Help Us Honor Those Who Inspire and Influence


I’ve always believed that one person can make a huge difference in the lives of others. It can be the smallest act of kindness that motivates a person, gives them hope or provides the nudge they need to succeed. Most of us have this capacity, but it isn’t necessarily why we get out of the bed in the morning.

I was challenged recently to define my “why.” It was not as easy as it sounds. I don’t always slow my mind down enough to process the intuitive actions
I go through every day. The drive and passion comes from somewhere.
There are personal and deeply subconscious reasons that push us to do the things we do.

I’m pretty sure our cover woman, Laura Grannemann, has not only defined her “why,” but has encouraged hundreds of others to join her in the noble crusade she’s on.  She has worked tirelessly to make a difference in the city of Detroit through her work in Dan Gilbert’s family of companies. Dan has made it his mission to bring the city back and found a kindred spirit in Laura.

Her story is inspirational. She has become influential in Detroit, and she’s a beloved daughter of our community. That’s why we have asked Laura to share her story at the first annual Inspiration & Influence awards event Oct. 18. She is a young woman who is passionate about helping individuals and families struggling to keep their homes. She has big plans and is tireless. I encourage you to come out and hear her unique perspective.

In addition to Laura’s keynote address, we are giving several awards to local women and men who are making a difference each day and doing so without fanfare. It’s time to shed a light on these activities and thank these individuals for the work they do on our behalf.

Before we head over to the Crowne Plaza Lansing West to celebrate some inspirational and influential people, we’ll head out to Hawk Hollow Golf Course on Sept. 19 to celebrate the ’80s and our female golfers at the CAWLM Lady Classic. Most of you know that I love the music and total fashion craziness of that decade, so we decided that we would see how our women golfers would respond to a 1980s theme this year. And yes, we’ll be giving a prize for the most decked-out ’80s gear. Don’t worry if you can’t be there, we’ll share those amazing outfits in October’s issue.

I’m looking forward to the fall. I hope you are too!

Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling is the Founder and President of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency located in downtown Lansing, Mich. She is also owner and publisher of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Dowling has helped businesses and organizations with branding needs for more than a decade. Learn more at

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