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Meet 6 Women Innovators SEEN Making an Impact

Published May 1, 2019 by

Meet six Metro Detroit women who are making an impact every day through their ideas and innovations.

Read their stories below and attend Women SEEN: Making an Impact on May 10, 2019 in Detroit to meet these inspiring innovators and hear them speak.

Blessing Adesiyan

Blessing AdesiyanCourtesy Ashley Hoffman

Blessing Adesiyan, 32, of Beverly Hills is the CEO and powerhouse behind the online platform  for modern mothers, Mother Honestly. In 2018, She introduced Mother Honestly to create an ecosystem that inspires, guides and empowers mothers to lead a healthy, fulfilled and productive life in motherhood. Read her story.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr. Mona Hanna-AttishaJenna Belevender for SEEN

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of West Bloomfield is known for discovering dangerous levels of lead found in Flint children during the Flint water crisis. She now directs the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Public Health Initiative, an innovative public health program. Read her story.

Gwen Jimmere

Gwen Jimmere with productJenna Belevender for SEEN

As CEO and founder of Naturalicious, Gwen Jimmere has cemented her place in history as the first African-American woman to hold a patent for a natural hair care product. Read her story.

Jody Levy

Jody Levy with wtrmln wtrCourtesy Jonsar Studios

Jody Levy is the co-founder and creative director of WTRMLN WTR, a company created to find a solution for the hundreds of millions of pounds of unused watermelons in the United States. The waste melons are either ugly, misshapen or sunburned but otherwise perfect for nutrient-dense, hydrating WTRMLN WTR. Read her story.

Ali Rose VanOverbeke

Ali Rose Van OverbekeDerrick Martinez/SEEN

Ali Rose VanOverbeke is a co-founder of Genusee — the first circular economy eyewear brand that designs and manufactures eyewear in Flint from upcycled plastic water bottles. Genusee is bringing a new manufacturing legacy to Flint by employing and empowering returning citizens as artisans to make glasses. Read her story.

Shannon Washburn

Shannon WashburnJenna Belevender for SEEN

Shannon Washburn is the president of Shinola, where she leads a talented team of people who are dedicated to quality craftsmanship. She oversees product development, design, creative direction and marketing for the brand. Read her story.

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