2024 WomanUp & Celebrate — Southeast Michigan

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Special VIP reception – 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Huntington Place, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit

Join us for our WomanUp & Celebrate Southeast Michigan event where we honor female leaders with our prestigious Women of Achievement and Courage Award.

Part of Michigan Women Forward’s mission is to recognize exceptional women for their achievements to inspire the next generation of women leaders and difference-makers. This much-anticipated event is an opportunity for the Southeast Michigan community to celebrate female leaders who make a difference in the Metro Detroit. 

This year we are pleased to honor Faye Nelson, Former Michigan Director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Rachel Tronstein Stewart, CEO of Gardner White.


Our 2024 WomanUp & Celebrate Southeast Michigan Honorees

Faye Nelson

Former Michigan Director | W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Faye Nelson is the Former Michigan Director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she led the foundation’s statewide work in Michigan to improve the well-being of children through partnerships that address equity in employment, health equity, and equity in early childhood education and education systems.

Nelson also previously served as the University of Michigan’s Sojourner Truth Fellow; DTE Energy’s Vice President; DTE Energy Foundation’s President and Board Chair; and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Nelson is actively involved in her community, serving on numerous boards including Corewell Health, Michigan Women’s Commission, the United Way of Southeastern Michigan and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.


Rachel Tronstein Stewart

CEO | Gardner White

As one of the only female leaders in the retail furniture industry, Stewart’s dynamic approach to business and community have established her as a respected and admired leader, innovator and trailblazer. With a strategic vision and an unrelenting drive for success, Stewart has been instrumental in Gardner White’s continued expanded footprint in southeast Michigan.

Under her leadership, Gardner White has been named Best Places to Work by lead industry publication Furniture Today for three consecutive years.

Stewart has a strong passion for community and partnership, currently serving on the board of directors for Business Leaders for Michigan, The Parade
Company, Math Corps, Detroit Economic Club and American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation.


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Become a WomanUp & Celebrate Sponsor

We invite you to partner with us as we honor trailblazing women who inspire and elevate their community. By sponsoring our event, you’re not just aligning your brand with a noble cause, you’re investing in a future of diversity, equality and inclusion.

To become a sponsor of WomanUp & Celebrate Southeast Michigan, contact Lisa Grace, Development Director, at lgrace@miwf.org.