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MCEEA 2017 Annual Conference

Atheneum Suite Hotel Detroit 1000 Brush St. Detroit, MI 48226

Wednesday, June 14 to Friday, June 16th!

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"Create, Innovate, Invigorate"

Attend MCEEA 2017 to make new connections and reconnect with your peers. Develop new insight and skills from professional development workshops. Discover creative and innovative business solutions for career services professionals and HR recruiters to  invigorate your upcoming recruiting season!  

Thursday, June 15, 2017 9:00am 

Keynote speaker: Jacques Panis, President Shinola


   Jacques joined Shinola in 2010 to lead the company’s product development and strategic brand      direction. Leveraging his dynamic portfolio—from serving as a founding member of Webosaurs, where   he oversaw the interactive division for Dallas-based animation studio, Reel FX, to his 10-plus years of   industry knowledge spanning product marketing, branding and sales—Panis became President of    Shinola in 2013.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:45pm 

General  Session speaker: Diane M. Antishin , VP Human Resources DTE Energy

  Diane M. Antishin is vice president of Human Resources Operations for DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.

She is responsible for talent acquisition and HR consulting for DTE’s utility and non-utility businesses, workforce planning and analytics, compensation, benefits and wellness functions, strategic labor and employee relations.

Antishin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree in Human Resources Management from Wayne State University. She is a board member of the American Society of Employers and the Haven-Oakland Foundation.

Friday, June 16, 2017  9:00am 

General Session Speaker: Andrew Humphrey, Meteorologist WDIV-Detroit 

    Andrew Humphrey, CBM, is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist, can be seen  weekends on Local 4 News Today starting at 6am and on Local 4 News at 6 and  Local 4 News at 11. Tech Time With Andrew Humphrey features the latest local and  global news in the arenas of science and technology.

 Andrew is proud to have earned the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist  (CBM) distinction. This and many other honors are indicative of Andrew's passion  for weathercasting and storytelling that helps people stay informed and safe.

He came to WDIV from the Fox News affiliate station WUPW-TV in Toledo, Ohio, where he was chief meteorologist. Prior to being chief, he was seen around the world on CNN and CNN International and got his start in Washington, D.C. at NBC's WRC-TV and then Fox's WTTG-TV.

Born and raised in Silver Spring, Md., near the nation's capital, Andrew went to school in Wolverine country, earning his BSE in Meteorology from the University of Michigan. He went on to earn his MS in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he wrote his thesis on "The Behavior of the Total Mass of the Atmosphere."

Friday, June 16, 2017  1:00pm Panel Discussion

Innovative ideas for Developing a Global Workforce in Michigan

   Steve Tobcoman, Executive Director Global Detroit

    Steve Tobocman has launched innovative nonprofit enterprises in community development,    immigrant economic development, and other arenas. Since 2009, Steve Tobocman has      spearheaded Global Detroit, a regional economic revitalization strategy mobilizing Metro  Detroit’s immigrant potential. Global Detroit is nationally-recognized as an innovator and  expert in leveraging international talent to fill regional businesses’ unmet talent needs,  catalyzing the growth and development of immigrant entrepreneurs, and building a global  region with competitive advantages in job creation, business growth, and community  development.

Steve has led the creation and growth of the Welcoming Economies Global Network (WE Global), a ten-state regional network of 20+ local immigrant economic development peer initiatives is helping to make the Rust Belt a leader in immigrant innovation. Global Detroit serves as the lead consultant for the entrepreneurship learning cluster in the White House’s Building Welcoming Communities Campaign, a Presidential effort to encourage local communities to engage in immigrant and refugee integration efforts. Steve also has helped to develop the Building from Within Alliance, a national network of local micro-enterprise initiatives targeting immigrants and low-income communities of color.

Karen Phillippi, Deputy Director Michigan Office for New Americans  

Karen Phillippi is the Deputy Director of the Michigan Office for New Americans. She has been working in immigration law for 25 years. Karen began her work in immigration law by serving as the Immigration and State Department Specialist for US Senator Don Riegle. Most recently, she was the Immigration Services Business Manager for Miller Canfield's immigration practice, and she spoke at numerous seminars on immigration-related topics. Karen is very passionate about immigration and immigrant integration, and serves as Board Chair for Global Detroit; Steering Committee member for the WE (Welcoming Economies) Global Network; and, she’s on the advisory boards for the Global Talent Retention Initiative, Welcome Mat Detroit, and Welcoming Michigan. Karen is very active in promoting the benefits that immigrants have on the economy, and making Michigan a more immigrant-friendly state.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Michigan State University.

    Tracy Schauff, Senior AttorneyFakhoury Law Firm

   Before joining FGI, Tracy Schauff has accumulated over twenty years’ of experience in immigration law within    traditional law firms, as a solo practitioner, and as in-house counsel. Her commitment has been guided by two  overarching goals: to help U.S. businesses acquire the very best talent available and to help individuals and their  families make better lives for themselves. “I saw first-hand the struggle that parents went through to complete  the adoption/immigration process,” she recalls. “Since then, I have also seen the need for a diverse

and educated workforce to enable our U.S. business and industries to grow and innovate. It is the beneficial development of U.S. opportunities that excites me in this ever-changing field.”Tracy works with FGI clients in the automotive, IT, academic, and medical fields and specializes in all major areas of immigration law practice with a particular focus on compliance issues. She enjoys, as she describes it, “working with clients to audit and streamline processes to ensure that we are meeting their goals and maintaining compliance.” 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Masters of Arts in political science, both from Bowling Green State University, and her J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law. She is licensed with the Supreme Court of Ohio. Tracy is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), Global Detroit (Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce), and the RAIN (Research Administrator) committee at the University of Michigan. She has given numerous presentations and training sessions to such bodies as the League of Women Voters, the Michigan Association of International Educators, the American Society of Employers, the University of Michigan, ACIP, and AILA.

 Weihong Sun, Director International Student Office, University of Detroit Mercy  

Weihong Sun is the director of the International Student Office at the University of Detroit Mercy. She has 12 years of experience in international education and specializes in immigration policies for international students and scholars as well as teaching English as a Second Language. She is the University’s Principal Designated School Official for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program at the Department of Homeland Security. She also oversees the J1 Student and Scholars Exchange Program at the University.   

Before coming to the United States, Ms. Sun was an Associated Professor of English as a Foreign Language at Huaiyin Normal University and worked as a research fellow in Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading in Great Britain. 

She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Nanjing Normal University in China and earned her master’s degree in English from Morehead State University in the United States. She is currently a member of National Association for International Educators (NAFSA).  

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