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.

NW Lower Peninsula
Jennifer Szunko

Executive Director

TC New Tech

West Michigan
Jessica Kuster

Program Manager

Hello West Michigan

NE Lower Peninsula
Alicia Wallace

Marketing & PR Coordinator
Michigan Works! NE Consortium

Detroit & Flint
Jennifer Orletski-Dehne

Program Coordinator

MICHauto

Lansing
Christopher Sell

Founder & Executive Director

Lansing 5:01

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

VIRTUAL EVENT SCHEDULE

October 11 - December 8, 2021

MONDAY

October 11, 2021

3:00-7:00 PM

Detroit

WEDNESDAY

November 10, 2021

3:00-7:00 PM

West Michigan

WEDNESDAY

November 17, 2021

3:00-7:00 PM

Flint

MONDAY

November 22, 2021

3:00-7:00 PM

Lansing

TUESDAY

November 23, 2021

3:00-7:00 PM

NE Lower Peninsula

WEDNESDAY

December 8, 2021

3:00-7:00 PM

Ann Arbor

THANKSGIVING EVE IN-PERSON EVENTS

November 24, 2021

ANN ARBOR

VENUE NAME
1234 STREET ADDRESS
City, MI, ZIP

3:00-7:00 PM

LANSING
VENUE NAME

1234 STREET ADDRESS
City, MI, ZIP

3:00-7:00 PM

TRAVERSE CITY

VENUE NAME

1234 STREET ADDRESS
City, MI, ZIP

3:00-7:00 PM

WEST MICHIGAN

VENUE NAME

1234 STREET ADDRESS
City, MI, ZIP

3:00-7:00 PM

HOST ORGANIZATIONS

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