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Sustainable Business Form: Intersection of Sustainable Business and Community

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018

8:30am – 12:00pm

Commerce is the channel through which we exchange our ideas, develop our communities, and collaborate to achieve our goals. As a result, it is the practice of commerce that – more than anything else – defines how we impact our environment, our people, and our profits. For this reason, it is critical that the relationship between commerce and community is at the forefront of our business practices.

In this event, we will explore the interrelationship between commerce and community. We will examine the role of triple bottom line business practice in creating a sustainable future for our community.

“Intersection” begins with a panel discussion among local subject matter experts. These conversations will provide insights into the emergent practice of sustainable, triple bottom line business in Detroit. Our panelists include:

Joel Howrani-Heeres
Director of Sustainability, City of Detroit

As a leader in Detroit’s mayoral administration, Joel brings a unique perspective on the challenges associated with the emerging economic, social and environmental movements within the City of Detroit. He provide strategic leadership, tactical guidance, and technical skills to drive triple bottom line (environment, equity, & economics) strategy and actions to help Detroiters improve their lives through creating a healthier, greener, more vibrant city for all.


Dakota Korth
Department Executive, Wayne County Economic Development Corporation (WCEDC)

Currently obsessed with: innovative corporate citizenship models, public-private partnerships, community development, and environmental rehabilitation and sustainability. He is a regional economic development executive focused on brownfield redevelopment, communityinvestment, and corporate retention and attraction. He is an experienced and energetic bridge builder, seeking and implementing innovative ways to link business, entrepreneurship, non-profit leadership, global policy, and public affairs in order to make governments, businesses, and organizations more dynamic, profitable, and impactful in society.


Kimle Nailer
President, Nail Rite

Kimle is President of Nail Rite Construction, where they provide drywall services to both commercial and residential customers, offering full restoration,rehab and renovation services to homeowners. Her team has over 75 years of combined experience,and provide services to meet the needs of contractors building properties in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Nail Rite Construction Website

Kelly Wilson
SE Michigan Local Food Coordinator, Taste the Local Difference

Kelly is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with passions for local, resilient food systems and empowering consumers with knowledge to effectively manage their health and wellness concerns. She is skilled in health promotion, sustainable agriculture, engaging public speaking, and motivational interviewing.

Attendees will then be given the opportunity to participate in a charrette, wherein facilitated small groups will explore perspectives on community, commerce and emerging sustainable business practice.

Locally sourced baked goods, coffee, tea and assorted drinks are included with the admission price.

Our Agenda for the Forum:

  • 8:30AM – 9:00AM Registration and Networking
  • 9:00AM – 9:15AM Introductory Remarks, Updates, and Overview
  • 9:15AM – 10:15AM Panel Discussion
  • 10:15AM – 10:30AM Networking Break
  • 10:30AM – 11:30AM Charrette
  • 11:30AM – 12:00PM Report-Out and Wrap-Up

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