CEO and local Jewish historian headline 12th annual Women in Leadership Summit

Nipa Shah, founder & CEO of Jenesys Group, LLC, will be the keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Workplace Diversity Forum – Women in Leadership Summit. This event, sponsored by the Oakland County Employment Diversity Council (OCEDC), will be held on Friday, June 20 from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Oakland Schools Conference Center. Jenesys Group is an online marketing company and a Woman Business Enterprise. It is certified as a minority company.

The summit will also feature a special civil rights presentation by historian and author Judith Levin Cantor. Her writings include “Jews in Michigan: Discovering the Peoples of Michigan”; “Letter from the Jewish Community,” included in the Detroit 300 Tricentennial Time Capsule; and the “Michigan Jewry” entry in the Encyclopedia Judaica. Cantor has served as president of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan. She also has served as a board member of Preservation Wayne, the Historical Society of Michigan, and the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame.

In addition to the featured speakers, there will be a dynamic interactive panel discussion with Laurie Van Pelt, director of management & budget for Oakland County; Brenda Lawrence, mayor of the City of Southfield; and Elizabeth J. Carlson, president, management division of Beztak Properties. The topics they will focus on include:

  • Mentors, Champions and Coaches – Best Practice
  • Personal Success Stories – Positive Influences on the Road to Success
  • Struggles, Passion, Commitment, Work Ethic – Necessary Tools?
  • Culture, Environment, Climate – For You to Strive
  • Pay It Forward – Helping Others on their Journey to Success

Single tickets are $50; five or more are $45 each; and 10 tickets are $400. Registration remains open until the day of the event at For more information, call Joi Cunningham or Willetrea Washington at (248) 736-8865 or email Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Call or email Frank Russell at (248) 858-5204 or for details.

Oakland Schools is located at 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. A light continental breakfast and a delicious buffet style lunch will also be available.

The OCEDC exists to help increase awareness of diversity in the workplace and to assist in building an inclusive work environment. It is a leader in creating forums to advance employment diversity for governmental agencies, private business, community service agencies and residents. To learn more, visit