What We Do and Who We Are
The Walsh Institute is Walsh College’s direct connection to the business community, offering professional development, custom training, a small business center and networking, and skills enhancement with practical application.
What We Do
Customized Business Training, Executive Education, and Certifications
Walsh faculty-taught sessions tailored to a company’s core issues. Topics range from implementing technology changes to industry-specific certifications.
Educational programs for owners and management teams of small and family business.
Programs include confidential forums, workshops, and discipline specific conferences.
Walsh College offers unique assistance for start-ups and ramping-up businesses. The Blackstone Launchpad is a student/alumni-only program funded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and in partnership with New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, Automation Alley, University of Miami, and Wayne State University, helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop and launch their businesses. Walsh College Business Launch is one of the only online entrepreneur assistance program, open for any start-up in any location.
Jan Hubbard, Leadership Center Director
Jan Hubbard came to Walsh College in the summer of 2000 as assistant marketing director and was promoted to director in 2001. She launched the college’s new family and small business program in 2005. Membership in the Leadership Center has grown to more than 100 business professionals who meet in eight affinity groups and have the opportunity to learn through a workshop series and an annual conference, attracting 200 Michigan business leaders.
Jan has spent her entire career in the non-profit industry, starting in Washington, DC with The American Advertising Federation, where she was Communications Director, then with the Advertising Club of Washington, DC as Executive Director. Upon returning to her home state of Michigan in 1988, she was appointed Director of Marketing and Communications for the United Way of Oakland County. During her 13 years at United Way, Jan was a national resource and a recognized leader for innovative initiatives.
She is a 25-year member of the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the Detroit Economic Club, Automation Alley, and the Troy Chamber of Commerce. Jan holds a B.A. in Communications from Western Michigan University and has done graduate work in Strategic Leadership at Walsh College. She grew up in a family business.
Cindy Rush, Administrative Assistant
Cindy has been with Walsh College since October 2009, returning to work after taking a three-year hiatus to care for aging parents. Cindy started her career in the bookkeeping department at The Royal Oak Daily Tribune. Transitioning to the automotive industry, Cindy worked for Sterling Plastics, later becoming Aeroquip Corporation, and US Farathane. There she worked her way from receptionist to Engineering Program Coordinator Supervisor, working in, or closely with almost every department including Scheduling, Purchasing, Shipping, Quality Control, and Accounting. She attended Macomb Community College and the Business 360 program at Walsh College.