Opportunity Detroit - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

No one is sure how they pull it off every week but Paul W. Smith (WJR) and Stephen Luigi Piazza (Quicken Loans) always manage to find new and insightful guests for their weekly radio show on WJR-760 AM. They are masters at getting people thinking about the many opportunities in and around Detroit. Here’s a rundown for tonight’s show.

You’ll dig into a new book that tells everything you need to know about understanding corporate life. R.J. King is author of “Passport to the Corner Office: The Starter’s Guide to Corporate Life.” R.J. is also editor of DBusiness Magazine, which covers companies in metro Detroit that are expanding locally, nationally and internationally. Prior to launching DBusiness in 2006, R.J. was a business writer for The Detroit News for 16 years. If you’re a young professional, tune in to get some tips about the business world.

You’ll learn more about a nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless, at-risk and runaway youth who are gay. Jerry Peterson is the executive director of the Ruth Ellis Center. Jerry has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit industry and with addressing issues that impact lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Ruth Ellis Center is a full-time residential program that is a State of Michigan licensed Child Caring Institution. To learn more, visit RuthEllisCenter.org.

You’ll learn about the bling that a local fashionista’s new company is producing and selling. Diana Russell and her partner, Amy Peterson, are starting Rebel Nell—a company that makes jewelry from unique local materials. They aim to employ, educate and empower disadvantaged women in Detroit by helping them overcome barriers to employment. The pair, whom launched Rebel Neel in March, are focusing on making pendants, bracelets, cuff links among other items. Their goal is to raise $25,000 for their startup funds. Learn more at their company at RebelNell.com

You’ll get the scoop on an online hub for all things transportation in southeast Michigan. Jessica Soulliere is editor and program director of Mod Shift Move Together. Jessica grew up in the area and has always had a love for Detroit. She has a passion for public health issues and Detroit revitalization. Mode Shift Move Together provides news and information about urban planning, public health, street design, biking safety, and transportation legislation. The organization promotes biking and the utilization of green spaces, which foster greater community connectedness.

 Don’t forget to tune in this Friday evening, September 27, at 7 p.m. ET for all that and more!

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