A Conversation with a Detroit Entrepreneur

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Date: December 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Industry Innovation Center I2C Innovation Studio | Map
461 Burroughs St
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Special Event

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​The Warrior Student Community is invited to join us for a FREE LUNCHEON event featuring Detroit based social entrepreneur, Diana Roginson, a Wayne State alumnus who graduated with a degree in fashion merchandising and co-founded Rebel Nell. Rebel Nell is a social enterprise that makes designer jewelry items from the fallen graffiti of Detroit buildings and employs women experiencing homelessness. Attendees will hear how Diana launched Rebel Nell, the highs, the lows and everything in between. Learn how you can take your idea and transform it into a viable business that improves the lives of Detroiter! We will even be hosting a raffle for a lucky few attendees to walk away with their own piece from Rebel Nell! 

The I2C Innovation Studio, lead by entrepreneur-in-residence, Jennifer Daniels, is a resource for students to receive business development advice, coaching, and technical assistance. The event will also include a brief discussion of the services available to students and a tour of the Innovation Studio space.

Additionally, the event will provide a space for STEAM Challenge participants to connect and form teams or add additional members to an existing team if needed. We will have free STEAM swag for attendees as well!

We request that you complete an RSVP for this event to ensure we have plenty of food for attendees.

For parking information (you can take the WSU Shuttle too!) visit the WSU Innovation Studio homepage. The WSU Industry Innovation Center is next to Tech Town and around the corner from iBio.

In her final year of studies at Wayne State, Diana Rogison began her career at Nordstrom as a Department Manager. During her 13 years of employment with Nordstrom, Diana led such in-house initiatives such as the launching a pop-up program featuring local businesses at the Somerset location. In 2013, she and business partner Amy Peterson developed Rebel Nell in their respective apartments, eventually culminating in its debut at the Detroit arts and culture event Dally in the Alley. With six years of Operating Rebel Nell behind her, Diana moved to the organization full-time as COO of both Rebel Nell and T.E.A., the nonprofit arm of the Rebel Nell. Recipient of the EY Entrepreneur of the year award, Diana and Rebel Nell have been featured on NBC Nightly news, Huffington Post, New York Times, and numerous local and regional media outlets.