News Release

Alumna Tania Pratnicki Young to Speak on Leadership Characteristics and Styles

University of Detroit Mercy alumna Tania Pratnicki Young '77 will speak to UDM students about “Leadership characteristics and styles for organizational success” on Thursday, Feb. 28. Two presentation times are scheduled for student convenience: the first from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Commerce & Finance Building Room 238 and the second from 6:40-8:10 p.m. in Commerce & Finance Building Room 209 on the McNichols Campus.

Her talk will highlight what students can take away from their UDM education and how it will lead to a successful career.

Young is the head of CpK Interior Trim Operations at Chrysler, which  has three plants located Ontario, Canada that manufacture and assemble instrument panels and interior components for the Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 vehicles. She has 35 years of experience as a successful leader in the company and is one of very few women to have been a manufacturing plant leader. Young is one of 10 people in her family to graduate from UDM.

Refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Attendance also counts as one Leadership Development Workshop.

The program is sponsored by the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), The Institute for Leadership & Service, and CLAE Alumni Week.

For more information, please contact the Emerging Leaders Program at

Release date: February 28, 2013

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

For the 12th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2013 edition.