Champions for Growth Category

OpTech’s Ronia Kruse Receives Global Detroit’s Corporate Impact Award

Posted on October 1st, 2019 in Champions for Growth, Detroit, International Students 

“Innovation cannot exist without the right talent,” says Ronia Kruse, president and CEO of OpTech, an award-winning talent solutions and technology firm specializing in enhancing Fortune 1000 and government organizations by providing innovative tailored solutions and elite industry talent.  Early in OpTech’s infancy as a [...]

Global Detroit’s 2019 Young Professional Arjun Venugopal moved to the United States from his native India in 2015. Like many international students, Arjun, a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering graduate from Wayne State University, was experiencing what most of us would consider a frustrating employment search.  “I had secured interviews [...]

Bank of America’s Tiffany Douglas Receives Global Detroit’s 2019 Corporate Leadership Award

What would you like the power to do? That is Bank of America’s rallying call and Tiffany Douglas and her colleagues take it seriously. As the company’s Senior Vice President and Market Executive for Michigan, Tiffany supports the Bank’s lines of business to deliver and [...]

Pam Lavers Receives Global Detroit’s 2019 Champion Award

Posted on September 9th, 2019 in Champions for Growth 

A passionate public servant with more than 23 years of service, newly retired Deputy County Executive of Macomb County Pam Lavers always wanted to work for the government. Hand-picked in 2011 by newly elected Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Lavers helped to set up his [...]

Be A part of Detroit’s Inclusive Future!

When Mayra Torres received a letter from her new landlord, it was her first notice that her house had been sold. Worried, she reached out to Raquel Garcia. As Global Detroit’s director of housing and special projects, Raquel serves as an invaluable resource to her [...]

Happy New Year! A look back at 2018 Milestones

By Alistair Kiyingi As immigration gridlocks our national government, Global Detroit is looking forward to 2019 with new energy, vision, and commitment around its work making our region an economically vibrant leader in integrating our immigrant potential in an economy that works for everyone.  Part [...]

Immigrants, Refugees, Veterans and Returning Citizens Take Advantage of Job Fair Geared To Them

Fatimah, a refugee from Yemen with years of experience teaching chemistry to high school students, arrived in Michigan two years ago. For the next 12 months, she applied for countless jobs in her field without success because she lacked the necessary proof of education or [...]

French Immigrant University of Michigan Professor, Gérard Morou Wins Nobel Prize in Physics!

On Tuesday 2nd October 2018, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,Stockholm, Sweden named Gérard Mourou, a University Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he has taught for over 16 years as a co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics. Professor Mourou [...]

The Detroit News editorial: Don’t close the door on refugees

Our Director Steve Tobocman’s recent editorial in The Detroit News makes the case for smart immigration policies that reinforce the United States national character as the world’s leading beacon for refuge, freedom, and safety. Last year - shortly after the Trump Administration announced its 2018 [...]

Glenn Stevens Believes Immigrants Are Essential To State’s Economy

Posted on September 18th, 2018 in Champions for Growth 

In a recent speech to the Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club, Glenn Stevens, Executive Director of MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber’s vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives, said, “I work in the economic development space, particularly with our automotive and mobility industries in [...]