Coming Soon - information for the empowHER Leadership Retreat 2022

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The empowHER leadership retreat was created in honor of April Bocian.

April was born on April 28, 1998, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Family, friends and teammates have countless memories of how April made them laugh and brightened their day, whether she was clowning around with basketball friends, playing practical jokes on her sisters or spending time with her family.

April was an amazing girl with a powerful spirit whose life, unfortunately, ended too quickly. In honor of April, Suzy Merchant and the Eli Broad College of Business have partnered to launch the empowHER retreat. 

Michigan State women's basketball head coach Suzy Merchant and the Eli Broad College of Business have partnered to create empowHER. The empowHER leadership retreat is a grassroots initiative designed to reach young girls at the right time and give them the skills they need to take on personal and professional challenges in their lives. We want them to embrace their strengths and differences and take positive steps forward, knowing they matter and they have the power to make a difference for themselves and their communities.

Sponsorship Chair Position OPEN

The Sponsorship Chair is responsible for developing relationships with organizations, foundations, companies and individuals that may be interested in sponsoring the annual empowHER Leadership Retreat. This includes:

  • Serving on the Executive Committee and working with the committee to ensure the proposed sponsorship asks meet the needs of the retreat
  • Working with the Communications Chair to develop incentives based on incremental levels of sponsorship
  • Developing sponsorship letter(s) to be sent to all prospective sponsors
  • Establishing sponsorship objectives as part of the overall event budgeting process
  • Contacting previous sponsors to ensure they will show support again
  • Soliciting new sponsors
  • Coordinating with the Communications Chair to ensure sponsors’ appropriate electronic logo files are shared
  • Coordinating with the Food Chair to ensure in-kind donations are meeting the needs of the event, or if sponsor dollars need to be allocated for food purchases
  • Serving as point person on-site for hosting any sponsor attendees both days of the event
  • Following up after the event, thanking all sponsors – financial and in-kind (excluding food) – for their support

Please fill out the form below and upload your resume and cover letter

Our Team

Suzy Merchant

Suzy Merchant

Founder
MSU Women's Basketball Head Coach
Kristin St. Marie

Kristin St. Marie

Co-Founder & Former Sponsorship Chair
Carlisle Companies
Julie Pagel Dombroski

Julie Pagel Dombroski

Board Co-Chair & Event Co-Chair
MSU Women's Basketball
Lydia Weiss

Lydia Weiss

Board Co-Chair & Content Chair
Preventive Outreach & Education Dept., MSU
Janelle Manolakoudis

Janelle Manolakoudis

Event Chair
AF Group

Open

Sponsor Chair

Ann Samuel Crain

Board Operations Chair
Program Coordinator, Multicultural Business Programs, Eli Broad College of Business
Kristine Kletke

Kristine Kletke

Communications Chair
PMSI Marketing Group
Renee Bush

Renee Bush

Registration Chair
MSU Federal Credit Union
Shayna Allen

Shayna Allen

Mentor Chair
TämBwoy Branding and Marketing
Angela Michael

Angela Michael

Mentor Co-Chair
MSU Student Affairs
Meghan Ziehmer

Meghan Ziehmer

Volunteer Chair
Greater Lansing Sports Authority
D'Anne Ramos

D’Anne Ramos

Food & Beverage Chair
Blue Care Network
Margaret Selasky

Margaret Selasky

Board Operations
MSU Women's Basketball