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NAUB/UFSC – Our History, Our Stories, Our Future featuring Forte and Davenport

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Urban Financial Services Coalition invites you to a special session entitled “NAUB/UFSC – Our History, Our Stories, Our Future.”


Tyrone M. Davenport – Chief Operating Officer of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Retired) and Leader NAUB/UFSC Detroit Chapter.

Linda Forte – Senior Vice-President, Business Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer, Comerica Bank (Retired) and Leader NAUB/UFSC Detroit Chapter.

Our History, Our Stories, Our Future is a series dedicated towards capturing the experiences, stories, and accomplishments of minority financial professionals in the financial services industry through their participation in the National Association of Urban Bankers and Urban Financial Services Coalition. This is one of the ways that UFSC is leveraging the wisdom of the organization’s high valued seasoned minority professionals.  The stories of these seasoned professionals are a road map of where we have been and a gift to the current generation that listens to them and then passes them on to the next generations.


Speaker Bios:

Tyrone M. Davenport

Chief Operation Officer (Retired)

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 

NAUB/UFSC Detroit Chapter Leader

Tyrone M. Davenport, former Chief Operating Officer of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, joined the staff in April 2002.  He was responsible for the physical operations of the museum, including facilities and security. Mr. Davenport retired from the museum in October, 2015.

Mr. Davenport retired from Bank One Corporation as Senior Vice President of Technology Risk Management in June 2001 after 35 years of service. Prior to retirement, Mr. Davenport held numerous senior management positions in the technology field for NBD Bank, First Chicago NBD, and Bank One. These included responsibility for an annual budget in excess of $100 million and management of more than 1,000 staff members. Mr. Davenport was also project manager on the construction of the 400,000 square foot construction of the Technology Center in Belleville, Michigan. That project was accomplished on schedule and within budget.

Mr. Davenport is a native Detroiter, a product of the Detroit Public School System and received his B.S. degree in Accounting from Wayne State University in 1968. He also graduated from the School of Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin in 1978.

Mr. Davenport serves on the board of American Promises Schools. Previously he has served as Chairman of the Michigan Automated Clearinghouse, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Detroit Urban League, Executive Board of the Metropolitan Detroit Boy Scouts of America and Executive Board of the Metropolitan Detroit YMCA.

Mr. Davenport resides in Detroit with his wife Linda D. Forte. He has two daughters, Dr. Lynette P. Davenport, M.D. (deceased) and Simone N. Clayton, school teacher, two granddaughters Angela and Auriana, and grandson Tyrone.


Linda Forte

Senior Vice-President, Business Affairs,

Chief Diversity Officer, Comerica Bank (Retired)

Leader NAUB/UFSC Detroit Chapter.

Linda Forte

Linda D. Forte retired in 2016 from Comerica Bank as senior vice president, Business Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer, and member of Comerica’s Senior Leadership Team.  Forte was responsible for defining and driving business strategies that established Comerica as a leader in diversity and work life practices. She was also responsible for the Comerica Charitable Foundation, Comerica Contributions and Civic Affairs.

She began her banking career with Comerica in 1974 and held management positions in Comerica’s Business Banking, Municipalities, U.S. Banking, and Loan Administration Groups, as well as positions in Human Resources and Banking Center Administration.

Forte is currently an independent board director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and First Independence Bank.  Forte also serves as Board Chair for the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit, a director of the Local Development Finance Authority and the Neighborhood Development Corporation of the City of Detroit. Appointed by the Mayor, she serves as a Commissioner for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Forte serves as a Trustee for Bowling Green State University and on the boards of Detroit’s Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ),  The Parade Company, Racquet Up and several other nonprofit boards.

Forte has been recognized with numerous awards for business leadership, professional accomplishment, and community development.  These include the 2014 Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion Annual Humanitarian Award, the 2014 Michigan Women’s Foundation Woman of Achievement and Courage Award and one of Crain’s Detroit Business Most Influential Women.  She was a 2013 Inductee into the “Academy of Distinguished Alumni” for Bowling Green State University.

Forte earned her Bachelor of Science degree cum laude from Bowling Green State University, and her MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Michigan.


Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Time:  6:30 pm, EDT.

Location: Virtual and hosted on ZOOM

Recorded: Yes, this call will be recorded.

Register here at https://UFSCNAUBOurHistoryDFDetroit.eventbrite.com

To learn more about UFSC and its upcoming events visit www.ufscnet.org


October 28, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
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