17th annual induction ceremony will celebrate the impressive accomplishments of change makers throughout the city

When Kerrie Mitchell was honored by the Michigan Chronicle as a 40 under 40 in 2018 she knew that her passion and skills were coming together to realize the vision that she had for herself. “I really want my life’s work to make an impact, to change things, and receiving that award confirmed for me that I was on the right track,” Kerrie recalls. “It’s a testament of Black Excellence in Detroit rooting in making a positive difference in our own community, and being honored in that way opened up lots of doors for me, creating the path that I’m on today.”

Leading her to the Detroit Public Schools Community District Foundation, Kerrie’s focus on transforming our organization from a small, somewhat isolated charitable entity to a more sophisticated and integrated fundraising arm for the Detroit Public Schools Community District is just one of the reasons that she was recently honored again by the Michigan Chronicle, this time as one of their 2024 Women of Excellence.

“I’m thrilled to join this circle of innovative African American women who are truly pioneers in their fields,” she remarks. “While it was certainly a professional goal to see my work honored in this way, this award is truly for the Foundation, and all the hard work we’ve done over this past year to reimagine the organization. Recognition like this also expands our network to other pioneers in the community who are dedicated women who, like me, are working to create more equitable outcomes for Detroit’s children.”

Ms. Mitchell will be inducted into the 2024 class of Women of Excellence on March 28th. To learn more about this special event and how you can join in the celebration, please visit https://michiganchronicle.com/woe24/