DETROIT: Each year, Crain's Detroit Business takes in nominations for young achievers making an impact on the places they live and the people they serve. These nominees include business owners, nonprofit starters, community organizers and more.
Among the nominations are 40 people who are crafting a difference through their career in the Motor City "based on factors such as financial impact and community leadership," according Crain's. One of the leaders chosen in this year's 40 Under 40 has used her entire career making an impact in the Detroit-area: Barton Malow's Dannis Mitchell.
As Diversity Manager, Mitchell is helps Barton Malow follow through with its stated core purpose, "Building with the American Spirit." She's been a key driver in making the company a truer reflection of the communities it serves. For her, taking said purpose and internalizing its message is only one part of the equation. The other part is pointing that message outward in an authentic and meaningful way. Mitchell creates strategies that utilize Barton Malow's resources and contacts to ensure proper inclusion in its workforce. Moreover, she manages relationships with stakeholders like union representatives, development organizations and educational institutions to further strengthen the bonds the company has forged with its neighbors. That has culminated in her efforts and success in being an integral part of getting Detroiters hired in projects like the recently completed Little Caesars Arena and the upcoming Hudson's Site Development project.
"It's truly an honor to be recognized by peers for on-going work centered around community engagement. I'm thankful for the support of Barton Malow's leadership in trusting me with such an important role within the organization," says Mitchell. "I really hope to make the impact of being a change agent in how people perceive the skilled trades by educating the public and creating opportunities among untapped talent pools."
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