WOMEN WHO LEAD | WEEKEND EXPERTS

Join Ann Thomas and Luanne Thomas Ewald for a spotlight show on women who are leading the way in business, civics, and humanity. Monthly shows offer insight on guest accomplishments, with background that is sure to inspire the rise of our next generation. Find their empowering stories here …

MEET THE 2022 “WOMEN WHO LEAD” HONOREES:

Women Who Lead” honors female leaders from throughout the Great Lakes region who are influencing our communities in positive ways. Each year, we honor 12 of these amazing ladies at our Women Who Lead Honoree Ceremony. These women come from all backgrounds and fields … business leaders, small business owners, community organizers, civil servants, volunteers, and more.  Each offers an inspiring story of a women who is leaning in and pushing the world to new heights.

HONOREES, PRESENTED BY GM AND LEAR COPORATION:


September 24, 2022 ~ Founder and executive director of Make Food Not Waste Danielle Todd is committed to making every morsel matter. Her non-profit focuses on education efforts that keeps food out of landfills, thereby slowing the effects of climate change through food upcycling. The process puts surpluses to good use, helping to feed those in need, with the remainder used for animal feed, energy creation, and future growth through composting.


September 24, 2022 ~ Jane Shallal has dedicated her life to helping refugee families succeed, providing the foundations that offer hope and inspire success. In her work with the United Community Family Services / Chaldean American Ladies of Charity, Jane grew an organization that continues to provide an established gateway of amenities, including housing assistance, language courses, job training, food assistance, and more. Through her efforts, Jane has had the blessed fortune of making the promise of America a reality for thousands.


July 23, 2022 ~ As the US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Dawn Ison oversees an operation that employs over 220 individuals in committed service to more than 6.5 million Michigan residents. A self-described daughter of Detroit, Ison rose through adversity with a belief in community and a mission to serve. Her extensive resume has established her as a leading advocate, rooting out systemic discrimination in housing, policing, and employment, while finding no-nonsense solutions that get violent criminals off the streets.


May 28, 2022 ~ As vice president of sustainable workplaces and chief sustainability officer for General Motors, Kristen Siemen helms the global automaker’s vision of creating a safer and more energy-efficient world. In her role, Kristen dedicates herself to creating sustainability strategies that employ clean energy and combat climate change. Her goal: to help GM eliminate tailpipe emissions in new light-duty vehicles by 2035, and to become completely carbon neutral by 2040.


May 28, 2022 ~ Dr. Donna Rockwell is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of the online community, Already Famous: Embracing Inner Celebrity. Through this group, teens and young adults realize that by comparing themselves to what they see on social media, they might well be inviting self-rejection. Dr. Rockwell has made it her mission to help her patients learn how to overcome this negativity, creating a self-actualization that empowers well-being and bolsters success.


April 23, 2022 ~ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Properties CEO Melinda Coffin, who is a proud member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, melds her tribal roots with an extensive knowledge of gaming and the entertainment industry to create world-class destinations that provide exceptional service to both her community and her guests.


April 23, 2022 ~ Dr. Erika Newman has dedicated her life to caring for and enriching the lives of others. As the section head of pediatric surgery at C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and surgical director of the Mott Solid Tumor Oncology Program, Dr. Newman works every day to give hope to families and to heal those who face great challenges. Dr. Newman has also dedicated herself to reimagining the medical workplace, offering organizational strategies and equality standards that are helping those around her achieve new levels of excellence.


March 26, 2022 ~ As president and chair of the DTE Energy Foundation, Lynette Dowler has dedicated herself to empowering growth and progress within the communities that DTE Energy serves. With a focus on six areas of giving – arts and culture, humanitarian needs, community transformation, economic progress, education and employment, and the environment – Lynette and her team aspire every day to propel hope, progress, enrichment, and a brighter future for us all.


February 26, 2022 ~ Mott Pediatric Heart Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Romano works every day to give hope to families with children who suffer from congenital heart disease. Learn how Dr. Romano’s skills and compassion are leading her field, while helping kids live long and healthy lives.


February 26, 2022 ~ Hospitality industry expert Lisa Banish’s career has taken her from hopping tables at the family diner to hosting lavish affairs for high-profile VIPs. Learn how Lisa cut her culinary chops in marketing, management, and operations to perfect industry-leading experiences for some of the market’s premier entertainment and fine dining brands.


January 22, 2022 ~ MTD Consulting Group Founder and CEO Jennifer Mefford talks about her organization’s efforts to connect owners, developers, customers, and communities to the construction services and career opportunities within the union construction industry.


January 22, 2022 ~ “Woman Who Lead” honoree Nancy Tellem tells of her longtime career in the entertainment industry, plus her efforts in co-founding BasBlue, a nonprofit space for women dedicated to creating pathways and opportunities through connection, mentorship, and personal development.

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MEET THE HOSTS:

ANN THOMAS

Ann Thomas is the executive producer of “The Paul W. Smith Show,” heard weekdays from 5:30 to 9 a.m. on 760 WJR.  She is also the executive producer for the radio station, overseeing the work of all 760 WJR producers.  After graduating from Michigan State University in 1982, Ann began her career at 760 WJR as an intern, and has remained a part of the team ever since.

During her tenure at 760 WJR, Ann has received numerous awards.  Honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, United Press International, the Associated Press, and the Detroit Press Club all celebrate her work both on and off the air.  She was recently inducted into the Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame, and is the 2014 recipient of the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s Women & Leadership in the Workplace Award.  She has also been given the prestigious “Diamond” award from the Association for Women in Communications.


ANN THOMAS

Ann Thomas is the executive producer of “The Paul W. Smith Show,” heard weekdays from 5:30 to 9 a.m. on 760 WJR.  She is also the executive producer for the radio station, overseeing the work of all 760 WJR producers.  After graduating from Michigan State University in 1982, Ann began her career at 760 WJR as an intern, and has remained a part of the team ever since.

During her tenure at 760 WJR, Ann has received numerous awards.  Honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, United Press International, the Associated Press, and the Detroit Press Club all celebrate her work both on and off the air.  She was recently inducted into the Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame, and is the 2014 recipient of the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s Women & Leadership in the Workplace Award.  She has also been given the prestigious “Diamond” award from the Association for Women in Communications.

LUANNE THOMAS EWALD

Luanne Thomas Ewald, FACHE, serves as Chief Operating Officer of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University and a Masters in Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University.  

Previously, Ms. Thomas Ewald served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM). Prior to her role as CEO, she was Regional Vice President of Business Development at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) while simultaneously serving as Vice President of Business Development at CHM. She also held positions as DMC Corporate Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, Chief of Staff to the DMC President and CEO, Administrative Director at Hutzel Hospital for the Women’s Health Initiative, DMC Senior Planning and Marketing Analyst.  

Ms. Thomas Ewald has won many awards over the past fifteen years. Most recently, in 2018, she was named as one of the Notable Women in Healthcare by Crain’s Detroit Business and one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s Women to Watch, and in 2019, she was awarded the Leadership Detroit Inspirational Leadership Award by the Detroit Regional Chamber.


LUANNE THOMAS EWALD

Luanne Thomas Ewald, FACHE, serves as Chief Operating Officer of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University and a Masters in Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University.  

Previously, Ms. Thomas Ewald served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM). Prior to her role as CEO, she was Regional Vice President of Business Development at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) while simultaneously serving as Vice President of Business Development at CHM. She also held positions as DMC Corporate Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, Chief of Staff to the DMC President and CEO, Administrative Director at Hutzel Hospital for the Women’s Health Initiative, DMC Senior Planning and Marketing Analyst. 

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