a nonprofit in Detroit designed by women for women
DETROIT, Michigan (WXYZ) – “This house was built in the late 19th century and was last used in 1980 for a children’s museum and art school called the Heritage House,” said Nancy Tellem, founder of BasBlue.
They would tell you that they were brought back to life by a group of strong women. You want to bring other women to the table.
“This connection and this care and support for women is so important that we do that for one another,” said Tellem.
“I have to say that in my own career I’ve worked with a lot of women and it was really important that we support each other and make everyone do this much better or understand where their journey is going and I had really feel that this is missing and I had a feeling that BasBlue could be that place, ”said Tellem.
Nancy Tellem is the co-founder and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Basblue. The new nonprofit now lives in the historic mansion on Ferry Street. Once owned by the first president of the Michigan Telephone Company, it is now home to the group they founded to connect women through conversation.
“There are a lot of working women, young women coming back to Detroit who really needed a place to network. They didn’t really know how to network, needed mentoring, ”said Tellem.
Miah Davis is the member and community manager and a native of Detroit.
“We ask all of our members when they join what their particular interests are, whether they’re interested in working with a mentor or looking to give back themselves,” said Miah Davis, BasBlue Membership and Community Development.
“Members have the opportunity to share ideas about community engagement, food and drink, and wine pairing,” said Davis. “Whether you are interested in professional development, tips on childcare, returning to work, the possibilities are diverse.”
“The idea is to support women artists in the community,” said Davis.
“Why BasBlue, it’s such a cool name,” asked Glenda Lewis from WXYZ.
“I looked at when the house was built and what was happening in the world during that time, and there was the end of the 18th of everything, but it had an impact on social and political movements,” Tellem said.