Detroit Mercy's CBA presents Business Leadership Awards

October 09, 2019

Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration (CBA) celebrated the annual Business Leadership Awards on Saturday, Oct. 6, during a celebration at the Detroit Golf Club.

Additionally, the College announced the opening of the Center for Practice and Research in Management & Ethics (PRIME) and launched the Center’s national speaker series with information about the first speaker, Denise Morrison, former president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company. 

Business Leadership Awards

The CBA’s Business Leadership Awards featured a morning Mass celebrated by Fr. Theodore Munz, S.J., at the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building on the McNichols Campus. The reception took place at the Detroit Golf Club. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affair Pamela Zarkowski welcomed guests and acknowledged this year’s event sponsors. Sr. Linda Wethman, R.S.M., gave the invocation, which was followed by brunch.

This year, the CBA honored four exceptional individuals who achieved great success during their careers while living the Detroit Mercy mission. Joseph Eisenhauer, dean of the college, presented the following awards:

Rising Stars

Shayla Manning, ’07, ’09
Senior Strategist
DTE Energy

Manning is the supervisor of DTE Energy’s Long-Term Energy Forecasting team, which is responsible for translating economic and market dynamics into actionable insights as they relate to electric markets and long-term forecasting activities. She has more than 11 years of forecasting, statistical analysis, strategy and planning experience in the utility industry. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, recently ending a four-year term on the executive board of the Detroit chapter. She also served as the graduate advisor of the Detroit Mercy chapter, Theta Tau. Manning also volunteers for numerous community organizations, such as Meals on Wheels, the Ronald McDonald House and Earth Works Detroit.

Christina Pauken, ’12, ’19
Senior Analyst, Regulatory Affairs
DTE Energy

Pauken serves as a senior analyst for DTE Energy, supporting regulatory affairs and case management related to electric and natural gas with the Michigan Public Service Commission. She previously spent seven years as a senior financial analyst at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. She currently serves on the Finance Council of Saints Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, and as chairperson of the Magis Council for the Pope Francis Center, where she frequently volunteers. She is an active member and two-term President of the Alumni Board for the CBA. In addition to her B.S. and MBA degrees, Pauken earned a certificate in Catholic Studies, and is a graduate of Contemplative Leaders in Action, a Jesuit leadership development program.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Marilyn French Hubbard, ’75
Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System (retired)

Under Marilyn French Hubbard’s leadership as chief diversity officer, Henry Ford Health received a Crain’s Detroit Business Innovation in Diversity Award and was the first health care organization to be ranked among the nation’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity. In addition to her 20-year career in health care, she founded the National Association of Black Women Entrepreneurs, which eventually grew to more than 5,000 members. She is also a founding member of the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She has been appointed to leadership roles by Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush; she served on a Presidential Transition team, two Detroit Mayoral Transition Teams, the Detroit Area Agency on Aging Board, the Advisory Council of AARP, and the Board of Matrix Human Services. She’s the author of Sisters Are Cashing In: How Every Woman Can Make Her Financial Dreams Come True, and a contributing author to other self-help books. 

Fr. Gerald F. Cavanagh, S.J.
Charles T. Fisher III Chair of Business Ethics PRIME Center
College of Business Administration
University of Detroit Mercy

Nationally recognized as one of the founders of the field of business ethics, Fr. Cavanagh has given some 100 presentations on business ethics and corporate social responsibility throughout the world. He’s published five books, more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 chapters, as well as encyclopedia and magazine articles, monographs and proceedings papers.  His research has been cited more than 2,750 times by other academics across the globe, and he has been quoted in business magazines such as Fortune. His classic textbook, American Business Values, has been required reading at business schools around the nation, and his books are collectively carried in more than 1,500 libraries worldwide. He’s been a Trustee at seven Jesuit universities, and served on the board of a Center for Religious Values in Business at Notre Dame. In his four decades at Detroit Mercy, Fr. Cavanagh has been a Trustee, Provost, Dean, Professor and the faculty advisor to the student service organization, Alpha Phi Omega.

Sponsors of the 2019 Business Leadership Awards celebration included:

  • Absopure Water Company
  • Alliance Catholic Credit Union
  • DTE Energy
  • John & Nancy Kennedy
  • Dennis & Marilyn Mach
  • Gary & Debby Priestap
  • Tax Trilogy
  • TMH Solutions
  • UHY Advisors

Grand Opening of the Center for Practice and Research in Management & Ethics (PRIME)

During the Oct. 6 Business Leadership Awards, the College announced the opening of the PRIME Center. The Center is an important resource bringing the business community and the academic community together to promote efficient, effective and ethical management.

PRIME Center faculty affiliates include Evan A. Peterson, Arnold Jarboe Chair of Business Administration, and Fr. Gerald F. Cavanagh, S.J.,Charles T. Fisher III Chair of Business Ethics.

Activities of the PRIME Center include

  • A speaker series featuring nationally prominent leaders of businesses, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions and governments.
  • Professional research on Management and Ethics by PRIME Center affiliates.
  • Experiential learning and leadership opportunities for students.
  • A student-run journal, Advances in Management & Ethics Research, that solicits, edits, publishes and distributes the best student research from around the nation on topics relevant to the PRIME Center mission.

To learn more about the PRIME Center, please visit

PRIME Center Inaugural Presentation Feb. 26, 2020

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, the PRIME Center will launch its new speaker series with a presentation by Denise Morrison, former president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company.

Morrison was ranked among the world’s 10 most reputable CEOs in 2018. Additionally, Fortune ranked her the 20th most powerful woman in business, and Forbes named her among the 1100 most powerful women in the world.   

She will present “Leadership, Ethics & Social Responsibility: A Recipe for Success” at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom on the McNichols Campus. This event is free and open to the public. Interested individuals may reserve tickets at

For more about the College of Business Administration, please visit