LaSonia Forté of The University of Michigan, OVP Government Relations has been selected to participate in the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program, an eight-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.
As a Detroit native, I am excited about the opportunity to learn from, and embark upon the Leadership Detroit experience with, this esteemed group of individuals who love and care about the people of the City of Detroit as much as me. I look forward to expanding my understanding of key issues facing the region and of ways I can contribute to the mission of making Detroit an even more wonderful place to live, work, and prosper,” said LaSonia Forté, Associate Director of State Outreach, University of Michigan, OVP Government Relations.
As part of Leadership Detroit’s Class XLIII, Forte will join approximately 70 executives across Southeast Michigan, representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.
I am tremendously honored and excited to take the helm of Leadership Detroit and guide 43 rd class of outstanding individuals through this year’s program. Leadership Detroit offers a unique experience that takes leaders on a journey out of their comfort zones to challenge long- held assumptions and to embrace multiple and diverse perspectives on quality-of-life issues in the Detroit region,” said Devon O’Reilly, senior director of community engagement and leadership development. “Through carefully curated sessions and experiences throughout the year, this class will have an opportunity to better connect with each other, hear directly from key regional leaders across multiple sectors, and enhance their intangible skills that will help them shape this region’s future in their positions of leadership.
As it has since 1979, Leadership Detroit will continue its role in addressing, discussing, and leading conversations important to the Detroit region.
About Leadership Detroit
Leadership Detroit is a community leadership program for executives in Southeast Michigan led by the Detroit Regional Chamber with more than 2,000 alumni. Launched in 1979, the annual, six-month program aims to create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region and to challenge emerging and existing community leaders to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership.
About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out by creating a business-friendly climate and providing value for members. The Chamber leads the most comprehensive education and talent strategy in the state. The Chamber also executes the statewide automotive and mobility cluster association, MICHauto, and hosts the nationally recognized Mackinac Policy Conference.