Now I'm at the Green Garage. It's coffee time! There's Gina, another intern for Detroit Food Academy from University of Michigan. We chat for a bit about the DFA kids, our weekends, and our plans for our junior years. It's not a nice day so I have to sit inside today, but I notice the weekly sustainable workshop going on, led by Tom Brennan, a co-founder of the Green Garage.
What's my work for today? Oh right, fix the survey. I look over the one response I got from the squad leaders of DFA's summer program and it's clear there are holes in my formatting. What good is feedback if I don't know what the feedback is for? Later in the day Jen heads over. It's about 3 now and Jen has been at the Horatio Williams Foundation working with the DFA students. We chat for a bit. She asks me about STEMpowered and I gush over the kids for 10 whole minutes. I'm so glad she was okay with me helping out there for a few hours even though it cut into my time with food academy, but as a businesswoman, Jen knows how important it is to encourage young girls to be leaders.
I head out at 5 and say my goodbyes to the Green garagers. Enrichment is at 7. We're heading to the social club, a barbershop that recycles the hair cut to plant trees. When I get there I only see Emily, the director of programs for DukeEngage. She's in town visiting the Detroit cohort for a few days. As we're talking an MBA student from Babson joins in. He's a part of a program started by Harvard grads called 'MBAs across America'.
The event is starting now and innovators and entrepreneurs across the city are in chairs now talking about their work and getting their hair cut. These people are amazing. The impact investor Jamie particularly interests me because I saw him about 5 weeks ago at another enrichment and so I decide to ask him a question. "Is it just as important as an entrepreneur to know who you're servicing as having experience in your industry?" The night ends about an hour and a half later and we head upstairs for a birthday celebration for our site coordinator, Katherine!
And after another normal day in Detroit, it's time for bed!