Many stakeholders feel that if the city of Detroit is to rebound from the doldrums of bankruptcy and other economic, social and educational setbacks that have impeded the Motor City from returning to true greatness for decades, such a return to prominence will be through the vision and leadership of the city’s young leaders. The Michigan Chronicle is one of these stakeholders who believe that young leaders hold the key to Detroit’s promising future.
Thus, the Chronicle is proud to unveil and honor its 40 Under 40. After going through more than 200 nominations from peers, mentors, family and other sources, the Chronicle was charged with the tough task of choosing 40 true leaders born after 1974.
Those chosen have exhibited great vision, strong leadership, a love for community, outstanding entrepreneurship, a spirit of philanthropy and a passion to empower others.
Among the Chronicle’s selection is Tosha Tabron, vice president, relationship manager – global philanthropy for JP Morgan Chase. When the company pledged $100 million over the next five years to help the city of Detroit, the company selected Tabron to lead the responsibilities of planning and deploying the large sum of money to Detroit-based non-profit organizations. Passionate about empowering the underserved communities of the city, Tabron, who currently serves on four boards and five loan and investment committees, is dedicated to economic growth and development throughout the city.
The Chronicle’s list also includes Marcus Ivery, senior financial analyst for General Motors. A strong proponent of education, Ivery not only has displayed a high level of expertise with General Motors, but finds time to work with other organizations of empowerment, inclusive of the National Association of Black Accountants, Detroit Rescue Mission, Goodwill Industries and Flip the Script Mentoring Program. He also gives top leadership to Ivery Literacy Foundation, which provides educational resources to children in metro Detroit.
There are 38 other strong African American leaders of distinction, all under the age of 40 that represent such areas as business/entrepreneurship, education, entertainment, health care, media, government, the legal field, manufacturing, community empowerment and more.
The Chronicle will honor its 40 Under 40 leaders on Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, at the Detroit Golf Club on the city’s west side. Chauncey Glover, WDIV/Channel 4 news reporter, will serve as master of ceremonies. This year’s event is sponsored in part by Humana, Chase Bank and Prestige Automotive Group.
Bios and pictures of the Michigan Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 honorees start below.