Breaking the Silence, Empowering Women

Throughout her career, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (DMI 12) has found herself in a man’s world. From attending school at Georgetown University to her 30-year rise to senior executive with General Motors Co., and now as U.S. representative, Dingell said she was always “one of the few women in the room.”

When she looks back, her sentiments echo many women who talk of being marginalized at meetings, having their ideas dismissed, getting smaller paychecks, and being passed over for promotions. Or worse, suffering from sexual harassment or abuse in the workplace.

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Preserving the Public Trust

Paula Kerger is keenly aware of the rapidly changing media landscape in America. After more than two decades in public broadcasting and 12 years at the head of PBS nationally, Kerger has witnessed firsthand the decline of traditional media and the chaotic rise of a fragmented and increasingly digital media world.

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Dig Deep: Truth Will Restore Trust in Politics

J.C. Watts Jr., a former U.S. congressman from Oklahoma and founder of a boutique government affairs fi rm, has a simple solution to restore trust in national politics: Truth.

“In America, we don’t want to admit that we have a problem,” said Watts, who served four terms in Congress around the turn of the century. “We have a problem with telling the truth. We can agree that two plus two is five but that doesn’t make it right, or true. The truth always hurts before it helps, but you have to admit there is a problem. That is the first step.”

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Transcending Hyper-Partisan Politics

CNN’s Patti Solis Doyle refl ects on her time with the Clintons, the #MeToo movement, and healing a divided nation By Dawson Bell Raised in Chicago as the youngest of six children to working-class, Mexican immigrant parents, Patti Solis Doyle knows what life outside the citadels of power is like. As a veteran of Bill Clinton’s two presidential campaigns, a White House aide throughout his tenure, and the 2008 campaign manager (the first Hispanic-American women to hold that position) for the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, she also knows what it is like on the inside.

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Restoring Trust, Building Integrity

John Boehner, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will deliver a keynote address at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, headlining a discussion about developing trust in American institutions.

Boehner served as U.S. representative from Ohio’s 8th district from 1991 to 2015, rising to become Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015. A Republican with a reputation for candor and a willingness to listen and compromise, he resigned his position due to opposition within the GOP caucus. Boehner recently discussed his career highlights, how to restore public trust, and the national political climate during an interview with the Detroiter.

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Talking Presidential

Wall Street Journal columnist and presidential speech writer Peggy Noonan shares how the power of words can influence trust in government By: Tom Walsh From the presidencies of Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump, no American political writer’s voice has been …

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Prosperity Partner: Building the Canadian Relationship

Canada’s ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, is perhaps his country’s most important envoy on the world stage. In a time that is critical to the economic growth of both countries, MacNaughton’s political and business-savvy expertise bodes well as the chief voice for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington, D.C. The Detroiter recently interviewed MacNaughton, who will attend the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, on how the prime minister and his administration are  working to protect and grow businesses and jobs on both sides of the border, particularly in Michigan — Canada’s top trade partner — and the implications for Michigan and Canada under a revised North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Free Trade 101: Breaking Down NAFTA

By one straightforward measurement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been an unequivocal success. The threeparty deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico — which removed tariffs on most cross-border commerce and aimed to create a continental trading bloc capable of competing with the European Union — has led to increased trade. Since its inception in 1994, goods sold across NAFTA borders have tripled, to the tune of more than $1 trillion annually.

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Why NAFTA Matters to Business

With thousands of American companies facing potential economic impacts if the United States renegotiates or withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is aggressively working to get them involved in speaking out on behalf of the trade deal.

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