Founder & CEO
The story of After 5 perfectly illustrates the wonder of Detroit.
Five years ago I had an idea for a business - a website for young professionals that would highlight events, destinations and fun information about Detroit. However, having been away for 5 years myself, I had few contacts in Detroit and very little business experience.
The funny thing is, when the people of this city see your passion, they bend over backwards to help, they encourage your endeavors and support your efforts of making this a better place to be. There is an incredible community of entrepreneurs, business leaders and public figures who stand ready and willing to assist positive developments in Detroit.
After 5 has since expanded to include Connect After 5 and the After 5 Intern Program, both aimed at assisting local companies in attracting and retaining young professional talent.
This city is amazing and its people are incredible. So it is my hope that this website gets you even more excited about living, working and playing in and around Detroit.
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Two years ago, the Downtown Detroit Partnership and After 5 Detroit launched the unique and innovative After 5 Intern Program designed to help Detroit-area companies retain the young professional talent they'd recruited for summer internships. The Program engages participants in fun events and unique activities that showcase the city as a great place to live, work and play.
Pockets of Cool connects the outside world with Detroit's unique vibe by showcasing the talent and achievements of the people who are making a difference. Hear Kerry Doman talk about her favorite Pockets of Cool throughout Detroit.
A program called Connect After 5 has created a social and entertainment option for the growing number of professionals who work in the city of Detroit.
Kerry Doman is this year's recipient of the Dave Bing Future Leader Award. The recognition is among the Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards, presented in honor of former Free Press publisher Neal Shine, and created by the Free Press and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition.
Every year Crain's 20s program highlights the brainpower and entrepreneurial talent of the region?s young professionals and creatives.
Clare Liening was on the fence about living and working in Detroit after college graduation. Until this summer, where she participated in the After 5 Intern Program.
Most people can be categorized under one of two mindsets when it comes to Detroit: It's a city without hope, or it's the land of opportunity. Can you guess which category I lie in?