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Walsh College invites area employers to "Internship Connection" on February 8

Walsh College will host over 30 area employers seeking candidates for student internships at its 2017 Internship Connection, scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the College’s Troy Campus, 3838 Livernois Road.

The event will give students the opportunity to network face to face with employers offering internships in professional careers, including accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, information technology, cybersecurity, sales, and general business.
Employers wishing to participate should contact careerservices@walshcollege.edu or call 248-823-1237.

“During the Internship Connection, students and employers can connect with each other in order to discuss internships and to explore employment opportunities,” said Brenda Paine, director of Career Services, Walsh College. “Internships can provide insight into one’s career field and also provides a way for students to evaluate companies and positions related to their career goals.”

Students planning to attend the event should dress professionally, bring résumés, and research the attending companies that interest them in advance of the event.

For a list of attending companies and more information on this event, visit www.walshcollege.edu/InternshipConnection.

The region's largest one-day human resources conference will take place March 16 in Novi

The  American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, will hold its 14th annual Human Resource Conference and Workshops (formerly known as People, Profit, Progress Conference and Workshops) on Thursday, March 16 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The event attracts more than 350 attendees and is the region’s largest one-day Human Resources conference.

“This year’s conference is about empowering HR,” Corrado said. “We have developed a wide variety of sessions that are fitting across the HR profession including topics in HR innovation, compliance, organizational strategy, and talent acquisition.  I am very excited about the top-notch line-up of speakers we have secured.”

Keynote speakers are Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt, Founders, Talent Anarchy and John U. Bacon, Best-Selling Author, Public Speaker, Radio Commentator & Teacher.

The Talent Anarchy keynote is not for the faint of heart. They will provoke, entertain, educate, and inspire.  Jason and Joe share a passion for public speaking and began speaking together as a team in 2006. They found speaking to be a great platform to promote change. In 2007, they chose the name Talent Anarchy to represent both the style and purpose of their work.  In time, speaking alone wasn’t enough to satisfy Jason and Joe’s desire to drive real change. In 2011, they published their first book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships, which is also the title of their keynote.

Bacon has authored or coauthored eight books on sports and business including Walgreens: America’s Corner Store, Cirque du Soleil: The Spark, and Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership.  In 2011, the Michigan Chapter of Meeting Planners International (MMPI) named him “Speaker of the Year.” John Bacon teaches at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and at the University of Michigan.  His keynote is entitled “Doing HR Better and Liking it More.”

Conference topics and breakout sessions include:
  • Metatrends in Human Resources
  • Surviving an Organizational Restructure
  • Trends, Tools, and Techniques of Recruitment
  • He Said, She Said, Who is More Credible?
  • Hacking HR: Pursuing Progress Through Deviation
  • Employee Recognition – The Most Underutilized Tool in Employee Engagement
  • Pre-Employment Testing – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Employers?
  • Delivering a More Strategic HR Function
  • Creating High Leverage Organizations
  • Building Your Talent Pipeline – 10 Practical Tools
  • Accommodate What? A Human Resource Perspective on Managing the ADA
For a complete conference agenda and registration information, please visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Metro Detroit manufacturers can apply for new apprenticeship training grants

Metro Detroit manufacturers can benefit from a new grant program designed to reduce training costs and increase the number of apprentices in the Michigan Advanced Technician Training program.
The Michigan Talent Investment Agency is hosting a webinar at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, to explain the benefits of the program.
“Michigan employers have the opportunity to invest in the next generation of skilled technicians by offering training designed to meet their company’s unique needs,” TIA Director Wanda M. Stokes said.
“The cutting-edge MAT2 apprenticeship program has a proven track record of success, including providing a wide array of employer benefits such as increased productivity and knowledge transfer, a skilled talent pipeline and enhanced retention.”
The MAT2 Employer Training Grants are $5,000 per student and are for employers who have students enrolled at a MAT2 college, which in southeast Michigan are Oakland Community College and Henry Ford College. Employers must also register their student with the U.S. Department of Labor.
MAT2 is the state’s effort to address Michigan’s skills gaps in manufacturing by partnering with community colleges and local employers to offer free student apprenticeships.
MAT2 helps students avoid debt by earning tuition-free associate degrees while simultaneously getting paid to gain on-the-job experience in high-paying, high-demand advanced manufacturing careers.
Employers have said recruiting young people into the trades and training them in their company’s way of operating is a key value of the MAT2 program. There are now 122 MAT2 students and 44 companies across Michigan.
To make the MAT2 grant application process easier, business services staff with local Michigan Works! agencies partner with employers and will submit grant applications to the TIA on their behalf. Applications for MAT2 Employer Training Grants may be submitted through Sept. 30, 2017.
Eligible companies that team with their local Michigan Works! agency will need to submit a copy of their MAT2 Employer Training Plan, proof of tuition payment and a copy of their firm’s USDOL Certification Letter. The grant is a one-time award of $5,000 per student.
TIA’s Jan. 26 webinar will focus on the excellent return on investment that MAT2 delivers as an industry-developed, dual-education training program.
The goal is to enlist more metro Detroit businesses into the program and recruit more students who recognize the importance of apprenticeships as the way to transfer knowledge and skills from retiring workers to new workers.
Keynote speakers in the Jan. 26 webinar include:
  • Harold Snyder, test lab supervisor at FTE Automotive USA Inc., who will explain how FTE has successfully applied for MAT2 Employer Training Grants and how FTE is closing the skills gap with MAT2 apprentices.
  • Jennifer Llewellyn, Oakland County Michigan Works! director, who will discuss the importance of workforce development and apprenticeships in the metro Detroit region.
  • Denise Van Hee, Oakland County Michigan Works! business services manager, who will guide prospective employers on how best to utilize the MAT2 Employer Training Grants.
To register for the webinar and learn more about the MAT2 Employer Training Grants email wda-mat2@michigan.gov.

Magnet Consulting introduces The Mettle Foundry featuring The Forge

Professional, career development has taken on an exciting new twist at Magnet Consulting’s ‘The Mettle Foundry,’ now open in Rochester Hills. 

The Mettle Foundry is a professional development center built on the idea that true leadership is unfinished, rough, and beautifully flawed. The goal at TMF is to examine professional strengths and weaknesses in a fun, productive setting to refine and fortify authentic mettle as an individual or team.

The Mettle Foundry features ‘The Forge’, a problem solving room similar to the escape rooms that are growing in popularity across the country. Unique to The Forge is that it is staffed by trained behaviorists and psychologists who observe and evaluate team and individual behavior. 

Each Forge session will include pre-consultation with one of Magnet Consulting’s behavioral experts, an onsite post-Forge class on whatever was the biggest concern for that team, and behavioral reports for the team and each individual. Teams walk away with tools for better communication, problem solving, conflict management and success. 

“We believe that better people equals business success,” said Sandy Fiaschetti, Ph.D., Magnet Consulting Co-Founder. “The professionals at Magnet Consulting have spent decades assisting companies with their employee selection, team and leader development, and corporate culture. It was a natural flow for us to create a dedicated space for our clients and the community to sharpen their talents and develop more tools for success.”

In addition to The Forge, The Mettle Foundry will also offer career development workshops, internship training and bootcamps, staff retreats and individual on-site coaching. 

“Based upon the response of the community as we have previewed The Mettle Foundry, I’m excited to launch Intern Bootcamp this summer. Intern Bootcamp is the last, and possibly most important, camp a parent will send their high-school senior or pre-college student to 17-22 to and the first place an employer will send a new intern,” said Nicole Lentz, Magnet Consulting Co-Founder. “Here, students will have a week simulation of ‘real work’ and receive real-time feedback on their performance. They will also learn the practical aspects of work that so often are overlooked, like office etiquette, scheduling conference calls, how to talk on that call, and much more.” 

Sandy Fiaschetti, PhD and Nicole Lentz, MSF founded Magnet Consulting in 2012, bringing together both organizational psychology and financial experience from automotive, international, and regional industries to clients across the country.

Magnet Consulting works with businesses and municipalities helping them achieve their goals through proven scientific methods of workplace selection and development. Magnet Consulting’s passion is to engage each individual within an organization from the time of hire through the entire career.

The Mettle Foundry, Magnet Consulting’s onsite development facility, is located at 455 South Livernois Road Suite C12 in Rochester Hills, MI. For more information, visit www.themettlefoundry.com.

Bloomfield Hills marketing firm expands services


Rain BDM of Bloomfield Hills, a business development and marketing consultancy for attorneys and law firms, has expanded its digital services. John Reed, ESQ, Rain BDM founder and chief consultant, made the announcement.

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Oakland University professor examines evolution of infectious disease with NIH grant


The National Institutes of Health has awarded Fabia Battistuzzi, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Biological Sciences at Oakland University, a $417,286 grant that will allow her to examine the evolution of infectious diseases while laying the groundwork for the development of new drug-based treatments that could help to save thousands of lives. 

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OU/WSU partnership expands to include political science students pursuing bachelor's, law degrees


Political Science majors at Oakland University can now earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years through the university’s existing partnership with Wayne State University Law School.

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Oakland County CISO garners national award

Oakland County’s Chief Information Security Officer Chris Burrows received national recognition for making a difference in cybersecurity. He was among a handful of 2016 “Difference Makers” whom the SANS Institute honored at its Defense Initiative Training Event in Washington D.C. The Difference Makers award “celebrates those individuals whose innovation, skill and hard work have resulted in real increases in information security.”

“This is a banner year for Chris,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Back in October, the Michigan Government Management Information Sciences (MI-GMIS) organization named him Michigan’s IT Professional of the Year. Now, he is among a dozen individuals recognized nationally for advancing information security. We are proud to have him as a member of our team.” 

The SANS Institute said in a press release that “Burrows drove improvements in basic security hygiene, including elimination of unneeded administrative privileges and resolving all critical vulnerabilities within 48 hours. In addition to his CISO duties, he volunteers as a Team Leader in the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, which is a group of experienced cybersecurity experts who individually volunteer to provide assistance to the state of Michigan in times of emergency. Burrows has CISSP and GICSP certification and has served on international IT Security Standard Boards.”

“It is gratifying to have our hard work recognized both on a state and national level in the same year,” Burrows said. “But this award is the result of a lot of initiative and innovation by our IT Department team.”

Burrows joined Oakland County in 2013 bringing more than a quarter century of experience from the private sector including in risk management, information security, and IT operations. In a few short years, he has created Oakland County’s first IT risk and security program. Plus, he helped implement CySAFE, a free IT risk assessment tool Oakland County makes available to other governments and businesses in the cloud. CySAFE has been downloaded in all 50 states.

Burrows also has provided leadership and guidance as a security advocate for other Michigan counties seeking to build or enhance their IT security including Washtenaw, Wayne, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe. He is working with local universities including Oakland University and Walsh College to help them identify relevant content for their cyber security programs. In addition, he is creating his own course called “Current Issues in Cyber Security” which he will begin teaching at Walsh College.

“Chris’s leadership in the IT Department has transformed the way we think about cyber security,” said Deputy County Executive and CIO Phil Bertolini. “Not only is he having an impact on Oakland County, but he is also sharing his insight and best practices around the region.”

Burrows, 45, lives in Commerce Township with his wife Heather and two children. He holds a MBA from Lawrence Technological University, BSBA from Central Michigan University, along with numerous technical certifications including a CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional).

About SANS Institute 
The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (http://www.sans.org)

Continental Inc. partners with DigiLens on augmented reality displays


Auburn Hills-based international technology company Continental has entered a strategic partnership with holographic projection technology leader DigiLens Inc., to develop ultra-thin Augmented Reality Head-up Displays for the automotive industry.

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'Santa's Flight Academy' elf costumes made by Detroit Sewn


Santa’s Flight Academy debuted this season in 12 Taubman shopping centers across the United States, including Michigan malls at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi. Bloomfield Hills-based Taubman partnered with Pontiac-based Detroit Sewn for the elf costumes for employees on the Santa’s Flight Academy sets at all 12 malls. 

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Waterford native provides a variety of running gear at shop


Paul Coughlin and his staff at the three locations of Runnin’ Gear want to see, touch and even smell your old running and athletic shoes.

Don’t worry, they have a good reason. Simply put, it is the best way to ensure that the next pair of running shoes you purchase is indeed a perfect fit.

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100 Businesses Who Care launches in Southeast Michigan

100 Businesses Who Care is a group of 100 top decision-makers from southeast Michigan who want to make an impact on the local community. By combining donations from each member, 100 Businesses Who Care fuels the critical work being done by local nonprofits to expand their services and further their support and role in making a difference.
The idea is simple. Each member (company or individual contributor) commits to donating $500 at a bi-annual meeting, and receives an opportunity to nominate and vote for one 501(c)(3) non-profit to support. Each meeting will begin with networking, allowing like-minded business leaders to collaborate. With 100 members, $500 individual donations will combine to create an impactful $50,000 donation to the non-profit organization voted upon by the group.  Essentially, this is a foundation for face-to-face “crowd funding.”
As the group grows beyond 100 members, so will its contribution to the community.  100 Businesses Who Care also provides a unique opportunity for members to connect and network with like-minded businesses in southeast Michigan.  Additionally, this is an exceptional platform for three non-profits at each meeting to get incredible exposure and educate an audience of top influencers on their missions.

“100 Businesses Who Care offers a simple, yet powerful strategy for local businesses to give back to non-profit organizations and the people they serve in Southeast Michigan,” said Amy Whipple, co-founder of Purple Squirrel Advisors, 100 Women Who Care, and founding member of 100 Businesses Who Care. “The efficient 2-hour bi-annual meetings  will give members an opportunity to make a significant impact on the community.” 
100 Businesses Who Care is modeled after the success of 100 Women Who Care – Greater Rochester, an organization of 250 women that has gifted over $250,000 to 14 different local organizations and have inspired the creation  of many similar groups. The founding members recognized that this unique and efficient giving model could be replicated for the business community to make a significant financial impact on a deserving non-profit.
100 Businesses Who Care’s current Founding Members and Advisory Board consists of influential and reputable business leaders around Southeast Michigan from a variety of industries and geographic locations including: Amy Whipple (Purple Squirrel Advisors), Carrie Schochet (Purple Squirrel Advisors), Bob Quigley (Renaissance Executive Forums), Steve Benedettini (Spalding DeDecker), Sarah Knapp (SK Consulting), Kevin Krason (BizNet Digital), Joe DiCresce (Marsh & McLennan Agency), Tim Nasso (The Nasso Group) Mayor Bryan Barnett (City of Rochester Hills), Chris Bayer (Bayloff Stamped Products), Deb Behring (JB Cutting), Paul Edwards (Plante Moran), Jason and Amy Hanley (OrangeTheory Fitness), Gina Mangold (Holiday Market), Tim O’Brien (O’Brien Construction Co.), Evans Panton (EDP Management), Gretchen Perkins (Huron Capital Partners), Brian Rolfe (Kemp Klein), and David Walker (Hartland Insurance).
“I am thrilled to see 100 Businesses Who Care launch in our community,” said Bryan Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills. “This group exemplifies the overwhelming generosity of our community and highlights the wonderful tradition our business community has created of giving back to those in need. I am supremely proud of all involved in this philanthropic effort and look forward to hearing the stories of the lives that will be changed as like-minded businesses collaborate and give back.”
100 Businesses Who Care’s first meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 15th from 7:30-9:30am at the Troy Community Center. Be a part of the philanthropic revolution.  Find out more and fill out the commitment form at: http://100businesseswhocare.com/join/ 
About 100 Businesses Who Care
100 Businesses Who Care is a group of businesses and business leaders  committed to making an impact on the local community through an efficient and effective philanthropic strategy. Modeled after the successful efforts of 100 Women Who Care-Greater Rochester, each member of 100 Businesses Who Care commits to donating $500 at a bi-annual meeting, and receives an opportunity to nominate and vote for one 501(c)(3) non-profit to support. Connecting like-minded businesses in southeast Michigan, each $500 donation multiplies into an impactful $50,000 donation to the non-profit organization voted upon by the group. For more information on 100 Businesses Who Care, visit: http://100businesseswhocare.com

Beaumont Hospital unveils renovated cardiac lab in Farmington Hills


As part of an ongoing $160 million expansion plan, Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills has opened its updated Cardiac Catheterization Lab, which was taken out of service in mid-October to install an advanced imaging system.  

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Mayor Barnett attended Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship


Mayor Bryan K. Barnett joined mayors from around the nation at the fourth annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Barnett was among hundreds of mayors across the county that came together to explore how cities can make entrepreneurial opportunities available to all.

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2016 Women's Leadership Conference, "Leading with Purpose"

Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) hosted its second Women’s Leadership Conference, “Leading with Purpose”. The event was held Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 11:00 AM to 3:30PM at Greektown Casino Hotel located in Detroit, MI.

APACC’S Women’s Leadership Conference was a half-day event of inspiration and empowerment designed with ALL women in mind. The event was Chaired by Linglong He, CIO of Quicken Loans and the keynote speaker was Mina Sooch, President and CEO, Gemphire Therapeutics and CoFounder and Managing Director, Apjohn Ventures.

This was the second time APACC hosted a women’s conference with the premiere event being held in 2014. This year, the event offered attendees a choice of two of four breakout sessions designed to help them grow both personally and professionally.

Breakout session titled, “You’re THE One”, sponsored by Kyyba, Inc. with presentation by Julie Booksh, Licensed Professional Counselor helped attendees learn to be the biggest cheerleader of themselves and assisted in ways to articulate your strength at work.

Breakout session titled, “Grow Your Value”, sponsored by Quicken Loans with presentation by Kristina Kolbas, Senior Vice President, IT Client Platforms, Quicken Loans discussed with attendees ideas on how to elevate their career to next level.

Breakout session titled, “Steps to Financial Security”, sponsored by Comerica Bank consisted of a panel of Comerica Bank experts including Barton Burns, V.P. Wealth Planning Manager, Mary Nichols, V.P. Senior Wealth Advisor, Lee Lien, V.P. Senior Investment Strategist which guided attendees on taking the right steps in planning their financial future.

Breakout session titled, “Reprogram Yourself for Work Life Balance”, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan with presentation by Cindy Bjorkquist, Director of Health and Wellness, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan encouraged attendees with suggestions on how to handle work, home life and personal goals.

The Crystal Sponsor for this event was Quicken Loans, Wisdom Sponsor - Comerica Bank, Energizing Sponsor - Federal-Mogul Corporation, Enlightening Sponsor - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Inspiring Sponsor - Kyyba Inc., Event Sponsors - Acro Service CorporationDTE EnergyFord Motor Company & General Motors, Keepsake Sponsor - Gardner-White Furniture, Media Sponsor - Corp! Magazine and the Magazine Sponsor – Dbusiness.

For more information about APACC, please visit www.apacc.net or call 248-430-5855.

APACC's mission is to facilitate business relationships among Asian and U.S. based companies and to promote the economic advancement of Asian Pacific Americans.
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