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8 Metro Detroit Women Making an Impact

Over the past two years, women across the country have made their voices heard. From the Women’s March held in Washington, D.C., and cities nationwide, to the Women’s Convention here in Detroit last fall, we’ve decided that time’s up. It’s time to be SEEN and heard when it comes to government decisions that affect our health, equal opportunities in the workforce and the respect we deserve. Not one more woman should say #MeToo.

For our inaugural Women SEEN issue, we’ve highlighted eight women in Metro Detroit who are uplifting other women and making an impact every day. Read more about their career journeys and advice below.

Nia Batts

Nia Batts is the co-founder and CEO of Detroit Blows, a nontoxic blow-dry salon in Detroit. She also chairs its affiliated philanthropic arm, Detroit Grows, which makes microgrants to Detroit-based female entrepreneurs and programs helping women enter or re-enter the workforce. Previously she was the senior director of social innovation and strategic partnerships at Viacom Inc. In her position, she worked on marketing and pro-social campaigns for partners, including: General Motors, AT&T, The White House, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Way, Lady Gaga, Big Sean and Sophia Bush. Batts earned a bachelor’s degree in film studies from Columbia University and an executive education certificate in corporate social responsibility from Harvard Business School.

Read more about Nia Batts.

Katy Cockrel

Katy Cockrel serves as a co-founder of Detroit Blows. Along with partner and co-founder Nia Batts, Cockrel developed the concept for the city’s first single service, dual process, socially conscious blow-dry salon. She also serves as vice president of public relations at StockX, the world’s first online stock market for in-demand consumer products, including sneakers, watches and handbags. She holds dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and public relations from Wayne State University.

Read more about Katy Cockrel.