BECOME A SPONSOR

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 9 years, resulting in hundreds of successful hires.

As with many things, COVID-19 has derailed the traditional Thanksgiving Eve event. So, communities around Michigan have decided to come together for a collaborative, multi-day virtual career event between November 17-24, 2020 called Back to Michigan.

Nine regions around the state will host Back To Michigan, a series of virtual networking events where people interested in relocating to Michigan can speak directly with hiring employers. 

 

All funds raised from state-wide sponsorships will go towards promoting the nine events collectively. Consider a sponsorship not only an investment in your company’s talent attraction strategy, but also an investment in your community and our state as a whole.

SPONSOR A REGIONAL EVENT

If you are interested in sponsoring an event for a particular region, please connect with the contacts listed below for more details and sponsorship options for their specific events.

Upper Peninsula
Jason Mack

VP, Business Development

MTEC Smartzone

NW Lower Peninsula
Jennifer Szunko

Executive Director

TC New Tech

Detroit & Flint
Jordan Bagley

Manager, Resource Development 

Detroit Chamber

West Michigan
Jessica Kuster

Program Manager

Hello West Michigan

Lansing
Christopher Sell

Founder & Executive Director

Lansing 5:01

Great Lakes Bay & Central Mich.

Ivy Braden

Investor Relations Specialist

Saginaw Future

NE Lower Peninsula
Audra Leininger

Discover Northeast Michigan

Ann Arbor
Carly Toaz

Events Manager

Ann Arbor Spark

HOW IT WORKS

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

SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

November 17, 2020

3:00-7:00 PM

Upper Peninsula

WEDNESDAY

November 18, 2020

3:00-7:00 PM

Northwest Lower Peninsula

November 17-24, 2020

THURSDAY

November 19, 2020

3:00-7:00 PM

Detroit/Flint

THURSDAY

November 19, 2020

3:00-7:00 PM

West Michigan

MONDAY

November 23, 2020

3:00-7:00 PM

Lansing

MONDAY

November 23, 2020

3:00-7:00 PM

Great Lakes Bay &

Central Michigan

TUESDAY

November 24, 2020

3:00-7:00 PM

Northeast Lower Peninsula

TUESDAY

November 24, 2020

3:00-7:00 PM

Ann Arbor

HOST ORGANIZATIONS

Back to Michigan Sponsors

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