2015 Annual Conference

Leading the Way: Michigan Women in Motion

Michigan Finance Authority – Open Board Meeting

Thursday May 14, 2015
(4:00 p.m.)

The Henry, Autograph Collection
Plaza Ballroom

Reception – The Ford Rouge Plant


Thursday May 14, 2015
(6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

(attendees must use The Henry shuttle provided to access the Rouge Plant)


Conference Venue – The Henry, Autograph Collection


Friday, May 15, 2015
(8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

The Plaza Ballroom
300 Town Center Dr.
Dearborn, MI 48126


Thursday reception shuttle information: 

Please note that parking is EXTREMELY limited for the Thursday night reception at the Ford Rouge Factory. As a result, we are requesting all MWIF event guests to come directly to The Henry Hotel and take the shuttle to the Ford Rouge Factory reception and tour. The Henry is located at 300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, Michigan, 48126.


Shuttle Departure times from The Henry Hotel to Ford Rouge Reception and Factory Tour: 6:00pm 6:15pm 6:30pm 6:45pm 7:00pm 7:15pm 7:30pm (final pick up)

Shuttle Departure times from the Ford Rouge Plant back to The Henry Hotel: 8:30pm 9:00pm 9:30pm 10:00pm (final pick up)

*Please note that pick up will occur in the same location as the original drop off.

Keynote Speaker


Cy Wakeman

Cy Wakeman is a dynamic national keynote speaker, business consultant, New York Times bestselling author, and trainer who has spent over 20 years cultivating a revolutionary approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, Wakeman’s philosophy teaches people how to turn excuses into results and transform unhappy employees into accountable, successful members of the workforce. Through her prolific work with companies such as Bayer, New York Presbyterian, National Institutes of Health, Hallmark, Verizon Wireless, TD Ameritrade, Wells Fargo, Gilead Sciences, Hospira, and Medtronic. Wakeman has helped eliminate tired, impersonal management techniques in favor of a reality-based revolution.

Wakeman’s professional journey began when she was promoted to her first management position in the late 1980’s. Rather than forcing ineffective, traditional management practices into her workplace, Wakeman began developing and teaching her employees a reality-based mindset. 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 company 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.

Wakeman’s acclaimed new 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.

Named one of the “Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow” on Twitter, Wakeman’s influence continues to build. Her programs are consistently ranked by participants as the single most impactful training they have ever received.

An expert blogger on FastCompany.com and Forbes.com, Wakeman’s ideas have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post, and on SHRM.com. She has 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 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 worldwide. In 2012, she received the “Outstanding Leadership Award” from the World HRD Congress in Mumbai.



jen_guarino2 Jen Guarino

Jen was recently honored as the Minnesota Manufacturing Awards CEO of the Year for her revitalization efforts as CEO and co-owner of JW Hulme, a 100+ year-old American-made leather goods brand that she brought back from near-bankruptcy.

Now the Vice President of Leather goods for Shinola Detroit, she is continuing her passion for domestic manufacturing by leading the development of Shinola’s Detroit-based leather goods manufacturing efforts.

She is also the Founding Chair of The Makers Coalition in Minnesota, a collaboration among business, education and social services to provide certified industrial sewing training, apprenticeships and jobs. The second chapter of The Makers Coalition is currently in the planning stages for Detroit with Jen’s participation.

Jen holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma, and completed special study programs at the Academy of Arts, San Francisco. Her early career focused on product design, but she eventually transitioned to business development—becoming the Vice President of Brand Management for The Sak in 1998, then in 2003 as CEO and co-owner of JW Hulme. Her commitment and passion is to quality domestic leather goods manufacturing.


erin-rohdes Erin Rohde

Erin is the Director of Global Treasury Operations for Ford Motor Company, an over one hundred year-old iconic automotive organization ranked number eight on the Fortune 100 list with a market cap of $63.7B. In her role, Erin has responsibility for global transactional settlements, securitization reporting and compliance within Ford Treasury. Leveraging a team spanning two continents, Erin currently leads initiatives that include managing the development and launches of new, advanced global Treasury and securitization reporting systems. She is also guiding alignment and centralization of the Company’s international Treasury operations functions, working with affiliates around the world to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.

Erin holds a BBA and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and began her career at NBD in 1994 in Commercial Banking. She also spent time in the Credit Underwriting and Loan Syndications Origination groups before leaving to join Treasury at Ford Motor in 2000. At Ford, Erin has held a variety of Treasury positions including Manager of European Pension Assets, Manager of Foreign Exchange and Derivatives Trading and Manager of Securitization Operations. Most recently, Erin was Manager of Ford Credit Strategy where she worked closely with the Company’s global affiliates and spearheaded efforts related to financial regulation.


2015 Honorary Chairs

Nicolette-Bateson Nicolette N. Bateson, CPA, MPA Chief Financial Officer, City of Detroit Water & Sewerage Department

Nicolette N. Bateson (Nickie) is the first Chief Financial Officer for the City of Detroit Water & Sewer system. Since joining the department in February 2013, she has initiated a transformation of the finance function, is supporting an organization-wide optimization process and customer outreach program as well as addressing the challenges that arose with the City of Detroit’s Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy. Previously, as a specialist with Michigan State University Extension, she performed research and facilitated communication between state and local officials on all matters related to fiscal stress and legacy costs. The latest report released in February 2013 quantified and analyzed municipal legacy costs throughout the State of Michigan.


LindaLutz Linda Lutz Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Linda leads all aspects of financial planning and reporting, cash management, risk management, information technology, facilities and human resources, and acts as a liaison with third parties on contract management. She is also a trustee of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 38 and 812 Pension Fund. Prior to joining the Symphony in 2013, Lutz was the Finance Director at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Lutz is a CPA and began her career in public accounting at Deloitte after earning her Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Accounting at the University of Michigan.


GlennaMacDonald Glenna M. MacDonald, CPA, CFO Director of Finance, Howell Public Schools

Glenna M. MacDonald, joined Howell Public Schools in December, 2014, as the Director of Finance. Prior to that, she served as the Supervisor of Finance at Huron Valley School District for six years and the Director of Accounting for Brighton Area Schools for ten years. Ms. MacDonald’s experience also includes 10 years of public accounting experience with Arthur Young, Ernst & Young and Post, Smythe, Lutz and Ziel. In addition, she has five years finance experience in non-profit entities with the Michigan Metro Girl Scouts and Huron Services for Youth.

Ms. MacDonald is a member of Central Michigan School Business Officials, Michigan School Business Officials and is a Past-Chairperson of the Michigan School Business Officials Finance Committee. She has also served on the Board of Michigan Class, a local government investment pool, since 2008. Ms. MacDonald received her Bachelor of Science, Major in Accounting, from Northern Michigan University and is a certified public accountant.


Anne-Wohlfert Anne Wohlfert Director of Student Financial Services, Michigan Department of Treasury

Anne Wohlfert is the Director of the Student Financial Services Bureau, located within the Michigan Department of Treasury. She is responsible for the State’s Scholarships and Grants division, the Student Loan Repayment Programs, and the State’s 529 College Savings Plans.

Anne has been involved with the student financial aid industry for the past 38 years. She began her career at her alma mater Western Michigan University where she earned her BS and MPA degrees. Anne served as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid while at WMU. In 1985, she began working with State financial aid programs in Lansing. Anne later served as the Director of Financial Aid at Oakland Community College before returning to the State as the Director of the Student Scholarships and Grants division. She began her new position as the Bureau Director in November 2013.

Anne was an Educational Policy Fellowship fellow and is the recipient of the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association President’s Award and the Distinguished Service Award.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

4:00 p.m. Michigan Finance Authority Open Board Meeting – The Henry, Autograph Collection Plaza Ballroom

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Networking Event – The Ford Rouge Plant


Friday, May 15, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks

• Cheryl S. Wald, President, Michigan Women in Finance

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

• Jen Guarino – Shinola: The Value Gap – The New Bottom Line

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

• Erin Rohde – Ford Motor Company: In The Driver’s Seat: Managing A Career In Corporate Treasury

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Networking Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

• Cy Wakeman – Reality Based Leadership (Part 1)

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

• Cy Wakeman – Reality Based Leadership (Part 2)

2:00 p.m. Adjourn


Hotel Accommodations


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

The Henry, Autograph Collection 300 Town Center Dr. Dearborn, MI 48126

To make reservations online*, click on the following link: Room Reservation MWIF 2015 Conference

To make a reservation by telephone*, you may call The Henry, Autograph Collection at (888) 709-8081 Be sure to mention that you are with Michigan Women in Finance to receive the group rate.

*Reservations must be made by April 30, 2015 in order to receive the group rate of $139.00 plus applicable state and local taxes.

Early Bird Prize!

Don’t delay – win a free stay at The Henry, Autograph Collection!

Register to attend our 2015 annual conference by March 15th, 2015 and your name will be entered into our Early Bird Drawing for a chance to win a one night stay at the The Henry, Autograph Collection during our May 2015 MWIF annual conference! Non-transferable, must attend to obtain one night room credit.


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