Nicole Sherard-Freeman is President and CEO of Detroit Employment Solutions Corp (DESC), responsible for leading the strategy and day-to-day operations of the agency, in support of the city’s vision for talent readiness and employment demand for Detroit residents. Nicole brings nearly 30 years combined experience in corporate, non-profit, and entrepreneurial sectors, and the proven ability to develop and manage complex, cross-sector partnerships. As the former Director for Corporation for a Skilled Workforce’s Detroit Portfolio, Nicole was a lead researcher and co-author of two significant reports about Detroit’s talent pool and job market. Nicole’s corporate background includes more than 20 years of experience in Operations, Sales, and HR leadership for Fortune 500 companies. Born and raised in Detroit, Nicole is a graduate of Renaissance High School. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, and has completed graduate studies in Organizational Management and Development at Fielding Graduate University.