Alternatives For Girls’ Celia Thomas to Participate in Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Class XXXIX  - Alternatives For Girls

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Alternatives For Girls’ Celia Thomas to Participate in Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Class XXXIX 

Sep. 28 2017

Celia Thomas, Chief Operating Officer of Alternatives For Girls, has been selected to participate in the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change. Alternatives For Girls received a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation to support Thomas’ participation in the program.

“I’m very excited to be a part of Leadership Detroit XXXIX and, based on the range of expertise represented by the other leaders chosen with me, I firmly believe that we will evolve as the best team ever!” said Celia Thomas, COO, Alternatives For Girls. As part of Leadership Detroit’s Class XXXIX, Thomas will join 69 executives from across Southeast Michigan, representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

“Real change is fueled by leaders who inspire us to choose new paths and who are willing to bring those pathways into reality,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Our ability to improve the quality of life in the region relies on a clear understanding that leadership is an ongoing activity that calls us to be creative, ingenious and committed to hard work. The Leadership Detroit experience reinforces that understanding by taking leaders out of their comfort zones to challenge long-held assumptions, embrace multiple perspectives, and connect them to a shared passion for the region.”

As it has since 1979, Leadership Detroit will continue its role in addressing, discussing and leading conversations important to the Detroit region. The complete Leadership Detroit Class XXXIX roster is available at


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