Walsh Leads Second Annual Cyber Day Camp for Girl Scouts

TROY, Mich., June 19, 2019—Walsh faculty and Microsoft staff will facilitate Cadette Cyber Day Camp for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan for the second year on June 25-27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its main location at 3838 Livernois in Troy. An additional session will be held July 15-17.

Cadette scouts, grades six through eight, will participate in hands-on activities and workshops led by faculty, including Raspberry Pi and Micro:bit coding with handheld computers, Python programming, a cyber-themed escape room exercise and how to practice safe online behavior. A photography app exploration workshop will be led by Microsoft staff.

“We look forward to welcoming the Girl Scouts for a second year of Cadette Cyber Day Camp,” said Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP, Assistant Professor and Chair of Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department. “We have added even more activities to give them firsthand experience with coding and programming, spark their curiosity and hopefully lead them to seriously consider careers in technology.”

Scouts completing the camp will earn their Netiquette badge and Walsh Cyber Patch as part of the Girl Scouts’ expanded STEM-(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related programs.

For more information about Walsh’s IT/Decisions Sciences programs, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

The mission of the Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. There are currently 1.8 million Girl Scouts across the United States.

Automation Alley Senior Director Cynthia Hutchison named to Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in STEM

TROY, Mich.— May 28, 2019 — Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, is pleased to announce that Cynthia Hutchison, senior director, has been recognized on the Crain’s Detroit Business list of Notable Women in STEM. This report salutes acclaimed women professionals who demonstrate excellence and encourage further professional development within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The distinguished visionaries on the list were selected based on their career accomplishments, involvement in civic and non-profit activities, and mentorship of others in the field. Crain Content Studio worked with advisors in STEM to review nominations and select the final honorees. Hutchison’s profile can be viewed here.

As Automation Alley’s senior director, Hutchison has spearheaded multiple efforts that have helped shift the organization from its Oakland County tech hub roots to a recognized global leader for Industry 4.0—or the Fourth Industrial Revolution of smart and connected factories that converge cyber and physical systems. Under Hutchison’s leadership, Automation Alley has become Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, convening thought leaders including the World Economic Forum and serving Michigan’s manufacturing ecosystem during this time of rapid technological advancement.

As senior director, Hutchison has helped to introduce several STEM-related programs to Automation Alley’s offerings, including the popular Tech Takeover event series, which provides Automation Alley members an opportunity to showcase their expertise on smart technologies for Industry 4.0 while preparing the supply chain for the digital revolution. Hutchison also helped introduce Automation Alley’s new MI Smart Factory Tour, which gives college students working towards STEM degrees the opportunity to tour Michigan smart factories and learn about new cutting-edge technologies while simultaneously giving manufacturers accessibility to potential future employees.

In addition to these programs, Hutchison also championed a new collaborative approach between industry, academia and government for Automation Alley’s signature Technology in Industry Report and brought in major sponsors for Automation Alley’s global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8, which, now in its third year, will be moving to Detroit’s Cobo Center in November to accommodate skyrocketing popularity.

“Cynthia Hutchison brings a multi-faceted strategic focus to Automation Alley,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO. “At the heart of it, Cynthia is a STEM connector who maximizes her innate ability to identify issues and offer solutions. Through introductions and business partnerships, generating new Automation Alley programming, and commanding Automation Alley events and sponsorships, her creativity and strong business approach have helped elevate our organization within Michigan while bringing us to the global stage.”

In 2006, Hutchison was named one of 13 “Michiganians of the Year” by the Detroit News for her efforts on behalf of Band of Angels, an international advocacy and support organization she founded for educating, employing and providing inclusive opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other cognitive impairments. Hutchison started Band of Angels following the birth of her son, Jordan, in 1989, who has Down syndrome.

Hutchison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. She is a resident of Rochester Hills.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.


Michigan Business Delegation Explores Israeli Startup Ecosystem, Cybersecurity Innovation

By Daniel Lai

The Detroit Regional Chamber recently joined 15 organizations across the state for a five-day fact-finding mission on Israel’s booming startup culture and cyber innovation hosted by Deloitte and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

The mission is part of an ongoing effort to build relationships with key government leaders in the country while also connecting Michigan companies with startups and business accelerators in order to develop collaborative technology solutions to strengthen the state’s leadership in connectivity and next-generation mobility.

In addition to the Chamber, the delegation included representatives from AT&T, ChoiceTel, Consumer Energy, Cornerstone Schools, Crain’s Detroit Business, Downtown Detroit Partnership, General Motors Co., Henry Ford Health System, ITC Holdings Corp., Michigan State Police and The Right Place.

Highlights from the week included:

  • Attending the 2017 CyberTech Conference in Tel Aviv to hear from industry experts in cybersecurity
  • Touring AT&T’s latest innovation center in Raanana, GM’s Advanced Technical Center in Tel Aviv and Israel’s Startup Nation Central, a nonprofit focused on getting innovation in front of leading companies around the world
  • Meeting with Avi Hasson, Israel’s chief scientist
  • Hosting meetings with decision-makers from more than 12 technology companies

Israel has the highest density of tech startups in the world cultivated by highly trained graduates from the military establishment, robust government investment in innovation and STEM education. That public and private synergy is ripe for entrepreneurial growth.

“It is very clear that Israel is a market Michigan must have a close relationship with not only because of the volume, but also the quality of innovation taking place. They have a culture that asks partners, ‘bring us your problems’ – and there are no shortage of challenges in delivering autonomous driving to the world,” said Justin Robinson, the Chamber’s vice president of business attraction.

“The Chamber and MICHauto are committed to further enhancing the connections between our established automotive industry and venture capital community with the technology ecosystem in Israel. Doing so will be a win-win for both of our communities,” he added.

Daniel Lai is a communications specialist and copywriter at the Detroit Regional Chamber. 

Ideal Group: Leading Through Community Engagement

By Daniel A. Washington 

Thanks to a vision in 1979, Ideal Group CEO Frank Venegas Jr. wasted no time selling a Cadillac he won at a raffle during a Livingston County Builders Gala for capital to start his manufacturing and construction company.

Now, 30 years later and with more than 1,500 students assisted – Venegas, a Chamber board member, has a renewed vision: continue supporting the Southwest Detroit neighborhood and community, home to his company since 2000.

DSC_0901“We care about our community,” said Venegas about his commitment to students and families in Southwest Detroit. “When we relocated back to Detroit we had to show that it was more than a business move, it was personal. We had to teach our people that education is important and achievable.”

To date, Ideal Group has also employed more than 50 formerly incarcerated members of the community. The commitment is just a small portion of the family of companies’ total investment in bettering the lives of those in Southwest Detroit.

“We care about these children because I remember what it was like when we first got here,” said Venegas about the drastic improvement of the neighborhood. “I have had conversations with gangbangers and drug dealers. We listened and gave them what they wanted – jobs and opportunities and we are proud of that.”

MORE: Read how John James, a former Chamber board member, has also invested greatly in Southwest Detroit. 

With a passion for seeing students succeed, Ideal Group, along with a number of other entities helped to reestablish a high school in Southwest Detroit, formerly known as Holy Redeemer High School, now called Detroit Cristo Rey High School.

Earlier this year, the Ideal Group sponsored the creation of new STEM classrooms in Holy Redeemer Grade School to encourage manufacturing and cultivate a deeper interest in the STEM field.

Both classrooms underwent extensive renovations with the installation of 16 training tables, four Lego tables, new furniture and a number of educational games.

“We were proud to be a part of giving these kids something new, they have infectious personalities and attitudes,” said Venegas. “We made sure when they came back from break they would be able to enjoy a new place to create, build and explore.”

Ideal Group has spent more than $1.5 million in its partnerships with Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Holy Redeemer, Marygrove College and the University of Detroit Mercy. Additionally, the company provided jobs to Detroit youth as part of Mayor Mike Duggan’s Grow Detroit Young Talent initiative. DSC_1049

The dual enrollment and work study programs have helped more than 700 students graduate from Cristo Rey while receiving a quality education and foundation to impact the world around them according to Venegas.

“I care that these students get real-world experience while achieving in the classroom,” he said. “These kids light up a room and have such a great future ahead of them – being a part of that is special.”

Daniel A. Washington is a marketing and communications coordinator at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

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Brooks Kushman Shareholder Sangeeta Shah Named Among AIPLA’s 2016 Inaugural Women to Watch

Brooks Kushman shareholder Sangeeta G. Shah has been named a 2016 Woman to Watch by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)’s Women in IP Law Committee.

Shah was chosen amongst over a dozen other submissions on behalf of leading female attorneys across the nation. She was honored for her accomplishments, career successes, leadership and community involvement.

Shah serves as co-chair of the firm’s post grant proceedings practiced as well as the chief diversity officer. Her practice is primarily focused on post-grant challenges and patent opinions. She represents several Fortune 500 clients for whom she provides strategic counseling and guidance on their global IP portfolios. She is frequently called upon to counsel clients in developing best practices and strategic planning of their patent portfolios, including writing successful patent applications in complex and novel situations, in anticipation of possible future litigation.

Shah is not only a leader within the firm but within the community and legal profession as well. In 2012 she launched a literacy non-profit organization known as “Retooling Detroit,” which focuses on giving children in the Detroit Public Schools individualized instruction in order to bridge the literacy divide. She has also been instrumental in implementing several of the firm’s female empowerment efforts including an initiative in partnership with the Girl Scouts to promote STEM education among its members as well as a women’s global networking event in partnership with AIPLA.

AIPLA’s Women in IP Law Committee focuses on developing substantive and relevant programming that focuses on and promotes women in IP Law in addition to developing leadership opportunities within AIPLA for female members. The committee implemented the Women to Watch program in January of 2016. One woman is selected per quarter and featured in a quarterly publication.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today.

For more information, please visit http://www.BrooksKushman.com.