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Karen Brown

Karen Brown is the owner of Savvy Chic, a retail store that carries all the latest trends in fashion and furniture, located in Eastern Market. 

Thom and Diane Linn

Thom and Diane Linn are lifelong Detroiters and advocates for the city. They are also the proud parents of Andy, Emily, and Rob Linn, who are each following in their parents' footsteps to help build a better Detroit. 

Marsha Battle Philpot

Marsha Battle Philpot, known by her artist's moniker Marsha Music, is a writer, community organizer, and lifelong Detroit who has ideas on how Detroiters young and old, new and returning and never left, can work together to shape "new Detroit." 

Olayami Dabls

Olayami Dabls is the owner of the MBAD African Bead Museum, a major repository for African artifacts including sculptures, textiles, pottery, and bead works dating back hundreds of years, from countless cultures throughout Africa.

George N'Namdi

George N'Namdi is the founder of the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enlightenment through the arts. He is one of the nation's leading art dealers, with some 30 years experience as a gallery owner.

Dell & Sharon Pryor

Mother and daughter Dell and Sharon Pryor, among Detroit's earliest art and cultural ambassadors, are the owners of Del Pryor Gallery and Tulani Rose, longtime art institutions located in Midtown.

John Corvino

John Corvino is a philosophy professor at Wayne State University and is probably best known as "The Gay Moralist" for his tireless work in marriage equality and other same sex social issues.

Antonio Cosme

Antonio Cosme is a young artist, activist, and social organizer in Southwest Detroit. He co-founded the Raiz Up, a neighborhood collective of Southwest Detroit residents using hip hop as a tool to create social awareness in their community through community dialog, artistic creation and collective action.

Michelle Srbinovich

Michelle Srbinovich is the Interim General Manager and Digital Director at WDET and co-founder of Girl Develop it Detroit. Girl Develop It empowers women of diverse backgrounds to learn how to develop software. GDI Detroit offers classes and events for female developers and women in the Metro Detroit region who want to learn code.

Joe Gaglio

Joe Gaglio is a principal in risk advisory practice for Deloitte, as well as a passionate social activist closely involved with at leads half a dozen area nonprofits working together for a better Detroit. If you're looking for the line that connects all the various dots of Detroit innovation, it's Joe Gaglio. 

Rashida Tlaib

Rashida Tlaib is a departing State Representative for Michigan's 6th Congressional District, the first Muslim woman to be elected to the state Legislature in Michigan, and only the second to have done so nationally. Recently she also helped secure funding for the Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center.

Veronika Scott

Veronika Scott is the founder of The Empowerment Plan, a humanitarian project to make and deliver coats that are self-heated, waterproof, and transform into sleeping bags at night for people living on the streets.

Devita Davison

Devita Davison is the Community Kitchen Coordinator of Detroit Kitchen Connect, a network of co-working spaces for the city's food entrepreneurs.

Clement Brown, Jr.

Clement Brown, Jr. is the owner of  FAME Shop, a community impact workshop that offers personal branding courses in the areas of fashion, art, music, and entertainment. 

Ryan Myers-Johnson

Ryan Myers-Johnson is the founder of Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, an annual platform that allowed emerging experimental and alternative artists in Detroit to showcase their work in full view of the public.
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