Alumni Business Conference


2020 Participating Speakers

  • Jill Schmieg

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    Founder & Chief Strategist at Sol de Naples Marketing

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. 


    Top 5 Success Factors for Digital Marketing Strategy & Execution

    This session will discuss the Top 5 Success Factors for designing and launching and digital marketing strategy and related campaign. From business alignment to growth measurements and beyond, you'll get what you need to hit the ground running in your first digital marketing position when you graduate.

  • Karen Andrews

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    Managing Director at The Andrews Group

    Session II | 11:30 a.m.-12:45 a.m.


    Using Social Media to Position Yourself for an Executive Role

    How and what you communicate on social media can either position you for increasing levels of responsibility, or can derail your career before it starts. Learn and discuss how to develop your personal brand as a platform for professional growth.

  • John Tuttle

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    Vice Chairman & Chief Commercial Officer at New York Stock Exchange

    Session I  | 10:00-11:15 a.m.


    Create Your Own Path

    Exploring career opportunities inside and outside of Michigan

  • Andy LaPointe

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    Entrepreneur/Author/Consultant at Traverse Bay Farms

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m.


    How to Design Your Life and Live Every Minute Like You're On Vacation

    My topic is teaching graduates how to first design their lifestyle, then select a career that will support that lifestyle no matter what it is.

  • Richard Tworek

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    President at Tworek LLC

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m. & Session II | 11:30a.m.-12:45 p.m.


    Startup topic - how to pick and validate a product offering

    As a startup, how do you know if your product will sell. The presentation will go through how to chose a product, determine market viability and testing, selling your first customer, and finally should market/product change.

  • John Fovenesi

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    General Partner at 24 Seven Advisory Services LLC

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. & Session II | 11:30a.m.-12:45 p.m.


    Do you have the profile of a Millionaire/ Billionaire 2020??!!

    Do you have what it takes to be a Billionaire/ Millionaire? Understand the profiles/ traits of the more than 2,000 Global Billionaires and more than 100,000 Millionaires

  • Don Davis

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    Managing Partner at DDavis Consulting LLC

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. 


    How to Crack the Corporate Code for Success

    The topic summary is a fireside chat that presents strategies to crack the corporate code of organizations resulting in successful career advancement.

  • Laurie Stengenga

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    President at Foresight Capital Management Advisors, Inc.

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. 


    Looking for an Internship? See if Financial Planning and investment Management are Right for You!

    Take a virtual tour of a typical day of an Investment Manager and Financial Planner. Learn what these careers actually do as fiduciaries and how they help people reach their goals. Learn what the fee-only registered investment firms are looking for in an intern.

  • Roslayn Emerson

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    Director of Channel Marketing at Chobani

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. & Session II | 11:30a.m.-12:45 p.m.


    Lean Into Your Path

    Step Into Your Path ... 7 Simple Tips To Help Unlock Your Personal Success!

  • Scott Fleszar

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    Chief Operating and Strategy Officer at SafeSend

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. 


    Preparing to Enter the Professional Workforce

    A candid discussion on the importance of being plugged-in, well read, and broadly connected before earning your degree. And why this is even more important in the Covid disrupted business environment. ​

  • James Goebel

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    Chief Operating Officer at Menlo Innovations

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. & Session II | 11:30a.m.-12:45 p.m.


    Six business books I really think you should read

    I will introduce you to the six business books I recommend over and over to CEOs, managers, entrepreneurs, emerging leaders, new employees and employees who are simply frustrated with their current job. I will share why these books are so important, and some of the key lessons they contain. Please note, these books are not about complex trading strategies, nor are they about market analysis. The lessons in these books are all about people working productively (and even enjoyably) with other people. Best of all, these books share real life stories in a compelling manner.

  • Chris Jones, Hope Jefferson, and Jason Rees 

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    Employees of Plante Moran

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m.


    All the rules have changed- do you want the key to winning this new game?

    With generational changes in the business world, and now with COVID pushing us all to virtual, the rules for winning in business have changed. Join us as we explain how to succeed.

  • Matthew Grezlik

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    Private Wealth Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

    Session II | 11:30a.m.-12:45 p.m.


    I Got A Great Job...Now What?

    Advice on how to maximize your financial resources upon graduation and starting your first job. Topics include: buildings an emergency cash reserve, budgeting, paying down student loan debt, saving for retirement, choosing employee benefits, etc.

  • Mark J. Carter

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    Founder at ONE80

    Session II | 11:30a.m.-12:45 p.m.


    How to Create Mentoring Relationships

    Learn how to create mentoring relationships that can change the arc of your career.

  • Dan Dunn

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    Vice President of Human Resources at Comerica Bank

    Session I | 10:00-11:15a.m.


    Creating Your Legacy

    What makes a colleague valuable to an organization? This session will provide attendees with some tips to help prepare them to become the employee the company wants to keep. We'll talk about some of those soft skills which set you apart from the crowd.

  • David Daniels

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    Owner & President of Dave Daniels Consulting

    Session I | 10:00-11:15 a.m. & Session II | 11:30a.m.-12:45 p.m.


    Reinventing Yourself Throughout Your Career

    I want to share the importance of reinventing yourself throughout your career. I will share a process and approach along with the mindset that it requires. I will discuss the positives and the negatives of doing so in today's employment environment.


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