October 03, 2017

Building with Purpose: Dannis Mitchell Named to Crain's Detroit 40 Under 40

Dannis Mitchell
Every year, Crain’s Detroit Business takes in nominations for young achievers making their impact. Eligibility guidelines are pretty simple: 1) be 39 or younger, 2) be an overachiever in your industry. Among all the nominations are 40 people who are crafting a difference through their career in the Motor City. One of those just so happens to be one of our own team members: Dannis Mitchell.

As Diversity Manager, Dannis is helping us at Barton Malow build with the American Spirit. She’s been a key driver in making our company a truer reflection of the communities we serve. For her, taking our core purpose and internalizing its message is only one part of the equation. The other part is pointing that message outward in an authentic and meaningful way. That means creating strategies that utilize our resources and contacts to ensure proper inclusion in our workforce. In addition, she also manages relationships with stakeholders like union representatives, development organizations and educational institutions to strengthen our communities. That has culminated in her efforts and success in being an integral part of getting Detroiters hired in projects like the recently completed Little Caesars Arena and the upcoming Hudson’s Site Development project. For Dannis, being an agent of change is her main goal:

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by peers for on-going work centered around community engagement. I’m thankful for the support of Barton Malow's leadership in trusting me with such an important role within the organization.  I really hope to make the impact of being a change agent in how people perceive the skilled trades.  Specifically, by educating the public and creating opportunities among untapped talent pools in hopes of minimizing the trade labor shortage that exists within the industry.”

So, if you’re looking for someone who truly represents our goal at Barton Malow, look no further than Detroit’s newest young all-star: Dannis Mitchell.