Roz Brewer, Among Other Notables, Honorees at Michigan Women Forward 

A native Detroit businesswoman forging a dynamic path in the healthcare space is once again in the spotlight for her work that more than speaks for itself.
Rosalind “Roz” Brewer, chief executive officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and a member of the WBA Board of Directors, is one of a handful of women soon to be recognized for her prestigious work in the community and beyond.
Michigan Women Forward (MWF) is honoring Brewer, among others high-profile women at the 2021 Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame inductees with a virtual induction ceremony at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

 

Brewer, who leads over 450,000 colleagues to help people across the world live healthier and happier lives, is in this year’s cohort of Hall of Gamers, which also includes Deborah White-Hunt, Diana Sieger and with historical inductees Lila Neuenfelt, Sarah E. Ray and Fannie B. Peck. The six honorees will join the 333 women who are presently in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

“We are so proud and excited to welcome these six powerful women into our Hall of Fame,” said Carolyn Cassin, MWF President and CEO. “Their stories of perseverance, innovation and inspiration will resonate with women in Michigan for years to come.”

Earlier this year in March, Brewer was named the new CEO of Fortune 500 Company, Walgreens.

Previously, Brewer, led the helmet as COO of Starbucks and prior to that the former CEO of Sam’s Club is a Case Tech graduate.

Brewer, who defies any boxed in category of her, is also a proid graduate of Spelman and later Stanford Law School before paving the way as the first Black Woman to serve as Starbucks’ CEO and sit on the board of Amazon.

The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame festivities will continue with in-person and virtual meet and greet events featuring the contemporary inductees:

The virtual induction ceremony, where attendees will hear from all inductees, is free with purchase of a meet and greet ticket. The in-person meet and greets will include networking, drinks and appetizers. Ticket prices range from $60 to $100, and can be purchased on MWF’s event page.

 

Sieger has been the Grand Rapids Community Foundation (GRCF) president for more than 30 years where she is the leading shift advocate for racial injustice and helped raise more than $5 million to address the COVID-19 health crisis. She immerses herself in community issues and has made contributions to important organizations like Our LGBTQ Fund and Our African American Heritage Fund.

White-Hunt is a retired Detroit Public Schools teacher, and the co-founder and artistic director of Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy (DWDA). She established the DWDA mentoring program to train student dancers on classroom and business assistance and has earned many awards for her work.

Ray graduated from a secretarial training course as the only African American in the class. To celebrate, she boarded the SS Columbia but was removed due to her race. This was one of the test cases that led to the 1954 Brown v. Board Education decision. Later she founded Action House in Detroit to provide safe after-school care, cultural enrichment, academic instruction and food to dozens of families.

Neuenfelt was the first female circuit court judge in Michigan and fought for married women during the 1930s and 1940s for the right to use their birthname. She also served as president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) for two years.

Peck was the first national president of the Housewives League where she led a group of women to help create better conditions for their community. She also founded the Fannie B. Peck Credit Union to give African Americans job opportunities and the chance to create financial legacy.

The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame events are generously sponsored by Comcast, MGM Grand Detroit, Magna, Desk Drawer Fund, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, Ascension, Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Western Michigan University Alumni Association.

 For more information, visit www.miwf.org.

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