1. Birth Detroit co-founder says opening during pandemic accelerated her “heart’s work”

    “Throughout my time at Michigan, I developed a unique tool box of technical and cultural skills, and grew a diverse network of relationships that undoubtedly prepared me for the work I am called to today.”
    ~ Leseliey Welch, MBA ’12

  2. Q&A: Alum Dave Kwiatkowski crafts a special cocktail for U-M Detroit

    “I think that people have realized that fine dining is not a fad. It’s not a trend. Fine drinking is not either, so I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere.”

    ~ Dave Kwiatkowski, owner of the Sugar House in Corktown

  3. Two-directional learning helps small businesses and students thrive

    Lily Hamburger says that DNEP’s presence in Detroit has generated trust and new projects, such as the DNEP+Impact Studio for Local Business, which helps entrepreneurs pivot in the post-pandemic economy.

  4. FIRST PERSON: Learning from Detroit businesses and fellow students

    “To maximize our impact, each team is focusing on one specific area of need so we can address that same problem in multiple companies and develop expertise in that area. As a result, we have eight teams: four focusing on marketing problems and four focusing on operations.”
    ~ Michael Willard

  5. Creating lasting impact through the Detroit Revitalization & Business Initiative

    I learned how to motivate my team as a leader, how to ask the right questions to ensure I’m developing the best deliverables for my client, and how to celebrate small wins in order to move toward larger goals. 

  6. Michigan Ross BBA alumni collaborating with other U-M alumni to invest in Detroit

    Justin Golden, BBA ‘02, has partnered with several other U-M alumni to start Greatwater Opportunity Capital, a real estate private equity investment management and development firm focused on providing housing in Detroit’s neighborhoods.

  7. Dr. Betty Chu: U-M alum leads Henry Ford Health System’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

    “The university — even though it’s nationally and internationally recognized — does have a commitment to the state and helping it improve. The university in my mind has always had a very strong commitment to public health and society.”
    ~ Dr. Betty Chu, MBA `13/MD `95, senior vice president, Henry Ford Health System

  8. optiMize-Detroit: Entrepreneur Jonae Maxey wants to make social impact through real estate 

    Jonae Maxey is working to change the “narrative of what Detroiters see when it comes to a landlord and real estate in general.” She also wants to set an example for other young Detroiters to stand up for the community and bring everyone together. 

  9. Detroit Impact Conference engages U-M students with city’s revitalization

    To understand Detroit’s transformation over the past decade, some say you need to visit the city in person to witness the vast changes. That message and enthusiasm for how young leaders can have a long-term impact on the city came through loud and clear at the Detroit Impact Conference.