Tuesday, June 19, 2007

UWSEM Launches Emerging Leaders Program

A few weeks ago, I received an email about United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s (UWSEM) new Leadership Next program, and I was bummed. Not bummed about the program – it sounds fabulous – bummed because I can't attend the launch event on June 20. (I’m currently in Kauai and won’t be home until June 27).

Unlike me, though, those of you in Southeast Michigan this week can go. If you're an under-40 up-and-comer in the area or want to be one, you should definitely check it out.

Along with complimentary food, drinks and live music, you'll hear what Troy Clarke, president of General Motors North America, believes today’s executives want in tomorrow’s leaders, and get information on volunteer opportunities that match your interests. Plus, you'll learn about professional development programs to build your skill set. And, if nothing else, you'll meet other young professionals like yourself.

Why join Leadership Next? Besides being part of a dynamic group of people, members of Leadership Next also enjoy a variety of perks, like attending CEO luncheons and skill-building workshops hosted by community business leaders. Members also have a say in Leadership Next events, activities and volunteer opportunities.

Where do I sign up? To join Leadership Next, you must meet the following criteria:

1. Identify with UWSEM’s mission;
2. Register for the program;
3. Be a United Way donor (any amount qualifies).

The Leadership Next kickoff event is scheduled for 6 - 9 pm on Wednesday, June 20 at McNarney’s Public House in downtown Detroit. McNarney's is located at 673 Franklin, east of the Renaissance Center. Parking is available along the street or in the surface lot just to the east of the restaurant.

Questions? Contact Brittany Guerriero or Julie Updyke, or visit the Leadership Next Web page.

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Make a Pit Stop

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

There’s a new bar in town -- Downtown, to be exact -- and it’s giving area sports bars a run for their money.

What’s got people from all over metro Detroit swarming to this new joint? Five simple words: two dollar cans of beer.

No, guys, that was not a misprint. And it wasn’t just an opening night special, either. Walk into the Pit Stop, the Central Business District’s newest bar, anytime during business hours and order two dollar cans to your heart’s content.

But cheap beer isn’t the only thing this no-frills, homey establishment offers. Co-owners Jon Grabowski, Gideon Pfeffer, John Lambrecht and Mark Jerant wanted an inexpensive, fun place to party, and that’s exactly what they’ve created. Grab a beer, kick back and catch a game on one of the Pit Stop’s flat-screens, or save yourself some cash and hit The Pit before or after a local event.

Never pay $10 for a vodka and tonic again! The Pit offers $4 wells and $5 calls, plus make-your-own-submarines for $6. Feeling crazy? Take a seat – literally – in “the driver’s seat”, an exclusive Pit Stop contraption that – well, let’s just say it involves a scantily-clad female pouring a shot down your throat.

For cheap drinks and good times, look for the green awning and the girls with the checkered flags. Your wallet will thank you, and so will your friends.

The Pit Stop is located at 1270 Woodward in the bottom of the historic Broderick Tower.

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