Kerry Doman is the Founder and CEO of After 5 Detroit , a website that highlights events, hotspots and information targeted at young professionals who wish to fully experience the Detroit lifestyle. She also founded Connect After 5 , the fastest growing program for the downtown corporate community to engage their employees in fun and unique after work events that encourage them to come together, network, and have fun. She launched the After 5 Intern Program, the only program that assists Detroit-area companies in hosting and engaging the interns that they have recruited for summer internships. To date, they have hosted 18,000+ interns. Most recently, she launched LittleGuide Detroit , a website and guide that assists parents and caregivers in exploring the city and beyond with kids. With each new program and venture, Kerry strives to create opportunities that showcase the available lifestyle throughout the area and strengthen community engagement, in hopes of further attracting and retaining the top talent to live, work and play within the city of Detroit. Kerry and her family reside in Detroit.
In her own words:
1. What’s your most important career accomplishment to-date?
Creating a business that has thrived over the last 10 years and continues to expand and grow is my greatest accomplishment.
2. How have you redefined leadership through your professional success?
Through all that I've started, our goal has been to identify some big picture challenges within the city (attracting and retaining top talent, highlighting the city as a family friendly destination and place to live) and addressing them in accessible ways - making the city look attractive to young talent by creating various programs and websites that allow them to network, experience the city and discover opportunities that will hopefully keep them here in the Detroit area.
3. Why is civic engagement (volunteerism) important to you?
It's incredibly important to me to always be involved in my community. I am currently the co-founder and co-chair of the Emerging Philanthropists Initiative, as part of the United Way of Southeast Michigan, and sit on the boards of the Boll Family YMCA, Culture Source and the Inforum Regional Council.
4. How have you disrupted the idea of traditional leadership? How do you express leadership?
I don't look at age as an indicator of leadership. I started my business at a very young age and fortunately, I had incredible mentors that helped teach, lead and lift me up each step of the way. So my goal, as I get older, is to help young leaders along their path of growth and success.
5. What is a blue sky goal that you would like to accomplish in your career?
I would love to get to the point of having the business run a little more on it's own - without so much of my involvement. They always say to work on your business, not in it!
6. Why did you choose to pursue your passion/profession in Metro-Detroit? How do you intend to impact the region through your work?
I was born and raised in Metro Detroit and for the last 10+ years. Downtown Detroit has been my home. There is no better place to try and make an impact.
7. What do you love most about owning your own business?
Everyday is different.
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