2013 Conference

Reception & Tigers Game

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (6:30 p.m)

Comerica Park, Pepsi Porch
2100 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48201-3470 | (313) 962-4000

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Comerica Park Ticket Pickup

Tuesday, May 14 – Tigers Game Registration, ticket pickup, parking and shuttle service to and from Comerica Park will be available at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Valet parking will be available for a reduced rate of $5 at the Westin Book Cadillac when mentioning MWIF. Registration will begin in the first floor lobby nearest the Washington Blvd. entrance at 5:30pm and will close at 8:00pm.

Shuttle service will begin at 6:00pm and will be located at the Michigan Avenue hotel exit. The shuttle will be available for returns starting at 8:00 pm and continue until 10:30pm. You will need a ticket to enter Comerica Park. The Pepsi Porch is located near Gate B on the second level in right field.

Please dress casually and appropriately for the weather. Remember, all Tigers Game attendees will be entered to win an autographed memorabilia item! You must be present to win.

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Conference Venue

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Changing the Game: Economy, Women and Leadership

Detroit Athletic Club

241 Madison St.

Detroit, MI 48226 | (313) 963-9200

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Keynote Speaker:

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Lynne Lancaster Changing the Game: What a Difference a Generation Makes!

Baby Boomer Lynne Lancaster is one of today’s foremost cultural translators. An expert on the generations, she is co-founder of BridgeWorks, a company that advises leaders, managers, and employees on how to conduct business more successfully by bridging generation gaps at work and in the marketplace.

Lynne’s keynote speeches and workshops have enlightened and entertained high level audiences from many of America’s best companies, including 3M, American Express, Best Buy, Cisco, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Disney, Intel, Lockheed Martin, and Wells Fargo, as well as from numerous public sector and nonprofit organizations. She was recently named a Top Five speaker for 2010.

Lynne is co-author of the best-selling business book When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work. A consistent favorite among CEOs, the book spent time on several best-seller lists and is one of only two titles published by HarperCollins in 2003 that has sold more copies each year since publication. Her new book, The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation is Rocking the Workplace, co-authored with business partner David Stillman, has already garnered a gold medal from the Axiom business book awards.

An engaging and savvy speaker, Lynne is also a sought-after expert on workplace and social trends. She has been a guest commentator on CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio. Her by-line has appeared in numerous publications such as The Futurist, Nation’s Business, and Public Management magazine. She has been interviewed for a wide range of national publications including Delta Sky, The New York Times, TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Lynne is the creator of a highly successful trainer certification program, BridgeBuilder®, which has launched more than 100 trainers nationwide from such organizations as the Federal Aviation Administration, General Mills, Lockheed, Michelin, and VISA International. Lynne is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in English Literature. She earned her stripes as a management consultant, coaching managers and senior executives from major U.S. companies on decoding communication issues. Lynne’s work with CEO author Harvey Mackay resulted in five best-selling business books, including Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive. Lynne has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and recently shared the speaking platform with former president, George H.W. Bush.

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Speakers:

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Jeffrey Guilfoyle Michigan’s Economic, Revenue and Budget Update

Jeffrey Guilfoyle is the president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan (CRC). CRC is the preeminent independent nonpartisan public policy research institution in Michigan. CRC is privately funded and provides factual, unbiased, independent research on significant issues concerning state and local government organization and finance. The Research Council believes that the use of this information will lead to sound, rational public policy formation in Michigan. Jeff joined the Research Council in September of 2009.

Prior to joining CRC, Jeff was the director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis in the Michigan Department of Treasury. His responsibilities included forecasting and tracking state tax receipts, estimating the impact of legislation on state tax revenues, and providing economic research support to the State Treasurer. Jeff advised the State Treasurer on economic and revenue matters and was responsible for the Administration’s economic and revenue forecasts. Jeff’s areas of expertise include Michigan’s economy, school finance reform, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and Michigan’s tax structure. Jeff has authored papers on the economic effects of property taxes and on Michigan’s revenue sharing system.

Jeff received his B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University. His dissertation research was a study of the tax incidence and housing market effects of Michigan’s 1994 school finance reforms.

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Allison M. Maki The Only Woman in the Room

Allison M. Maki, C.P.A., Vice President of Finance & Administration is in her eighth season with The Detroit Lions, Inc and Ford Field. She originally joined the organization as the Director of Finance.

Maki supervises the financial and information technology systems, as well as the human resources operations for the team and stadium. She is responsible for all of the organization’s treasury functions and recently led a debt refinancing. Maki also manages all internal and external audits and works closely with the NFL finance staff. In addition, she is responsible for the annual budget and reporting process. During her tenure with the Lions, Maki has implemented an improved internal control environment for both the team and stadium operations.

Maki’s public accounting experience began at Ernst & Young LLP where she excelled as an Assurance and Advisory Business Services Manager, overseeing audits of public and private companies. In addition, Maki led the Employee Benefit Plan audit group for the Detroit office. Allison graduated Cum Laude with her B.A., in Economics and Management from Albion College. She is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Maki and her husband, Ryan, reside in South Lyon with their twins Colin and Kendall.

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Brenda M. Szalka, LMSW, CEAP, SAP Winning the Change Game: Self-Management in Stressful Times

Brenda M. Szalka, Manager of Henry Ford Health System’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), has been in the field of EAP since 1995 with a myriad of clinical experience both in chemical dependency and mental health. Furthermore, Brenda has a vast history as both an Account Manager and a Professional Development Trainer and Coach presenting to a wide audience of folks on topics such as: Thriving on Change, Stress Management, Work-Life Balance, Effective Communications, Dealing with Difficult People, Avoiding Compassion Fatigue, Leading for Success, and many others.

Earning both her Bachelor and Master degrees from Wayne State University, Brenda also has certifications as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). She also served within the military as a Top Secret Security Telecommunications Operator for the US Army. Additionally, Brenda has an extensive array of volunteer experience including being a Team Member for Local Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) and a Team Leader for the Macomb Emergency Response Group (MERG) providing critical incident stress response. She also has enhanced her skill set by being a facilitator for Skills for Managing Anger and Systematic Training for Effective Parenting, among others.

Outside of work, Brenda enjoys karate, volleyball, biking, hiking, gardening, cooking, traveling and reading. She balances work/life by spending her free time with her family and volunteering at her children’s school and other events.

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2013 Honorary Chairs

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Amy L. DeLeeuw Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Michigan Public Power Agency

Amy DeLeeuw is the CFO and Treasurer for Michigan Public Power Agency and has been on staff since July 2011. Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA) was created for the purpose of undertaking the planning, financing, development, acquisition, construction and operation or maintenance of projects to supply electric power and energy for the needs of its member municipalities, and presently consists of seventeen Michigan member municipalities.

In addition to serving as MPPA’s CFO, Amy is also responsible for the oversight of administrative policies, human resources and I.T. Amy is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornerstone University with degrees in both business and psychology. She received her M.B.A degree from Western Michigan University in 1996. After starting her career with Old Kent Bank, Amy has spent over 20 years in finance and accounting working for various privately held companies. In her spare time, Amy is a volunteer for Hospice of Michigan.

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Mary Reynolds Executive Director of Business Services, Farmington Public School District

Mary Reynolds is the Executive Director of Business Services and Chief Financial Officer of the Farmington Public School District. She is responsible for the day to day management and oversight of the district’s $144 million general fund budget and has over 22 years of experience in school district financial operations.

Mary is active in numerous statewide school district affiliated organizations and currently serves on the boards of the Michigan Liquid Asset Fund+, Middle Cities Risk Management Trust and is the current President-elect of the Michigan School Business Officials.

Prior to her work in schools, she worked as an auditor for Plante Moran PLLC and earned her BBA in Accounting from the University of Michigan – Dearborn and her Masters in Management from Walsh College.

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Freda W. Velzen Finance Director, Holland Board of Public Works

Freda Velzeen came to the Holland Board of Public Works after spending time working in a variety of accounting and managerial positions with over 13 years in a credit union, 5 years in public accounting at Rehmann Robson and 5 years as a sole proprietor. In her current position she is responsible for finance and budget, risk management, project support, accounting, purchasing, warehouse and inventory, facilities, physical security and executive management strategic planning.

Ms. Velzen has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Grand Valley State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and has been serving since 1997 as a Board Member for the Lake Trust Credit Union. Ms. Velzen is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, as well as a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs.

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Catherine Fisher, CPA Chief Financial Officer, Lansing Community College

Catherine Fisher was named the Chief Financial Officer of Lansing Community College in 2006. Previously, she served as the Director of Accounting and Payroll. Under her leadership the college has received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Certificate for Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for fiscal years 2009-2011; the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for fiscal years 2010-2013, and the GFOA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting in 2011. LCC’s Purchasing Department has received the Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award for ten consecutive years from the National Purchasing Institute. The Purchasing Department was named the Michigan Public Purchasing Officer’s Association (MPPOA) Agency of the Year in 2010.

Ms. Fisher received her bachelor degree in accounting from Michigan State University. Her professional activities include memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, the GFOA, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the Michigan Community College Business Officers Association.

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Antonia Kraus, MiCPT CPFA Treasurer|Income Tax Administrator, City of Lansing

Antonia Kraus is the Treasurer and Income Tax Administrator for the City of Lansing. Antonia has been with the City for 23½ years. Previously, she served as the Purchasing Director for 17 years and was named Treasurer in August 2006. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University. She has earned her MiCPT (Michigan Certified Professional Treasurer) and CPFA (Certified Public Finance Administrator) designations.

Her background has helped streamline processes in both the Purchasing and Treasurer’s Office through the introduction of procurement cards for use by city employees, acceptance of credit cards/ electronic checks for payment of taxes, and e-filing of income taxes. Lansing is a founding partner is a four city cooperative for processing of income tax returns. This cooperative received the first EVIP grant from the State of Michigan in 2011. Recently, Antonia led a public/private team that received a $1.5 million dollar grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies/Living Cities for a Financial Empowerment Center in Lansing. She currently co-chairs the Asset Independence Coalition in Lansing.

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Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks

Rachael Eubanks, President, Michigan Women in Finance

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Jeff Guilfoyle – Michigan’s Economic, Revenue, and Budget Update

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Brenda M. Szalka – Winning the Change Game: Self-Management in Stressful Times

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Networking Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Allison M. Maki – The Only Woman in the Room

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lynne Lancaster – Changing the Game: What a Difference a Generation Makes!

1:45 p.m. Adjourn

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Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit.

Reservations must be received by April 22, 2013 in order to receive the group rate of $149.00 plus applicable state and local taxes. Discounted daily valet parking is available for $5, overnight valet parking is available for $10.

Shuttle service between the Westin and Comerica Park will be provided.

To make a reservation by telephone, you may call the Westin at (313) 442-1600. Be sure to mention that you are with Michigan Women in Finance to receive the group rate.

Detroit Athletic Club 241 Madison St. Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 963-9200

 

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Ticket Pickup – Conference Info

Tuesday, May 14 – Tigers Game

Registration, ticket pickup, parking and shuttle service to and from Comerica Park will be available at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Valet parking will be available for a reduced rate of $5 at the Westin Book Cadillac when mentioning MWIF. Registration will begin in the first floor lobby nearest the Washington Blvd. entrance at 5:30pm and will close at 8:00pm. Shuttle service will begin at 6:00pm and will be located at the Michigan Avenue hotel exit. The shuttle will be available for returns starting at 8:00 pm and continue until 10:30pm.

You will need a ticket to enter Comerica Park. The Pepsi Porch is located near Gate B on the second level in right field.

Alternative arrangements for ticket pickup may be made by emailing Kamila Dymerski at kamila.dymerski@pnc.com by Tuesday, May 7th.

Please dress casually and appropriately for the weather.

Remember, all Tigers Game attendees will be entered to win an autographed memorabilia item! You must be present to win.

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Wednesday, May 15 – Conference Program

Valet and self-parking are available at a reduced rate of $7 at the Detroit Athletic Club. Registration and continental breakfast will be available from 8:00am to 8:40am with the conference program beginning at 8:40am.

Professional attire is required according to the DAC’s dress code. No denim clothing of any color or style is permitted at anytime on Club property. For additional details related to the dress code, please feel free to visit their website at http://www.thedac.com.