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Ashlee R. Willis 
Founder, CEO & Philanthropist


Ashlee R. Willis is the Founder and CEO of Michigan Premier Events, an association, corporate and Government event management company managing events in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Detroit. Willis partners with associations & corporations by developing programs and events locally, statewide and nationally to enhance both their members, clients and the Mid-Michigan business community. Willis strives to embrace innovative and unconventional techniques by concept developments, logistics and strategy and for events and programming department. Wilis is involved with Urban development creating programs and event to help create walkability in downtowns and community. Willis is also an active community leader and philanthropist who strives to make the community better. 

Willis has over 10 years of experience in developing and managing corporate events, programs and meetings in Michigan. She is the co-founder of Lansing Lift Up Local, has led big community events in Michigan and worked on events with celebrities. Willis sits on several boards and committees. Willis was a part of the Merging governance committee for South Central United Way helping the merging planning process for Capital Area, Battle Creek & Jackson United Way. Willis has also assisted the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce develop the foundation of there diversity, equity and inclusion. Willis was also the first person of color to serve as Board President for Downtown Lansing Inc. Willis is a certified tour ambassador for Lansing, MI, has earned several awards including Downtown Lansing Hero Award, Entrepreneur on the move award and Ten Over the Next Ten Alumni award Recipient. Willis also has been featured on several radio stations, commercials and publications including front cover of Capital Area Women’s Life Style Magazine.

Willis is a Lansing native and well-known active leader in the community who is dedicated to the growth, collaboration and success of the region.


Willis Board of Director Positions: 

  • United Way of Southwest Michigan 

  • Arts Council of Greater Lansing


  • Strikeout Baseball USA

  • Delta Township Economic Development Advisory Board

  • Downtown Lansing Inc. (first person of color to serve as Board Chair/President) 

  • Old News Boys of Greater Lansing 

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