Mike Ilitch School of Business Elevator Pitch – Wayne State University

If you go out there with a pitch that
kind of sounds the same as everybody else’s, they’re not going to remember who you are. When I was a freshman, I really did not participate in this kind of program. And
I kind of regret now that I didn’t. I figured, if I could step out of my
comfort zone today then I’d walk away a winner. Higher education is especially
important to us as we look to hire the future of Google. So, to sort of come and
hand select maybe the future of Google here, with us today, was really an exciting
opportunity. I come from a town up north. I came down here to the big city and I
just spoke about how taking in all of the experiences that I’ve been granted,
have shaped me into the person I am and what I value today,
What surprised me most is overall the professionalism is excellent. We’re all
getting smarter as the world is evolving and technology is getting smarter. But
we’re losing some of our soft skills – our ability to maintain eye contact or work
on taking a breath when you’re making a pitch. Or having a conversation with
someone or just having a smile, seems to be sort of somewhat of a lost art. So
it’s really refreshing and invigorating for me to come here today to see that
you’re teaching some of those skills to the students in our future workforce.

Protest 8 Years of War and Occupation

The Iraq war is 8 years old. Despite President Obama’s claim that combat
operations have ‘ended’, more than 50,000 troops remain, backed by tens of thousands
of mercenary private contractors. 4,436 American soldiers are dead. Some estimate that over a million Iraqis have
died, with millions more maimed and displaced. While we lay off teachers, slash social services,
and suffer skyrocketing unemployment at home, this war has cost more than $200 billion this
year alone. The occupation of Afghanistan drags on, and
has expanded into Pakistan, where hundreds of drone bombs fall, remote-controlled from
afar like a deadly video game. The US Government continues to back repressive
regimes and right-wing movements across the Middle East, Latin America and beyond, all
while claiming to support democracy and freedom. Whistle blowers and antiwar activists are
targeted by the FBI, while Muslims and immigrants are scapegoated. This year we’ve seen amazing changes come
from peaceful protests. In Egypt they toppled a dictator. In Wisconsin we’ve seen a political
awakening in hundreds of thousands of ordinary workers. Can we come together as a nation
to finally end the wars and occupation? On March 19th at noon, join us at Michigan
Avenue & Congress Parkway for a rally and march to mark eight years of war and occupation,
and to wish for peace.

Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games engaged CMU community

What’s your sport? Swimming *cheering* To quote Tim Shriver chairman of Special Olympics these games are more than a sports competition
they are a looking glass an example to everyone around the world how people with intellectual
disabilities can and should be included in all aspects of their communities our athletes
have talents and gifts that should not only be recognized but celebrated in sports but
in all aspects of life our athletes are also coaches mentors advocates spokespeople and
more importantly life long friends so welcome to the games friends good luck athletes Long jump of 58 centimeters Lucas Miller 1 2 3 *cheering*

Asset Management at Work

Narrator: Have you ever wondered why a highway is being repaired, again, when another seems to need more attention? Why a bridge is being painted while another appears to need more work? That’s asset management at work, and it’s how the Michigan Department of Transportation and other infrastructure agencies are making the most out of the limited resources available. When applied to transportation, asset management is a process of keeping track of all assets – like roads, bridges, railroad tracks or airports – and what condition they are in. Then, it’s a matter of deciding what parts should be maintained, expanded, or even have work delayed until a more complete fix can be made. It’s all about making the most efficient and cost-effective repair possible in the face of continuously falling transportation revenue. In the past, most transportation agencies took a “worst first” approach. There was enough funding to rebuild roads and replace bridges that needed it. Residents and motorists certainly appreciated that approach, because the structures in the worst shape were fixed quickly. And for many years, that worked just fine. The trouble is, when you wait to fix a road or bridge until it’s beyond repair instead of addressing the problem sooner, it costs more – a lot more. Think of the roof on your house. If a few shingles get blown off in a storm, it’s cheap and easy to have a few new ones installed. But, if you wait until the whole roof goes bad, you’ll have a bigger problem – a lot more damage than just on the surface. That all adds up to a much bigger bill to get things fixed. Compare that to roads and bridges. It’s expensive to wait until they’ve completely crumbled. Using asset management, MDOT gets the most out of its resources to maintain roads and bridges at a safe level. Crack sealing on asphalt and concrete in relatively good shape can prevent serious problems, like keeping water from getting underneath, freezing, and ruining the pavement. Regular bridge painting prevents corrosion, saving money from having to be spent on a replacement bridge. For example, it costs between $1.2 and $1.5 million just to rebuild one lane mile of a road entirely. Even with that complete fix, that work provides a stretch of road lasting 15 to 20 years, and probably would require some maintenance along the way. But by using asset management principles, that same mile of pavement could be resurfaced for about only $100,000, providing five to 10 years of service life before that stretch of pavement would need further repair. That roadway could be resurfaced four times in 20 years, for only half the cost of a full reconstruction. It’s easy to see why asset management adds up to real savings, all while keeping the roadway in better overall condition. But just because “worst first” isn’t the way things are done anymore doesn’t mean that MDOT lets badly deteriorated roads and bridges just crumble. MDOT considers the condition and remaining service life of roads and bridges, as well as expected reconstruction costs, traffic volumes, and safety concerns when prioritizing projects. Safety is always a top priority, and those issues are, and will continue to be, addressed as quickly as possible. Some structures have, unfortunately, reached the point where they need to be rebuilt or replaced. If projects are very large, and can’t be addressed in one year’s budget, the cost can be spread over two or more years. Transportation revenues have been falling farther and farther behind maintenance needs, let alone expansion and improvement project costs. Asset management principles help MDOT make the smartest choices with the money available, ensuring taxpayer dollars are being put to the best and most effective use. It’s all part of how MDOT is working to be Better, Faster, Cheaper, Safer and Smarter for the citizens of Michigan.

What the Haworth College of Business Can Do For You

From the day I started here, I felt like I was a person. I wasn’t just a number. Everything about this college has been amazing. Coming from a small private school, I I just didn’t think I would be able to fit in that well and they really made me me feel welcomed here. When you’re
searching for a college, you wanna find somewhere that you feel like you’re
going to succeed. You wanna find somewhere that feels like home to you. And instantly just stepping foot into the door, I felt both of those things. All of our professors have experience from their fields. It’s not a T.A. teaching your class, it’s the professor. There’s a lot of case study opportunities. Employers come in and give us assignments as opposed to professors doing it. And then you’re giving the employers ideas, and that’s how I ended up getting my first internship.We walked around with professionals in the degree I was thinking about going into and see how they actually execute business and therefore when I go back to that
classroom I’m able to correspond to different theories and practices into
what would actually be happening. so it definitely changes the way I think about classes, because I see so much more value out of that. Everything that you could possible need to succeed as a business student is housed right here in our business college. I found my niche. I found my passion and I really feel like Western has definitely helped me with it. It’s also a good confidence booster just knowing that having Haworth College of Business on your resume, employers know that and they realize how important that is. the College of Business here is all
about that next step: what are you gonna do after this knowledge that you’ve gained? How are you going to improve the world?

Homeless Man Is Working Full Time While Living in a Homeless Shelter.

– [Interviewer] Eric. We’re here–
– Yes, sir. – [Interviewer] We’re here in
Travers City, you’re homeless. – Yes, sir. – [Interviewer] Tell me about it. – Don’t recommend it to anybody. It is a very hard life to live. Even when you’re workin’,
it’s hard to get to and from. I stayed at Safe Harbor for a few months, trying to get on my feet,
trying to get caught up with, like, child support
and past due fines and stuff, and I work in kitchens, so it was hard. I’d get home at, like, midnight, after everybody was already in bed and wasn’t allowed to take
a shower a lot of the times, only allowed on blanket, no pillow. Still got fat, but I ate at work, but, for the most part,
it’s not a fun life to live. – [Interviewer] So Safe
Harbor is a winter shelter. – Yes. – [Interviewer] Yeah. But, because you work nights, or late, it was even more challenging than… – Yep, and we had to
be out no matter what, at eight o’clock in the
morning every morning, so I always had to be up early, even if I got home at 12:30, one o’clock, didn’t fall asleep till two,
I was wakin’ up at seven to go walk around all day to walk to work. – [Interviewer] Yeah, winter
shelters do the best they can, but they really are not set up for people that work second or third shift. – No, not at all. – [Interviewer] That’s for sure. – Not at all. – [Interviewer] They’re mostly set up for chronic homeless
people, get ’em inside so they don’t freeze to death. – It was close to work, so (laughing), I took advantage of it. But now I’m at the Goodwill. Today will be the first night here, and we’ll see how this goes. – [Interviewer] Now, you’ve been working. You’ve been homeless for some
time, and you maintain a job. – Yes. – And you said you like
– Yep. – [Interviewer] to work. – I love to work. I can’t not work. – [Interviewer] So most people, when they see a homeless person, the first thing they say is, “Get a job.” – Right.
– Well, you got a job. – Um hm.
– And you’re homeless. So the job’s not helpin’
you get out of homelessness. – No, but between child supports and fines and the way the cost of
living is up here, it’s tough. – [Interviewer] We saw a tent
earlier across the river here, or the lake or whatever it is, and, I mean, basically, the people in the tent, they’re working,
and that’s affordable housing. – Yep. – [Interviewer] It’s crazy. So, I just met you in the hospital. We picked you up from the hospital. – Um hm. – [Interviewer] And you were
in the hospital because? – Uh, I was attacked. – [Interviewer] And? – And stayed for five days,
had to undergo surgery. On the way back to Safe
Harbor on my day off. – [Interviewer] And you were attacked by a combat veteran going through PTSD. – True. And a very close friend. – [Interviewer] Wow. Can you tell me about it? – I’d rather not on here. – [Interviewer] Yeah,
yeah, no, no, it’s fine. – If… – [Interviewer] Yeah,
no, that’s totally fine. But, being out on the streets is not safe. People don’t realize
there’s so much violence from other homeless people. – Um hm.
– And this was a friend, yeah, so kids come around and, you know, violence is increasing. It’s not safe outside. – And it’s very hard,
it’s hard to get a job when you gotta put address
down on an application, too. ‘Cause they see that and
then they want to know why, and how and why you’re lookin’ for work and why you haven’t had
work, and it’s tough. – [Interviewer] How do
you get around that? – Experience. I’ve been doin’ what I do for 18 years now and have a pretty well-established resume and have the work ethic to back it up. – [Interviewer] What would you want people to know about homelessness that they wouldn’t normally know? – It can happen to anybody. One day you’re on top,
next day you’re down. It can happen to anybody, within an hour. – So–
– You can lose your house, your cars, your kids. – [Interviewer] So your
homelessness happened pretty fast? – Pretty quick. – [Interviewer] Wow. – Um hm. I come from Midland, Michigan, a wealthy town where Dow Chemical is, and lost my house, my kids, my car to a violent relationship. And decided to start over and still workin’ on that (chuckling). – [Interviewer] What’s your future like? – My future is optimistic. The company I’m with is growing. I’m lookin’ forward to, hopefully, running a restaurant
of theirs one day soon. We’re movin’ to a restaurant downtown here in the next few weeks, and they’re gonna turn the
old one into a banquet hall, so they’re gonna be
lookin’ for more employees. I’ve gotten people jobs
before, and we’re still hiring if people are lookin’ for jobs. There’s jobs out there,
if you get out and look, especially in restaurants,
especially in this town. That’s why I came up here, ’cause it’s fairly easy to get a job up here in the restaurant industry. – [Interviewer] Yeah,
now you’re, you said, every time you’re in the
winter shelter, you lost stuff. – Oh, yeah. I’ve lost chef knives,
I’ve lost a bag, a tablet, knick-knacks here and there. They just come up missin’. – [Interviewer] It’s no way to live. – No. No, it’s not. – [Interviewer] If you had three
wishes, what would they be? – A wife, a home, and a family. – [Interviewer] Great wishes. – Uh, huh, 10 years ago (laughing). – [Interviewer] Ah, you’ll get ’em again. – I hope so. – [Interviewer] Well, thank you
very much for talkin’ to me. – You’re welcome. (dramatic music)

HOW WE GOT HERE: Winning a Seat in the Middle Class

Whatever happened to the American dream? The middle class job that pays enough for you to buy a house, raise a family and
maybe even take a vacation every once in a while. The high-paying low-skilled jobs
once promised to high school graduates by the manufacturing sector now seem to
be in Michigan’s rearview mirror and the cost of a traditional four-year college
education has skyrocketed. So what does it take to win a middle-class life in America today? Earlier this year, Emily Hatsigeorgiou was handed the keys to her first home. This here is actually one of my favorite spaces for the light that is in the room. I’m really excited I am a little bit nervous to be completely
honest but it feels really good at 27 BINGHAM: At 27-years-old she’s already hit some of life’s big milestones. Not just homeownership but also marriage and children. But her path to where she is today, renovating a
historic home for herself and her two boys in downtown Howell, wasn’t exactly traditional. HATSIGEORGIOU: Immediately after high school I met my husband and we got married. About 10 months later we welcomed my firstborn George so I chose just to be around for my family and I went straight into retail. BINGHAM: After a second son and a failed attempt to run a restaurant together Emily and her husband ended their marriage. HATSIGEORGIOU: I moved back home with my parents. I started working retail again but because of the hours I wasn’t getting the time I wanted to spend with the boys so I actually got a job with a financial institution which
gave me a Monday through Friday schedule and it was fantastic and then they went
through a restructuring process and I get let go ultimately and I was really
upset I was living at home with my parents I had no degree. BINGHAM: With just her high school education Emily was stuck in low-paying jobs with
a middle-class life far out of reach. So what does it mean to be middle-class?
Economists will tell you it’s a household making between two thirds to
two times the national median income. The average person might just say, “It’s a
comfortable lifestyle.” *RADIO STATIC* *MUSIC* If you’re class in America right now you might argue that right now is the high point. Middle-class household income is higher
now than it’s ever been before plus consumer prices are a lot lower now
compared to back then and also we just have a lot of consumer goods that we
didn’t have back then cell phones big-screen TVs, air conditioning, cars
that last more than a hundred thousand miles, air travel is accessible to the
middle class now, so if you’re middle-class now is the time to be alive. BINGHAM: But the number of Americans in the middle class has been on a steady
decline for decades. In 1971, 61 percent of Americans were considered middle class. By 2016 that number was down to 52 percent. Michigan has pretty much followed the nationwide trend. We were once one of the most prosperous states
in the U.S. In 1959 Michigan had the 11th highest median family income in the
country. By 2017 it had dropped to 34th. DOUGLAS: We’ve gone from being say California down to Alabama if you will. So relatively speaking compared to the other 49 states we’ve lost ground and that’s almost completely due to the
decline of the Big Three auto companies. BINGHAM: The Big Three. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler were instrumental in building Michigan’s middle class. It started in
the early 1900s with Henry Ford’s game-changing $5 a day assembly line
jobs which paid workers significantly more than other factory jobs at that
time. A couple decades later auto workers won the right to unionize following the
Flint sit-down strike of 1936 and 37. Workers occupied a GM plant and forced
it to shut down for 44 straight days as a 20th century rolled on collective
bargaining allowed workers to band together for better wages workplace
rights and benefits, like health care and vacation time. Modern manufacturing
practices lower consumer prices and the end of the Great Depression and World
War II all meant life got pretty good for a lot of people. DOUGLAS: In terms of ease of
entering the middle class it was just a lot easier back then because you could
graduate from high school and get a job at the auto plant, put your 30 years in,
earn enough money for a nice middle-class lifestyle and retire with a pension. BINGHAM: The auto industry was booming and Detroit was the epicenter but its
ripple effects were felt across the state. DOUGLAS: Flint, Saginaw, Lansing even the western side of the state all had huge sources of
manufacturing employment. If you think about all the jobs that manufacturing
would support on top of just the actual manufacturing, the restaurants around the
plant, shops in the downtowns and so forth. It was really auto manufacturing
that caused Michigan to be so prosperous during that time period. In the 1960s the Big Three collectively were responsible for 85 percent of all cars sold in the
U.S. But everything changed in the 1970s. VOICE: Oil reserves are running out… VOICE: Paid off 20 guys yesterday… VOICE: On the verge of bankruptcy. Well, to see a machine doing your job that’s just… Either way it’s going to cost you jobs no matter which way you go… *inaudible* … what do you have to say? There’s not very much to look forward to here anymore. A major recession, fueled in part by the
Middle East oil embargo, lasted for most of the decade. Drivers bought more
fuel-efficient foreign cars while purchases of gas guzzling domestic
vehicles dropped off. For the first time the Big Three started to feel a pinch. At
the same time economic and social changes across the country led to a
significant productivity slowdown stagnating wages. – Also right at that time
period the divorce rate skyrockets with the advent of no-fault divorce. Out of
wedlock births increase over that time period which might have a role in terms
of financial difficulties for households. So you have economic changes that you
also have socio-economic cultural changes. It’s hard to disentangle the
effect of all those things happening. BINGHAM: That 1970 stagnation and average worker
pay is still being felt today despite gains in productivity and record profits
on Wall Street. Unions weakened and union membership declined reducing pressure to
raise wages. Then of course came the 2008 recession which brought with it the
bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler. The housing market famously crashed and auto
sales plummeted too. So, a lot fewer cars being produced, a lot fewer auto workers needed lots of people get laid off permanently as a result. BINGHAM: Dozens of auto plants have been shuttered and eventually demolished. The Big Three market share and the U.S.
has dropped from 85 percent to 44 percent, as Michigan lags behind the rest
of the nation’s record post recession recovery. The middle class is not done
but it’s harder than ever to find an easy route to that comfortable lifestyle. The middle class is here, it’s here to stay but it’s gonna be more difficult to
stay middle class or even grow if you don’t have education. BINGHAM: Higher education is
not exactly a level playing field. Adjusted for inflation the average cost
of a four-year degree at a public university in the U.S. has more than
doubled since the late 1980s but a traditional college education isn’t the
only way to get employable skills. There is still plenty of manufacturing
happening in the U.S. but automation has led to fewer jobs and those that are
left generally require higher skills. TUCKER: We see our Big Three investing hundreds of
millions of dollars in mobility at autonomous vehicles and rideshare
services because that’s really where we’re going. BINGHAM: Brandon Tucker is Dean of
Advanced Technologies and Public Service Careers at Washtenaw Community College.
His school is offering a first in the nation program to fill the skills gap in
auto manufacturing. TUCKER: Employers are fishing for talent their continually tapping us on the shoulder saying, “Please keep doing what you’re doing,” because we’re helping to build that talent pipeline. That’s where Emily Hatsigeorgiou found a road to a
financially sustainable life for herself and her two boys. After a heart-to-heart
talk with her dad she began to think seriously about a career in the auto industry. HATSIGEORGIOU: I asked him about working in automotive because he had been working
at General Motors for 30 years and he was very happy with his career. He thought
that it was a really great idea so that’s when I started to look into
programs that would set me up to go into the automotive industry. BINGHAM: With child care help from her parents and financial assistance in the form of grants and
scholarships Emily enrolled in a two-year automotive
service technology program at Washtenaw’s Advanced Transportation Center. HATSIGEORGIOU: So my first day of class was terrifying. I knew nothing about automotive. Plus
it’s a male-dominated program which is intimidating in itself to be the
minority in a group and my friend Matt he would joke with me, “You
know you could barely even hold an impact gun when you first got here and
now you’re pulling engines out by yourself.” Emily is a prime example of
someone who saw the dream and the promise of what education could do, came
here and sacrificed and before she even graduated had a job offer. BINGHAM: Emily landed an internship at the GM proving grounds in Milford which led to
a full-time job as a vehicle safety technician. She now earns three times
what she did in retail and works in the same building as her dad. HATSIGEORGIOU: When he entered the automotive industry degrees weren’t required and now you can’t even enter a
technician position without an associates so it is significantly different than
when he started. So now being able to see what his job is
and to be able to see him at work in passing and go in his office for a
few minutes to talk that’s a really incredible experience. BINGHAM: In addition to
restoring her home and raising two boys Emily is taking pre-engineering classes
at Washtenaw and plans to eventually enroll in Eastern Michigan University’s
mechanical engineering program. I definitely want to be in this house for
the next 10 to 15 years because I want my boys to graduate from Howell and I
can already envision prom pictures on the porch. So this is Joseph’s room. – I’m gonna put dinosaurs on his wall. – He’s going to put dinosaurs on his walls. BINGHAM: Modern middle-class workers like Emily hold jobs that can’t be automated in fields like manufacturing, health care,
education and the trades. DOUGLAS: The choices you make as a teenager really have a lot of weight in terms of how life shapes up down the road. So if you can graduate high school get a skill, get a full-time job, don’t have kids until you’re married
and then when you’re married stay married. A middle-class lifestyle
is essentially guaranteed. But of course real life is complicated. Education and childcare can be expensive and career paths aren’t always a straight line. HATSIGEORGIOU: Everybody has their own paths and there’s no timeline so don’t give up
because things do get better and things do turn around and just persevere. BINGHAM: Making it into that comfortable middle-class lifestyle is still possible it just
takes a little more strategy than it used to. The evolution of Michigan’s middle class has been complicated. In part because are just so many factors involved. To learn more about the history and future of the middle class and to find resources for
potential career paths and education available to Michigan residents, head
over to MLive.com/howwegothere

Mike Ilitch School of Business – Warrior Strong – Wayne State University

When it comes to business, Warriors mean business. The lessons learned here can be applied
anywhere. Across the country and in the far corners of the world. It’s theory and
practice to prepare you for every idea, opportunity and business model. So if
you’re looking to create, innovate or disrupt, we’ll take that drive and make it
stronger. Because to change the way the world does business you need to be
Warrior Strong.