U.S. attorney speaks at Women United event in Detroit

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Editor's note: This article was originally published by Crain's Detroit Business.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said she'll likely be replaced under President Donald Trump's administration and she's "fine" with it.

McQuade spoke with Crain's Group Publisher Mary Kramer at the Women of Influence Summit Wednesday hosted by Women United and Crain's.

"Many of my colleagues resigned on Jan. 20 when Obama left," said McQuade, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. But she plans to "stick around" as long as she can.

McQuade also discussed her crusades against public corruption in Detroit and women's issues like sex trafficking — a serious concern in the region "finally getting the recognition it deserves," she said.

The breakfast forum held on International Women's Day benefited United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Keynote speaker Wendy Steele, the founder and president of Generosity Matters, addressed the roles charitable giving and cooperation play in women's lives.

Other speakers emphasized women's commitment to helping other women, on the same day rights groups across the country called for protests under the banner A Day Without a Woman.

Attendees at the event sponsored by DTE Energy Co. voted online to decide which United Way program would receive the donation. The organization's parenting classes initiative won.

Crain's named McQuade a 2016 Newsmaker of the Year and one of its 100 Most Influential Women for 2016.