President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Mayor, City of Detroit
Moderator: Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor, Detroit Free Press
Author, “For the Love of Cities”
Education Adviser to the Governor, State of Michigan; Former Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education
Attendees can purchase a copy of Peter Kageyama’s “For the Love of Cities” in The Detroit Experience Hall.
Connecting the Region: Transit Development in the “D”
Detroit is positioned to shine on the world economic stage, but maintaining the momentum following bankruptcy requires a comprehensive, connected transportation plan. This panel explores the challenges and opportunities facing the Regional Transportation Authority and how improved transit infrastructure can support economic development and urban revitalization, and provide increased mobility to residents and commuters.
Dennis Cowan, Partner, Real Estate/Transactional and Governmental Affairs, Plunkett Cooney
Michael Ford, CEO, Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan
Megan Owens, Executive Director, Transportation Riders United (TRU)
Moderator: Nancy Kaffer, Columnist, Detroit Free Press
Filling the Gap: Cultivating Detroit’s World-Class Workforce
Finding highly-skilled workers to fill the talent pipeline is a growing challenge for many employers. In discussing the skills gap, this panel will explore how businesses, colleges and government agencies can work collectively to develop curricula and training that better prepares students to meet the challenges of 21st century careers.
Shawna Forbes, Vice Chancellor, School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Wayne County Community College District
Lisa Katz, Executive Director, Workforce Intelligence Network
Pamela Moore, President and CEO, Detroit Employment Solutions Corp.
Derek Turner, Vice President of Operations, Grand Circus
Moderator: Mary Kramer, Vice President and Group Publisher, Crain Communications
Innovation in Education: Strategies for Success
High-quality schools and better access to education are critical components of urban revitalization, and a key to ensure the opportunities of Detroit’s resurgence are widespread. This panel will focus on innovative strategies to ensure effective teachers in the classroom, improve educational equality and close the achievement gap to create an education environment that engages parents and prepares students.
Tonya Allen, President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation
Lou Glazer, President and Co-founder, Michigan Future Inc.
Dave Hecker, President, AFT Michigan
Mark Ornstein, CEO, University Prep Schools and Detroit 90/90
Moderator: Daniel Howes, Associate Business Editor, The Detroit News
Pick up a boxed lunch in The Detroit Experience Hall and return to the Sound Board to find a seat for the lunch session.
President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.; Former President and CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance
Detroit’s bankruptcy provides a historic opportunity to rebuild the city and forever change its trajectory, much like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Building on shared challenges of both cities, this New Orleans panel will provide insight on revitalization efforts and lessons for Detroit. Experts from the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Lessons Learned tour to New Orleans will share their experiences on achieving sustainable revitalization and the impact of community engagement, economic development and nurturing an entrepreneurial culture.
Melissa Ehlinger, Interim President and CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance
Scott Hutcheson, Senior Adviser, Cultural Economy, City of New Orleans
Julia Stewart, Programs Director, Propeller
Laura Trudeau, Managing Director, Community Development, The Kresge Foundation
Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Best-selling Author; Journalist, WJBK-TV Fox 2
Partners in Commerce: The U.S.-Canada Opportunity
As the country’s largest trading partner, Canada accounts for 46 percent of Michigan’s total annual exports, reinforcing that this important trade relationship is key to Detroit and the region’s future. This panel highlights collaborative efforts between Detroit and Windsor to attract international investment and bolster business growth to enhance Michigan’s economic strength and status as a global hub for commerce.
Frank Ervin, Director, Government Affairs, Magna International Inc.
Douglas George, Consul General, Canada
Matt Marchand, President and CEO, Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce
Paul Traub, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch
Moderator: Mark High, President, Canada-United States Business Association; Partner, Dickinson Wright PLLC
Energizing Entrepreneurship: Growing the Startup Culture
Detroit is a destination for young change-makers and innovators looking to make their entrepreneurial mark. From tech startups to the local bakery, entrepreneurs are a driving force behind Detroit’s resurgence. This panel will focus on what still needs to be done to cultivate the thriving start-up culture in Detroit, how incubator organizations can foster growth and innovation, and how an entrepreneur-friendly climate can attract top-tier talent to the region.
Jim Boyle, Senior Program Officer, New Economy Initiative
Andy Didorosi, President and Founder, The Detroit Bus Company
Niles Heron, Founder, MichiganFunders.com
Camille Walker-Banks, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Wayne State University
Moderator: Vickie Thomas, City Reporter, WWJ Newsradio AM 950
Molding Communities: The Neighborhood’s Role in Detroit’s Revitalization
From public safety, to addressing blight and creative land use, organized grassroots initiatives are reshaping Detroit’s neighborhoods. This panel will examine the role of community nonprofit groups in rebuilding the city as a dynamic place to live, work and play.
Kenneth Cockrel Jr., Executive Director, Detroit Future City, Implementation Office
Bonnie Fahoome, Portfolio Manager, SWOT City, TechTown Detroit
Victoria Kovari, General Manager, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Detroit
Tahirih Ziegler, Executive Director, Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corp.
Moderator: Craig Fahle, Director of Public Affairs, Detroit Land Bank Authority
Remarks: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
Dennis Archer Jr., President and CEO, Ignition Media Group; President, Archer Corporate Services
Cindy Pasky, President and CEO, Strategic Staffing Solutions
Andre Spivey, District 4, Detroit City Council
Eric Williams, Director, Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law, Wayne State University
Moderators: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC
Meet key members of Detroit City Government.