TERRY BARCLAY:
 
TERRY BARCLAY




 
 
 
 
 
President and CEO of Inforum and the Inforum Center for Leadership in Detroit. Formerly known as the Women’s Economic Club, Inforum, one of the largest women’s business organizations in the United States, provides more than 2,200 members with opportunities to connect, forge alliances, discuss vital civic and business issues, and advance as leaders. Under Barclay’s leadership, membership has increased more than 300 percent and has expanded to include mid-Michigan and West Michigan. Corporate support for the organization has grown from 10 to 73 major businesses and Fortune 100 companies. Barclay also led creation of the Inforum Center for Leadership, a nonprofit education and research organization whose mission is to accelerate careers through a leadership development program that allows women to challenge themselves, take risks, and reach the next level. In 2003, the center launched the bi-annual Michigan Women's Leadership Index, which has received national and international attention and is recognized as a benchmark survey measuring the progress of women at top executive levels in major Michigan corporations. As a result of the Index and the leadership development program, Barclay was invited to join the executive committee of ION, a national research and board placement organization for professional women. Barclay previously served as senior vice president and chief external affairs officer for Hospice of Michigan, vice president of university relations at Oakland University, and founder and president of Operation ABLE of Michigan. Under her leadership, Operation ABLE was named the “Best Managed Nonprofit” by Crain’s Detroit Business in 1990. In 2007 Crain’s listed Barclay as one of the “100 Most Influential Women” in Southeast Michigan and in 1992 one of the “40 under 40.” She serves on the boards of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, St. John Health, and the Henry Ford Health System hospice, and sits on the Kaufmann Fund’s Ethics in Research and Medicine committee. She earned a bachelor’s in urban studies from the College of Wooster and a master’s from the University of Michigan. She is the author of several scholarly articles, and co-author of the 2003 and 2005 Michigan Women’s Leadership Index.


WHERE BORN: "Syracuse, New York."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "Forrest Strand, the retired COO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, who believed in me before I believed in myself, and was a fabulous mentor; and my parents, who were never afraid of change, challenge, or rocking boats."

LAST BOOK READ: "The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria. The global economic landscape is changing so quickly. It’s not so much that America is falling, but rather that other countries are rising very quickly. This book really helped me to understand the forces at work and be better prepared for the future."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Creative, enthusiastic, a social entrepreneur who envisions the future and grows organizations."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Many Michigan companies are experiencing a ‘perfect storm’ of economic challenges that make it tough for them to attract, develop, and retain top talent. This appears to be disproportionately affecting women. Inforum and the Inforum Center for Leadership have always had positive reputations for raising issues and ‘pushing the envelope’ for women in business, but going forward our role is increasingly becoming that of trusted partner in the war for attracting and retaining diverse talent. With our strategic networking opportunities and leadership development programming, we are uniquely positioned to fill this gap at a time when many companies are reducing resources previously earmarked for talent management."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "I can’t exist without my smart phone – I can keep up and plan ahead because I always have my calendar, contacts, and email with me – along with, of course, an actual phone that can be used to talk to real human beings."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Santa Fe, New Mexico; Portofino, Italy; Vancouver Island, British Columbia; and last, but really first, my garden."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Travel – exploring new places, appreciating and collecting art, hiking, reading voraciously. My husband and I are also total movie buffs."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Chocolate chip ice cream. It’s the nectar of the gods."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "My garden just won an award, and I also just renovated two bathrooms in the house. Friends who’ve seen both tell me that I should go into garden or bath design professionally but I suspect that might increase the pressure and diminish the fun."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As a catalyst who helped people and organizations in the community achieve even greater success; an inspirational and effective champion for women’s leadership development; someone who not only knew how to work hard but also how to enjoy life; and most importantly, as my sister’s best friend and the love of my husband’s life."

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.