Opening Remarks

Dennis Kennedy
Dennis
Kennedy
Founder and Chairman
National Diversity Council
Dennis Kennedy
Dennis Kennedy
Founder and Chairman
National Diversity Council

Dennis Kennedy has an unwavering passion for people and works to ensure that all individuals receive equal opportunities in the workplace regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, physical or mental handicap, physique, gender identity or sexual orientation. In 2004, Mr. Kennedy walked away from his job to start the Texas Diversity Council, www.texasdiversitycouncil.org. He saw a very strong need to create an organization that would champion Diversity & Inclusion across the state. Four years later, Mr. Kennedy found himself launching the National Diversity Council (NDC) for the exact same reasons he started the state council. Currently, the NDC is made up of 11 state and regional Councils: California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Tri-State (NY, NJ & CT). His vision is to have state and regional diversity councils in all 50 states. Along with the state councils, Mr. Kennedy has launched several state wide conferences focused on diversity, leadership and women. Currently there are conferences taking place in the following states: California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Connecticut, Virginia and Washington. The link to the diversity/leadership conferences is www.nationaldiversityconference.com. Moreover, Mr. Kennedy has launched two additional national organizations in 2011 including National Women’s Council, (www.nationalwomenscouncil.org) which focuses on advocacy for women and the Council for Corporate Responsibility, (www.uscorporateresponsibility.org) which seeks to educate organizations on best practices in social responsibility. In addition, Mr. Kennedy is the Founder & Publisher of DiversityFIRST™ Publishing which is currently made up of two state magazines: California (www.californiadiversitymagazine.org) and Texas (www.texasdiversitymagazine.org). Also under the auspices of DiversityFIRST Publishing is the DiversityFIRST Newsletter which is published in 11 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Tri-State (NY, NJ & CT). Furthermore, Mr. Kennedy spent several years as a college professor in the business schools at the following universities: University of Houston Downtown, Texas Southern University and University of Texas at San Antonio. Some of the courses he taught included: Business Statistics, Economics, HR Management, Compensation Management and Diversity Management. He also spent 5 years working in a corporate environment in the field of Human Resources. Mr. Kennedy is currently working on his book titled, CreatingYourSignificance™, which is a unique self-marketing strategy that will allow you to create a successful personal brand. The book is slated for publishing on January 2nd, 2013. Mr. Kennedy graduated from the University of Houston Main Campus (UofH) with undergraduate degrees in economics, business management, political science and physical education; he also earned a MBA from University of Houston Main Campus as well. In addition, he was a scholarship athlete for football.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Cornel West
Dr. Cornel
West
Professor • Philosopher • Author • Activist
Union Theological Seminary
Dr. Cornel West
Dr. Cornel West
Professor • Philosopher • Author • Activist
Union Theological Seminary

Dr. Cornel West is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. West teaches on the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as courses in Philosophy of Religion, African American Critical Thought, and a wide range of subjects -- including but by no means limited to, the classics, philosophy, politics, cultural theory, literature, and music. He has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice. Dr. West is the former Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. Within the past year, Dr. West has partnered with MasterClass to provide teachings on several courses such as his class with Pharrell Williams on Empathy, his multi-instructor class on Black History, Black Freedom & Black Love, and his standalone class on Philosophy. Visit www.cornelwest.com to learn more.

Panelists

Dr. Jabbar R. Bennett
Dr. Jabbar R.
Bennett
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Michigan State University
Dr. Jabbar R. Bennett
Dr. Jabbar R. Bennett
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Michigan State University

Dr. Bennett serves as Michigan State University’s (MSU) vice president and chief diversity officer where he reports directly to the president and is a member of the executive leadership team. In this role, he partners with other senior leaders, deans, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to advance the institution’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities. Dr. Bennett is also a professor of medicine in the College of Human Medicine at MSU. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Bennett served as the inaugural associate provost for diversity and inclusion, and chief diversity officer at Northwestern University. Previously, he worked as associate dean of the Graduate School, and associate dean for diversity in the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University. In addition, Dr. Bennett held administrative appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and Merrimack Valley. He has also served on the faculty at Harvard, Brown, and Northwestern. Dr. Bennett received a BS in biology and a minor in Spanish from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and earned a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Bennett completed postdoctoral research training in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and is an alumnus of the Harvard University Administrative Fellows Program and Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program.

Donnell Campbell
Donnell
Campbell
Head of Global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Aston Carter
Donnell Campbell
Donnell Campbell
Head of Global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Aston Carter

Donnell started his career with Aerotek in 2002 in Detroit, MI. as an On-Premise Manager where he managed a very diverse workforce as large as 1100 contract employees. His expertise in this capacity was recognized and he joined the implementation team in May 2004 as an Implementation Specialist. In 2008 Donnell was promoted to National Implementation Project Manager and his responsibilities include launching on-premise office operations, initial contractor employee fulfillment, designing and installation of time and attendance systems, development of customized recruiting and retention strategies, facilitation of contractor employee transition programs and establishment of best practices. He has launched over 45 large national accounts in Aerotek’s portfolio in U.S. and Canada. In 2013 Donnell was promoted to Vendor On-Premise Operations Manager for the Midwest and Canada regions. In 2019 Donnell became the Vendor On-Premise Business Development Manager for the Central region. He was promoted to Head of DE& I for Aston Carter in November 2020. He is responsible for ensuring their DE&I strategy is executed and most importantly, impactful. To do this, he partners closely with executive leadership, HR and employee experience, DE&I council, and Leadership & Legacy Summit attendees, as well as various other groups and individuals in and outside the company. Donnell’s experience, knowledge, relationships and passion are valuable as he works to help build a special company where EVERYONE is accepted, valued, equal and therefore inspired and empowered to be a positive change agent throughout our communities.

Andre Ebron
Andre
Ebron
Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Andre Ebron
Andre Ebron
Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Mr. Andre Ebron is the Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of The United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and the Owner and Founder of Ebron & Associates and The Drawing Board Nation. Driven, determined, and dedicated to leaving an indelible impression on the lives of everyone he meets. He is a transformational leader, a potent educator, intellectually stimulating author, trained minister, monumental mentor, and winning coach in the game of life! He and his wife of 18 years, Shalessa, parent two amazing children, a daughter, Christian Ebron, and a son, Andre Ebron II.

Stuart Ferguson
Stuart
Ferguson
President
Aston Carter
Stuart Ferguson
Stuart Ferguson
President
Aston Carter

As president of Aston Carter, Stuart Ferguson focuses on reinvigorating a strong team culture, staying at the forefront of marketplace trends, and steering investments in infrastructure and professional development. A Navy veteran, Stuart began his civilian career with Aerotek, Aston Carter’s sister company, as a technical recruiter in 1996. He held various sales and operational roles, including 10 years as a director of business operations in field offices, the heart of Aerotek’s operations. A strong believer in building a legacy, Stuart helped promote 13 people into director roles. Aston Carter’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives are a core priority for Stuart. He strives to support access and opportunity for diverse talent and strengthen inclusive workplace culture.

Victor Green
Victor
Green
Assist. Chief-Division of Community Affairs, Office of Professional Standards, and DE&I
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
Victor Green
Victor Green
Assist. Chief-Division of Community Affairs, Office of Professional Standards, and DE&I
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

After 15 years with Wayne State University, Victor Green returns to KDPS as the Assistant Chief overseeing the Office of Community Affairs – Community Police Officers (CPO’s), Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Professional Standards. During his tenure at Wayne State University, Assistant Chief Green was the Director of Community Relations with more than 25 years of government and community affairs experience. Assistant Chief Green was one of the leading university administrators working to create, build and sustain partnerships throughout the Metropolitan Detroit area. Assistant Chief Green also lectures in the Labor Studies Department at WSU and at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC), Police and Corrections Academies on the subjects of Diversity & Inclusion, Ethics and Communications. Assistant Chief Green has conducted numerous trainings throughout the state of Michigan in the public and private sectors. Prior to his current position, Green’s career included working as Staff Assistant for two members of Congress – former Congressman Howard Wolpe, D-Mich. and Congressman Fred Upton, R-Mich. – where he specialized in immigration issues and community outreach. After his tenure with the U.S. House of Representatives, Assistant Chief Green served at KDPS from 1996 through 2005 as a Public Safety Officer (PSO), FTO, Tactical Response Unit, SWAT negotiator, and rose to the rank of Inspector of Office of Professional Standards and Community Relations. Assistant Chief Green is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Renaissance High School. He earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. He received his Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) designation from the National Diversity Council. Assistant Chief Green and his wife, Alysia, have a son, Matthew, who is also currently in training to be a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.

Dr. Kenneth Harris
Dr. Kenneth
Harris
President and CEO
The National Business League (NBL)
Dr. Kenneth Harris
Dr. Kenneth Harris
President and CEO
The National Business League (NBL)

Implementing no-nonsense Ancient African principles towards the pursuit of economic freedom, DR. KENNETH L. HARRIS has spent his distinguished career fervently advocating for Black and indigenous businesses all around the world. An economist, international scholar, and revered Black business historian, he assumed leadership of the National Business League in 2017, then proceeded to cast a $20 million lifeline of capital support to Black-owned businesses disrupted by the catastrophic Covid-19 pandemic. Years prior in 2005, he launched the International Detroit Black Expo, Inc., an acclaimed annual showcase that hosted more than 1,000 Black exhibitors from around the globe, reaching 300,000 consumers. As founder, president, and CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Harris built one of the largest Black chambers in the nation with more than 36,200 members state-wide. He was also elected to the Detroit Charter Commission by 40,149 votes in a highly contested citywide race featuring 54 candidates in the city of Detroit. Dr. Harris holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling/Clinical Psychology from Georgia’s Clark Atlanta University. He received his Doctor of Humane Letters from Detroit's Lewis College of Business, in addition to an Educational Specialist (EDS) degree from Wayne State University. He earned a dual Ph.D. at Michigan State University in African American and African Studies and Economics with a specialization in Business and Entrepreneurship from the Eli Broad School of Business. Dr. Harris is the 12th National President/CEO of the National Business League, the country’s first and largest trade association for Black businesses and professionals, founded by Black business legend Booker T. Washington in 1900, supporting 120,000+ members nationwide, with 125+ Fortune 500 corporate partners and manages local city chapters throughout all 50 states and internationally. The National Business League is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with Regional Offices in Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI, and Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. James Holly, Jr.
Dr. James
Holly, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan
Dr. James Holly, Jr.
Dr. James Holly, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan

Dr. James Holly, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and core faculty member within the Engineering Education Research program at the University of Michigan. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University and a master’s degree from Michigan State University, both in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his doctorate in Engineering Education from Purdue University. His research paradigm is shaped by his experiences growing up in a Black church within a Black city and later studying engineering at Tuskegee University, a Black institution, three spaces where Blackness is both normal and esteemed. As such, he sees his teaching, research, and service as promoting pro-Blackness—affirming the humanity and epistemic authority of Black people—in engineering education. His scholarship focuses on the ways disciplinary knowledge (i.e., mechanical engineering) reinforces racialized power, the role of culture and cognition in teaching and learning, and preparing pre-college engineering educators to identify and counteract racial inequity. He helped create the Equity, Culture, and Social Justice in Education Division within the American Society of Engineering Education, and serves on the Editorial Board for both the Journal of Engineering Education and the Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research.

Antoine Jackson
Antoine
Jackson
Executive Director
MACC Development
Antoine Jackson
Antoine Jackson
Executive Director
MACC Development

ANTOINE D. JACKSON is a minister, strategist, facilitator, and social innovator with 15 years of nonprofit experience leveraging business, community, and philanthropic resources to affect change and impact the lives of youth and families. In his professional role, he serves as Executive Director of MACC Development, a Christian community development corporation serving Detroit's 48214 on the lower east side. A carrier of the entrepreneurial spirit, he founded a small graphic design and consulting firm helping authors, churches, and businesses with publishing, branding, and design needs. Jackson is an acclaimed author of six books. His most recent title, Distorted Reality, reached number one new release status on Amazon’s listing. His work has taken him to Washington, D.C., Chicago, Western New York, and the continent of Europe. He is a graduate of the University of Phoenix, where he studied business administration. He has been named Young Entrepreneur of the Year, a Michigan Chronicle 40 Under 40, Church of God in Christ Achiever 20 Under 40, and recipient of the University of Phoenix Spirit of Service award. He serves his local church as Associate Elder, where he gives leadership to youth and outreach ministry. He is husband to Kassandra and a doting father to Madison, a native of and resides in Detroit, Michigan.

Phil Malcolm
Phil
Malcolm
Vice President of Brand and Communications
The Auto Club Group, AAA
Phil Malcolm
Phil Malcolm
Vice President of Brand and Communications
The Auto Club Group, AAA

Phil joined AAA Auto Club Group (ACG) in August of 2007 as Vice President of Marketing. In his current Vice President of Brand and Communications role, he provides leadership for marketing operations, internal and external brand management and creative development, mass media planning and buying, sports and regional marketing management, and loyalty marketing program management which includes Attractions and Discounts and Rewards marketing. Prior to joining ACG, Phil was the Vice President of Marketing and subsequently the Vice President of Membership and Card Services at SAM’S CLUB. He also worked for Walt Disney, Inc. as Brand Manager for Downtown Disney, Pleasure Island, and Associate Brand Manager for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Prior to Disney, he worked for Barnett Bank, Inc. as Assistant Vice President/Loan Officer, and IBM as a Marketing Representative in Orlando, Fl. Phil received an undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Florida A. & M. and a Masters Degree in Business Administration in Marketing & Finance from Florida A. & M. Phil is a Director on the boards of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Boys and Girls Club. He and his wife, Lori, have four children – Nicholas, Morgan, Christina and Philip.

Kenneth Mathies
Kenneth
Mathies
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
The Auto Club Group, AAA
Kenneth Mathies
Kenneth Mathies
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
The Auto Club Group, AAA

Ken Mathies currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for The Auto Club Group - Automobile Association of America (AAA). Ken is a certified diversity professional (CDP) and has over 25 years of leadership experience within information technology organizations, business, marketing and legal operations. In his current capacity, Ken leads The Auto Club Group (AAA) Office of Diversity & Inclusion organization and works collaboratively with executive leadership, business lines, employees, members and the many communities served to promote a culture that advocates diversity and inclusiveness. Ken is a Business Administration major (TSU) with certifications in enterprise technologies, law of information security, data forensic Investigations, multiple business management platforms and is a certified diversity professional. (CDP) Ken has held a number of leadership roles for The Auto Club Group (AAA) including; Manager Technology Deployment, Director of Enterprise Technology Support & Implementation, Director of Service Desk Operations & Security Administration, Director of General Counsel Legal Operations and AVP, Office of D&I. Ken was the recipient of the MIDC 2018 Diversity Leadership Award, 2020 Corp Magazine Diversity Leader Award and named to the Top 100 Chief Diversity Officers list by the NDC in 2021. Ken serves on the Board of Directors for an Ohio based Information Technology Corporation and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Diversity Council.

Jarrett Waddy
Jarrett
Waddy
Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Operations and ERG Development
The Auto Club Group, AAA
Jarrett Waddy
Jarrett Waddy
Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Operations and ERG Development
The Auto Club Group, AAA

Jarrett Waddy is the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Operations, and Employee Resource Group Development at The Auto Club Group (AAA). In his role, Jarrett works closely with the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, senior management, and leaders across various business lines and departments to promote and advance The Auto Club Group’s (ACG) diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. Jarrett has been a key catalyst in the ACG D&I strategy rollout. Jarrett has worked with diverse populations throughout his career with 15 years’ experience centered on higher education marketing, diversity & inclusion consultation, community relations, and professional development. His passion has developed and implemented workforce readiness programs/solutions to empower underrepresented populations to achieve optimal career mobility, employability, and needed resources. Jarrett is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), alumni of Challenge Detroit Fellowship, and serves on the Tri-City Community Development Corporation board in Southwest Detroit. He holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors of Business Administration\Marketing from Eastern Michigan University. He is also married with one daughter and enjoys spending time with his family.

Moderators

Zenell Brown
Zenell
Brown
Executive Court Administrator
Third Circuit Court
Zenell Brown
Zenell Brown
Executive Court Administrator
Third Circuit Court

Zenell has over two decades of experience in leading change in the court environment. She has served as an attorney, mediator, supervisor, and director, helping families resolve disputes and creating child support initiatives to improve the well-being of children while improving the efficiency of the court. She has shared the challenges and success of her work with local and national child support and court audiences. She has co-created a mediation manual and has been training aspiring domestic relations mediators for a decade. Currently as Executive Court Administrator of the Third Circuit Court, Zenell oversees a budget of approximately $130 million and directs a staff of 600 professionals and support workers. She supports the 58 elected judges in their efforts to resolve over 60,000 cases each year. A graduate of University of Detroit Mercy (B.A.) and Wayne State University Law School (J.D.), Zenell continues to be a lifelong learner.

Robin Carter-Cooper
Robin
Carter-Cooper
Chief Diversity Officer
Oakland County
Robin Carter-Cooper
Robin Carter-Cooper
Chief Diversity Officer
Oakland County

Robin Carter currently serves as Oakland County’s first Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and previously held the title as executive director of diversity equity and inclusion for Rochester Community Schools. Robin’s diverse background provides a lens of equity that intersects with multiple perspectives and identities. Her experiences include supporting National AIDS Education Services for Minorities (NAESM) and LGBTQ education, as well as a high school classroom teacher, and program director and lecturer at the University of Michigan-Flint School of Health Professions and Studies. Carter-Cooper’s experience in cultivating welcoming, diverse, and inclusive cultures throughout all aspects of organizations and institutions has provided her with the ability to lead teams to elevate inclusiveness and implement best practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Carter-Cooper has developed and facilitated various social justice topics as well as presented at several conferences such as the Facing Race National Conference, National Education Association Center for Social Justice and Human Rights (NEA), as well as local organizations like Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce Infused 365. Her passion, commitment, and track record of success in creating sustainable cultures around DEI have led her to speak, moderate, and serve as a panelist for discussions around equity, access, and social justice. Carter-Cooper, a Flint native and Genesee County resident, received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University, graduate degree from Central Michigan University, and her Education Specialist postmasters from Oakland University. She is also a certified diversity practitioner CDP and was honored in 2019 by Crain’s Detroit Business as a member of its “Most Notable Women in Educational Leadership.”

Tamara Flake
Tamara
Flake
Commercial Relationship Mgr. Sr.-Government Banking
Huntington National Bank
Tamara Flake
Tamara Flake
Commercial Relationship Mgr. Sr.-Government Banking
Huntington National Bank

Tam is a Performance-Driven and Accomplished Financial Service IndustryProfessional with a successful 20+ year career history of directing consumer banking, risk management, and account management. As part of the Government Banking Team at Huntington Bank, she manages a portfolio of government clients and executes sales strategy while maintaining exceptional customer satisfaction at all professional levels. Respected as a motivational, influential leader and collaborator Tam was given the distinct honor of being the inaugural Champion of the African Ancestry Network – East Region Employee Resource Group for 2020 - 2021 by the TCF Bank office of Diversity and Inclusion and Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council. As a leader, Tam is able to provide transparent feedback to influence positive change in the organization to senior and executive-level leaders. Tam holds an Associate of Science, Business Management Degree from Davenport University and is a candidate for a Bachelor of Science, Business Management degree from Wayne State University. Tam holds an Advanced Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (ACPFIM) certification and National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) certificate. Tam is a 2020 recipient of the first CARE LIKE A NEIGHBOR AWARD and is recognized as a 2021 DEI Champion awardee by the National Diversity Council. Tam freely gives of her time leading Business Resource Groups, volunteer projects in her community through work and personal commitment. Additionally, Tam is an Alopecia Awareness Advocate through her iRockitBald platform which strives to encourage, motivate, and uplift individuals living with or loving someone with hair loss. Tam has been featured on multiple radio shows, podcasts, magazines, as a motivational speaker, in a documentary and fashion shows to support Alopecia Awareness, and is a published author. Married to her high school sweetheart Jason, they are the proud parents of two sons Jason Jr. and Joshua. Tam has been an equestrian since the age of six, enjoys personal fitness, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Darlene King
Darlene
King
Executive Director
Michigan Diversity Council
Darlene King
Darlene King
Executive Director
Michigan Diversity Council

Darlene King began her career with the Michigan Diversity Council-MIDC, a division of the National Diversity Council, in 2015. As the executive director, her charge is working with corporations and organizations in developing diversity and inclusion initiatives, programs, processes, and procedures. She also oversees the growth of the council in the area of business development throughout the entire state of Michigan. Prior to her tenure with the MIDC, she held the role of director of events, consultant services, training and development for all 34 school districts under the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency for over 10 years. Her territory covered implementation and execution of all workshops and conference as well as maintaining CEU’s for teachers and administrators within Wayne County MI. She managed more than 60 consultants as well as county-wide, signature events such as the Teacher Job Fair, County K-12 Art Fair and the Cultural Collaborative for Learning. Darlene was also an inaugural member of the Diversity Strategic Planning Committee, which rolled out a county-wide diversity plan for all districts. Darlene’s background is widespread. She spent six years as a national concert promoter, traveling around the world with some of today’s most popular artists in the industry. She has produced and promoted shows at every concert venue in Detroit and beyond. In 2008, she launched her consulting company, Life’s Journey Training and Consulting. Competing in today's global market, Life’s Journey offers services in industries ranging from education to automotive, medical, non-profits and manufacturing. Its area of expertise consists of diversity and inclusion, leadership development, marketing, and public relations. Life’s Journey has provided service deliverables to Wayne County Head Start Programs, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, The Order of the Fisherman, The Detroit Medical Center, Revival Home Health Care, RTM Music Group, Real Times Media, Stonecrest Behavioral Health, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Universal Studios, Detroit Community Schools, MASCO Corporation, Diversity Lansing and many more. Darlene is a native of Michigan and enjoys spending time with her family, nephews and niece. She says her faith in God, family, passion for people and her love of traveling and gardening are the drivers which keep her on a Life’s Journey. Darlene has a passion for people and earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from Wayne State University in Detroit. She has been operating in this capacity as well as in education and organizational development for 25 years. Darlene earned her National Certification as a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Professional in 2018.

Erica White
Erica
White
Client Executive
Kapnick Insurance Group
Erica White
Erica White
Client Executive
Kapnick Insurance Group

Erica recently joined Kapnick Insurance Group. She has previous experience in a variety of industries including healthcare, automotive, city government, and small business. In her role as Client Executive, Erica assists her clients in solving complex employee benefit problems and offering collaborative, innovative solutions. Her primary responsibilities include establishing and maintaining strategic relationships, and guiding her clients on health plan strategies, wellness initiatives, and employee engagement. Erica is passionate about entrepreneurship and loves helping business owners succeed in balancing their organization’s financial goals with their employees’ expectations. Erica holds a BA in business from Kentucky State University and an MBA from Wayne State University. She is a licensed life, health, and accident producer and a Certified Diversity Professional through the National Diversity Council. Erica is a Detroit native currently living in Farmington Hills with her husband and young daughter. Community is important to Erica, and she’s spent time volunteering for organizations such as Vista Maria, Youth Community Agency, and Mercy Education Project and held board positions on the Michigan Diversity Council and the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is also involved with her church, serving on the Usher Board. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing volleyball and shopping.