Speaker Date Topic
Norman Lippitt - Attorney Jun 03, 2019 12:00 PM
Law & Societal Changes Since the 67 Detroit Riots
Law & Societal Changes Since the 67 Detroit Riots

Norman Lippitt is a founding partner of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC.  Norman has been practicing law for over 50 years and has gained priceless experience, wisdom and the respect of his colleagues and clients. Norman’s distinguished career began as a prosecutor in Wayne County Recorder’s Court. After a period of time he transitioned his talents and skill in the courtroom to become a criminal defense attorney.  Miraculously, he tried over 100 major felony cases before he turned 30, an unprecedented feat in today’s legal environment.  The tales of Norman’s legal prowess and acumen spread to Lansing, and in 1985, the governor appointed Norman to the bench of the Oakland County Circuit Court, where he served for three and a half years before returning to private practice. 

Since returning to private practice, Norman has tried many jury trials to conclusion involving shareholder actions, contract disputes, employment matters, civil rights and professional liability, among others.  He has successfully defended and resolved major class action suits in both state and federal court. In addition to his civil practice, he has a family law practice and has tried countless large asset divorce cases and other domestic matters.  Michigan’s bench and bar recognize Norman as one of the state’s most outstanding trial lawyers.

Throughout his career he has represented some of the nation’s largest corporations, many privately held businesses and notable people, as well as victims of oppression, particularly women. His reputation is nationwide and on several occasions, he has been asked to serve as local counsel for national law firms.  Locally his reputation of knowledge, persistence and decisiveness has resulted in his appointment as an arbitrator and mediator in various practice areas. 

Blanca Fauble Jun 10, 2019 12:00 PM

Blanca's business experience is broad and deep and includes multiple leadership positions in the global auto industry (Ford and GM) and the retail and food service industries (Saks 5th Avenue and co-ownership of two restaurants Mountain Jacks and Carvers Steaks & Chops).

During her 8 years with Ford Motor Company, she held numerous leadership positions in customer service, marketing, philanthropy and multi-cultural operations. In 2002 she served as an Executive on loan to the United Way of SE MI and in 2004 The National Council of La Raza.

A native of Lima, Peru, Ms. Fauble is fluent in both English and Spanish and speaks conversational French. A graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, she also has completed advanced executive training at Darden University, The Center for Creative Leadership, the Disney Institute, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and Dale Carnegie.

A former chairperson of the Corporate Advisory Board for The National Society of Hispanic MBA’s, Fauble is also a founding member of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology. Her former board service includes:  Girl Scouts of SE Michigan, the Children’s Center in Detroit, Hispanic IT Executive Council. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and INFORUM.

Fauble is a champion for women and children, and currently mentors a group of young women through Women of Tomorrow.

Ken Elkins Jun 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Big Green
Big Green

With their first six Learning Gardens officially installed and a spring planting season under their belts, we think it’s time to introduce our Big Green Detroit team to you, our community of supporters.
Small but mighty, this team of four is making big things happen in the Motor City. After kicking off their very first Detroit Learning Garden at Detroit Achievement Academy early this month, the team has had their hand full with garden construction, planting days, community meetings, and more.

Ken Elkins, Regional Director:

What were you doing before Big Green? COO for school-based mentoring org Winning Futures

What do you love most about Detroit? The grit of the people, the fact that we do not subscribe to the narrative that’s giving about us.  We keep moving forward to move their own story.

Fun fact: I love making people laugh!

Andy Meisner Jun 24, 2019 12:00 PM
Oakland County Treasurer
Oakland County Treasurer

Throughout his career, Andy Meisner has served the families of Oakland County at the federal, state and local levels, presently as Oakland County treasurer, a position he has held since 2009.

Prior, he served three terms as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives. He also served in Washington D.C. as both a congressional aide and vice president of a national nonprofit promoting community based substance abuse