Speaker Date Topic
Blythe Spitsbergen - CARE House of Oakland County Sep 25, 2017
Why it is so important to educate and advocate for children to prevent abuse from happening
Why it is so important to educate and advocate for children to prevent abuse from happening

Blythe Spitsbergen began serving as the Executive Director of CARE House of Oakland County in October 2016. Prior to that, she spent several years working in Metro Detroit-area nonprofits, including the Detroit Historical Society and Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan. At CARE House, she works with a passionate, skilled and courageous team of 40, along with over 100 volunteers. They work together to provide intervention and therapy services for victims of child sexual abuse, in addition to community-focused child abuse prevention programs. Married, with a young son and daughter of her own, she understands the critical services CARE House provides to the community. “Our vision is to impact the safety of every single child in Oakland County, and we need the commitment of our community to do just that.” Her degree in social work and her commitment to giving children and families the opportunity to reclaim their lives is front and center each and every day she walks in the door at CARE House. 

CARE House Outreach Programs

Child abuse is a topic no one wants to talk about.

It's uncomfortable. It's embarrassing. It draws attention to how vulnerable we are as parents and as communities. But just imagine the impact we could have if we all talked openly about this problem. When we talk about the issue of child abuse and take steps to keep children safe, we can create responsible, proactive communities where there is no place for perpetrators to have access to abuse children.

CARE House believes in its vision to impact the safety of every child in Oakland County.
Through its child abuse prevention education programs, CARE House works to make that vision closer to reality.

Let's talk about it...

For children

Body Safety Training

The Body Safety program empowers children with the knowledge to make decisions concerning their own bodies - that is, to object or tell someone when they feel their boundaries have been violated, especially because the people who abuse them are rarely strangers. Our Body Safety training teaches children that inappropriate acts by adults are never their fault. Children can protect themselves by learning to follow basic safety rules. Once we teach children the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching, we can teach them how to recognize it and then how to act on it.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation Safety

For middle schoolers, raises awareness on what human trafficking is, who it happens to and why.

Online Safety Training

For children ages 9-11, teaches children how to protect personal information, deal with online harassment, recognize risks and report victimization to adults

For adults

Body Safety Training

Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children is designed to introduce the average layperson to the concept of child abuse - how many children are at risk of being abused; how it affects children and families; who perpetrators are - and to teach them how to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse in their regular lives, empowering them to protect the children they see everyday.

For professionals

Childhood Trauma Training

Provides education to individuals preparing to become social workers, teachers and other child care workers on trauma-informed care and its benefits for the health and well-being of children.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Training

Provides a basic overview of what human trafficking is and the effect it has on children, and helps individuals to identify and engage victims

Mandated Reporter Training

Professionals who work with children have been mandated by law to report suspected abuse. There are many categories of mandated reporters, including school personnel, child care workers, medical providers, clergy, law enforcement and social workers. CARE House provides training to these mandated reporters on how to recognize and report child abuse.

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Barry Fraser Oct 02, 2017
District 6380 - District Governor Official Visit
Pamela Ayres Oct 09, 2017
FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation
FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation

Pamela Ayres has been in non-profit management for 13 years. She has been with FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation for 4 years and currently serves as President. In this role, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations as well as scheduling long-term initiatives, program growth and development, procurement of new and/or replacement equipment/supplies and spearheading all fundraising events, annual appeal and engagement with board of directors, outside resources, philanthropists, other non-profits and the community-at-large.

FAR uses the creative arts and recreational experiences as therapeutic tools to develop the potential of people with special needs as individuals, as teammates, as family members and as members of the larger community. FAR serves nearly 1200 clients of all ages and disabilities. 

Pamela is also Certified as a Protocol and Etiquette Consultant by the Protocol School of Washington, DC and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

Pamela is a devoted mother to her newly-teenaged son, a daughter, sister and friend to many. FAR has become an extension of Pamela’s family.

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Jennifer Uhlar - Tuition Financing Consultant Oct 16, 2017

TIAA is dedicated to helping those who teach, heal, and serve achieve financial well-being. We are the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields, serving more than 5 million people. We support our customers every step of the way as they plan for and reach financial milestones, just as we have for nearly 100 years. With a nonprofit heritage and award-winning investment performance, we were created to serve and we are built to perform.

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Marjorie Saulson Oct 23, 2017
Vibrant Vocal Power
Vibrant Vocal Power

It’s the one thing that I find both sad and upsetting: seeing capable, talented, dynamic entrepreneurs and business owners stop short of their business goals because of fear.

And when I talk about fear, it’s the three kinds of fear that stop the dreams of more business in their tracks than anything else I have ever seen: fear of public speaking, fear of networking, and fear of talking on the phone.

This is why those are the three areas I have chosen to focus on in my business, and the three things I can help you with; because when you conquer your fear of public speaking, your fear of networking and your fear of talking on the phone, it opens unimaginable doors for your business and for your future.

I believe that all entrepreneurs have a unique message inside of them that they yearn to deliver, that they can deliver; a unique message that will enable them both to share their gifts with the world, and also to reach their own business and lifestyle goals.

I don’t care how many times you have tried and failed, I am dedicated to helping you leverage the power of public speaking, networking and talking on the phone to skyrocket your business.

Overcoming these fears can empower you to:

Attract copious clients, customers or donors (if you are in a non-profit);
Become top-of-mind whenever your product or service is wanted;
Generate increasing numbers and size of sales or donations;
Build the strong relationships that result in repeat business;
Get referrals from your loyal customers and raving fans.
As a public speaking, networking and phone calling coach, I can enable you to become comfortable with actually talking about your business or organization in situations ranging from networking events, to product presentations, to speeches in front of audiences of any size, to talking on the phone with potential clients and business contacts.

By combining my marketing and writing skills, along with my voice acting training, I can work with you to:

Create the magnetizing messages that truly represent your unique business voice;
Develop confidence, competence and ease in delivering your messages during any opportunity that presents itself to you.

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Calvin Ford Oct 30, 2017
Pentastar Aviation
Pentastar Aviation

Pentastar Aviation is a leader in the world of business aviation, providing aircraft management, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services, award-winning FBO services, and private jet charter operated through Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc.

Established in 1964 - originally as the internal flight department for the Chrysler Corporation – Pentastar Aviation has grown dramatically over the years to support the ever-evolving air travel industry. Today, under the ownership and nearly century-old air transportation legacy of Edsel B. Ford II, our operations include a wide range of products and services designed to satisfy the diverse requirements of both individual and corporate air customers. We are committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service excellence to our customers.

We have been servicing both regional and global travelers for more than 50 years and are headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (KPTK), in Waterford Michigan.

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Tel Ganesan Nov 06, 2017
TiE Detroit
TiE Detroit

Tel Ganesan is the Managing Director of Kyyba Xcelerator and Managing Partner of Kyyba Ventures. He is the Chairman and Co-founder of the successful startup Kyyba Inc., a Michigan-based global IT, engineering services company. His focus has been on three different areas: technology, economic and social impact. Prior to founding Kyyba, Tel worked as Lead Engineer at Daimler Chrysler. After Kyybas’ success, entrepreneur Tel ventured into many diverse businesses. He founded Kyyba Xcelerator, a global second stage accelerator and Kyyba Ventures, a Michigan-based private investment fund looking to make investments in companies with significant growth opportunities. Tel has also brought his business acumen to the world of film production.

Ganesan is involved in Detroit’s Chapter of Talent, Ideas, Enterprise (TiE) as a platform to help spread the word about the importance of entrepreneurship as a life-long vocation. Tel is currently the President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Detroit chapter. He has been with TiE Detroit since 2008 and served as the  President of the chapter and Chairman of TiECon.  He led the development of TiE’s flagship conference on Entrepreneurship in Detroit even during turbulent times. Ganesan believes that the Southeast Michigan area has the background to retool its economy, and that small business is the key to the area’s reinvention. Tel is also the Founder & President of the Kyyba Kidz Foundation which aims to promote quality education and necessary job skills for the most deprived group of children and to help them enter the workforce. Kyyba Kidz foundation is also committed to promote and encourage STEM (science, education, technology, engineering and math) education through innovative methods to minority students from the underserved communities. 

He is the Board Member of James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute, Wayne State University. Tel is on the Advisory Committee for the National Veteran Business Development Council, Board of Directors for Global Detroit and also is a member and Board of Advisors of Ann Arbor-SPARK, Global Talent Retention Initiative of Southeast Michigan (GTRI - strengthening and diversifying Michigan’s economy through the retention of top international talent) and Astia (to propel women’s full participation in fueling innovation and driving economic growth). He served as the past VP of American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI). 
Tel has appeared on several TV and radio interviews such as FOX 2 News, Detroit Public TV, NPR, WWJ News Radio and Indian TV Channels. In addition, Tel has been featured in numerous digital and print media such as Financial Times, Detroit News, Oakland Press, Dbusiness Magazine, Corp Magazine. Tel has received several awards of excellence & honor such as Diversity Business Leader, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year finalist - 2014, 2013, 2012, Outstanding Young Asian American of Michigan, Special Tribute for Excellence - Michigan State Senate, Outstanding Service & Contribution Award, Leader & Innovator Award. In addition, Tel is a public speaker and has spoken at several conferences and seminars. 

Tel received his EMBA in Business Administration and Management from University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business and his Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University and Oklahoma State University. Ganesan dons multiple hats -- that of an serial entrepreneur, business leader, investor, mentor, philanthropist, speaker, blogger and movie producer. He believes hard work never goes unrewarded and continues his entrepreneurial journey.