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Business Leaders Looks to Make Michigan a “Top Ten” State For Jobs

Michigan Business Beat
March 13, 2018 2:00 PM

Chris Holman welcomes President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, Doug Rothwell on this segment of Michigan Business Beat. They cover the complicated issue of not enough talent along with what needs to be done.

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Meet Dr. Phil Knight Host of Leadership Lowdown

Michigan Business Network
February 15, 2018 12:00 PM

Dr. Phil Knight has served as a Trainer with John Maxwell’s EQUIP, led international projects in cross cultural settings, consulted on national and statewide political campaigns, lobbied in DC, serve as a personal counselor to corporate leaders, coached entrepreneurs and owns two small businesses. He currently leads the state association representing all food banks in the state of Michigan. Phil brings his plethora of leadership experiences to Michigan Business Network - hosting Leadership Lowdown - and along with him are some amazing guests that tell their leadership story. 

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Innovation Studio Taking Tech Industry By Storm

Be Investable
November 9, 2017 9:00 AM

Rich Chang, the CEO of New Foundry joined Michael Melfi on the Be Investable podcast to talk about how New Foundry is taking the industry by storm, winning awards and growing - while serving amazing clients like Huntington, Sea Ray and Roush. New Foundry is an innovation studio that forges new ideas. Rich has been a part of the tech industry since the mid-90’s and he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. One of his companies helped build the backbone of the internet. Yes, you read that correct, the backbone to the internet. Rich talks about the highs and the lows of being a founder of a company. Listen in for his two takeaways from his journey. His wealth of knowledge reaches all levels of entrepreneurs!

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Coffee Energizes Leadership

Leadership Low Down
September 22, 2017 2:00 PM

On this episode of Leadership Low Down host Dr. Phil Knight talks with Mark and Paula Thompson. From Southern California to West Point to Iraq to Michigan these are the major stop overs for Mark and Paula. Mark is a corporate leader with Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan and Paula is an entrepreneur and the owner/operator of four Biggby coffee franchises.

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LEAN Leadership Track

The Leaning Edge
September 14, 2017 12:00 PM

The Leaning Edge welcomes Romell Green of MDHHS (OWDT) to talk about his experiences with the 7th Annual Michigan Lean Consortium Conference up in Traverse City back in August, and in depth his take-aways from participating in Friday's extra Leadership Track experience.

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Story of Growth, Success and Deep Appreciation for Mentors

Leadership Low Down
August 15, 2017 1:00 PM

Vic Verchereau is the Vice President of Marketing at Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan. Vic brings his inspiring story of growth, success and deep appreciation for the mentors in his early life to the Leadership Lowdown this week.

Vic rose through the ranks of FFA, Michigan Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Insurance as a dedicated and determined young leader, who would accept any challenge offered but one like all of us wondered at the both the goodness in his life and the nagging worries of would he be able to succeed. There is some nugget of truth and inspiration for everyone as Vic unveils his thoughts on leadership. 

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Timely Leadership Lessons for Women Small Business Owners

Business Next
August 14, 2017 2:00 PM

Michael Rogers interviews Cynthia Kay, a past chair of the Small Business Association of Michigan, to learn more about her book Stop Wishing. Stop Whining. Start Leading.: A No-Nonsense, Straight-Talk Guide for Women Who Aspire to Lead. From the Amazon description: Authors Cynthia Kay and Doreen Bolhuis, both creative and dynamic business owners, skip the fluff to tell you how it really is as they share tips on how to get ahead.

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Passion for Leadership Lights the Way for Jackson, MI, Entrepreneur

Leadership Low Down
July 14, 2017 3:00 PM

Brandon Marken is on to something, something big, potentially really big. He and his team have created an app that brings business and philanthropy together and works as a ‘gatekeeper’ for all those who are requesting your time.

Brandon is living a leader’s ultimate challenge, leading a team of talented, smart people who in their areas of expertise are more knowledgeable than he. 

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Stepping out into the creative unknown

Leadership Low Down
June 15, 2017 10:00 AM

Entrepreneurs like Lauryn Goodvich inspire us all to think about possibilities. Lauryn with her degree in marketing and business administration stepped out to create Lauryn Goodvich Photography. Her passion for creativity in her shoots sets her apart from most professional photographers. Listen to Lauryn speak candidly about overcoming fear in order to launch her own business. Her photography is featured in a children’s book and her photos of rescued animals are in high demand as well.

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Consumers Energy, Grand Valley State University Celebrate Opening of Leadership Center in Grand Rapids

Michigan Business Network
April 28, 2017 5:00 PM

Russell Leadership Center Named for Company’s Former CEO

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 28, 2017 – Officials from Consumers Energy and Grand Valley State University today celebrated the opening of the John G. Russell Leadership Center on the school’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, which will train the next generation of leaders for the energy provider.

“Consumers Energy has a 130-year history of serving Michigan. The new Russell Leadership Center is a vital example of the way we are preparing to continue that service for generations to come,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and chief executive officer. “This new center helps us take the next step as we work to leave our company, the city of Grand Rapids and our home state of Michigan better than we found them.”

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