INTERESTED IN AN EMPLOYER BOOTH?

In 2012, Hello West Michigan and The Right Place hosted the first-annual 'ReThink West Michigan' Thanksgiving Eve event in Grand Rapids. A novel idea, the event was a casual, professional networking evening for former residents looking to move back to the region, better known as 'boomerangs.' 

 

Since then, several other regions have adopted the event model, and ReThink West Michigan has been recognized as a best practice by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Many of these events have become Thanksgiving traditions in communities throughout Michigan over the last 11 years, resulting in hundreds of successful hires.

As with many things, COVID-19 derailed the traditional Thanksgiving Eve event. So in 2020, communities around Michigan have decided to come together for a collaborative, multi-day virtual career event series called Back to Michigan. The collaborative, virtual sessions hosted with employers around the state were incredibly successful, which is why the are now hosted both virtual and in-person.

This year, seven regions around the state are once again hosting Back To Michigan, which will include a series of virtual and in-person networking events where people interested in relocating to Michigan, and current residents who are unemployed, will be able to speak directly with hiring employers. The virtual events will take place between October 1 - November 23, 2022. In-person Thanksgiving Eve events will return on November 23, 2022 in select regions. 

REQUEST AN EMPLOYER BOOTH

If you are a Michigan employer interested in obtaining either a virtual or physical booth for one or more regional Back to Michigan event(s), please connect with the appropriate contacts listed below for more information.

Grand Traverse Region

Molly MacGirr

Events & Programs Manager

Traverse Connect

West Michigan
Jessica Kuster

Program Manager

Hello West Michigan

NE Lower Peninsula
Alicia Wallace

Marketing & PR Coordinator
Michigan Works! NE Consortium

Detroit
Jennifer Orletski-Dehne

Program Coordinator

MICHauto

Lansing
Christopher Sell

Founder & Executive Director

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Ann Arbor
Carly Toaz

Events Manager

Ann Arbor Spark

Upper Peninsula
Jason Mack

VP Business Development

MTEC SmartZone

MOUNT PLEASANT
Kati Mora

Vice President
Middle Michigan Development Corporation

HOW IT WORKS: VIRTUAL EVENTS

We’re targeting businesses interested in recruiting former Michiganders and Michigan residents that are currently unemployed for current opportunities. Representatives from participating employers will network with attendees in a virtual format and promote their current opportunities via the Brazen platform.

 

Use of the platform is provided by Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) Office of Employment and Training.

BRAZEN OVERVIEW

VIRTUAL EVENT SCHEDULE

November 10 - 21, 2022

THURSDAY

November 10, 2022

3:00-7:00 PM

Houghton

THURSDAY

November 17, 2022

3:00-6:00 PM

West Michigan

MONDAY

November 21, 2022

3:00-7:00 PM

Lansing

IN-PERSON EVENT SCHEDULE

 October 7 - November 23, 2022

MOUNT PLEASANT

Friday, October 7, 2022 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. 

Courtyard Marriott
2400 East Campus Drive

TRAVERSE CITY

Thursday, October 20, 2022

from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Middle Coast Brewing Company

329 E. State ST. Unit #2

HOUGHTON

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Time &location TBD

DETROIT

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

5:30-8:00 p.m.

Valentine Distillery

161 Vester Ave. 

ANN ARBOR

Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

4:00-7:00 p.m.

Cahoots

206 E Huron St.

GRAND RAPIDS

Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

5:30-8:00 p.m.

The Atrium at Uccello's 

122 Monroe Center St NW

LANSING

Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

5:01 - 8:00 p.m. 

Graduate East Lansing 

133 Evergreen Ave

HOST ORGANIZATIONS

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