Challenge Detroit Adds Alumni to Management Team


DETROIT — Challenge Detroit, a leadership and professional development program dedicated to attracting and retaining talent in Detroit, has added Brittany Sanders and Caroline Dobbins, both alumni fellows of the program.

Sanders, far left, has taken on the program manager role and Dobbins is the events and operations manager.

As the program manager, Sanders will assist in planning and executing challenge projects and leadership events. She will also design evaluation tools and support general programmatic development.

Sanders, of Detroit, was an inaugural member of Challenge Detroit, started in 2012. During her year with the program, she worked at Focus: HOPE, serving as a business development specialist. Following her time with Challenge Detroit and Focus: HOPE, Sanders launched the Amber Agency, a consulting firm providing management and capacity building services to entrepreneurs and nonprofits, which included supporting Challenge Detroit’s talent recruitment efforts.

Sanders received her Bachelor in Science in mathematics from Spelman College and her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dobbins also came to Challenge Detroit as an inaugural fellow, working at the start-up,, where she served as a marketing associate. She then joined Digerati, a Detroit-based software engineering firm, to work as an outreach specialist for their Intern in Michigan program.

As the events and operations manager, Dobbins, of Detroit, will support the coordination of events, help manage communications efforts, as well as support recruitment, alumni engagement and fundraising efforts.

Dobbins received her Bachelor in Arts in economics and management from Albion College.

The program has also added Lindsey Walenga, co-founder of Siren PR, as a new board member.