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Michigan's first and only community awards

We’re highlighting Michigan’s next generation of up-and-coming talent across all industries. We’re looking for the boldest minds from the corporate, startup, and entrepreneurial space, who are trailblazing a path for a brighter future. Help us find Michigan’s rising stars who blur the lines of creativity and innovation.


The Purpose Awards were created to showcase and honor community members who strive to do more. Whether that’s crushing it during their 9-to-5, starting their own business, organizing meaningful charities, or making a difference in their community. Meet the Purpose Awards — Michigan’s first and only community awards created to give you and your purpose a platform.

Meet the 2018 winners

Chris Lambert

Chris Lambert

Life Remodeled
1st Place Chris Lambert of @liferemodeled, receiving a one night stay at the @shinolahotel!
Qumisha Goss

Qumisha Goss

Detroit Public Library
2nd Place Qumisha Goss of @detroitpubliclibrary, receiving an unlimited monthly pass to @citizenyoga!
Jordette Singleton

Jordette Singleton

Goals and Girl Talk
3rd Place Jordette Singleton of @goalsandgirltalk, receiving a $100 @moosejawmadness Gift Card!

Meet the judges

Jacques Panis

Jacques Panis

Shinola Detroit
After eight years at Shinola, most recently as the company’s former president, Jacques now operates Panis Enterprises, his most recent entrepreneurial venture within the greater Detroit area.
Mallory Brown

Mallory Brown

Travel Mal
Mallory is an impact storyteller, global humanitarian, and keynote speaker. She runs charity campaigns, with filmmaking and crowdfunding, to connect audiences to incredible causes. 
Jonathon Triest

Jonathon Triest

Ludlow Ventures
Jonathon is the founder and managing partner of Ludlow Ventures. Prior to launching Ludlow, Jonathon was the creative director for New York’s Discovery Productions and founded Triest Group, a design firm with a deep UI/UX focus.
Dan Ngoyi

Dan Ngoyi

Quicken Loans
Dan is a Director of Talent Acquisition at Quicken Loans. In his role, he leads a team that works on identifying, interviewing and placing a diverse slate of candidates within the Rock Family of Companies. 
Dave Muller

Dave Muller

Commonwealth//McCann
Dave is an award-winning advertising creative with experience at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles and FCB in Chicago. Dave is currently at Commonwealth//McCann in Detroit developing brand work for Chevrolet.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the first annual Purpose Awards a success!

Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to our judges and all the nominators! Join our newsletter for more exciting events and updates on the 2019 Purpose Awards.