Sharing Our Paths of Success: Career Panel and Networking Event

May 12, 2022 8:30 am - 10:30 am
CEW+, 330 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

The average American employee changes jobs 12 times, spending nearly 90,000 hours in employment across their lifespan, according to data collected in 2019. The COVID – 19 pandemic has sharply increased the number of workers changing, losing or retiring from their jobs, which creates an unprecedented opportunity for job seekers who may be considering a career change. Current students actively choosing a course of studies and contemplating post-degree careers paths, may also be reconsidering direction. Navigating change can be both exciting and challenging, and always easier with information and support.

Join CEW+ for a delicious breakfast and a lively conversation featuring a panel of remarkable women. They will share wisdom and insights from their rich career journey, including experiences in diverse fields and across career changes. In keeping with CEW+’s foundational history of honoring both personal and professional identities, the topics selected for the panel will provide an opportunity for each panelist to speak holistically about their career and life experiences.

Following the inspiring panel, there will be time to ask questions, tour CEW+, and learn how we can support you. In addition, workshop participants will be encouraged to continue the conversation about their own career trajectory. Building relationships that offer the opportunity to engage in a reciprocal process of sharing and acquiring information, and giving and receiving support is the key to building a robust network.

8:30 – 10 AM – Breakfast & Panel Discussion

10:00 – 10:30 AM – Networking

Moderator: Christine Euritt – Senior Consultant, The Leadership Group, Friend and Donor of CEW+


  • Dr. Rose B. Bellanca – President, Washtenaw Community College
  • Donna Doleman Dickerson – Chief Marketing Officer, GreenPath
  • Dr. Eva L. Feldman – Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology, U-M School of Medicine
  • Dr. Lynda K. Jeffries – Senior Consultant, The Leadership Group
  • Mary Vandewiele – Real Estate Broker/Investor/Business Entrepreneur


Christine Euritt is a Senior Consultant with The Leadership Group LLC. With a wealth of global experience, Chris has led human resources organizations for Fortune 100 companies to small businesses as well as nonprofits – all in a variety of industries. Her expertise is in developing strong teams, partnering with business leaders in creating workplace cultures characterized by strong leadership and talent development, executive coaching, diversity planning and training, and strategic planning. Chris earned her BBA from Pace University in NY. Active in her community, she believes in giving back through volunteering and participating on nonprofit boards and committees such as Washtenaw Community College Foundation, Ann Arbor Autism Foundation, University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women+, the Ann Arbor Community Kitchen, and The Ann Arbor Art Center.


Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, EdD, now in her 11th year, is president and CEO of Washtenaw Community College. She is responsible for the administration and strategic direction of the college, which serves more than 18,000 students and has an annual operational budget of more than $100 million. Before WCC, she was president of Northwood University’s West Palm Beach, FL campus and president of St. Clair Community College. She obtained her bachelor’s, master’s, and Doctor of Education degrees from Wayne State University. A forward thinker, Dr. Bellanca has overseen development of new curricula and programs related to the mobility and skilled trades sectors—the jobs of the future.

Donna Doleman Dickerson is a collaborative leader with expertise in building brands and repositioning businesses of all sizes for accelerated growth. Donna currently leads the marketing and brand initiatives of GreenPath Financial Wellness with a deeply customer-centric lens. Her creative spark and rigor in developing its new integrated marketing and communications strategies generated significant impact on GreenPath – reaching more new people than ever before in the company’s 60-year history. Recognized for her transformative strategies for over 25 years, Donna’s passion for strategic marketing has taken her expertise to global companies, nonprofit organizations, governmental, and small businesses. Donna earned a bachelor of science in health care administration from Florida A&M University and a masters degree in business administration from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Eva L. Feldman, MD, PhD, is the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology at University of Michigan. With 30 years of continuous NIH funding, she directs the NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies, a consortium of biomedical investigators from multiple disciplines. She has published over 500 papers on pioneering research in ALS and brain health and directs her own laboratory of 25 scientists. Feldman currently chairs the Neurology and Psychiatry section of the National Academy of Medicine and served as President of the American Neurological Association. She cites the training of over 100 clinical and research fellows and 10 doctoral graduate students as her greatest achievement.

Dr. Lynda K. Jeffries, a Senior Consultant with The Leadership Group, Lynda assists organizations in capacity building, strategic planning, executive coaching and leadership development. Lynda has a PhD in Education/Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University, a MBA in Management from the University of Detroit Mercy, an Education Specialist Certificate from Wayne State University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University. She is an ACE Certified Executive Coach with the Council of Michigan Foundations, University of Michigan LSA, Genesee County Chamber and the Witness Foundation. Lynda serves in leadership roles on a variety of nonprofit boards.

Mary Vandewiele is currently establishing her fifth career as a licensed realtor for the Reinhart Company in Ann Arbor. She began her career as a clinical dental hygienist, which then led her into the field of technical sales working for two different European dental manufacturing companies. She continued in this career path working as a Director of Marketing for retail dental products. Mary always had an entrepreneurial spirit and solid business mindset which aided her when deciding to switch careers again. This time she had an opportunity to become a co-owner of a vitamin/natural and organic business start-up. She applied her sales, marketing, and business skills taking the company from one store to the current fourteen store chain. She holds an AAS in Dental Hygiene, a BS in Psychology and Chemistry and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.