Dozens of leaders in Metro Detroit were nominated the inaugural SEEN Changemaker Award. Ultimately, seven were were selected by the community. Meet the finalists below.
Photography by Hayden Stinebaugh
We are proud to introduce the 2018 SEEN Changemakers who were nominated and selected by the community through public voting earlier this year. This inaugural group of changemakers are people who go above and beyond to make a difference in our community and effect change. Meet the 2018 Changemakers in art and entertainment, business, civic service, education, medicine, nonprofits and philanthropy.
SEEN Changemaker in Art & Entertainment: Robert Burston
Robert Burston, hip-hop artist and owner of Proud Detroiter, harnesses his passions to give back to his community. Read more about him here.
SEEN Changemaker in Business: Bailey Sisoy Isgro
Native Detroiter Bailey Sisoy Isgro is making history come alive with Detroit History Tours. Read more about her here.
SEEN Changemaker in Civic Service: Lauren Bealore
Lauren Bealore is a political director working to bridge gaps and break boundaries. Read more about her here.
SEEN Changemaker in Education: Steve Freedman
Hillel Day School Head Steve Freedman is preparing Metro Detroit youth for the 21st century. Read more about him here.
SEEN Changemaker in Medicine: Steve Styes
The Recovery Project wellness program coordinator Steve Styes makes a difference in patients’ lives throughout Metro Detroit. Read more about him here.
SEEN Changemaker in Nonprofits: Christopher Tait
Musician Christopher Tait, founder of Passenger Recovery, is changing the world for recovering addicts who travel. Read more about him here.
SEEN Changemaker in Philanthropy: Robert Reaves
Robert Reaves, director of institutional effectiveness for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, volunteers for Detroit-based charities and organizations. Read more about him here.
About the Location
The 2018 SEEN Changemakers were photographed at Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Ford Motor Company acquired the iconic Michigan Central Station in June 2018. The automaker plans to renovate the blighted Corktown building by 2022, transforming it into an innovation hub for electric and autonomous vehicles. About 2,500 employees are expected to work in the building. The ground floor will offer cafes, restaurants and retail for the public. The last train left the station 30 years ago, and it has stood vacant since. The train station is now a symbol of Detroit’s hopeful future and the positive changes impacting the city.