2016 Annual Conference

Women Transforming Communities Through Education and Collaboration

Reception – Air Zoo of Kalamazoo

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Thursday, May 19, 2016
(6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

6151 Portage Rd.
Portage, MI 49002

Thursday night’s reception will be at the Air Zoo of Kalamazoo, a highly charged, multi-sensory atmosphere that goes beyond anything you’ve ever seen. With a mission of preserving the legacy of flight and a vision of being the number one aviation museum in the world, The Air Zoo incorporates full motion flight simulators, amusement park-style rides and over 50 rare and historic aircrafts.

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Conference Venue – Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center

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Friday, May 20, 2016
(8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

The Arcadia Ballroom
100 W Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Radisson Plaza Hotel, is the site for our conference on Friday. Start your morning with a networking power breakfast beginning at 8:00 am, followed by an exciting conference program in the Arcadia Ballroom at 8:30 am. A great mix of presentations from community leaders will peak your interest as they share how communities are being transformed through education and collaboration.

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Parking
Self-parking in the attached Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites ramp will be available at a reduced rate of $5 per day. The fee will be added to the hotel bill for those staying overnight (please note that your room key provides 24 hour in-and-out ramp access). Conference attendees not staying overnight will receive a discounted ticket to use when leaving the ramp on Thursday and Friday. Valet parking is also available at the standard rate of $25 per day.

MWIF will disburse discounted ticket passes to those persons not staying overnight after the MFA meeting and at the Air Zoo.

Thursday, May 19 – MFA Meeting
The Michigan Finance Authority meeting will be held in Prairies VI (located on the lower level of the Radisson Hotel) starting at 4:00 PM.

Thursday, May 19 – Air Zoo Reception
The Thursday evening reception registration and name tag pick up will be available at the Air Zoo. Transportation service to and from the Air Zoo will be offered via buses provided by Kalamazoo Public Schools and available at the Radisson Plaza Hotel (off of Rose Street) starting at 6:00 PM and available every 15 minutes with the last scheduled pick up at 7:30 PM. The first return trip back to the Radisson Hotel will be available at 8:30 PM. The final return trip to the Radisson will be at 10:30 PM.

Friday, May 20 – Conference Program
Registration will be open starting at 8:00 AM in front of Arcadia Ballroom II located on the lobby level of the Radisson Hotel. Breakfast will start at 8:00 AM in the Arcadia Ballroom II. If you requested a vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan lunch, you will have a separate ticket within your name tag holder. Your server will collect the ticket at lunch time.

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President’s Corner

Mary Kay

We have an exciting conference this year, venturing to Kalamazoo for the first time. Starting on Thursday evening, Michigan Women in Finance invite you to the Air Zoo, a unique venue offering a blend of aviation history and amusement rides. We look forward to continuing the momentum on Friday at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. Focusing on Transforming Communities through Education and Collaboration, our speakers this year include leaders in community based education initiatives and other community-minded businesses. We are very excited this year to bring back Cy Wakemen to deliver a dynamic keynote presentation. You may remember Cy Wakeman from last year’s conference. Because we received such a positive, overwhelming response to her presentation last year, we invited her to join us again this year with a new topic!

Michigan Women in Finance looks forward to sharing how women are transforming communities through education and collaboration and we can’t wait to network with you at this year’s conference.

Don’t miss out on the experience – come to this year’s conference in Kalamazoo!

Sincerely,

Mary Kay Shaver
President, Michigan Women in Finance

Keynote Speaker

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Cy Wakeman is a dynamic international keynote speaker, business consultant, New York Times bestselling author, and global thought leader with over 20 years’ experience cultivating a revolutionary new approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, Wakeman’s philosophy has helped organizations and individuals all over the world learn to ditch the drama and turn excuses into results.

Wakeman’s professional journey began when she was promoted to her first management position in the late 1980’s. Rather than forcing ineffective, conventional management practices into her workplace, Wakeman began developing and teaching her employees a reality-based mindset, one that is founded in personal accountability. What she found was inspiring – her employees were not only motivated to succeed, but they were also driven to deliver results, adapt to change, and emanate happiness on the job. Inspired to help others transform their organizations and their work, Wakeman began consulting and training. Today, she visits more than 200 companies each year, empowering employees and executives alike to take control of and invest in their work.

Named one of the “Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow” on twitter, Wakeman’s influence continues to build. Participants consistently rank her programs as the single most impactful training they have ever received. An expert blogger on FastCompany.com, Forbes.com and The Huffington Post, Wakeman’s ideas have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, Success.com, and SHRM.com. She’s written two books, Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, & Turn Excuses into Results (Jossey-Bass; 2010), and The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, & Will Make You Happier (Jossey-Bass; 2013).

Wakeman’s New York Times bestselling book, The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, shows employees how to calculate their true value to their organization. With an original formula for measuring current performance, future potential, and “emotional expensiveness” – the toll an individual’s actions and attitudes take on the people around them, Wakeman shows employees how to become invaluable team members and learn to love their jobs again.

Wakeman is a highly sought-after conference headliner and holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers. For more information, please visit http://www.realitybasedleadership.com.

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Speakers

larry-bell Larry Bell

Larry Bell moved to Kalamazoo in 1976 to study history at Kalamazoo College, seven years before opening the homebrew shop that would soon grow into Bell’s Brewery. Larry opened Bell’s Brewery in 1985 with a 15 gallon soup kettle and $200. Since then, Larry has grown Bell’s into one of the largest regional craft breweries in the country. In over 30 years of brewing, Larry has been actively involved in shaping the craft beer industry in the United States. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Brewing Studies, sat on the Board of Directors for the Association of Brewer’s, and was the Inaugural President of the Michigan Brewer’s Guild. He currently is active as an Ex-Officio board member of the Beer Institute as well as a member of the American Malting Barley Association Board of Directors. Larry was honored in 2010 with the Brewer’s Association Recognition Award.

Larry is also an active member in Kalamazoo and has served as a board member for the Kalamazoo Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the Economic Development Corporation of Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. In 2010, Larry was presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award from his Alma Mater, Kalamazoo College.

Larry spends his time between Chicago, Kalamazoo, and the Upper Peninsula. He enjoys traveling, the Chicago Cubs, and is an active collector of art, breweriana, and maps among other things.

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marybalkema150 Mary Balkema Treasurer, Kalamazoo County

Mary Balkema is the Kalamazoo County Treasurer. In collaboration with many community partners, she helped create the Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority and has invested over $25,000,000 in the local community through blight removal, house rehabilitation, a new senior housing development and a new mixed income development.

Mary started her political career in 2001 and served three terms as Kalamazoo City Commissioner. In 2007, the treasurer retired and Mary was appointed to serve the remainder of her term. In 2008 and 2012 Mary was re-elected to a four year term.

Mary has volunteered countless hours to help elect leaders to the local, state and national government. Mary is the board chair for the Kalamazoo LISC Local Advisory Committee, she serves as the board chair for the Land Bank Authority and is a board member for Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services.

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janice-brown Janice M. Brown, Ed.D.

Janice M. Brown is currently a Trustee for The Kalamazoo Promise. She was Executive Director of The Kalamazoo Promise, Superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools from July 2000 to August 2007, and prior to that served as Executive Director of Instruction. In addition, she has over 40 years of experience working at all levels of public education. She has been a teacher, consultant, visiting professor, State administrator, principal and central office administrator.

Brown has made State and national presentations for many professional groups, most recently on the economic/educational value of The Kalamazoo Promise. She was named Michigan Superintendent of the Year for her region and received the national Athena Award, the Women of Achievement and the Glass Ceiling Award given to women who have shown outstanding leadership. Her most recent honor was the Crystal Apple Award from Michigan State University. Brown provides leadership at all levels of the community for improved learning for all students and engagement/support from the total community. She currently serves on a number of Boards and committees representing the Promise.

One capstone of her tenure as Superintendent for Kalamazoo Public Schools was the preparation and announcement of The Kalamazoo Promise. Brown continues to be the spokesperson for the Kalamazoo Promise as one of its developers and works closely with Kalamazoo Public Schools and many organizations in the greater Kalamazoo region. Brown has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Katie Couric Show, ABC, The Today Show, CNN, and Good Morning America and most recently on behalf of The Kalamazoo Promise in the New York Times. She currently consults with state and national organizations interested in developing successful postsecondary programs.

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Price-2013 Glenda D. Price, Ph.D., President, Detroit Public Schools Foundation

Glenda D. Price, Ph.D., was appointed to the role of president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation October 1, 2012. In this role, she oversees the soliciting and stewarding of private philanthropic dollars to support successful programs and value-added activities enhancing the educational process for Detroit Public Schools to the ultimate benefit of Detroit students. Prior to her appointment to the DPS Foundation, Dr. Price served as interim president for the Michigan Colleges Foundation in 2008 and as the President of Marygrove College until her retirement in 2006. She was Marygrove College’s seventh president and the first African-American female to hold the position. Dr. Price is a native of Pennsylvania where she attended Temple University. She earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology, a master’s degree in educational media and a bachelor’s degree in medical technology. In addition, she completed the Management Development Program and New Presidents’ Institute at Harvard University.

Immediately prior to coming to Marygrove, Dr. Price served as provost of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. During her tenure, as senior academic officer, she participated in the program that raised more than $100 million for the institution. She held positions as dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at the University of Connecticut and professor and assistant dean of the College of Allied Health Professions at Temple University. During her more than 30 years in higher education, she served on several university boards and committees managing such issues as affirmative action, educational programs and policies and student welfare.

Dr. Price also volunteers with numerous organizations and agencies. Most recently, she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Financial Advisory Board for the City of Detroit. She currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors of Focus: HOPE, as secretary for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the boards of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Compuware Corporation, Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Council of Michigan Foundations, Detroit Receiving Hospital, The YES Foundation and Mercy Education Project, among others.

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2016 Honorary Chairs

mary-balkema120 Mary Balkema Treasurer, Kalamazoo County

Mary Balkema is the Kalamazoo County Treasurer. In collaboration with many community partners, she helped create the Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority and has invested over $25,000,000 in the local community through blight removal, house rehabilitation, a new senior housing development and a new mixed income development.

Mary started her political career in 2001 and served three terms as Kalamazoo City Commissioner. In 2007, the treasurer retired and Mary was appointed to serve the remainder of her term. In 2008 and 2012 Mary was re-elected to a four year term.

Mary has volunteered countless hours to help elect leaders to the local, state and national government. Mary is the board chair for the Kalamazoo LISC Local Advisory Committee, she serves as the board chair for the Land Bank Authority and is a board member for Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services.

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JulieDavis-120 Julie Davis Assistant Superintendent Finance and Operations, Forest Hills Public Schools

Julie Davis joined Forest Hills in September, 2013 as the Director of Finance. She was appointed the Assistant Superintendent position in July, 2014. Prior to her role in Forest Hills, Julie served in several capacities within the Business Office at Grand Rapids Public Schools over the course of twenty years.

Julie is a member of the Michigan School Business Officials and serves on the Michigan Department of Education’s Audit Referent Group. Julie received both her Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Accounting and her Master of Education, Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University.

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StacieDurant-120 Stacie Durant CPA, Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

Stacie Durant joined Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority as their Chief Financial Officer in October 2013, after serving nearly ten years in various other finance director positions finally being appointed in 2011 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Wayne County, the largest County in the State of Michigan. Her appointment was done during the most challenging economic times in Michigan’s history. Prior to her career in municipal finance, Stacie served for ten years in the assurance practice at the national accounting firm of KPMG, LLP (Detroit). Since coming to the Authority, her responsibilities include the development and implementation of all financial policies and procedures for the newly formed entity with an annual budget of over $700 million. She has also spearheaded several fiscal initiatives throughout her career including implementing Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB) statements and pronouncements and overseeing the issuance of the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). She has been characterized as ‘the lady with the iron fist in a velvet glove’.

Stacie is currently a member of the Governmental Accounting & Auditing Task Force of the MACPA, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and has written questions for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. She is a graduate of Leadership Detroit (class XXXVI) through the Detroit Regional Chamber and was a recipient of the 2015 Crain’s CFO of the Year Award. Stacie is also a graduate of the University of Michigan and licensed CPA in the State of Michigan and actively participates on numerous nonprofit boards.

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ShelbiFrayer-120 Shelbi Frayer Assistant Director, Office of School Review and Fiscal Accountability, Michigan Department of Treasury

Shelbi Frayer is the Assistant Director of the newly created Office of School Review and Fiscal Accountability located within the Michigan Department of Treasury. She monitors schools that have been identified under early-warning as well as assisting financially distressed school districts throughout the state of Michigan.

Shelbi has been working in K-12 school finance for over 9 years. She began her career at the Michigan Department of Education, then served as the CFO for two public schools before beginning her career at Treasury. She has received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwood University and her Master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Shelbi also serves in her community as the Treasurer for her local school district’s PTA.

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ChristaMclellan-120 Christa McLellan CPA, Deputy Treasurer-Financial Services, Wayne County

Christa McLellan is the Deputy Treasurer-Financial Services for Wayne County, Michigan’s largest county. In her role she is responsible for managing the County’s $500+ million cash and investment portfolio and securing annual funding for the $200 million Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund. In addition, she serves as the “CFO” for the Treasurer’s office, overseeing the accounting, cashiering, purchasing, budgeting and personnel functions of the office. Prior to joining the Treasurer’s office in 2010, Christa was the Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting for Wayne County and had also worked as an auditor for both Rehmann and KPMG.

Christa is a CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner, and received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. Christa’s professional activities include being the current president of the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association, past president and board member of the Wayne County Treasurer’s Association and a member of the AICPA, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the GFOA and the MICPA.

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HeatherShawa-DeCook-120 Heather Shawa-DeCook Chief Financial Officer, Lansing Board of Water & Light

Heather Shawa-DeCook joined the Lansing Board of Water & Light in February of 2015 as the utility’s Chief Financial Officer. Her areas of responsibility include Finance, General Accounting, IT, Customer Service, and Purchasing departments, as well as a member of the utility’s Executive Team.

Ms. Shawa-DeCook’s background includes serving as the Vice President of Operations and prior to that, as the CFO for Demmer Corporation, a privately held manufacturing company, where she played a key role in facilitating the company’s growth from 350 to 1550 employees, and reaching a sales growth of 400%. She recently served Peckham Inc. as the board president and currently resides on the board. In addition, she is on the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, and is an active member of the Lansing Regional Chamber Political Action Committee. Shawa-DeCook previously served on the Mayor of Lansing’s City Financial Health Team.

Shawa-DeCook received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Northwood University and her Master of Science degree in business from Central Michigan University.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Networking Reception – Air Zoo of Kalamazoo

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Friday, May 20, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Introductory Remarks

      • Mary Kay Shaver, President, Michigan Women in Finance

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

      • Janice Brown, Ed. D. – A Community that Gives: The Kalamazoo Promise

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Networking Break

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

      • Glenda Price, Ph.D. – Do Something: Transforming Public Education

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

      • Larry Bell and Mary Balkema – Bell’s Brewery: A Community Minded Enterprise

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Networking Break

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

      • Cy Wakeman – Business Readiness: Ensuring Our Teams Are Ready for What’s Next

2:30 p.m. Adjourn

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Hotel Accommodations

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A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at:

Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center, 100 W Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49007

To make reservations online*, click on the following link: Room Reservation MWIF 2016 Conference

Enter the check in and check out dates. Click “more search options” and select rate type. Select “promotional code” and then enter the code MWIF. Click “search” and then complete the reservation.

To make a reservation by telephone, you may call the Radisson at (269) 343-3333. Be sure to mention that you are with Michigan Women in Finance to receive the group rate.

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*Reservations must be made by April 28, 2016 in order to receive the group rate of $135.00, plus any applicable state and local taxes.

Early Bird Prize Winner!

Look who won a free stay at The Radisson Plaza Hotel!

Congratulations to our Early Bird Prize winner, Diann Cosme, Student Scholarships and Grants, Department of Treasury. Diann registered by March 31st, and her name was drawn from all of our eligible registrants to win a one night room credit while she attends our 2016 Annual Conference.

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We would like to thank the following companies for their generous support and contribution.

Signature Sponsor

ImageMaster, LLC

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President’s Corner

Mary Kay

We have an exciting conference this year, venturing to Kalamazoo for the first time. Starting on Thursday evening, Michigan Women in Finance invite you to the Air Zoo, a unique venue offering a blend of aviation history and amusement rides. We look forward to continuing the momentum on Friday at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. Focusing on Transforming Communities through Education and Collaboration, our speakers this year include leaders in community based education initiatives and other community-minded businesses. We are very excited this year to bring back Cy Wakemen to deliver a dynamic keynote presentation. You may remember Cy Wakeman from last year’s conference. Because we received such a positive, overwhelming response to her presentation last year, we invited her to join us again this year with a new topic!

Michigan Women in Finance look forward to sharing how women are transforming communities through education and collaboration, and we can’t wait to network with you at this year’s conference.

Don’t miss out on the experience – come to this year’s conference in Kalamazoo!

Sincerely,

Mary Kay Shaver President, Michigan Women in Finance

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