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In a continued effort to recognize and celebrate individuals who are making a difference in Metro Detroit, Ilitch Sports + Entertainment will be honoring four women as part of their Game Changers series during Women’s History Month. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 14, prior to the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Arizona Coyotes at 7 p.m. This event is presented by Comerica Bank and aligns with the Red Wings’ commitment to inclusivity through the Hockey is for Everyone initiative.  

March’s Game Changers honorees will be acknowledged during a pregame reception and in-game, highlighting their contributions in varied fields. As part of the celebration, each honoree will receive a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice, generously funded by Comerica Bank. 

This year’s Women’s History Month Game Changers are: 

Carolyn Cassin – President and CEO of Michigan Women Forward: 

Cassin, a resilient advocate for women and girls in Michigan, has had a significant impact on economic self-sufficiency and social equality. Under her leadership, Michigan Women Forward has become a key microlender, investing over $10 million in more than 345 women entrepreneurs. 

Alison Vaughn – President and CEO of Jackets for Jobs: 

As a renowned international speaker and award-winning author, Vaughn has dedicated her career to women’s empowerment. As the founder of Jackets for Jobs, she has helped over 38,000 job seekers achieve their goals, earning accolades as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to work for in Detroit and the U.S. for four consecutive years. 

Charity Dean – President and CEO of Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance: 

Dean’s commitment to thriving Black-owned businesses is evident in her role as President and CEO of Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance. Dean’s advocacy extends beyond her organization, as she served as the director of Civil Rights, Inclusion, and Opportunity for the City of Detroit and holds positions on various nonprofit boards. 

Amy Peterson – Co-founder and CEO of Rebel Nell: 

Peterson’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to co-found Rebel Nell, a jewelry company with a purpose, employing women with barriers to employment. Beyond jewelry, Rebel Nell’s nonprofit arm, T.E.A. (Teach. Empower. Achieve.), provides resources like stable housing, financial education, business classes, and legal aid to empower women. 

“In addition to recognizing Game Changers, honoring these leaders in conjunction with the NHL’s ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ initiative, represents our commitment to fostering inclusivity and diversity within the sport,” said Ryan Gustafson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Ilitch Sports + Entertainment. “Game Changers are about breaking down barriers and creating an environment where everyone feels welcome to participate, regardless of gender or background.” 

As Ilitch Sports + Entertainment continues to champion Game Changers, the celebration of Women’s History Month highlights the achievements and impact of remarkable women in the community. To join the celebration and support the Red Wings on Thursday at 7 p.m. against the Arizona Coyotes, purchase tickets here