Episode Seventeen - Lisa Ludwinski

The city of Detroit has seen what some are calling a renaissance. The new life in the "D" is also bringing many new places to eat, and inspiration to people who want to do great things in their communities. Meet Lisa Ludwinski, she is the owner and founder of Sister Pie.

Sister Pie is a bright corner bakery in Detroit’s West Village on the east side of town. Each day, they serve pies, cookies, breakfast, and lunch. The menu at Sister Pie is nontraditional in flavor combinations, rustic in execution, and constantly changing to honor the local agriculture of Michigan. Sister Pie is a triple-bottom-line business, which means it maintains a strong commitment to its' employees, the economy, and the environment.

Ludwinski won $50,000 from Comerica Hatch Detroit, a contest honoring local entrepreneurs and independent retailers. Still needing cash, Ludwinski hosted a 24-hour dance-a-thon to raise another $25,000 and finally open her dream space, where she’s making and selling pastry with the kind of can-do creativity that overjoys a city. Sister Pie is raising the standards for pastry and pastry chefs in the region, and in 2016, Ludwinski won a StarChefs Rust Belt Rising Star Award. Listen to the podcast to hear why Lisa is a "Women Who Rocks".

In the 2nd half of the podcast Cyndy Schalter-Salsido from Turning Point Macomb and I discuss the "Miss USA Pageant" and why this year may have fell short because of the #MeToo movement.

Miss USA

Dreams do come true! ... 2018 Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers brings home the crown... and an Alfa Romeo USA. ????

We also discuss the hashtag trends after school shootings and how kids are trying to start a dialogue for gun control changes on social media. We also share the good news for the Michigan LGBTQ community and discrimination laws.

Equal at last? Michigan Civil Rights Commission bans LGBTQ discrimination

Starting Tuesday, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission will take complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for the first time. The change comes following a 5-0-1 vote Monday to expand the commission's interpretation of the state's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification in employment, education, housing and real estate as well as use of public accommodations and public service.

(Cyndy Schalter-Salsido)


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