Creating cultures to attract and keep the best talent in Michigan

Michigan needs more young professionals and skilled workers to keep its economy growing, but the labor market is tight, and Michigan faces stiff competition from other states to attract and keep the best talent. Join the College of Business as Murray Feldman of WWJ Newsradio 950 moderates a lively panel discussion among talent experts and young professionals on how Michigan can become one of the most attractive places in the nation to live and work.

University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business: Keeping Talent in Michigan

Meet the Panelists:

  • Rachel Bartels, Executive Director, Hello West Michigan

    As the Executive Director for Hello West Michigan, Rachel Bartels leads the organization’s strategy, operations, and membership. She helps educate employers and prospective candidates about the region. Rachel started with Hello West Michigan as Program Manager in 2013, handling the marketing, communication, and internship program. Besides teaching the basics of digital marketing and integrated communications to interns, she enjoyed the process of preparing her interns for the transition from student to young professional. Outside the office, Rachel’s work with students includes guest lecturing for resume workshops and teaching dining etiquette. She is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth ACG Cup Planning Committee, a business case competition for students giving them real world pitch experience and connecting them with companies.

    Prior to joining Hello West Michigan, Rachel handled the marketing for Aquinas College Career and Counseling Services and worked at Celebration! Cinema as a marketing intern. She was named one of Corp! Magazine’s Most Valuable Millennials in 2015, Grand Rapids Business Journal 40 Under 40 in 2018, and a finalist for the EPIC Emerging Leader of the Year in 2018.

  • Wendy Pittman, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, TalentEi

    Wendy Pittman is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at TalentEi, a Detroit-based company that has brought to market a patented online talent exchange that delivers top talent at a fraction of the cost of traditional recruiting methods, optimizes candidate pools, and increases diversity and inclusion in the recruitment process. With more than 20  years of experience in business operations, nonprofit management and education, Wendy has devoted her career to transforming innovative ideas into practice. She has held leadership positions with the Henry Ford Academy, Soros Foundations and the Humanitarian Aid Foundation, and holds a BA from Oberlin College and MA from Columbia University.

  • Ayesha Saleem, Conversational UX Designer, 2019 UM-Dearborn Graduate

    Ayesha Saleem is the first Conversational UX Designer at Quicken Loans. She is a Detroit native who graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in April 2019 with a B.S. in Computer Science. Outside of her career, Ayesha enjoys consulting at local startups and playing tennis. 

  • KimArie Yowell, Vice President of Talent Development, Quicken Loans

    KimArie Yowell is Vice President of Talent Development for Quicken Loans. Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, Quicken Loans is the nation’s largest mortgage lender and has a single-minded devotion to enabling the American dream of home ownership. Quicken Loans has ranked highest in the country in customer satisfaction for primary mortgage origination by J.D. Power for the past nine consecutive years, 2010–2018. Yowell is responsible for developing and implementing the corporate talent development and organizational effectiveness strategy. She has more than 20 years of experience in client service, sales, and corporate education, all focused on creating organizational success. She is a member of the Siena Heights MBA Advisory Board and in 2018 Yowell was recognized as one of Michigan Chronicle's “40 Under 40” for her exceptional achievements and community service. Yowell holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training, a Master of Management and Administrative Sciences, and a Master of Business Administration.

Murray Feldman, host of the Feldman Report, WWJ Newsradio 950

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Michigan Room, Fairlane Center South
University of Michigan-Dearborn, College of Business
19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126

Marked visitor parking is located at the north end of the building


                                                                                                  Free registration.

WWJ 950 Newsradio
women entrepreneurship week 2019

Recent Events

More Events
Back to top of page