4 February 2005 :: 12:12 pm
Honored at 10th Annual Women's Conference
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com
Granholm was the featured speaker at the 10th Annual Women and Leadership
in the Workplace Conference.
Many local women were
honored at the 10th Annual Women and Leadership in the Workplace
Conference. It took place on March 8th at the Burton Manor in Livonia,
MI. The theme of the event was "Ten Pillars of Leadership:
Lessons from a Decade of Dedication."
Among the honorees are
Gail Torreano (President - AT&T Michigan), Carmen Harlan (Anchor
- WDIV Channel 4), Anne Stevens (Executive VP - Ford Motor Company),
Marianne Udow (Dir. of Michigan Human Services), Sherry Washington
(Founder - Sherry Washington Gallery) and Rosa Parks (Civil Rights
The featured speaker
was Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. She is the 47th governor
of the State of Michigan. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia
and holds degrees from the University of California at Berekely
and the Harvard Law School.
Gov. Granholm reports,
"In 2004, Michigan was the #1 state for women in cabinet
positions. We all care about a robust economy. We still have some
miles to go for women to exercise leadership. Women care about what's
next for Michigan."
Jennifer Granholm realizes
that Michigan has been losing jobs, most of them from the manufacturing
sector. She announces, "We are in a challenged moment.
I understand we are in a transition. What are we going to do as
leaders to take action? We have the most detailed economic plan
in the country. Including $600 million in tax cuts for auto companies
so they can deal with the victims of globalization. We gotta train
those who have left as victims. I've divided the state into 13 regions."
The Governor adds, "Michigan
has a 6.2% unemployment rate. We will use community colleges and
train them. I plan to accelerate infrastructure by upgrading roads,
bridges, clean polluted sites. We are going to build and rebuild
our state. We are going to spend $3.4 billion investing in Michigan."
Mrs. Granholm said that
our state, Michigan, has very low debt. It is the "3rd
best managed state in the U.S." She plans on creating
a workforce for the future. The Governor wants to send a message
to kids that they have to go beyond high school.
local women were honored and received awards
Harlan is among one of Detroit's most beloved news anchors. She
has been working at WDIV Channel 4 since 1978. Currently, she co-anchors
the 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with her partner Devin
Scillian. She has carried the Olympic torch twice. Harlan is involved
in many local organizations and charities.
was in attendance to accept the award for Distinguished Service
in the Media Category. Upon accepting her award, she said, "Women
have so many choices today. I was told at an early age to study
communications. Women are branching out in many ways. Our homeland
security starts at home. We are the front lines. My daughter is
here. I wanted to say thank you for this wonderful honor."
Stevens is the Executive Vice President of the Ford Motor Co. She
also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Americas. She
is the first female Vice President in the history of the automaker.
She has a bachelor's degree from Drexel University.
was there to accept the award for Distinguished Service in the Professional
Category. After receiving her award, she said, "Every
single woman is a leader in their own right. Go for your dream because
you can have it!"
Torreano is the President of AT&T Michigan. She has been working
with AT&T since 1991 when it was Michigan Bell at the time.
She's also worked for John Engler in Lansing ad was the Chairwoman
of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from
Central Michigan University.
was on hand to accept the Distinguished Service award in the Business
Category. Upon accepting her award, she said, "This
is truly a humbling experience and one I never thought I'd receive.
My last word to you is how critical it is to have teams. I started
out with my father who is my mentor. 13,000 employees. That's what
this is about."
Udow is the Director of Michigan's Dept. of Human Services. She
was appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2004. She also served
as Senior Vice President of Health Care Products and Provider Services
for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
was in attendance to accept the award for Distinguished Service
in the Human Services Category. Upon accepting her award, she said,
"Many of you have been a mentor to me. I feel incredibly
grateful to hear those stories. My boss, Governor Granholm, inspires
me. Really it's a recognition of all of us."
Washington is the founder of the Sherry Washington Gallery. The
SWG opened in 1989 in Downtown Detroit. It provides quality art
to corporations, national and local museums as well as private collectors.
She also founded the BWW Group Inc. which is a consulting firm.
Washington graduated from the University of Michigan.
was there to accept the award for Distinguished Service in the Small
Business category. After receiving her award, she said, "Thank
you to my family. I am loyal to this Detroit community. It's great
that Detroit has so much to celebrate."
Parks won the Distinguished Service Award for Civic and Community
Involvement. On Dec. 1, 1955, she was arrested for refusing to give
up her seat on a bus to a white man. She is known as the "Mother
of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement." Sadly, she passed
away in 2005. Her legacy lives on...
Denise Anne Taylor was
the presenter of this seminar during the 10th Annual Women and Leadership
in the Workplace conference. She is a protocol and etiquette consultant
for Competitive Advantage, Inc. She received a degree from the Oakland
University in Rochester Hills, MI.
Taylor gave the audience
tips for meeting someone in a professional business setting. She
said, "Our behavior is never an accident. It takes
2.8 seconds to make a first impression. A handshake can be judged
favorably or unfavorable. We tend to lose our ability to connect
with others. We're not really present with the person."
She introduced the term
"elevator pitch." During this two to three minute introduction
that you would have with another person, you should be able to:
Tell what it is that you are able to do. You should be able to describe
your unique ability. It's going beyond just your name and the company
you work for.
Denise Anne Taylor reports,
"We do live more isolated lives. If you join a group,
you cut your risk of death in half. Social connectivity is integral
to all of us as human beings. The person who has extended their
hand first has control. The business card exchange should be done
up front. Face it to them. Read the business card to them."
Practical Guide to a Mentoring Relationship
was three panelists and one moderator in this seminar about building
a relationship with a mentor. Cherryl Thames, Founder & CEO
of Hidden Treasures was the moderator. The panelists included Vernice
Davis Anthony, President & CEO of the Greater Detroit Area Health
Council; Deidre Bounds, Managing Partner of Brogan & Partners;
Elaine Baker, President of Baker Consulting.
Bounds describes who you should choose to be your mentor. She said,
"I think it's important to work with someone who shares
some of the traits you have but is a little more mature. You're
learning from one another."
Baker adds, "Mentors like to be approached. When you
say 'Let's have coffee' they will be more open. It's important for
the individual to know what you're expectations are. They will help
you find resources and give practical advice."
you find a good mentor, how do you build your relationship with
them? Vernice Davis Anthony explains, "Respect their
time and value it. Not to use the time to complain. That's not the
purpose of the mentor. Keep the relationship dynamic and moving."
Bounds said, "You understand who they are and know
their values. Nine times out of ten, we know someone who knows somebody
else that would be a great mentor. Sometimes it's coming out of
your comfort zone. Approaching them in a way that is not condescending."
Here for more Pictures from the 10th Annual Women
and Leadership in the Workplace Conference.