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Wednesday, 5 February, 2014 11:12 AM

'Calculating Your Return on Investment' (ROI) discussed at 18th Annual Women and Leadership in the Workplace Conference

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

From left to right: Kim Dzierzawski, Arrow Strategies who was the moderator; Dr. Sheryl McGriff, University of Detroit Mercy; Amelia Tomasi, Art Van Furniture, Elizabeth Joliffe, Your Benchmark Coach; and Glenda Lewis, WXYZ-TV.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- The 18th Annual Women and Leadership the Workplace Conference was held on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Mich. This program promotes high professional standards, encourages leadership, provides education and equal advantages for women who demonstrates excellence in their professions. It is a day to celebrate business leaders of today and tomorrow. A panel discussion included some prominent women from several different professions who discussed the topic of ROI (Return on Investment).

Jennifer Kluge, President of Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA), welcomed and introduced all of the guests.

Sandra Pierce, Chairman and CEO of First Merit Bank, had a conversation about calculating our return on investment. "What does that mean? How does that relate to all of us? The answer is payback on an investment. First you have to do a self-assessment. If there is a disconnect between the core values of yourself and the company, then you're in the wrong company. If there's not a fit, you are not gonna be happy and the company is not gonna be happy with you," says Pierce.

She talked about value. Your value. That is a powerful return on investment. She also mentioned Steve Jobs. "He is a guy who took risks. Sometimes you have to have the courage to take risks and take advantage of every opportunity. Also when you are calculating your self-worth, YOU are the most important part of that equation."

There was a question and answer session along with a panel discussion which included such guests as: Kim Dzierzawski, Arrow Strategies who was the moderator; Dr. Sheryl McGriff, University of Detroit Mercy; Amelia Tomasi, Art Van Furniture, Elizabeth Joliffe, Your Benchmark Coach; and Glenda Lewis, WXYZ-TV.

Lewis says return on investment is rooted in your experience. Elizabeth added that self-assessment was brought up. "Look at your strengths. Invest in developing these qualities." Tomasi said that satisfaction is key on the job. "First, identify and be an advocate for your personal satisfaction."

Dr. McGriff noted that knowledge, skills and abilities are also key. "Take advantage of every opportunity. Continuous life-long learning sets you apart. Skills make you more marketable. Willingness and openness to learn is a critical skill for growth," she explained.

Integrity can make such a difference in your career. Whenever there is an opportunity, just say "yes" and it will turn into a learning experience. Being prepared with a higher education prepares you for the opportunity that comes up.

Lewis concluded that the news business is very male dominated, but the culture has changed in the last few years. She says to continue to assert yourself and you can deliver it the way men can. "Who you are is all you have. Stick to your principles and don't change who you are."

The next event from the Michigan Business & Professional Association will be the "West Michigan 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" on May 8 at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, Mich. That will be followed by "Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies To Work For" on Sept. 23 at The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. For more information or to register for these events, visit www.michbusiness.org.

Related Stories: Margery Krevsky, Carol Goss among the honorees at 15th Annual Women's Leadership Conference; PHOTOS: 10th Annual Women and Leadership in the Workplace Conference

 


 
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MBPA President Jennifer Kluge welcomed everyone

 

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Keynote speaker Sandra Pierce, Chairman & CEO of FirstMerit Michigan

 

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Exhibit Gallery

 

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It was also a great time for networking...

 

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Booths from St. John Providence Health System, STAPLES, MGM Grand Detroit, DTE Energy, Clark Hill, Corp! Magazine and more.

 

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