Archive for March, 2011

New Program Launch for Professionals in Transition. Focus: Defense Sector

We are proud to announce that our own VP of Emergent Media, Cyndee Harrison, will be a part of a new opportunity for professionals in transition. Wayne State University, in partnership with Macomb Community College, is launching the Defense Employment Transition Program (DETP). The DETP is a comprehensive re-employment program created specifically to meet the needs of unemployed, underemployed, veterans and displaced workers – both white and blue collar. This unique program offers foundational skills for the professional in transition and is highly customized to meet each individual’s needs. The full program is 10 weeks in length, but participants have the opportunity to pick and choose which parts are relevant for their needs. The components of the DETP include:

•Individual Assessment: Comprehensive on-line tools assess your personality, professional interests and workplace skills. A gap analysis helps you evaluate your professional skills against a roster of Defense sector requirements. By the end of the assessment process, you will have a clear picture of the skills you should highlight and the skills that require further development.

•Personal Strategic Employment Plan: The Personal Strategic Employment Plan is similar to a corporate strategic plan in the sense that it drives performance with a set of specific and measurable objectives. Throughout the program you will have a chance to develop and fine tune this plan as your career goals come into focus.

•Professional Coaching: A professional coach will meet one-on-one with you over the course of four one-hour meetings to debrief the assessments and work to create specific and measurable career goals.

•Education Workshops and Clinics: Focused education workshops and hands-on clinics will help you sharpen skills in resume and cover letter writing, networking, job search maximization and interviewing preparation – setting you up for maximum success in the Defense sector job market.

•Mock Interviewing: Mock interviews are conducted to provide a low-risk environment for practicing your interviewing techniques – before you interview in a real setting.

In addition, you will receive personalized feedback from an interviewing skill expert. The program begins with a half-day Orientation session that describes each of these components in more detail and provides an opportunity for participants to ask questions. All sessions will be delivered at Wayne State University’s Macomb Education Center located at 16480 Hall Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038. To register for an Orientation, call 586-498-4000 or visit

For more program information, call 313-577-4449


Rojo Mexican Bistro will host a relief benefit “Detroit Supports Japan” on Tuesday March 29, 2011 from 6:00- 9:00 p.m. , at its Novi location.  Erin Nicole of WXYZ  & local Elite model Tommy Cupples will host the benefit in which proceeds will go to the organization Global Giving through its Japan Relief Fund.


On March 11, 2011 the North coast of Japan experienced a 9.0 megathrust earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded, shortly after a large scale tsunami ensued and created massive destruction and the loss of many lives. “In the wake of the devastation I felt compelled to do something to help the people of Japan, as coincidence would have it a friend of mine local model Tommy Cupples shared the same sentiment he wanted to do something so I jumped on the bandwagon to bring to life  “Detroit Supports Japan”.


Rojo Mexican Bistro will donate the proceeds from the event to the charitable organization Global Giving ( Other sponsors include: Valiant Public Relations & Events, HDC Management, The Diamond Vault of Troy, EXA, & Ambassador Magazine. There will be a silent auction to raise additional funds, as well as EXA will be selling “Detroiters for Japan” t-shirts to support the Japan Relief Fund with Global Giving. More information can be found on Facebook at


“This is a great opportunity for Metro-Detroiters to come together and party for a cause” says Tommy Cupples, event host “Japan needs the international community’s help and Detroit wants to be part of that push.”


If you have any press inquiries please contact Royda Urey, or 248.773.9989.

About Global Giving

All donations go through the GlobalGiving Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 organization, which receives a nominal 15% fulfillment fee. This helps cover the cost of operating GlobalGiving – finding and vetting projects, providing training and support to project leaders, attracting donors, and maintaining an innovative, informative web presence. It also includes the fees assessed by vendors for credit card processing, wires, etc.

Most donors choose to make an incremental contribution at checkout to cover this fee and ensure that 100% of their donation goes to the project(s) that they have selected to support. This results in an average of 90% of all funds donated getting to the grassroots project(s) selected.