Empowering Young Women: A Look into a Detroit-based Mentorship Program.

Meet Doug Finch, the Board Chair at Girls Group, an organization that provides comprehensive mentoring programs to young women in Detroit. Doug is an early-stage technology investor with vast experience in venture capital and angel investing organizations. He is also a Mentor-in-Residence with the UMich Office of Tech Transfer and a volunteer mentor at the Ross School of Business and UMich School of Engineering.

Before his current roles, Doug co-owned Summit Health, Inc., a nationwide employee health and blood testing service provider. He earned BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Girls Group’s mission is to empower young women to achieve emotional and economic self-sufficiency by ensuring they graduate from high school and begin their college or career journeys. Doug’s role as Board Chair helps ensure the organization’s programs are planned, developed, and implemented by highly-trained, talented, and compassionate Girls Group Mentors.

The mentoring relationship that Girls Group provides helps young women discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them. Girls Group’s effectiveness is largely due to long-term and supportive relationships that often begin in middle school and carry through into high school and college.

Doug’s involvement with Girls Group and his expertise in technology investing make him an integral part of the organization’s success. His passion for empowering young women to become self-sufficient is aligned with Girls Group’s values of empowerment, creating an effective environment, and fostering positive relationships. Together with the other board members, he works towards the ultimate ambition of helping each young woman find their voice, define their goals and dreams, and move forward in the world with pride and self-confidence.

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