President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Economic Club (DEC) in Detroit. One of the nation’s premier speaking venues for CEOs and government officials, the club is a non-partisan, non-profit, membership organization that provides a platform for the debate and discussion of business, government, and social issues. Under her leadership as the organization’s first female CEO, Chappell has overseen major initiatives, including the development of the National Summit in 2009, which drew CEOs and high-profile speakers from around the country to Detroit to focus on improving American competitiveness in the global economy. Before joining the DEC, Chappell was executive vice president of Compuware Corp. and also led the Chappell Group, a management consulting company. Earlier, Chappell spent 16 years at AT&T Corp., where she served as global services vice president, leading relationship sales efforts with large clients around the world. Chappell is on the board of American Axle & Manufacturing Corp., Charter One Advisor Board for the Midwest, Detroit Regional Chamber, Brother Rice High School, St. Joseph Mercy Foundation, Michigan Economic Growth Authority, United Way, and Citizens Research Council. Crain’s Detroit Business named her to its Most Influential Women list in 1997 and 2007, and she was a 2009 Newsmaker of the Year finalist. She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University and is a past recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from MSU’s Broad College of Business.

WHERE BORN: “Detroit.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “Most of my bosses in a positive way and sometimes in not a positive way.”

LAST BOOK READ:The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Motivated, positive, persistent, grateful.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “From a Detroit economic perspective, we will continue to convene face-to-face meetings. Our foundation is to learn through other experts. We’ll continue to use more technology so if you can’t be in the room, we’ll bring it to you. Technology will play a larger role but not replace face-to-face.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My husband just got a Taurus SHO and the coolest feature is the rearview mirror that has a little yellow light when someone is in your blind spot.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Michigan, Michigan, Michigan.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “I love to play golf – wish I had more time. I love to read for pleasure and love to walk my dog.”


MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I have an ear-piercing whistle – I can call my kids from all over the neighborhood.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a good mom, wife, daughter, family member, and friend. Then, as a business and community leader who contributed to others.”