There is a special learning and experience-sharing opportunity through the Leadership Center Affinity Groups. These groups offer a confidential forum to share information and discuss solutions to problems with business peers. Members are encouraged to define their own norms of behavior for attendance, tardiness, etc. and are free to explore any topic of interest. The group may invite outside presenters to address specific subjects. Affinity Group meetings are open to members only; though visitors may attend groups accepting new members twice before joining. Affinity Groups are designed to provide a forum for learning and sharing in a small and confidential setting. Each group consists of 8-12 participants and is moderated by a sponsor. For more information, call Jan Hubbard at 248-823-1392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Walsh Leadership Center offers educational programs to increase the success and sustainability of Michigan's small and family businesses. Members learn from each other in affinity groups, from experts in Hot Topics workshops, and from role models at Michigan Business Success Story events.
All existing groups are accepting new members.
Accounting Office, CFOs and Controllers
Chief financial officers, controllers, and accounting office professionals from private Michigan companies discuss taxes, budgeting, staffing and other concerns in a non-competitive, confidential small forum. Speakers are occasionally invited to present special topics. This group meets at 8 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the Troy campus. Moderators are Ursula Scroggs, CPA, and Jean Stenger, CPA, DKSS CPAs + Advisors.
B2B Service Providers
Members are business owners and business development professionals meeting monthly to explore sales strategies, lead generation, goal setting as well as problem solving and accountability. Note: this is an educational group and no leads are provided nor sales allowed. This group meets the fourth Friday of the month at 7:45 a.m. at the Walsh Novi campus. Moderators are Mark Vincent, Comerica Bank and Susan Virgin, CPA, DKSS CPAs + Advisors.
Females in the Family Business
Wives, daughters, aunts, sisters, and mothers in a family business are invited to attend. Women who own, are partners in, or work for family businesses meet to discuss and share solutions in a non-threatening, non-competitive, non-sales roundtable. This group meets at 8 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Troy campus. Moderators are Ursula Scroggs, CPA, and Jennifer Coon, CPA, DKSS CPAs + Advisors.
HR Directors and HR Professionals attend these sessions where substantive updates are provided and all members share solutions and resources. This group is not open to HR consultants or service providers, members must be employed as HR staff for companies not in the business of providing HR services.
Two groups meet in Troy:
I. 8:30 a.m. on the fourth Friday of the month moderated by Rebecca Davies, attorney, Butzel Long.
II. 9 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month moderated by Tina Marie Wohlfield, A. J. Gallagher.
A third group meets in Novi at 8:30 a.m. on the second Friday of the month, moderated by Rebecca Davies.
Those poised to be next in line to lead a family business or small enterprise discuss legal and personal issues in succession planning. Members are peers who hash out the problems of dealing with the leading generation as they develop leadership skills in preparation for their next role. This group meets the fourth Friday of the month at 8 a.m. and is moderated by Todd Hohauser, CEO, Harvey Hohauser & Associates.