ESD Offers Tours, Linkner Breakfast

SOUTHFIELD — The final two weeks of June will be busy ones for The Engineering Society of Detroit, with a special breakfast featuring innovation expert Josh Linkner and several special ESD tours coming up before we hit the Fourth of July holiday.

Featured are rare peeks inside the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch and CBS Radio Detroit.

Here are the details:

* On Thursday, June 19 it’s a tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch. The Detroit Branch is the only branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Founded in 1927, it is currently located in a building in Detroit’s Eastern Market Historic District. Sitting on 17 acres of land, the $80-million, 220,000-square-foot building is one of the most secure and heavily guarded structures in the city of Detroit. The Detroit branch is responsible for destroying paper currency and replacing it with new currency. The event begins with registration at 1:30 p.m. and the tour from 2 to 3 p.m.  Click here for more information or to register.

* On Tuesday, June 24, ESD offers you an inside look at CBS Radio Detroit’s new headquarters. Check out high-tech audio and radio gear, today’s hottest music, media personalities, and Michigan’s only all-news radio station. The stations based in the building include WWJ Newsradio 950, 97.1 The Ticket sports talk, 98.7 AMP Radio More Hit Music, WOMC 104.3 Detroit’s Greatest Hits, and WYCD 99.5 Detroit’s Best Country. The tour begins with registration at 3:15 p.m. and the tour runs from 3:45 to 5 p.m.  More at this link. 

* ESD is also a sponsor of this year’s Michigan Cyber Awareness Luncheon Series, which continues Wednesday, June 25 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. Other events in the series are scheduled for Aug. 12 at the Grand Traverse Resort near Traverse City and Sept. 15 at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center in Kalamazoo.  The series is intended as a follow-up to the Michigan Cyber Summit hosted last fall by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. The  series will provide updates to the Michigan Cyber Initiative designed for Michigan citizens, education, business and industry.  The agenda for each luncheon will provide attendees with updates on the latest topics in today’s cyber security industry, and ways Michigan can reap the economic benefits of the growing cyber security industry.  More about the luncheons at this link. 

And don’t forget a rare chance for a small-group meeting and book signing with serial entrepreneur, venture investor and New York Times best-selling business author Josh Linkner.

Linkner will offer a talk on “The Road to Reinvention” at an ESD “Business Over Breakfast” event Thursday, June 26.

The event begins with networking and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. with the program running from 8 to 9 p.m. ESD headquarters is at 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, in Southfield.

Linkner believes that creativity and innovation are the lifeblood of all human progress. He has spent his career harnessing the spirit of creative disruption, including in his latest book – “The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation.”

Linkner will speak on his new book, as well as entrepreneurship in Detroit and how the city is driving sustainable success through an intense focus on reinvention.

Linkner was an early internet entrepreneur in Detroit, founding the pioneering web design and e-commerce firm GlobalLink New Media in 1995, and in 1999 founding ePrize, the world’s largest provider of online promotions and contests. In 2010, he became CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, and is now playing a key role in the turnaround of Detroit. He is also a New York Times bestselling author, a top-rated keynote speaker and a professional jazz guitarist.

Cost of the event is $25 ESD members and $40 for non-members. Non-members can join ESD for $114 and attend the program for free. (This offer is available for first-time members only.)

Register at this link or call (248) 353-0735 to register by phone.

Business Over Breakfast is a monthly series by The Engineering Society of Detroit designed to bring together people for networking opportunities, as well as the chance to hear from stakeholders about regional issues of importance.

This series is for business leaders, employees, college students, or anyone interested in learning about business opportunities, regional issues, employment trends, or simply about the people and places making a difference in our area.

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