YESHIVA BETH YEHUDAH

 

ANNUAL DINNER 


DETROIT MARRIOTT RENAISSANCE CENTER

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 2021

4:30 PM

GUEST
SPEAKER

DR. JILL BIDEN

First Lady of the United States

Jill Biden, Ed.D., is the First Lady of the United States, a community college educator, and military mother. Dr. Biden also served as Second Lady of the United States from 2009–2017.


When Joe Biden became Vice President and the Bidens moved to Washington, DC, Dr. Biden continued her career at Northern Virginia Community College, teaching throughout their eight years in office.


As Second Lady, Dr. Biden focused on advocating for community colleges, military families, and the education of women and girls around the world.


Dr. Biden worked to underscore the critical role of community colleges in the nation’s economy and hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges with President Obama. She also became the honorary chair of the College Promise National Advisory Board, leading the effort to make community colleges free for hard-working students.


Following the Obama-Biden Administration, then-former Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden launched the Biden Foundation and the Biden Cancer Initiative.


Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself was published in 2019. That was followed by her second children’s book, JOEY: The Story of Joe Biden, which was published in 2020.


As First Lady, Dr. Biden continues her work for education, military families, and fighting cancer. She is a professor of writing at Northern Virginia Community College.

OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARDEE

MARY BARRA

Chair and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors

Mary Barra is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors. She was elected Chair of the GM Board of Directors on Jan. 4, 2016, and has served as CEO of GM since Jan. 15, 2014.


Under Barra’s leadership, GM envisions a world with zero crashes, to save lives; zero emissions, so future generations can inherit a healthier planet; and zero congestion, so customers get back a precious commodity – time.


She is focused on improving the customer experience and strengthening GM’s core vehicle and services business, while also working to lead the transformation of personal mobility through advanced technologies like connectivity, electrification and autonomous driving.


Prior to becoming CEO, Barra served as GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain since August 2013, and as senior vice president, Global Product Development since February 2011. In these roles, Barra and her teams were responsible for the design, engineering and quality of GM vehicle launches worldwide.


Previously, she served as vice president, Global Human Resources; vice president, Global Manufacturing Engineering; plant manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; and in several other executive engineering and staff positions.


Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1985, followed by a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990.

Barra serves on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company, the Duke University Board of Trustees and the Detroit Economic Club.


Additionally, she serves as the Chair and founding member of GM’s Inclusion Advisory Board. She is also a member of The Business Council and a Board Member of the Business Roundtable, where she chairs the Education and Workforce Committee and a subcommittee by the same name for the Special Board Committee on Racial Equity and Justice.


CHAIRPERSONS

STEVE STEINOUR



Dinner Chair


Steve Steinour is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, a $175 billion regional bank-holding company delivering a full suite of commercial and retail banking, investment management, and insurance services across the Midwest through Huntington National Bank and its affiliates.


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JIM & NANCY GROSFELD


General Chairs


So many in the Detroit metropolitan area (and beyond) have been touched by Jim and Nancy Grosfeld's generosity. Jim is a distinguished lawyer and enterprising business executive and has chosen to focus his philanthropic efforts on ensuring a strong future for Detroit and its Jewish community.


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JERRY NORCIA

 

 

Event Chair

 

Jerry Norcia is president and chief executive officer of DTE Energy. Norcia was named DTE Energy president and chief operating officer in 2016, responsible for strategic oversight and operations of the electric and gas utilities, and the two large non-utility businesses. He joined the company in 2002 as president of the Gas Storage and Pipelines business. He has also held the positions of president of DTE Gas and DTE Electric prior to his current role.

 

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MARK DAVIDOFF

 

 

General Chair

 

Mark Davidoff recently became president and CEO of the Fisher Group, after serving as the managing partner of the Michigan practice of Deloitte LLP for 14 years.  Mark was the Yeshiva's 2018 Outstanding Leadership Awardee.

 

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AMBASSADOR
DAVID T. FISCHER


Honorary Chair


Chairman Emeritus of the Suburban Collection, David T. Fischer, has served as Chairman Emeritus of the North American International Auto Show, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the College for Creative Studies. In 2009, working with the College for Creative Studies (CCS), Fischer chaired the Capital Campaign Committee supporting the renovation of the historic Argonaut Building into the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education as part of the CCS campus.


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SANDY PIERCE

 

 

Campaign Chair

 

Sandy Pierce joined Huntington in 2016 with the merger of FirstMerit and leads our Private Bank; Insurance Agency; Auto, Marine and RV businesses; and Regional Banking. Pierce was Vice Chairman of FirstMerit Corporation and Chairman and CEO of FirstMerit Michigan.

 

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