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Update from the 2008 Class of 10 Over the Next Ten Recipients!

Posted By Michelle Rahl, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Monday, September 22, 2014

Since 2007, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and Grand River Connection have annually recognized a group of young professionals who are expected to grow into this region’s business and community leaders over the next ten years. This recognition – the 10 Over the Next Ten award – now has a class of outstanding recipients that numbers 70 young professionals!

As we get ready to recognize the newest class of 10 Over the Next Ten recipients on Tuesday, September 23 at the University Club, we asked the question – What are our earlier recipients up to these days?

Here are some updates from our 2008 class of 10 Over the Next Ten winners!

Kira Carter-Robertson

Name/Age/Current City:

Kira Carter-Robertson/Age: 39/Resident of Grand Ledge, MI

Then (what was your occupation/employer when recognized):

Healthcare Administrator

President and CEO, Sparrow Specialty Hospital

Now (current occupation, title, employer):

Healthcare Administrator

President and CEO, Sparrow Specialty Hospital

What has happened since you were honored as a 10 Over the Next Ten recipient?

  • Got Married!
  • Increased involvement in Health System wide projects to include a short assignment at an affiliate hospital to fill in gaps until vacancy filled.
  • Increased involvement on both community and national boards: Capital Regional Community Foundation (Vice-Chair, Board of Directors), Dart Bank (Board of Directors), American College of Healthcare Executive Great Lakes Chapter (Board of Directors), National Association of Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (Board of Directors) and Lansing Symphony Orchestra (Board of Directors 2007-2009).
  • Received the “Athena Young Professional Leadership Award”, from the East Lansing Links Chapter in 2011.
  • Received the “Up and Comers Award”, from Modern Healthcare Magazine in 2008.

What factors have helped your development as a professional?

  • Establishing formal mentoring relationships with more seasoned senior level executives
  • Formal participation in leadership development program and assignment of executive coach 2012 – 2014
  • Organization’s commitment to professional growth and development

What is next for you?

Continue to take on increase responsibility across the Health System and seek opportunities to continue to grow and develop as a professional; as well continue to seek out opportunities to serve the community.

Advice to the newest class of 10 Over the Next Ten?

To the Class of 2014, I would like to say Congratulations and job well done.  My advice would be to share with them a short list of principals that I have learned and worked hard to implement along the way that have aided in my success as a leader.

  • Be guided by your values and beliefs. 
  • Live life on purpose for a greater purpose. 
  • Treat others with the same respect that you desire.
  • Show compassion for others in need.
  • Grow stronger with each accomplishment, and even stronger with each setback. 
  • Take accountability for your actions and don’t blame others.
  • Forgive often, but don’t forget, so you can learn from each experience.
  • Give thanks in some measurable way each day.
  • Laugh every day.
  • Reach for the stars
  • Know everything happens for a reason, and there is no better place to be than right here, right now.

"If you don't have your own plan, someone else is going to make you fit into their plan."

-Anthony Robbins


 

Brian Anderson

Name/Age/Current City:

Brian Anderson, 33, Midland, MI

Then (what was your occupation/employer when recognized):

Center City Director, Lansing Economic Development Corporation

Now (current occupation, title, employer):

President and CEO, Middle Michigan Development Corporation

What has happened since you were honored as a 10 Over the Next Ten recipient?

Since 2008, my wife Kasey and I have had three beautiful children and relocated our household to Midland in support of her career with The Dow Chemical Company. In 2010, I accepted the role of President and CEO with Middle Michigan Development Corporation, a regional economic development firm based in Mt. Pleasant. Shortly after our move, we both completed our Masters of Business Administration coursework at Northwood University. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t draw upon the experiences and relationships I built in Lansing, and because of that, perhaps the most difficult part of leaving the community was missing out on the incredible energy of the individuals who’ve elevated the community. Not being a part of that in a community I love deeply is one of the biggest conflicts of my life.

What factors have helped your development as a professional?

Having incredible mentors like Bob Trezise and an aggressive, unrelentingly positive leader in Mayor Bernero has had more to do with any personal success I’ve realized than anything I can single out. Without them and the incredibly talented individuals of whom I had the pleasure of working alongside, I’d never have been put in a position to receive the award or go on to manage my own organization.

What is next for you?

I hope to find contentment, being a father and husband is the most important job I will have in my life and managing a professional household pulls a person in all kinds of different directions. There are so many professional aspirations that I struggle with, I think I personally want to find ways I can be impactful on the world around me without “something having to give.” That means sacrificing some professional opportunities in order to satisfy personal values, so I hope I can find satisfaction in that balance between personal and professional lives. I look back to 2008 and it seemed so easy when anything was possible; now the great challenge is operating within a narrow margin and finding happiness.

Advice to the newest class of 10 Over the Next Ten?

When I first received the award, I hid it away in a box. I was embarrassed by it and didn’t feel I was worthy compared to those whom I’d been chosen alongside. I finally put it on the mantle when I came to realize that they don’t give you the 10 Over the Next Ten award because of anything you’ve done, it is all  about what you can do. This isn’t an award to compliment achievement, it is given to potential. To be truly worth of this award it should be your catalyst, you can’t rest on your laurels now. Get to work; everything for which you’ve received this award is out in front of you.



Camron Gnass

Name/Age/Current City:

Camron Gnass, 38, Lansing, MI

Then (what was your occupation/employer when recognized):

Traction (was called Vision Creative, but same entity), founder and creative director

Now (current occupation, title, employer):

Same

What has happened since you were honored as a 10 Over the Next Ten recipient?

  • Awarded Outstanding Alumnus of Holt High School (2014)
  • Co-founded the Capital City Film Festival (2011)
  • Co-curated TEDxLansing (2010)
  • Co-curated IgniteLansing (2009)
  • Founded a sports publishing company in 2008 producing a monthly magazine and a book
  • Completed 6 years on the board of the Small Business Association of Michigan
  • Currently a Board Member of Impression 5 Science Center & Holt Education Foundation
  • Instructor at Michigan State University in the Advertising Department

What factors have helped your development as a professional?

Curiosity

What is next for you?

Expand the reach for my business. Find continued ways to make help the community a better place to be.

Advice to the newest class of 10 Over the Next Ten?

Don’t let your job title or the company you work for define your involvement in the community or business world. Don’t let naysayers project what could or couldn't happen; only you know what you are capable of.




 Congratulations to the entire 2008 class of 10 Over the Next Ten recipients!

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Young Professionals on Why They #LoveLansing

Posted By Michelle Rahl, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, August 5, 2014

If I’d have been asked where I would start my career a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have predicted Lansing.

I wanted to go off to a big city like many public relations folks do. But that was before I met my mentor. While interning in Lansing, my boss morphed into an incredible mentor. But she went beyond simply mentoring me as a PR professional; she personally introduced me to Lansing. Through this mentor-turned-ambassador, I got to see the close-knit community, affordable living, job opportunities and entertainment side of Lansing. I found that as a young professional, these attracted me to this unsuspecting city. 

With time, I also learned the impact individuals can have in Lansing. One person can easily make waves, and that’s something unique. While building my network, I’ve realized community members are willing to help one another toward success. In Lansing, I have the ability to make a difference. I’m enthusiastic and proud to call Lansing home.

Hannah Leibinger, Account Strategist at Piper & Gold Public Relations



Lansing, Michigan. Asking someone exactly why they live here will yield a myriad of responses: "I came here for college and, well...I just stayed," "I enjoy the peaceful quaintness," and "I can bike and walk anywhere I need to go." I, too, have similar reasons for why I came here, but the sense of community and the warm embrace of its collective culture is what made me call Lansing home. The hashtag "#lovelansing" represents the people of Lansing as much as it represents the city itself. The passion and love people have for Lansing is contagious. If you want to make a positive impact in your community, the support you get here is unmatched. 

 

 I have been lucky to find three wonderful communities in Lansing: an incredibly robust creative collective; a well-established Muslim population; and a world class clinical research community at Michigan State University. From the silhouette of Lansing’s hallmark smokestacks to the Brenke Fish Ladder and all the neighborhoods, our capital city has allowed me the opportunity to thrive and continue to develop my sense of self, for which I am thankful. Lansing, Michigan is where I hang my hat and that is something that makes me very proud indeed.

Khalid Ibrahim, epidemiologist at Michigan State University and the owner/lead photographer at Eat Pomegranate Photography


 

Why I chose to stay in Lansing: This is a question I get asked often, as many of my fellow MSU grads packed up all of those years ago were headed off to big cities around the country: Washington D.C., Chicago, Austin. They were moving out of state and here I was looking to put down some roots in the city I now call home- Lansing.

To me, there is no better place to be at this time in my life than Lansing. I am a young professional with big ideas. While I hold down a 9-5 in the policy world, I consider myself to be a community activist. First and foremost, I am a social justice advocate in all that I do, and hope to make my community as equitable, sustainable and fun as possible. Lansing gives me the opportunity to do just that!

Lansing is the type of community where if you have an idea, the stage is set to go for it! Sure, we may not have the food truck scene, biking infrastructure or environmentally sound policy that cities like, say, San Francisco have, but if you are interested in seeing those things happen, Lansing gives you the opportunity to become a part of that process. Rather than just supporting the ideals that I love, I get to be on committees and have a say in making them actually happen. It feels amazing.

Not to mention, the community of people in Lansing are truly one of a kind.

I am lucky to call Lansing home and hope to encourage others to put down some roots and join the movement of young professionals making a home in this city of endless possibilities and unlimited potential.

Shannon Nobles, Outreach Specialist, Michigan League for Public Policy  


 

Settling down in Lansing seemed like a logical choice for me after graduating from law school at Michigan State.  I grew up here and I already had a good job at a local firm.  However, I quickly realized that most of my friends from high school and law school were gone, and I didn't really know anyone aside from a few work colleagues.  It quickly became apparent that I either needed to make Lansing my own or pick-up and move elsewhere.  Once I started to get involved, the decision was easy.  I was shocked to see how much was already going on in Lansing that had completely flown beneath my radar and how many other young professionals actually lived here.  Given that the area is the seat of state government, home to a Big Ten university, and the headquarters for a number of major businesses, I now realize that this shouldn't have been surprising.  However, I still remain impressed by how easy it was for a young person to get involved in the community at a very high level. 

Lansing is a great place to live, work, and play.  For me, it strikes a perfect balance between life in a small town and life in the big city.  The cost of living is low, and the quality of life is high.  My monthly mortgage payment is lower than many of my friends pay to rent a studio apartment in a big city.  Yet we still have access to fantastic entertainment, from Michigan State athletics and Broadway shows at the Wharton Center to the countless festivals and concerts downtown and in Old Town.  And when it's time to work, there are positions available with world-class employers in virtually every industry, with realistic opportunities for advancement.  Sure, it may be a little easier to find a job in a big city, but in Lansing you can start a career.  As President of Grand River Connection and a member of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, I am invested in helping Lansing attract and retain talented young workers by helping them to see Lansing as I now do.

I may have landed here by default, but I'm certainly glad that I stayed.

Brian Gallagher is an Employee Benefits Attorney with Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C. Brian is also President of Grand River Connection and serves on the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

Tags:  #lovelansing  affordable living  community  entertainment  Lansing  networking  young professionals 

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