Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Featured Speaker May 20th

Sheila Kasselman, Founder 
Topic:  The Sky Foundation

It is estimated that in this year, within the United States, there will be approximately 46,420 new diagnoses of pancreas cancer and the number per year is on the rise. In the general U.S. population, the lifetime chance of developing pancreas cancer is 1 in 71. It is the ninth most commonly occurring cancer, yet it is the fourth leading cause of cancer related deaths. The 5-year survival rate for pancreas cancer is 6%. The majority of these cases will be diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease beyond the ability of curative intervention which translates into over 38,000 cancer-related deaths. However, when discovered at an early stage, the curative rate of pancreas cancer increases dramatically through the use of surgery and chemotherapy.
Sheila Sky Kasselman was diagnosed with early stage pancreas cancer in 2007.  She underwent chemotherapy, radiation and a complete Whipple surgery.  Six months into recovery she began Sky Foundation, Inc. with the mission to raise awareness and fund early detection research for pancreas cancer. 

Since its inception, Sky Foundation has proudly donated $765,000 in seed money to several researchers and institutions.  Sky continues to expand its network 
of supporters in the United States and Canada.

Prior to starting Sky Foundation, Sheila had a long career in the insurance industry as well as owning her own financial services business.  Sheila has three children and four grandchildren.  She enjoys active walks, Pilates, gardening, and a challenging game of bridge.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Featured Speaker May 13th

Kevin Nixon, President 
Topic:  The Music Industry 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Featured Speaker May 6th

Lorna G. Utley 
President & CEO 
Lorna G. Utley has been President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit since October 2007.  She has responsibility for leading an organization of 300 employees in meeting Goodwill’s mission of putting people with employment challenges to work. Goodwill is a recognized leader in training individuals and creating employment opportunities necessary to promote economic self-sufficiency.
Prior to joining Goodwill, Lorna was the President, GM Foundation and Director, Diversity Initiatives and Philanthropy after many years as a GM Human Resources professional.  She was responsible for leading corporate efforts related to diversity strategies and philanthropy initiatives for General Motors Corporation. 
Ms. Utley earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in business, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and a Master of Science in Industrial Relations also from Purdue University’s Krannert Business School.  Both degrees were awarded with the highest distinction.
Ms. Utley currently is the Treasurer for Synergy Partners, LLC, the founding President of the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education, a member of Wayne State University’s Business School Board of Visitors, board member of Michigan Nonprofit, member of the Detroit Athletic Club’s Athletic Committee, past-Chair of Inforum, and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Detroit.  In June 2012, she began a three-year term on the Goodwill Industries International Board.
She and her husband have two sons, one married and living in New Orleans and one living in Brooklyn, NY.  Lorna and her husband, Judson, live in Grosse Pointe, MI.  Her leisure activities include golf, antique dolls, Labrador retrievers and roller blading.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Note from President John Prost

Ed Deeb is our speaker on Wednesday, April 29.  He started and is in charge of Metro Detroit Youth Day on Belle Isle. 

 Each year over 35,000 children come to Youth Day and experience many programs for their benefit and have a

great time.  With 320 volunteer organizations and 210

corporations as a sponsor for this event it is very successful.

President George W  Bush presented Ed with the Points of Light Foundation award.  He is also Chairman Emeritus

of Eastern Market.  He has been recognized by St. John

Hospital, United Way, Salvation Army, Boys and  Girls Club of SE Michigan and many other organizations

for his work in the Detroit Metropolitan area.

Recently,  he and some others have formed the first Detroit Public School Alumni Association through their

Foundation.  Come hear Ed and meet him.

Ed Deeb Speaker on Wednesday April 29th

Please click here to read his bio: