LESLIE LYNN SMITH:
President and CEO of TechTown in Detroit. Smith joined TechTown in 2010 to be on the ground floor of economic development in Detroit. Under her leadership, TechTown launched Venture Accelerator, a boot camp-style program for entrepreneurs. In addition, TechTown received a $1 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC) Michigan Strategic Fund to develop the Detroit Technology Exchange in partnership with Bizdom, the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, and Detroit Innovate, an accelerator fund managed by Invest Detroit. Previously, she was director of business acceleration at the MEDC, responsible for the state's $300 million investment portfolio. Before joining the MEDC, she was CFO of Ann Arbor-based real estate firm McKinley Inc. and director of real estate for Trammell Crow Co. in Auburn Hills. Smith also chairs the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan; sits on the management committee of Invest Detroit's First Step Fund; the board of directors for Midtown Detroit Inc.; and the advisory boards for Belle Capital LP, Collision Works, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, and Detroit Nation's DRIVE program. She received her associate's degree from Schoolcraft College, her bachelor's in management and finance from Clearly University, and her MPA from the University of Michigan-Flint.