JANE GLEESON

Jane Gleeson has served as the editor of X-OLOGY Magazine for eight years. The magazine highlights the diverse technology sectors in Southeast Michigan and beyond. Gleeson has more than 30 years of experience in the magazine industry, where she has held positions as a writer and editor for a variety of business and lifestyle publications.  READ BLOG


LESLIE SMITH

Leslie Smith, President and CEO, TechTown Leslie Lynn Smith was named President and CEO of TechTown in November 2011. In her time at TechTown, Leslie has brought to bear best practices which will help TechTown scale its entrepreneurial support services, including business acceleration, small company incubation, access to space, talent, capital and networking along with core academic and research capabilities at Wayne State University. Prior to coming to TechTown, Smith served as Director of Business Acceleration at Michigan Economic Development Corporation. READ BLOG


CHARLES DE VRIES

Charles A. DeVries, Senior Director, Automation Alley DeVries plays an integral role in the creation and management of economic development programs for Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association. He interfaces with government agencies and officials, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Automation Alley’s 1,000 member organizations to launch high-growth, early stage tech firms and to promote sustainable economic growth in Michigan’s technology sector. DeVries has 17 years of government and community affairs experience with a focus on economic development, high-tech entrepreneurship and higher education.  READ BLOG


SHARON MILLER

Sharon Miller

Sharon Miller, Vice Chancellor of External Affairs, Oakland Community College Sharon Miller is Vice Chancellor of External Affairs for Oakland Community College. Sharon has been involved with economic and workforce development for 25 years, beginning with the dislocated worker population, then welfare recipients, corporate training and in 2009, she was appointed by the governor to co-chair the Keep Michigan Working Talent Team. Her experience is focused on the areas of economic development, customized training design, corporate partnerships, and collaboration leadership.  READ BLOG