Women leaders to speak at HFCC’s Women’s Recognition Luncheon

DEARBORN – Four prominent women leaders from southeast Michigan
will serve on a panel titled “Women in Public Life: Answering the Call for Leadership” at Henry Ford Community College’s 40th annual Women’s Recognition Luncheon March 22.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Student and Culinary Arts Center, located on the college’s main campus.

This year’s four panelists include:
• Debbie Dingell: Currently
the president of D2 Strategies, Dingell is chair of the Manufacturing
Initiative of the American Automotive Policy Council. She is an active civic and community leader in both Michigan and Washington, D.C., and is recognized as a national advocate for women and children. She recently completed a career at General Motors Corp. as a senior executive spanning more than 30 years, where she headed the GM Foundation.

She is the wife of U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn).

• Brenda Lawrence: The first female and black mayor of the city of Southfield, serving since 2001, Lawrence was the Democratic nominee for Michigan lieutenant governor in 2010.

• Deb Drummond: A military veteran with approximately
10 years experience, Drummond is past president of the local MI-2 Chapter of the Women Marines Association.

• Vicki Barnett: The state representative of the 37th House District, Barnett represents the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills. Previously, Barnett served on the Farmington Hills City Council from 1995 to 2003. She also served as the mayor of Farmington Hills from 2003 to 2007.

Jacqueline Lawson, an instructor in the HFCC Business and Economics Division, will moderate the panel discussion.

To attend the luncheon, contact Cyndi Parrelly
at 313-845-9650 or via email at cparrelly@hfcc.edu.