled to work alongside businesses, government, nonprofits and our philanthropic peers to seed the execution of these plans as they take root in Southeast Michigan.”

The Regional Master Plan guiding the Compact is comprised of four major focus areas –
increasing postsecondary access, postsecondary success, adult educational attainment, and
talent preparation – and identifies national best practice strategies to implement in each area.

Partners submitted strategic plans using innovative techniques and unprecedented collaborative
approaches to reach the common goals of the Compact. Some highlights include:

  • Reducing the racial equity gaps by half. In order to achieve this goal, more than 90,000 Black and 15,000 Latinx students will need to earn degrees in the next decade. Combined, this represents 40% of the new 265,000 projected and additional degrees Detroit residents of all races and ethnicities need to earn by 2030. The Compact consists of the strategic framework to reach these racial equity goals by implementing proven and targeted supports to students who need it most.
  • Developing a higher education agenda to increase degree and credential completion. Twelve postsecondary institutions and associations committed to education reforms such as offering a postsecondary transition course to high schoolers prior to that student falling behind in college or expanding debt forgiveness to reduce barriers for returning adult students.
  • Unprecedented collaboration between Macomb, Oakland, Wayne Intermediate School Districts, DPSCD, and a coalition of charter school groups to incentivize full- and part-time students to maximize credits. K-12 stakeholders pledged to implement best practices to increase early postsecondary options and provide comprehensive college and career advising curriculums. Notably, the Detroit Charter High School Collaborative committed to having 90% of their high school graduates earn a full year’s work of college coursework by 2030.
  • Increasing number of employers providing tuition assistance to employees. Many business signatories of the Compact committed to building new or expanding existing tuition assistance programs and some are going so far as to also offer loan forgiveness programs for employees with student debt. This is significant as most experts predicted COVID-19 would cause employers to scale back these kinds of benefits.
  • Philanthropic partners for the first-time ever have created a coordinated framework to fund the strategies outlined in the Compact. This collectively represents over $18 million in aligned giving to the four focus areas outlined in the Regional Master Plan.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her administration adopted the Chamber’s 60% by 2030 goal last year, and the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity submitted a strategic plan to improve the overall education attainment for the State of Michigan.

The Detroit Drives Degrees Leadership Council led this project, with staff support from the Chamber. The Council is co-chaired by Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, the president of Oakland University, and Richard Rassel, chairman for Butzel Long.

“Foremost, the Compact is a catalyst to heighten public awareness of the paramount need to support education, and for Michigan to have a highly educated workforce,” said Pescovitz. “The Compact represents a model of regional cooperation that could be applied for a range of other pressing issues. This effort effectively demonstrates that with informed and insightful leadership and the collaboration from a range of universities, colleges, institutions, the business community and nonprofit sector, we can come together to work toward a solution that leads to a better future.”

Rassel added: “The business community needs to fully embrace and support the Compact and its goals to enhance our regional competitiveness and meet our need for a more highly skilled workforce. Butzel Long, in addition to its continued support for many regional educational efforts, is introducing a tuition assistance program to enable its co-workers to upskill and earn their degrees and certificates.”

Businesses that are interested in getting involved should contact Melanie D’Eveleyn at for more information and an introductory meeting. For more on the Detroit Regional Talent Compact, visit

Butzel Long adds attorneys to firm’s growing Labor and Employment Department

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long, which has one of the largest Labor and Employment practices in Michigan, is growing with the addition of attorneys Terrence J. Miglio and Barbara Eckert Buchanan. They join the firm as shareholders. Formerly, they were with the Varnum law firm.

“Terry and Barbara are highly respected and experienced attorneys with distinguished careers,” said Dan Tukel, Chair, Butzel Long’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Law Department. “They are a wonderful complement to our multidisciplinary team of firm attorneys.”

Both Miglio and Buchanan have significant trial experience, and represent employers before federal and state courts in litigation involving all types of employment and labor claims, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, whistleblower, wage and hour, trade secrets and credentialing of health care professionals.

They advise employers before federal and state administrative agencies in various matters including EEO charges, unfair labor practice charges, and wage and hour complaints, and in counseling employers in all aspects of labor and employment matters.

They also both work with health care organizations in matters such as peer review activities, professional credentialing and discipline.

Miglio is a graduate of the University of Michigan and an honors graduate of Wayne State University School of Law, and is admitted in Michigan and Ohio.

Buchanan is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and the Santa Clara University School of Law, and is admitted in both Michigan and California.

Both have received various honors, including being inducted as Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a carefully vetted honor for which only those who have distinguished themselves in the field of labor and employment for at least 20 years are eligible. They join John Hancock, Dan Tukel, Jim Rosenfeld and Diane Soubly as Butzel Fellows of the College.

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 an alliance office in Beijing. 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:

Chamber Pushes 2021 Mackinac Policy Conference to September

The Detroit News

By: Beth LeBlanc

September 24, 2020

Politicians, lobbyists and business executives will break with tradition again next year as the Detroit Chamber pushes the Mackinac Policy Conference to the fall.

The Detroit Regional Chamber said Thursday it plans to hold the 2021 Mackinac Island conference Sept. 20 through Sept. 23. The annual event usually draws about 1,500 people at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The chamber canceled the May 2020 event out of concern for the potential spread of the coronavirus, and the group has pushed the date past May again to avoid any potential disruptions from the virus next year.

See the full article here. 


Detroit Regional Chamber on COVID-19 response in Detroit


The Detroit Regional Chamber has been working since the COVID-19 pandemic first emerged in Michigan to keep residents and businesses informed.

“We’re looking at this whole COVID crisis, really, in three parts. First, it was a response part. What is COVID? What is PPE? What do I need to do? What does it mean to be shut down? How do I take care of my employees? How do I take care of my family? And then, of course, there was the restart. As we slowly started to open up, how do we get businesses up and running again? Especially when you consider manufacturing. How do you do that safely? Or even a small business, how do you do that? And then, of course, hopefully soon, we’ll be in a recovery phase where we can start getting these businesses up and really running again,” Baruah says about their response.

They’ve reached out to everyone from medical to government experts to bring the information to metro Detroiters.

See the full article here. 



Stateside: Detroit auto show postponed; teachers back in classrooms; Lakeside Academy investigation


September 24, 2020

Today on Stateside, Cornelius Fredrick died after being pinned down by staff members at the residential youth facility where he lived. A Michigan Radio investigation found that there were plenty of warning signs about the facility—and the private company that ran it—in the years leading up to the 16-year-old’s death. Plus, the Detroit auto show is being pushed back until the fall of 2021. We’ll talk about what that means for the city’s economy.

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2021 Mackinac Policy Conference Pushed Back

DBusiness- September 25 ,2020

By: Grace Turner 

The 2021 Mackinac Policy Conference has been rescheduled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new dates will serve as a prelude to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that commences the following week.

The Detroit Regional Chamber announced the new dates are Monday, Sept. 20-Thursday, Sept. 23. It is hoping the usual 1,500 business, government, and civil leaders will be able to attend the event, set to take place on Mackinac Island.

The Detroit auto show, meanwhile, will begin a series of pre-events leading up to the public show at the TCF Center in downtown Detroit, along with outdoor spaces — Motor Bella to be held near and around the Detroit Opera House starts on Friday, Sept. 24. Multiple events, including the Charity Preview on Friday, Oct. 1, lead into the public show (Oct. 2 to Oct. 8).

“After careful analysis, the chamber reached the conclusion that we could not be certain that public health conditions, including vaccine distribution and corporate travel policies, would make a traditional spring conference that lives up to our attendees’ expectations a reality,” says Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the chamber.

Read the full article here. 

Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski featured during September 29 discussion on The Future of Mobility and Manufacturing

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long attorney, shareholder and leader of the firm’s Connected Car and Autonomous Vehicle Specialty team, is among the featured guests for the September 29, 2020 edition of The topic for the special edition of “Coffee Break with Game-Changers” is, “The Future of Mobility and Manufacturing.”

Dukarski focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on emerging and disruptive issues: digital media and content, cybersecurity and privacy, infotainment and shared mobility, and connected and autonomous cars.

In her practice, she has assisted clients with defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright, and other content-based claims. She focuses on compliance with various industry regulations and has become a national leader in legal issues facing emerging automotive technology and is the leader of Butzel Long’s connected car working group.

A self-titled “recovering engineer,” Dukarski was named one of the 30 Women Defining the Future of Technology in January 2020 by Warner Communications for her innovative thoughts and contributions to the tech industry.

Dukarski is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010). She’s also a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering and Science, (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1996).

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 an alliance office in Beijing. 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:

Walsh awarded $25K grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services

Troy, Mich., Sept. 25, 2020 – Walsh has been awarded a $25,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Improving Access to Information Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library of Michigan.

This one-year grant will help with the implementation of the Open Education Resource (OER) Program by allowing Walsh to offer institutional support and education to faculty on transitioning course materials to an OER format. The goal of OER is to provide students equal access to affordable course materials through the transformation of traditional textbooks and curriculum to an online format that is low or no cost to students.

Starting this semester, members of Walsh’s library team will educate key staff and faculty in the selection, development and deployment of OER materials. The OER implementation will begin in two initial academic departments: Business Communications and Marketing and Doctoral/Interdisciplinary.

Walsh business communications professor Jen O’Meara, Ph.D., welcomes the shift to OER and increasing student learning while eliminating many of the financial and access barriers for students. “It doesn’t make sense for students to pay for a book when much of the same information is freely available. Using OER gives us the ability to customize content and save students money,” said O’Meara.

Faculty will work with the library staff and departmental cohorts to provide feedback to understand the impact on student engagement and learning outcomes while Walsh instructional designers will assist with the transition of assignments and course design.

Walsh was one of 10 schools, libraries and universities in Michigan to receive this grant. Others include Alpena County Library, Capital Area District Library, Central Michigan University Libraries, Ferris State University Library, Menominee County, Presque Isle District Library, Taylor Community Library, Traverse Area District Library and Warren Public Library.

For more information about Walsh, visit

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

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Tackling climate change is the smart move for local governments, businesses

September 26, 2020

Michigan Advance 

By: Rick Haglund

Brandy Brown faced skepticism about climate change from the day she accepted her job as the head of the Michigan Office of Climate and Energy.

“Brandy, that climate change stuff isn’t real,” Brown said a longtime friend told her when she was appointed to lead the office last year.

Her friend’s denial of climate change echoes that of President Donald Trump, who insists rising global temperatures had nothing to do with the recent devastating California wildfires. The president’s view has long been shared by most Republican lawmakers.

But Brown, an expert energy strategist with a doctorate degree in interdisciplinary evaluation, is undeterred.

The science showing a warming planet is overwhelmingly on her side. Michigan already is seeing the effects of extreme weather events on agriculture, tourism and the broader economy, Brown said.

Read the full article here. 

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