In 2009, Carolyn Cassin accepted the leadership of the Michigan Women’s Foundation, Michigan’s only public statewide Foundation dedicated solely to helping women and girls realize economic self-sufficiency and social equality. She shaped an innovative, strategic direction for the Foundation through the creation and support of high-impact programs aimed at Advancing the State’s Women’s Agenda, Developing the Next Generation of Young Women Leaders and Empowering Women Entrepreneurs.
Highlights of her accomplishments at MWF include the development of a microloan fund for women owned and managed businesses and a venture capital fund for women – Belle Michigan, of which she is the General Partner. In addition to her work with the Foundation, Carolyn started and held leadership positions with the National Hospice Work Group, a professional coalition of CEO’s from the nation’s largest and most innovative hospices.
Her professional successes include 10 years as CEO of Hospice of Michigan and the COO of VistaCare, the first venture capital backed national hospice, which became a publically traded company in 2005. She also oversaw the development of Michigan’s $1.5 billion Medicaid Managed Care Program and led Continuum Hospice Care in New York City to become NYC’s largest hospice program.
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