Three young alumni honored as metro Detroit leaders

Mike Flores

Three young Detroit Mercy alumni have been included on lists of leaders in metropolitan Detroit who are making a difference.

The Michigan Chronicle has named Asia Rawls ’18 and Lynita Taylor ’10, ’12 to its 2019 40 Under 40 list of local African-American professionals “who inspire others through their vision, leadership, exceptional achievements and participation in community service.” In addition, Mike Flores ’03 was named to Crain’s Detroit Business‘ 40 Under 40 list. The honorees on Crain’s list were chosen for their “career accomplishments, impact in their field and contributions to the community.”

Asia Rawls

Flores, 38, is president of the board of directors for Affirmations, the Ferndale, Mich.-based center that advocates for LGBT people. Flores is credited with reorganizing the 30-year-old organization and saving it from almost certain closure, according to Crain’s.

Rawls is director of software education and training at Trumble Inc., a computer service firm located in Farmington Hills, Mich. In her position, Rawls manages the delivery and use of real-time technology and mobile applications, according to the Chronicle. She ran track with Detroit Mercy and works with several charitable ventures in Detroit.

Lynita Taylor

Taylor is the diversity and inclusion program manager for the Mike Ilitch School of Business’ MPREP Scholars, a program tasked with recruiting and retaining a diverse body of undergraduate students and help prepare them for careers in business. Under Taylor’s leadership, the students in the program attended professional and personal development workshops and 16 of the first cohort of 39 earned internships or leadership opportunities with some of metro Detroit’s largest businesses.

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