Rise and Thrive

Join us to learn from experts at this Rise & Thrive event.

Embark on a journey of self-discovery as we delve into the essence of grace-driven leadership. Guided by seasoned experts and thought leaders, you’ll uncover the transformative power of empathy, authenticity, and resilience in shaping your leadership style.

Don’t miss this opportunity to redefine your approach to leadership and join a community of like-minded individuals committed to leading with grace and leaving a legacy that resonates far beyond titles. Register now and take the first step towards becoming the influential leader you were meant to be!

  July 11, 2024
  8:30-10:00 AM
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce 500 E Michigan Ave, Lansing
$25 | The event’s proceeds will be dedicated to support a local non profit

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Michelle Gallagher is a nationally recognized business valuation and forensic accounting expert. In
addition to serving clients with valuation for tax and other matters, she leads Adamy Valuation’s family law practice. Her extensive experience includes serving as a trusted consultant, expert witness, mediator, and court-appointed expert. She has testified on behalf of the AICPA at the Department of Treasury hearing in Washington D.C. related to Proposed Regulations under Internal Revenue Code 2704 in 2016. Michelle has spoken nationally at AICPA, ABA and AAML conferences, as well as regionally and locally for a variety of business and professional groups on various business valuation and litigation related topics.

Paula D. Cunningham is the State Director for AARP Michigan. She has served in this capacity
for 8 years.

Prior to joining AARP Michigan, Paula D. Cunningham was the CEO of Capitol National Bank
(CNB). She was the only African American woman in the country to be president of a majority
owned bank. Prior to joining Capitol National Bank, Ms. Cunningham was the first woman to be President of Lansing Community College. Lansing Community College has more than 30,000 students and is the State’s 3 rd largest community college. The main building on the LCC campus was officially
named the Paula D. Cunningham Administration Building in 2006. At the time, this was the only building named after a woman in downtown Lansing. President Cunningham has also been a small business owner. She and her husband owned and managed an 18-hole golf course and she was the founder of an entrepreneurial academy for young people.

Paula Diane Cunningham’s dedication to education, small business and community has been recognized by many organizations. She has received numerous awards and recognition throughout her career, including being inducted in to the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, a recipient of the prestigious Athena Award, Michigan Congressional Black Caucus Trailblazer Award, and she’s been featured in numerous national and state magazines as a woman who “Breaks Barriers”.

Kira Carter-Robertson’s tenure at Sparrow Health System has spanned 24 years in a variety of roles.  She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for UM Health-Sparrow.  Ms. Carter-Robertson received her bachelor’s degree in science from University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in health administration from St. Louis University.  Ms. Carter-Robertson is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves as the Regent for Michigan and Northwest Ohio for the College.

Ms. Carter-Robertson is very active both locally and nationally and served on various community and
healthcare-related Boards over the years to include YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing Capital, Dart Bank
(Current), Capital Region Community Foundation, Great Lakes Chapter of the American College of
Healthcare Executives, Greater Lansing Foundation (Current), Lansing Symphony Orchestra, National
Association of Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals, and Highfields Endowment Committee (Current). In
addition, Carter-Robertson periodically serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Flint Campus through the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences. On a personal level, Carter-Robertson also enjoys traveling, baking and supporting her husband in ministry and missionary work.

Women Rising: A Continuation of Advocacy and Leadership

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