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SPOTLIGHT: Maria Franklin, Detroiter, MBA Candidate

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Detroit-native Maria Franklin is taking part in Detroit’s comeback.

Franklin, an MBA candidate at the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University, is learning all about the sports and entertainment industry in Detroit with an eye on the future, when she’ll get her chance to make an impact on her hometown. 

This semester, she’s studying The District Detroit development in Wayne State’s inaugural semester-long Sport & Entertainment Management courses.

The first-generation college student, wife and mother of three earned her bachelor’s degree at Wayne State.

During the day, Franklin teaches nutrition at several high schools in Detroit, including the Detroit School of Arts in Midtown and her alma mater, Cass Tech High School.

“The MBA program is so full of opportunity,” Franklin said. “My biggest challenge is determining which door I want to walk through.”

The new, state-of-the-art Mike Ilitch School of Business is under construction now, made possible by a historic $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch.

Located near the new Little Caesars Arena on Woodward Avenue and Temple Street, the school is set to debut in summer 2018, where nearly 4,000 students will attend classes. The school currently offers 15 concentrations to MBA candidates, including the new Sport & Entertainment Management track.

The program will offer students access to new courses covering management, marketing, sales, finance, economics, event operations, among other areas.

Upon her anticipated graduation in 2019, Franklin said she will have earned incredible experiences at the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

In the meantime, as a teacher and mentor to many Detroit high school students, Franklin intends to show them the sky’s the limit.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites eight world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions — The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.