KARLA HALL:
 
KARLA HALL




 
 
 
 
 
Manager, Corporate Contributions and Community Involvement, at DTE Energy and Vice President of the DTE Energy Foundation in Detroit. Hall oversees DTE Energyís philanthropic contributions and plans and manages the companyís charitable contributions programs. Hall joined Detroit Edison, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, in 1997 as administrator of corporate contributions and secretary of the Detroit Edison Foundation. Prior to Detroit Edison, Hall served as manager of corporate contributions for Comerica Inc. She also worked for Ameritech Publishing as supervisor of corporate contributions. Hallís first position in corporate philanthropy was fund assistant for the Chrysler Corporation Fund. She began her career as an aide in Washington, D.C., to Congressman John Conyers Jr. Hall is chair of the Inforum board of directors, chair of the Michigan Nonprofit Association board of trustees, and serves on the cabinet of the Virgil H. Carr Society of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. She also serves on the executive committee of the business contributions council of Detroit Renaissance and is on the boards of City Connect - Detroit and the Motown Historical Museum. In 2004, she received the Women of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League. Hall earned a bachelorís degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. She is a graduate of Leadership Detroit and Leadership Michigan.


WHERE BORN: "Detroit."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "Congressman John Conyers Jr. He gave me my first job out of school, and I probably learned more in those four to five years than I have learned in my entire career. It really helped prepare me."

LAST BOOK READ: "Cross by James Patterson. I really am a fiction buff and love that series."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Engaging and compassionate."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Considering my field is corporate philanthropy, Iíd say weíre headed toward more collaboration and strategic collaboration and leveraging our resources behind community needs."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "My iPod because I love music."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Any tropical place with beautiful beaches."

FAVORITE HOBBY: "Dance and creative expression."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Unfortunately, I like everything. It would be a much shorter list if it contained what I donít like."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I have done some performing. I wouldnít say Iím a good singer but Iíve done a few events, mostly charitable functions. Also, I have an uncanny knack for remembering phone numbers. With someone I havenít called in 20 years, the number can pop into my head."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As someone who sincerely wanted to leave the world a better place than it was while I was here."

At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.