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Tuesday, May 27
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • 2014 Conference Registration Open
  • Location: Garden Terrace

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • AT&T Communication Center Open
  • Location: Cottage Restaurant

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Media Center Open
  • Location: Terrace Room

    Sponsors:
    Quicken Loans
    W.K. Kellogg Foundation

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Conference App Help Desk
  • Location: Garden Terrace

  • 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Opening Dinner and Entertainment
  • Location: Grand Hotel Stables

    Special Guest Hosts:
    Dan Benishek, M.D., U.S. Representative, (R-Crystal Falls)
    Mark Hackel, Executive, Macomb County

    Musical Entertainment:
    Stephen Clark, News Anchor, Multimedia Journalist, WXYZ-TV
    Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

    Enjoy a relaxed evening of socializing prior to the beginning of main stage programming.

    Sponsors:
    Crain’s Detroit Business
    General Motors

  • 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Conference Registration
  • Location: Grand Hotel Stables

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Conference App Help Desk
  • Location: Grand Hotel Stables

Wednesday, May 28
  • 7:00 a.m.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row
  • Location: Main Dining Room

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • Media Center Open
  • Location: Terrace Room

    Sponsors:
    Quicken Loans
    W.K. Kellogg Foundation

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Conference Registration Open
  • Location: Garden Terrace

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • AT&T Communication Center Open
  • Location: Cottage Restaurant

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • MHA: A Toast to Your Health
  • Location: MHA Audubon Bar

    Hosted by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Conference App Help Desk
  • Location: Parlor

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Health and Wellness Activities
  • Location: Porch

    Spend the morning relaxing through activities that fuel your body and clear your mind, including yoga and painting on the porch.

    Sponsor: Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Restorative Yoga Session
  • Location: Porch

    Hosted by Lila Lazarus, Owner, Lila Productions, LLC

    Ready for a powerful Conference?  Rid yourself of any stress and get re-energized on the Grand Hotel porch.  Join Lila Lazarus for a restorative yoga practice that gently stretches the body and relaxes the mind.

    Sponsor: Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Political Action Committee Reception: Michigan's Senate Race
  • Location: Grand Pavilion

    Note: A separate ticket is required for this event. Click here for more information.

    Terri Lynn Land, Former Michigan Secretary of State (R)
    Gary Peters, U.S. Representative (D)

    With a seat vacated for the first time in 36 years by Senator Carl Levin’s retirement, hear from former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and U.S. Representative Gary Peters as they square off in one of the nation’s most-watched Senate races.

    Sponsor: Miller Canfield

  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Location: Tea Garden Tent

  • 11:45 a.m.
  • Mackinac 101 Attendee Orientation: Making the Most of the Conference
  • Location: Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor

    Sponsor: Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

  • 12:30 p.m.
  • Refreshment
  • Location: Parlor

  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Conference Welcome
  • Location: Theatre

    Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

    The Governor kicks off the Conference, setting the stage for the important statewide conversation to take place throughout the three days of main stage programming and welcoming attendees to engage in Michigan’s continued reinvention.

  • 1:45 p.m.
  • Veteran Talent Showcase
  • Location: Theatre

    Speakers:
    Zaneta Adams
    Jerrad Carlisle

    Sponsor: Quicken Loans

  • 1:50 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: Jim Clifton
  • Location: Theatre

    Keynote Address: Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup, Inc.; Author, “The Coming Jobs War”

    Interviewed by:
    Stephen Clark, News Anchor, Multimedia Journalist, WXYZ-TV

    Gallup chairman and CEO and author Jim Clifton provides insight into the changing demographics across the nation and how those trends will impact society, politics and business. Drawing on research gleaned from around the world, this thought-leader will confront attendees with harsh facts about America’s changing demographics and its position in the global economy.

    Sponsor: Delta Air Lines

     

  • 2:35 p.m.
  • Today’s Entrepreneur: Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons from Failure
  • Location: Theatre

    Panel:
    Peter Gardner, Founder and CEO, Startgrid, Inc.
    Adam Lowry, Co-Founder and Chief Greenskeeper, Method Products, Inc.
    Eric Ryan, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Architect, Method Products, Inc.
    Jason Sosa, Founder and CEO, IMRSV

    Moderator: Nina Easton, Senior Editor and Washington Columnist, Fortune Magazine; Commentator, Fox News

    A panel of national experts explores the opportunities and challenges facing today’s entrepreneurs with a subtheme of failure as a learning experience. Discussion will expound on how entrepreneurs can overcome obstacles and capitalize on emerging opportunities in today’s economy, and describe the business environment needed to encourage innovation.

    Sponsor: Bank of America

  • 3:15 p.m.
  • Mackinac Moment: Reinvention
  • Location: Theatre

    Josh Linkner, CEO and Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners

  • 3:25 p.m.
  • Veterans Meet and Greet
  • Location: Porch

    Meet the Veteran Talent Showcase participants on the Grand Hotel Porch.

  • 3:25 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
  • Break
  •  

  • 3:40 p.m.
  • Veteran Talent Showcase
  • Location: Theatre

    Speaker: Mercy Kamau

    Sponsor: Quicken Loans

  • 3:45 p.m.
  • The STEM Economy: Innovations in Educating the Next Generation
  • Location: Theatre

    Keynote Address:
    Joel Klein, Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education; CEO, Education Division, News Corporation

    Panel:
    Tonya Allen, President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation
    Von Washington Jr., Executive Director of Community Relations, The Kalamazoo Promise
    Tiffany Williams, Executive Director, Teach for America Detroit

    Moderator: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News

    Former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and News Corporation executive Joel Klein kicks off a session focused on innovative approaches in STEM education. He will share insight on how new approaches in education, including technology integration, can increase efficiency and enhance student performance. Following a Q & A with Klein, a panel of education experts strategize on how to make Michigan a leader in STEM education and better prepare the next generation workforce.

    Sponsor: PNC Bank

  • 4:35 p.m.
  • Mackinac Moment: Innovation
  • Location: Theatre

    Mary Sue Coleman, President, University of Michigan

  • 4:45 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: Mike Duggan
  • Location: Theatre

    Interviewed by: Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press

    Mayor Mike Duggan addresses where Detroit stands and where it is headed nearly six months into his administration, a period that has featured aggressive initiatives to tackle blight and improve core services such as lighting and busing. Focus includes next steps to positioning Detroit for short and long-term success and the support needed from the rest of the state to make this happen.

    Sponsor: GalaxE.Solutions

  • 5:20 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: Larry Weber
  • Location: Theatre

    Interviewed By: Carol Cain, Senior Producer and Host, CBS Detroit’s “Michigan Matters;” Columnist, Detroit Free Press

    A globally known entrepreneur who has launched over 300 businesses, Racepoint Global Chairman and CEO Larry Weber will speak to the importance of risk-taking and challenging perceived marketplace barriers to achieve entrepreneurial success.

  • 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Event
  • Location: Parlor, Porch and Main Dining Room

    Unwind after Day One of the Conference, featuring innovative arrangements of classic jazz and pop covers, a strolling dinner, and an evening of conversation.

    Entertainment: The Urban Collective

    Sponsors:
    Detroit Medical Center
    EY
    Greektown Casino Hotel
    Lilly

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Book Signing
  • Location: Gallery

    Josh Linkner, CEO and Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners
    Book: “The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation”
    Larry Weber, Chairman and CEO, Racepoint Global
    Book: “The Digital Marketer: Ten New Skills You Must Learn to Stay Relevant and Customer-Centric”

  • 9:00 p.m.
  • A Toast to Your Health Reception
  • Location: MHA Audubon Bar

    Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Thursday, May 29
  • 6:00 a.m.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row
  • Location: Main Dining Room

  • 6:00 a.m.
  • Media Center Open
  • Location: Terrace

    Sponsors:
    Quicken Loans
    W.K. Kellogg Foundation

  • 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Open
  • Location: Garden Terrace

  • 7:00 a.m.
  • AT&T Communication Center Open
  • Location: Cottage Restaurant

  • 7:00 a.m.
  • Conference App Help Desk
  • Location: Parlor

  • 7:30 a.m.
  • Microsoft Hosted Breakfast Session
  • Location: Brighton Pavilion

    Developing Michigan’s Workforce of the Future

    Speaker: Margo Day, Vice President, U.S. Education, Microsoft

    Hosted by Microsoft

  • 8:35 a.m.
  • Mission Critical: STEM Education and Michigan's Economic Future
  • Location: Theatre

    Remarks: Joe Harlan, Executive Vice President, Chemicals, Energy, Performance Materials, The Dow Chemical Company

    Panel:
    Joe Harlan, Executive Vice President, Chemicals, Energy, Performance Materials, The Dow Chemical Company
    Walter Maisel, Ph.D., President and CEO, Kostal North America
    Virinder Moudgil, Ph.D., President and CEO, Lawrence Technological University
    Marilyn Schlack, Ed.D., President, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

    Moderator: Mary Kramer, Publisher, Crain’s Detroit Business

    A STEM workforce serves as an economic driver critical to filling the jobs of tomorrow and often dictates the ability of Michigan businesses to compete globally. Leading employers weigh in on how the skills gap is impacting their organizations, the new definition of skilled trades, and what is needed to maintain a globally competitive workforce in Michigan.

    Sponsor: Pure Michigan

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • MHA: A Toast to Your Health
  • Location: MHA Audubon Bar

    Hosted by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

  • 9:30 a.m.
  • Keynote Address: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Location: Theatre

    Interviewed by: Daniel Howes, Business Columnist and Associate Business Editor, The Detroit News

    One of the nation’s most widely acclaimed authors and global thinkers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses his latest book, “David and Goliath” and its message about overcoming obstacles with thought-provoking educational and entrepreneurial examples. The five time best-selling author will apply these lessons to Detroit and Michigan in the globalized world.

    Sponsors:
    Consumers Energy
    Michigan Media Solutions

  • 9:30 a.m.
  • Refreshments
  • Location: Parlor

    Sponsor: THE BIG M

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Smoothie Station
  • Location: Gallery

    Sponsor: Deloitte

  • 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Break
  •  

  • 10:45 a.m.
  • Veteran Talent Showcase
  • Location: Theatre

    Speaker: Chris Rishko

    Sponsor: Quicken Loans

  • 10:50 a.m.
  • Michigan: Leading the Way
  • Location: Theatre

    Panel:
    Hank Cooney, President and CEO, Plunkett Cooney; Chair, 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference
    Sam Cummings, Principal and Managing Partner, CWD Real Estate Investment
    L. Brooks Patterson, Executive, Oakland County
    Kelly Rossman-McKinney, CEO and Principal, Truscott Rossman

    Moderator: Rick Albin, Political Reporter, WOOD TV

    Recent reforms and a pragmatic approach to public policy have helped Michigan emerge as one of the nation’s most attractive business environments. With Michigan’s business climate improving and employers primed for growth, leading executives from across the state discuss the impact of Michigan’s new way of doing business and what still needs to get done to make the state more competitive.

    Sponsor: Ford Motor Company

  • 11:35 a.m.
  • Mackinac Moment: Entrepreneurship
  • Location: Theatre

    Jake Sigal, Founder and CEO, Tome; Founder and Former CEO, Livio

  • 11:45 a.m.
  • Innovative Entrepreneurial Nexus of the Automotive Industry
  • Location: Theatre

    Remarks: Angel Gambino, Owner, The Alchemy

    Panel:
    Sheryl Connelly, Global Consumer Trends and Futuring Manager, Ford Motor Company
    Mike Finney, President and CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
    Angel Gambino, Owner, The Alchemy
    Rick Warner, CEO, TruckSmartParkingServices, Inc.

    Moderator: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

    Technology continues to redefine mobility and the driving experience. Amid fierce global competition, the automotive industry and original equipment manufacturers depend on entrepreneurs for the technology needed to keep pace. This panel speaks to the innovations under way and the entrepreneurs that are reshaping the industry from the bottom up.

    Sponsor: PwC

  • 12:30 p.m.
  • Concurrent Lunch Session:
    JPMorgan Chase Hosted Lunch Session
  • Location: Grand Pavilion

    Closing the Skills Gap

    Jim Jacobs, President, Macomb Community College
    Chauncy Lennon, Senior Program Director, JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy

    An interactive discussion will focus on using demand-driven workforce partnerships to close the skills gap in Michigan, featuring Chauncy Lennon, senior program director, JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy, and Jim Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College.

    Hosted by JPMorgan Chase

  • 12:30 p.m.
  • Concurrent Lunch Session:
    W.K. Kellogg Foundation Hosted Lunch Session
  • Location: Brighton Pavilion

    Quality Early Childhood Education for a Thriving Michigan Economy

    Kati Haycock, Founder and President, The Education Trust

    Interviewed by: Jennifer White, Host and Community Outreach Director, Michigan Radio and State of Opportunity

    Kati Haycock, founder and president of The Education Trust will hold a discussion with moderator Jennifer White, host and community outreach director, Michigan Radio and State of Opportunity, on what needs to be done to ensure Michigan’s children are adequately prepared for success in school and life.

    Hosted by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Veterans Meet and Greet
  • Location: Porch

    Meet the Veteran Talent Showcase participants on the Grand Hotel Porch between main stage sessions.

  • 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Location: Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor

    Sponsor: Plunkett Cooney

  • 1:35 p.m.
  • Veteran Talent Showcase
  • Location: Theatre

    Speaker: Laura Marko

    Sponsor: Quicken Loans

  • 1:40 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: Mitch Daniels
  • Location: Theatre

    Interviewed by: Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

    Drawing from his successful career across the public and private sectors, Purdue University President and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels provides perspective on how to make government work toward common goals and achieve results rather than gridlock. From placing an emphasis on STEM education and investment in critical infrastructure, such as roads, Daniels will touch on critical issues impacting Michigan’s future.

    Sponsor: Meijer

  • 2:35 p.m.
  • Mackinac Moment: Impact
  • Location: Theatre

    Doug DeVos, President, Amway

  • 2:45 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: Rick Snyder
  • Location: Theatre

    Interviewed by: Vickie Thomas, City Beat Reporter, WWJ Newsradio 950

    As Michigan’s reinvention continues, Governor Rick Snyder highlights the progress made during his administration in positioning the state for success in the globalized economy. The Governor also will provide his insight into the next steps in continuing Michigan’s emergence as the “Comeback State.”

    Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

  • 3:45 p.m.
  • Special Recognition: U.S. Senator Carl Levin
  • Location: Theatre

  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Across the Isle: Michigan and the Midterms
  • Location: Theatre

    Paul Begala, Democratic Strategist; Political Contributor, CNN
    S.E. Cupp, Host, “Crossfire”

    Moderator: Paul W. Smith, Host, News/Talk WJR 760 AM

    Two of the foremost national voices from both sides of the aisle provide an in-depth look at the national political scene heading into the 2014 midterm elections. Putting the upcoming election into the context of the larger political landscape, two of CNN’s leading pundits debate key issues including: the final two years of the Obama administration, direction of the GOP, and the political landscape in Michigan.

    Presenting Sponsor: DTE Energy

    Supporting Sponsors:
    General Motors
    ITC Holdings Corp.
    Michigan International Speedway

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Across the Isle: Super PAC Reception
  • Location: Cupola Bar

    Note: This reception requires a separate ticket. Click here for more information.

    Meet Paul Begala and S.E. Cupp at a Super PAC reception following Across the Isle: Michigan and the Midterms. A separate ticket is required. Proceeds will support the Chamber’s Super PAC.

    Presenting Sponsor: DTE Energy

    Supporting Sponsors:
    General Motors
    ITC Holdings Corp.
    Michigan International Speedway

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Survey Says: The Pulse of Michigan
  • Location: Brighton Pavilion

    A town hall discussion will focus on the results of a WDIV/Detroit News survey conducted for the Conference. The findings include statewide attitudes and opinions about this year’s political races, policy issues, and the Michigan view on Detroit.

    Speakers:
    Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
    Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Jazz on the Porch
  • Location: Porch and Parlor

    Enjoy a lively performance featuring a rhythm section, horns and vocals comprised of the Detroit Public Schools’ most talented jazz musicians.

    Entertainment:
    Detroit Public All City Jazz Band
    Soul-Lo

    Sponsor: The Skillman Foundation

  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Michigan Media Solutions Hosted Event
  • Location: Tea Garden Tent

    On the Island, Off the Record Bourbon Night

    Hosted by:
    Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
    Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor, Detroit Free Press

  • 9:00 p.m.
  • A Toast to Your Health Reception
  • Location: MHA Audubon Bar

    Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Friday, May 30
  • 6:00 a.m.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row
  • Location: Main Dining Room

  • 6:00 a.m.
  • Media Center Open
  • Location: Terrace Room

    Sponsors:
    Quicken Loans
    W.K. Kellogg Foundation

  • 7:00 a.m.
  • Conference Registration Open
  • Location: Garden Terrace

  • 7:00 a.m.
  • AT&T Communication Center
  • Location: Cottage Restaurant

  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Conference Remarks
  • Location: Theatre

  • 8:40 a.m.
  • Veteran Talent Showcase
  • Location: Theatre

    Speaker: Tim Nellett

    Sponsor: Quicken Loans

  • 8:45 a.m.
  • Mackinac Moment: Talent
  • Location: Theatre

    John James, Vice President, Operations, James Group International

  • 8:55 a.m.
  • Keynote Address: Mitch Landrieu
  • Location: Theatre

    Interviewed by: Craig Fahle, General Manager, Broadcast and Programming, WDET 101.9 FM; Host, “The Craig Fahle Show”

    As cities around the nation watch Detroit’s bankruptcy process, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will discuss urban revitalization and provide unique insight from his involvement in New Orleans’ transformation and highlight key lessons learned for Detroit.

    Sponsor: The Kresge Foundation

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • MHA: A Toast to Your Health
  • Location: MHA Audubon Bar

    Hosted by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

  • 9:40 a.m.
  • Keynote Address: Kevyn Orr
  • Location: Theatre

    Interviewed by: Vicki Mabrey, Former “Nightline” Correspondent, ABC News

    Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr addresses what is needed to position Detroit for success in the post-bankruptcy era and the next steps in putting the city on a path to long-term sustainability. In providing an overview of Detroit’s progress, Orr will also touch on how the process continues to evolve in advance of his expected departure in the fail.

    Sponsor: ITC Holdings, Corp.

  • 10:15 a.m.
  • Detroit Next: Positioned for the Future
  • Location: Theatre

    Remarks: Vishaan Chakrabarti, Partner, SHoP Architects; Marc Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development; Director, Center for Urban Real Estate, Columbia University

    Panel:
    Gerry Anderson, Chairman and CEO, DTE Energy
    Jase Bolger, Speaker, Michigan House of Representatives
    Vishaan Chakrabarti, Partner, SHoP Architects; Marc Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development; Director, Center for Urban Real Estate, Columbia University
    Brenda Jones, President, Detroit City Council
    Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation

    Moderator: Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor, Detroit Free Press

    Bankruptcy is positioning Detroit to establish financial stability and sustainability and redirect its efforts in city development. With a newly elected mayor and city council in place to guide the city through the post-bankruptcy phase, Detroit offers an environment for unprecedented innovation and collaboration. This panel of leaders will offer insight on the great opportunity that comes after bankruptcy.

  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Conference Wrap Up
  • Location: Parlor

    Panel:
    Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
    Hank Cooney, President and CEO, Plunkett Cooney; Chair, 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference
    Craig Fahle, General Manager, Broadcast and Programming, WDET 101.9 FM; Host, “The Craig Fahle Show”

    Moderator: Christy McDonald, “MiWeek” Anchor, Detroit Public Television

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