Detroit Regional Chamber Announces 2023 Cohort of Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School

Detroit Regional Chamber Announces 2023 Cohort of Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School

DETROIT, (Feb. 20, 2023) – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced the Detroit Region’s ninth cohort of the Young American Leaders Program (YALP) at Harvard Business School (HBS). YALP aims to improve U.S. competitiveness and develop leaders who can execute cross-sector collaboration to build workforce skills, improve schools, restore infrastructure, and take other key actions to restore and reimagine communities.

In addition to a four-day convening at HBS this June, members of the Detroit cohort will attend the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference through the Mackinac Future Leaders program.

The Detroit cohort includes:

  • Fabiola Borowy, Vice President, Recruiting, OpTech
  • Katrina DeHart, Program Manager, General Motors
  • Javier Evelyn, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alerje
  • Nicholas Hammer, Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
  • Sam Hussein, President and Chief Executive Officer, Metrotech Automotive Group
  • Tina Kozak, Chief Executive Officer, Franco
  • Gabrielle Poshadlo, Communications Director, Ford Motor Co., Ford Land
  • Alissa Sevrioukova, Chief of Staff, Public Affairs, DTE Energy
  • William Smith, Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
  • Boyd White III, Member, Product and Professional Liability, Dykema Gossett PLLC

“The 2023 Young American Leaders Program cohort from Detroit is a diverse, engaged group of business- and community-minded professionals representing the best of our Region,” said Sandy K. Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber. “The Chamber is proud to be a partner and trusted influence in selecting the auspicious individuals who will represent our Region and create lasting solutions to make our communities more competitive, equitable, and prosperous.”

The 2023 program will run Tuesday, June 20, to Friday, June 23, at HBS in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Detroit cohort will join participants from the 13 other cities in the program: Birmingham, Boston, Chattanooga, Columbus, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Jose, and Seattle.

The group will learn about cross-sector collaborations – best and worst practices from across the country and around the globe. Through discussions informed by the participants’ experiences they will also explore where America and American cities stand today and learn personal lessons about collaborative leadership.

Selecting Detroit’s 2023 YALP Cohort

To find and recruit the 2023 YALP cohort, senior business, government, and civic leaders that represent the community’s rich diversity identify and reach out to energetic, creative, and collaborative up-and-comers with a track record of civic engagement. Additionally, past participants help build and improve the program by providing feedback on the process and identifying potential future leaders.


About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out by creating a business-friendly climate and providing value for members. The Chamber leads the most comprehensive education and talent strategy in the state. The Chamber also executes the statewide automotive and mobility cluster association, MICHauto, and hosts the nationally recognized Mackinac Policy Conference. For more information, please visit

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