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Leaders and Innovators event at LTU Feb. 16, ‘Starting a Business’

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – If you’re ready to start a business, an event Thursday, Feb. 16 at Lawrence Technological University will help you figure out how.

LTU is hosting the next WWJ Newsradio 950 “Leaders and Innovators” breakfast session Feb. 16 on the topic “Starting a Business: Entrepreneurism.” The event begins with networking and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The discussion and a question-and-answer session runs from 8 to 9 a.m.

This event will feature expert advice on the steps would-be entrepreneurs need to take to get their businesses up and running. Attendees will find out what resources are available to new companies in the Detroit area.

The event is hosted by WWJ Business Editor Murray Feldman. Panelists are to include Jack Aronson, founder of Clean Planet Foods and Garden Fresh Gourmet, and Karen Evans, director of LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology Business Accelerator.

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leaders-innovators-series-starting-a-businessentrepreneurism-21617-tickets-26907144995. The event is free.

Future Leaders and Innovators events include “Social Media and the Small Business” on Thursday, March 16, and “Work-Life Balance” on Thursday, April 13.

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

Despite tech, networking still requires the personal touch

SOUTHFIELD —  When it comes to networking, by all means, make use of the latest technology.

But never forget the human touch.

That was the word Thursday morning in the latest Lawrence Technological University – WWJ Newsradio 950’s latest “Leaders and Innovators” panel discussion.

In a presentation titled “Building and Maintaining Relationships and Networking,” panelists said people seeking to grow their careers and businesses should use web-based networking techniques like LinkedIn and Twitter.

Panelist Jon Witz, founder of Jonathan Witz & Associates, is a festival promoter who started out in the 1980s managing the State Theater in Detroit and branched out into events like Arts, Beats & Eats, the Labor Day music and art festival in downtown Royal Oak. He said the favorite part of his job is “bringing together people in peace, especially in this divisive environment now, since this last election.”

Witz said that when Arts, Beats & Eats moved from downtown Pontiac to downtown Royal Oak, it was “very controversial,” so he “knocked on every door in Royal Oak. Not only did I meet potential sponsors, but I made collaborators and supporters. Not all networking is about bringing in top line business.” He said it’s also about building goodwill and friendships.

Panelist Margaret Trimer-Hartley is president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan, and said JA offers economic opportunity to youth by giving them business experience. She’s a former education reporter for the Detroit Free Press and spokeswoman for the Michigan Education Association, and said her networking experience was boosted significantly by covering the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference. She said that despite modern technology, personal touches like personal, handwritten notes are still crucial to building business relationships. “Warmth and sincerity only come through face to face,” she said. “It has to be how can I help, not just how can I get.”

Panelist Mark S. Lee is president and CEO of the Lee Group, a business in strategic marketing consulting, brand development and audience attraction. He was previously chief marketing officer at AAA Michigan. He said he’s built his brand through a talk radio show, public speaking and columns in local news media. “I have nothing against technology, I use it all the time, but I think people hide behind it,” he said. “I don’t mind if you connect with me on LinkedIn or Twitter, but that should not be your primary communication vehicle. Looking people in the eye is the foundational piece of networking.”

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All three panelists said help and training are available for those who aren’t natural networkers.

And, they said, challenges are ahead for personal networking, in an era when millennials don’t read newspapers or watch much television except on their own schedule on apps.

The LTU-WWJ Leaders and Innovators Series resumes Thursday, Feb. 16 with a program on entrepreneurship and starting a business. It continues Thursday, March 16 with a discussion on social media and small business. The series wraps up for the program year on Thursday, April 13 with a program on work-life balance. All programs begin with networking at 7:30 a.m. and presentations from 8 to 9 a.m., and are held in LTU’s University Technology and Learning Center Gallery, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. To register, visit this link.

LTU panel: To lead, get outside your comfort zone

SOUTHFIELD – Good leadership requires getting outside your comfort zone, responding well to criticism, keeping lines of communication open, and taking care of the community, family and friends.

That was the word Thursday morning from a panel discussion on “Women in Leadership” at Lawrence Technological University, part of the “Leaders & Innovators” series sponsored by LTU and WWJ Newsradio 950.

WWJ reporter Vicki Thomas moderated the discussion, which was attended by more than 100 people.

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Sommer Woods, director of external relations for Detroit’s M-1 Rail project, said that when it comes to career success and leadership, “You don’t really live until you are in an uncomfortable zone. That’s when you grow.”

And in a career that started with the male-dominated PGA Tour, she joked, “I have been uncomfortable my entire career.”

Leadership also requires a compassionate, human touch, according to panelist Lisa A. Newman, M.D., director of the breast oncology program at Henry Ford Health System. She defined leadership in part by paraphrasing former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who said that if you’re not proud of how you’ve taken care of your family, no other success will matter.

“Now that doesn’t only mean raising kids,” she said. “Your family also includes your community and your friends, all the people who love you and care for you. And if you don’t take care of them, everything else will pale by comparison.”

Panelist Janice Cosby, chief marketing and communications officer for the Catholic healthcare system Ascension Michigan, noted that she was originally a music major and wanted to be a Broadway star. When she moved to Michigan in 1984, she returned to school at Wayne State University, where an advisor noted her writing talent and advised her to switch to public relations, marketing or journalism.

“I’m glad I listened,” she said. “We may want to do one thing, but other people may see something else in us.”

She also said real leadership has to involve giving back to the community. She said her job in health care marketing has given her a sense of giving back by helping to prevent disease.

All three panelists also said the current presidential campaign has offered both good and bad examples of leadership.

“A good leader is one who inspires, who can listen, but who can also get down in the mud with their associates,” Cosby said.

Cosby also recommended seeking out a trusted friend when criticism comes. “That person will give you honest feedback,” she said.

And Newman said a good leader should provide the same kind of example as a parent does to a child.
“We have to always provide guidance,” she said. “People have to understand they can always come to us when they have questions.”

Future LTU-WWJ Leaders & Innovators events will include:
• Thursday, Nov. 17: Networking
• Thursday, Feb. 16: Entrepreneurship
• Thursday, March 16: Social Media and Small Business
• Thursday, April 13: Work-Life Balance

All events are held from 8 to 9 a.m. at Lawrence Tech’s University Technology & Learning Center Gallery, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield.

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

WWJ-LTU Leaders & Innovators Back With Collaboration Event

SOUTHFIELD — WWJ Newsradio 950’s Leaders & Innovators program series, held in partnership with Lawrence Technological University, is back for another program year.

The first Leaders & Innovators session will be held Thursday, Sept. 15. The topic is “Unique Collaborations.”

The event will be held at LTU’s University Technology and Learning Center Gallery, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. It begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with the program and question and answer session running from 8 to 9 a.m.

Unique collaborations are often born out of creativity or necessity. They create value that has not existed before. In September’s Leaders & Innovators, we’ll discuss and explore many of the unique collaborations that shed new light and opportunity. The results are a fresh new prospective on collaboration in 2016 and beyond.

The event will be hosted by WWJ Business Editor Murray Feldman. Panelists are to include Mike McInerney, founder and president of Deliver My Ride, and Zak Pashak, president of Detroit Bikes.

The WWJ Leaders & Innovators Series is in partnership with LTU and is sponsored in part by AAA.

Advance registration is requested. Admission is free. To register, visit this link. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leaders-innovators-series-unique-collaborations-91516-tickets-26906333568

Other scheduled events for the WWJ/LTU Leaders & Innovators program year are:

Oct. 20: Women in Leadership
Nov. 17: Building and Maintaining Relationships – Networking
Feb. 16: Starting a Business – Entrepreneurism
March 16: Social Media and Small Business
April 13: Work-Life Balance

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact WWJ Newsradio 950 General Sales Manager Lisa Rudy at (248) 327-2936 or lisa.rudy@cbsradio.