Chanel Hampton, DYP Executive Team Member, has come home to launch a venture that is taking off faster than she can imagine. Read about Chanel's journey and her mission to foster equitable environments in Michigan institutions large and small.
It’s always good to have a few good conversation starters in your back pocket (or even a joke) when you’re attending a networking event. Breaking the ice with someone you don’t know can be a little intimidating at times, especially if you’re not quite sure how to get a conversation started. Instead of asking someone right off the bat what they do for a living, which I’m sure is a statement we’re all too familiar with answering, we’ve included a few tips to help you get the dialogue going at your next networking event.
Voters should take notice of how candidates visiting Detroit incorporate Detroit culture and community into their campaigns, and young professionals should give every candidate their ear for at least a minute. The way that it is supposed to be, is that every candidate truly has a chance, and no voter can make an educated decision until they've thoroughly looked at their options.
As Detroit gradually progresses in revitalization and regrowth, new companies and professionals are relocating to Detroit, vacant buildings are being purchased and restored, and neighborhoods are being cleaned up. Although a lot can be attributed to professionals leading the improvements that have Detroit on track to come back, volunteers play a major role in it as well.
DYP is excited to present 2 Detroiters, both graduates of Wayne State University, in this month's Member Spotlight! Although new members, Godwin Ihentuge and Jason Brown are avid DYP supporters that can be spotted at events around Detroit. Both joined DYP to become more connected with like minded Detroiters, so be sure to connect with them online and when you spot them around town.
We are excited to announce the launch DYP Member Spotlight!
This is a special feature in order to showcase the amazing work of our diverse DYP member community by highlighting their industry experience, backgrounds, and passions. DYP’s membership ranges from school teachers to investment bankers, from entrepreneurs to web developers, and everywhere in between. Every month, the Membership Committee will present our members on the Member Spotlight platform, a great way to meet your fellow DYP members and discover new friends in your network.
If you would like to be considered, fill out this FORM.
The first DYP Member Spotlight is Tom Choske. Tom is the President and Co-Founder of Freshwater Transit Solutions, LLC, which “works to improve transit in Southeast Michigan.” A Detroiter through and through since birth, Tom graduated from James Madison College of Public Policy of Michigan State University, and works in Detroit because he wants to see it succeed. Tom has accomplished a lot as a young professional. He interned in Berlin at the US Foreign Commercial Service, worked in the Michigan legislature and the US Congress, and working with my business partner to start up Freshwater Transit Solutions. Tom joined DYP to meet other professionals and make the connections that could help me succeed in both business and my career. He is very passionate about current events and enjoys exercising as well as community service. You can reach out to Tom at Tom@FreshwaterTransit.com.
Our second DYP Member Spotlight is Kelly Carter, Senior Consultant at Deloitte Tax LLP. Her passion is to serve her clients through multi-state tax consulting. A native of Oak Park and graduate of Central Michigan University, Kelly studied Accounting Information Systems in 2008 and will earn a law degree from Wayne State University Law School - J.D. in May 2015. Kelly is most proud of her involvements that allow her to serve the youth in her community. Kelly chose to pursue a career in Detroit that put her in a position to give back to those coming through the pipeline. Kelly joined DYP in order to stay connected with her community through other young talented professionals. DYP has allowed Kelly to make life-long friendships and professional acquaintances. The "stay connected" attitude of its members is a blessing, according to Kelly. Kelly enjoys traveling, reading, and Lions Football. She volunteers at The Children's Center of Detroit, NABA, and City Year.
Over 150 Detroit Young Professionals, members and non-members, flocked to Punch Bowl Social for the January 2015 DYP Open House. At the free event, guests delighted in complimentary appetizers and a private cash bar at one of, if not the, trendiest hot-spots in Detroit -- bowling alleys, moose antler chandelier, and quirkiness galore. Young professionals from a wide range of industries connected with both new and familiar faces and met Detroit Young Professional’s newly elected Leadership Team. If you missed out, or even if you didn’t, we’ve got the last word from several of the attendees. It's all here!