Monique Phillips, CEO, MP Consulting Group    Monique Phillips proudly serves as the Founder and CEO of MP Consulting Group, where her primary goal is to deliver exceptional grants and professional writing services to her clients. Formed under one primary premise, to exhibit her passion for all things writing, Monique ascertains the power and influence good writing can have on communities and society at large. Monique has served as a fundraiser for national non-profits, and current serves as a fundraiser for the City of Detroit. 

Monique Phillips, CEO, MP Consulting Group

Monique Phillips proudly serves as the Founder and CEO of MP Consulting Group, where her primary goal is to deliver exceptional grants and professional writing services to her clients. Formed under one primary premise, to exhibit her passion for all things writing, Monique ascertains the power and influence good writing can have on communities and society at large. Monique has served as a fundraiser for national non-profits, and current serves as a fundraiser for the City of Detroit. 

  Kate Cherry,   Program Director, Connect Detroit   For the past 14 years, Kate has helped Detroit-area nonprofits develop their programs and funding. In that time, Kate has helped launch a dozen innovative projects, raised about $30 million for community improvement work, and put countless agencies on the road to their strategic futures. Her specialty is organizing people and information – from a single grant team to a whole agency – for alignment and impact. Simply put, Kate loves creating social impact, and is always looking for new ways to realize her passion. 

Kate Cherry, Program Director, Connect Detroit

For the past 14 years, Kate has helped Detroit-area nonprofits develop their programs and funding. In that time, Kate has helped launch a dozen innovative projects, raised about $30 million for community improvement work, and put countless agencies on the road to their strategic futures. Her specialty is organizing people and information – from a single grant team to a whole agency – for alignment and impact. Simply put, Kate loves creating social impact, and is always looking for new ways to realize her passion. 

  Rachel Decker, Founder, Detroit Philanthropy   Rachel is passionate about helping others, and more importantly, passionate about making connections, solving problems and creating impact in our community. Prior to founding Detroit Philanthropy, Rachel spent nearly two decades in the nonprofit sector serving in various leadership roles responsible for fundraising and marketing.  Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the HAVEN Foundation where she oversaw all fundraising initiatives in support of ongoing operations, and successfully completed the agency’s largest capital campaign, which funded HAVEN’s new headquarters. She has also worked Vista Maria, the Detroit Police Athletic League, Common Ground and the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence.   

Rachel Decker, Founder, Detroit Philanthropy

Rachel is passionate about helping others, and more importantly, passionate about making connections, solving problems and creating impact in our community. Prior to founding Detroit Philanthropy, Rachel spent nearly two decades in the nonprofit sector serving in various leadership roles responsible for fundraising and marketing.  Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the HAVEN Foundation where she oversaw all fundraising initiatives in support of ongoing operations, and successfully completed the agency’s largest capital campaign, which funded HAVEN’s new headquarters. She has also worked Vista Maria, the Detroit Police Athletic League, Common Ground and the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence.

 

 
  Derrin Leppek, Center of Social Entrepreneurship, University of Detroit Mercy    Derrin Leppek previously served as Managing Director of Place-Based Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Coach at Tech Town, where he initiated the SWOT City program, and more recently served as Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Macomb Community College. He currently services as the Director for the Center of Social Entrepreneurship at University of Detroit Mercy, helping businesses and non-profits learn models of social enterprise. 

Derrin Leppek, Center of Social Entrepreneurship, University of Detroit Mercy

Derrin Leppek previously served as Managing Director of Place-Based Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Coach at Tech Town, where he initiated the SWOT City program, and more recently served as Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Macomb Community College. He currently services as the Director for the Center of Social Entrepreneurship at University of Detroit Mercy, helping businesses and non-profits learn models of social enterprise. 

  Edward Foxworth III, Founder and CEO of APEX Leadership Academy   Edward Foxworth III is an Entrepreneur, Author and Educator. Having had a successful career in Broadcast Media, as a Television Host of a show called “StreetBeat” on CBS Detroit, American Entrepreneur on “The Impact Network” and as a Freelance Broadcast Journalist on “Radio One Detroit”, Foxworth is now Founder and Head Coach of APEX Leadership Academy.  Committed to lifelong learning, he founded this nonprofit organization as a means for delivering Professional Development and Corporate Training workshops both online and face-to-face. For more than 15 years, he has held several nonprofit executive positions including Community Affairs Director with the YMCA in Charlotte, N.C. and Detroit, MI., as well as Executive Director of the Detroit Police Athletic League. 

Edward Foxworth III, Founder and CEO of APEX Leadership Academy

Edward Foxworth III is an Entrepreneur, Author and Educator. Having had a successful career in Broadcast Media, as a Television Host of a show called “StreetBeat” on CBS Detroit, American Entrepreneur on “The Impact Network” and as a Freelance Broadcast Journalist on “Radio One Detroit”, Foxworth is now Founder and Head Coach of APEX Leadership Academy.

Committed to lifelong learning, he founded this nonprofit organization as a means for delivering Professional Development and Corporate Training workshops both online and face-to-face. For more than 15 years, he has held several nonprofit executive positions including Community Affairs Director with the YMCA in Charlotte, N.C. and Detroit, MI., as well as Executive Director of the Detroit Police Athletic League. 

  Lashonda Cooley, Accountant   LaShonda Cooley was born and raised in the city of Detroit and graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a degree in Accounting. She has 23 years of professional accounting experience serving non-profit organizations, large corporations, financial and educational institutions, and small businesses. She is most passionate about the services she offers small businesses and organizations including understanding and managing grant budgets in accordance with terms and conditions set forth by sponsoring agencies; identifying the appropriate business structure and maintaining complete and accurate financial records and helping some businesses and organizations understand their tax obligations and preparing tax returns.

Lashonda Cooley, Accountant

LaShonda Cooley was born and raised in the city of Detroit and graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a degree in Accounting. She has 23 years of professional accounting experience serving non-profit organizations, large corporations, financial and educational institutions, and small businesses. She is most passionate about the services she offers small businesses and organizations including understanding and managing grant budgets in accordance with terms and conditions set forth by sponsoring agencies; identifying the appropriate business structure and maintaining complete and accurate financial records and helping some businesses and organizations understand their tax obligations and preparing tax returns.

 
  Ursula Adams, The Red-Yellow Collective Management Consulting Firm   Ursula Adams, MSPOD, is on a mission to create the places and spaces that help individuals reveal their best selves. Through The Red-Yellow Collective, her management consulting firm, Ursula helps Detroit-area organizations develop their top talent and engage their workforce through team building, individual and group coaching and in the design of change initiatives.  Adams has contributed the last sixteen years of her life strengthening regional philanthropy in Detroit - pioneering the uses of digital media, integrated marketing, strengths-based organizational development and employee engagement at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Her award-winning programs resulted in both an EFFIE and a Gallup Great Workplace Award and now serve as models for the United Way system. She serves/has served on the Boards for the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan,  East English Village Association  and  Friends of the Alger Theater  in Detroit.  

Ursula Adams, The Red-Yellow Collective Management Consulting Firm

Ursula Adams, MSPOD, is on a mission to create the places and spaces that help individuals reveal their best selves. Through The Red-Yellow Collective, her management consulting firm, Ursula helps Detroit-area organizations develop their top talent and engage their workforce through team building, individual and group coaching and in the design of change initiatives.

Adams has contributed the last sixteen years of her life strengthening regional philanthropy in Detroit - pioneering the uses of digital media, integrated marketing, strengths-based organizational development and employee engagement at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Her award-winning programs resulted in both an EFFIE and a Gallup Great Workplace Award and now serve as models for the United Way system. She serves/has served on the Boards for the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, East English Village Association and Friends of the Alger Theater in Detroit.
 

  Opening Remarks by: Ryan Friedrichs, Chief Development Officer, City of Detroit   Ryan currently serves as the Chief Development Officer for the City of Detroit, leading the development of public, private partnerships with foundations and business philanthropy for top Mayoral initiatives.  An honors graduate of the University of Michigan, Ryan wrote his senior thesis on the evolution of China's system of criminal law. After graduation he became a national leader helping reverse the 40 year decline in youth civic engagement in the United States, founding Voice Your Vote at UofM and then serving in Washington, DC as the Executive Director of the Youth Vote Coalition. Over the years, Ryan has served as chief executive of several national organizations, most recently the civic technology organization State Voices, opening its offices in sixteen states.   

Opening Remarks by: Ryan Friedrichs, Chief Development Officer, City of Detroit

Ryan currently serves as the Chief Development Officer for the City of Detroit, leading the development of public, private partnerships with foundations and business philanthropy for top Mayoral initiatives.

An honors graduate of the University of Michigan, Ryan wrote his senior thesis on the evolution of China's system of criminal law. After graduation he became a national leader helping reverse the 40 year decline in youth civic engagement in the United States, founding Voice Your Vote at UofM and then serving in Washington, DC as the Executive Director of the Youth Vote Coalition. Over the years, Ryan has served as chief executive of several national organizations, most recently the civic technology organization State Voices, opening its offices in sixteen states.

 

  Closing Remarks by: Amanda Lewan, Co-founder & CEO Bamboo Detroit, Conference Partner   Amanda Lewan is an entrepreneur and award-winning writer. She is Co-founder of  Bamboo Detroit , an inclusive community and shared office and growth space comprised of over 200+ entrepreneurs, social enterprises, and non-profit founders working in Downtown Detroit. Lewan has spent a decade working in operations and marketing for startup companies. Her consulting and marketing work has helped dozens of startups and all the way up to fortune 100 companies. Bamboo has been honored by the City of Detroit, Crain's Detroit, ABC 20/20 and more for their unique approach to building community and empowering entrepreneurship.   

Closing Remarks by: Amanda Lewan, Co-founder & CEO Bamboo Detroit, Conference Partner

Amanda Lewan is an entrepreneur and award-winning writer. She is Co-founder of Bamboo Detroit, an inclusive community and shared office and growth space comprised of over 200+ entrepreneurs, social enterprises, and non-profit founders working in Downtown Detroit. Lewan has spent a decade working in operations and marketing for startup companies. Her consulting and marketing work has helped dozens of startups and all the way up to fortune 100 companies. Bamboo has been honored by the City of Detroit, Crain's Detroit, ABC 20/20 and more for their unique approach to building community and empowering entrepreneurship.