A partner in business, education, and community success!


Northwood University recently supported a regional business symposium hosted by The Community House (TCH) in Birmingham, Michigan. The event was extremely successful in its effort to provide a professional forum for aspiring and experienced leaders throughout Southeast Michigan to develop skills and techniques necessary to work more efficiently and effectively in the marketplace. TCH hosted the “How to Work Smarter” symposium on Thursday, October 25. The mission of The Community House, an independent, nonprofit organization established in 1923 is to strengthen communities by providing educational, cultural, and wellness programs and scholarships to improve people’s personal and professional lives.

Today, The Community House offers over 800 yearly class options including everything from cooking and art history classes, to yoga and fencing.  The Community House is home to the Early Childhood Center (child care and preschool), TCH Dance Academy, and the Sara Smith Youth Theatre. The public is welcome to join various Community House special interest sponsored groups including Friends of the Gardens, the International Community Club, the Newcomers Club, as well as the Senior Men’s and Women’s Clubs.

Northwood University’s relationship continues to grow with TCH leadership and members in their unified effort to positively impact the lives of those throughout the region and to further develop the future leaders of a global free enterprise society.   

The event was sold out attracting professionals from for profit and nonprofit sectors throughout the region. Stephen Polk, president and CEO of R. L. Polk & Co., served as the event’s keynote speaker.  Each participant attended three moderated seminars with four expert panelists providing key tips and tools of how to work smarter in areas such as sales and marketing, the internet strategies, and planning.

The half-day conference was modeled off business symposiums previously held by Camille Jayne, president and CEO of TCH, in California which combined the successful formula of relevant business learning and structured networking with raising money for charity. Jayne commented, “We are thrilled that the response to the symposium was an overwhelming success! We had a great cross section of people, industries and professional talents.”

Northwood University’s relationship with TCH is a clear illustration that when business, civic, nonprofit, and educational institutions collaborate to drive creativity and innovation in the marketplace everyone is better off.  We all must continue to promote the vision and understanding that these sectors comprise an important part of a larger one, uniting us all. According to Dr. Matthew L. Bennett, admissions director for the Adult Degree Program, “this event epitomized the strength of community collaboration as it provided a forum to help aspiring individuals, help themselves!  We were honored to be a part of this event and it is a privilege to continue our relationship with TCH as a partner in business and education.”

For more information more about TCH or the TCH symposium you can visit online at www.tchserves.org or www.tchsymposium.org

- Dr. Matthew Bennett