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Love Michigan

Doing good is good for business. Corporations across the state have made commitments to sustainability, from renewable energy and zero-waste-to-landfill initiatives to philanthropy and healthy communities. Leaders of long-standing corporations have continued to intersect business and community to cultivate shared progress.  

Long-term investment toward building a state where Michiganders can live, work, and play requires a commitment to not only promoting environmental improvement but also a culture of diversity and inclusionin teams, board rooms, and other spaces.  

How can businesses play a role in protecting and steward a Michigan fit to pass on to the next generation?  

Business leaders offered their thoughts on sustainability and stewardship.  

Carolyn Cassin  

CEO, Michigan Women Forward  

The most important thing that we can do right now is to make these long-term investments in our community in diversity and inclusion, making sure that everybody has a seat at the table…Data is conclusive. Businesses do better the more diverse their teams are. The bottom line is that businesses that have a diverse leadership team, a diverse board, they are far more efficient… This is a business imperative. 

Kouhaila Hammer  

President and CEO, Ghafari Associates LLC  

The ability to effect lasting change needs to be a team effort. It’s one thing to come up with an idea that will—at least in theory—yield benefits in the long term. It’s a whole other matter to execute that idea, and to do so successfully, you can’t do it alone. You need to get your team’s buy-in but, more importantly, you also need their insights to develop sound implementation strategies if you’re really going to make an impact.