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Wheelhouse Talks: Dan Varner - Committed Leadership in Detroit. LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

Wheelhouse Talks Presented by the Hauenstein Center

Wheelhouse Talks Presented by the Hauenstein Center

Date and Time

Friday, October 13, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


  • DeVos Center » 122E - Loosemore Auditorium


Driven by a deep commitment to Detroit, Dan Varner has been instrumental in advancing the non-profit and educational infrastructure of the city. In November 2016, Dan became the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, leading efforts to support 900+ local businesses with a reliable workforce, and empowering trainees with skills for workplace success. Before joining Goodwill, Dan served as the CEO of Excellent Schools Detroit, a partnership of city organizations working to improve Detroit’s public education system.

He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Think Detroit, a nationally recognized youth development organization, that, after merging with the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) became the largest provider of youth development sports programs in the city, serving 13,000 participants a year. Dan serves on many boards, including the ACLU of Michigan, ConnectEd, and Detroit PAL. He also served on Michigan’s State Board of Education, and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. An attorney by training, he is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and the U of M Law School.


Event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.



Morgan Eaton

Event Planner, Hauenstein Center

Grand Valley State University

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