Amy Deines

Principal at Deines, Inc.

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch

I insist on a team approach toward leadership that maximizes the talents and aptitude of each member of the institution. This organizational strategy not only celebrates natural talent, but also allows for a dual approach to management. It is my philosophy that a leader should be public facing to manage external relationships, develop funding strategies, and build relationships. As trust is developed and roles are defined, this effort works like a fine-tuned machine. A leader should be engaged and invested in the internal community, for its health and growth; a company’s largest asset is its human resources.

It is imperative for a leader to support employee growth and knowledge. When we support faculty research agendas, a positive and fertile environment that reinforces the scholarship of the College, as well as influences the students we attract and recruit is created. This transfer of knowledge is imperative within an academic landscape as it sustains a healthy, intellectual community. The connection of this knowledge to the larger university community is something I truly believe in and support. Succession planning is one such way to promote growth in an organization. Equipping members of an organization with the tools needed to succeed in not only their position, but any future positions is key to a dedicated and invested employee.

I have spent much of my academic and professional career creating strong, viable networks that help sustain and strengthen my investments, which include students, faculty, and the academy. Throughout the past 3 years, I have raised over $1M in foundation dollars and in‐kind to support for the Detroit Center for Design and Technology (DCDT), which includes a storefront gallery, design studios, creative practice, K‐12 programs, design business accelerator and research laboratory.

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