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Why Whittier?

Every event we touch turns gold.

Old-world sophistication meets modern luxury in three opulent spaces within The Whittier. Just minutes from the heart of downtown, this historic venue offers a distinctive blend of grit and grandeur that is reminiscent of the spirit of Detroit.

Celebrate life’s best moments basking in classic Renaissance architecture sprinkled with millennial modernity. Every event begins with stunning views of the Detroit River and ends with cutting-edge hospitality within our romantic Winter Garden or classic Ballroom.

Our in-house valet, detailed culinary experience and bar, and seasoned event specialists are a true testament to why the Whittier is Detroit’s ideal event destination. From company gatherings to romantic weddings, enjoying another year of life, or welcoming a new one, we are here to make your experience one you’ll never forget. 

Our Golden Rule: To offer luxury event experiences that elevate the quality and standard of Detroit’s event scene.

Meet the Team

Jacqueline Lee
Owner & CEO

Jacqueline Lee is a versatile marketing and communications professional, and creative entrepreneur. After graduating from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Public Relations, Lee obtained her MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy with a focus in marketing and entrepreneurship.

The marcom maven has worked in higher-education marketing for seven years at some of the top universities in the state including Detroit Mercy, Michigan Ross and Wayne State. She consistently executes award-winning strategies and marketing collateral – and helps plan and execute a variety of events. 

Keondra Dixson
Director of Operations & Event Manager


Cecelia (Cece) Nash
Event Manager

Cece Nash is an experienced event professional with over 16 years of creative and logistical experience. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Technology and Administrative Management. Cece has managed and executed events from social and non-profit events to higher education and corporate galas. Her experience spans across many facets of the event industry including planning & coordination, and event design & decor. Her passion for logistics assures the client of a seamless execution. 


Melanie Bowers
Public Relations Manager

A graduate of Wayne State University, Bowers is a multifaceted entrepreneur and public relations mastermind. As the CEO of Guru Public Relations, Events and Concierge LLC, she juggles an array of clients in numerous industries, including corporate, automotive, healthcare, nonprofit, and technology.

Bowers is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Black Public Relations Society, and also serves as the assistant public relations and marketing director of the National Black MBA Association.