February 26, 2013: Former Sec. of Commerce to Keynote Mackinac Policy Conference; Detroit Policy Conference Thursday

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez to  Keynote 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference

Joining an already high-profile speaker lineup, Carlos M. Gutierrez, vice chairman of the Institutional Clients Group for Citigroup, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and former chairman and CEO of Kellogg Company, will provide a keynote address during the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, held May 29 to May 31.

Secretary Gutierrez served as the 35th U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, regularly traveling internationally to visit with foreign government and business leaders to discuss ways to enhance trade and promote U.S. exports. During his term, he played a integral part in immigration reform and the passage of Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), a landmark agreement that strips away trade barriers and expands export opportunities and boosts opportunity in Latin America. The former Michigan business CEO will lead a session focused on immigration reform on the first day of the Conference, May 29. Please note: registration prices will increase March 6. For more information or to register, click here

Register Today for Detroit Policy Conference; Keynote Richard Florida Talks Detroit in The Atlantic Cities

Time is running out for registration at the 2013 Detroit Policy Conference, being held this Thursday at the MotorCity Casino Hotel. Register today to be a part of a day dedicated to Detroit’s continued comeback. One of the Conference’s keynote speakers, Dr. Richard Florida, recently published an article in The Atlantic Cities examining Detroit’s population through a new report titled “7.2 Square Miles.” The article takes a look at the makeup of greater downtown Detroit and its neighborhoods. Florida is just one of a dynamic lineup of speakers participating in Thursday’s Conference. For more information on the Conference agenda, speakers or to register, click here. To read the full article in The Atlantic Cities, click here.

Newsmaker of the Year Nancy Schlichting Honored at Crain’s Event

Henry Ford Health System CEO and Detroit Regional Chamber Board Chair Nancy Schlichting was honored as Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2012 Newsmaker of the Year at an event last week. During the lunch, Schlichting was featured in a tribute video highlighting her impact and leadership. She has had a number of successes with Henry Ford Health System, including the announcement of the proposed merger with Beaumont Health System and the receipt of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. To watch the tribute video, click here. To read the original story in Crain’s about Schlichting’s award, click here.

Jeffrey McGuiness of HR Policy Association to Discuss Employer Impact at Health Care Leaders Forum

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber for the 2013 Health Care Leaders Forum on Thursday, March 21 as Jeffrey McGuiness, CEO, HR Policy Association, highlights developments in health care reform that are most important to employers. During the forum, some of the nation’s top health care thought leaders will examine the current direction of reform and the fast pace of transformation that lies ahead. McGuiness joins an impressive lineup of speakers and panelists who will highlight the rapidly changing health care landscape, its effect on employers, and the obstacles and straightaways that lie ahead. For more information or to register, click here.

Encouraging Emerging Leadership: Leadership Detroit Informational Breakfast, March 14

Leadership Detroit provides the foundation for a lifelong commitment to leadership by creating awareness of key issues that affect the region. This priceless experience also provides the opportunity to network with more than 1,500 Leadership Detroit alumni and gain the leadership foundation needed to impact change in the community.

If you know someone who would be an ideal candidate for Leadership Detroit, please let them know about the upcoming informational breakfast taking place at the Skyline Club in Southfield on March 14 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Click here for more information or to register.