2019 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Announced



For over a decade, the Michigan Chronicle has celebrated local African American women who inspire others through vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service.  This year’s Women of Excellence continue to be those who have shown exceptional success in business, community involvement, and philanthropy.  2019 Honorees will join an elite group comprised of the area’s most influential women. “Each year in character, in manner, and in style; the Michigan Chronicle celebrates phenomenal women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, unwavering conviction, and extraordinary grace,” said Hiram E. Jackson, Publisher of Michigan Chronicle. “In grand fashion, we will honor these inspirational women at our Women of Excellence event on Friday, May 3.” Tables, tickets and sponsorship packages to Women of Excellence are available now. For more information, on tables and sponsorship packages, please call 313-963-5522.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Ambassador Ballroom

2019 Women of Excellence
Induction Ceremony 6pm-8:30pm


Lysette Bailey, Chief Information Security Officer and Operational Risk Officer, Comerica
Amina Bell, Events & Community Affairs Partner, MGM Grand Detroit
Tonya Berry, Vice President Operations Performance, Consumers Energy
April Miller Boise, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, & Corporate Secretary, Meritor, Inc
Faithe Brooks, Evangelist, New St. Paul C.O.G.I.C., NE Michigan Historic 1st Jurisdiction C.O.G.I.C.
Tarolyn Buckles, President & CEO, Onyx Enterprise, Inc.
Tiffany Buckley-Norwood, Employment Law Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Dr. La Donna Combs, Founder and President, Sisters Against Abuse Society
Estrella (Star) Crawford, Vice President, Community Relations Manager, Bank of America
Janette Davis, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Authority Health
Lanie L. Dixon, Director, Performance Excellence & Patient Experience, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland – Trinity Health
Erica D. Donerson, Vice President, Government & External Affairs, Wayne County Airport Authority
Emma Elder-Howell, Partner , Detroit Title & Escrow
Nailah Ellis-Brown, Founder & CEO, Ellis Island Tea
Latina S. Fauconier, Managing Director, Deals – Accounting Advisory Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Bridgett Feagin, Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Receiving, Harper University and Hutzel Women’s Hospitals
Kristy Fercho, Executive Vice President, President of Mortgage , Flagstar Bank
Charisse Gibert, Senior Pastor , Detroit Worship Center
Evette Griffie, Chief of Staff – Customer Service, DTE Energy
Tonya Hallett, Executive Director, Global Manufacturing Human Resources, General Motors
Bessie Harris, Retired Principal, Detroit Public Schools
Tamara Hawkins, Owner, The Zone Dance Center
Orlene Hawks, Director of LARA, State of Michigan
Dr. Anita Hicks, Associate Director, Oakland University, Oakland Center
Jamii J. Hitchcock, Ph.D., Director | Character Education, Diversity & Equity, Birmingham Public Schools
Stephanie Hobson, Sr. Buyer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)
Jacqueline Howard, Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship, Ally Financial
Jehan Crump-Gibson, Co-Founder and Managing Partner , Great Lakes Legal Group
Dr. Tracy Joshua, Vice President, Procurement Indirect, The Kellogg Company
Dr. Portia Lockett, Director of Spiritual Care and Community Affairs, Detroit Medical Center
Beverly Maddox, Director, Signature Events, Detroit Regional Chamber
Telva McGruder, Director, Facilitiy Engineering & Manufacturing Operations, General Motors
Kylee Mitchell Wells, Executive Director -SE Michigan, Ballmer Foundation
Donna Murray-Brown, President & CEO, Michigan Nonprofit Association
Dr. Mayowa Lisa Reynolds, Principal , Detroit School of Arts
Bianca Rogers, International Rep (Special Assigned), UAW-Ford
Dr. Tiffany L. Sanford, Chief Medical Officer, The Wellness Plan Medical Center
Senator Sylvia Santana, 3rd District State Senator, Michigan State Senate
Joya Shepard, Director Human Resources, retired – Orion Assembly & Pontiac Stamping Plants, General Motors
Audrey E. Smith, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Family Medical Center of Michigan, Inc.
Andrea L. Smith, Director, Clinical Practice Improvement, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
Angela Terrell, IT Manager, Business Intelligence, Retired – GM, Ford and DTE Energy
Dana White, Founder & CEO, Paralee Boyd
Patricia Wilkerson-Uddyback, MD, MBA, Vice President of Academic & Community Affairs, Detroit Medical Center
Lisa Williams, Principal, Ferndale High School
Dr. Geneva J. Williams, Business and Leadership Consultant, CEO, Dr. Geneva Speaks
Lakia Wilson, Executive Vice President of Detroit Federation of Teachers, Detroit Public Schools Community District
Chrystal Wilson, Assistant Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District
Maria Woodruff Wright, Vice President of Operations and CFO, The Skillman Foundation
Monique Woods, CEO & Founder, Monique Woods Agency

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