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    Director, Arab American National Museum
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    Professor at University of Michigan Ross School of Business; author; TED speaker extraordinaire; head of Innovatrium
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    Founder & CEO, After5Detroit
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    CEO, Forgotten Harvest
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    Founder and Managing Director, RPM Ventures
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    President/CEO, Marketing Associates
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    VP for Economic Development, Wayne State University
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    Digital Marketing Strategist, Analytics & Loyalty, Chrysler
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    Interim Executive Director of Administration, Brightmoor Alliance; Pastor of Baber Memorial A.M.E Church
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    President, College for Creative Studies (CCS)
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    President, Midtown Detroit, Inc.
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    Director of Media, Social Media & CRM, Chyrsler Group, LLC
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