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Tuesday, May 26
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 2015 Conference Registration Open
  • Location: Garden Terrace

  • 1:00 p.m.
  • AT&T Communication Center Open
  • Location: Cottage Restaurant

  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Media Center Open
  • Location: Terrace Room

    Sponsor: Quicken Loans – Opportunity Detroit

  • 3:00 p.m.
  • MLive Conference App Help Desk Open
  • Location: Garden Terrace

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Welcome Reception Celebrating Michigan Beer and Wine
  • Location: Geranium Bar

    Sponsors:
    Consumers Energy
    General Motors Co.

    Special Guest: Debbie Stabenow, Senator, U.S. Senate

     

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

    Sponsors:
    Accenture
    Crain’s Detroit Business
    General Motors Co.

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

Wednesday, May 27
  • 6:00 a.m.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row Breakfast
  • Location: Main Dining Room

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row features prominent media from around Michigan covering the Conference live. Attendees can get a first-hand look at thought-leaders and experts interviewing with top media personalities from across the state in the Grand Hotel Main Dining Room. A breakfast bar featuring hot and cold selections will be available beginning at 6 a.m. Breakfast ends at 9 a.m., however Media Row will remain open for broadcasts throughout the day.

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

  • 7:00 a.m.
  • Media Center Open
  • Location: Terrace Room

    Sponsor: Quicken Loans – Opportunity Detroit

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

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

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

    Hosted by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

    Visit the Audubon Bar and rest up and recharge with a free complimentary cup of coffee.

     

  • 9:30 a.m.
  • The Choice is Ours: Road to Fixing Michigan's Struggling Schools Begins in Detroit
  • Location: Brighton Pavilion

    Hosted by The Skillman Foundation

    Panelists:
    Tonya Allen, President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation
    John Rakolta Jr., CEO, Walbridge

    Moderator: Mary Kramer, Vice President and Group Publisher, Crain Communications

    The co-chairs of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, Tonya Allen, president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation, and John Rakolta Jr., CEO of Walbridge, will lead an in-depth conversation on why they believe the Coalition’s sensible and straightforward plan is the best way to move Michigan to the head of the class.

  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Yoga on the Porch
  • Location: Geranium Bar

    Sponsor: St. Joseph Mercy Health System

    Special Guest: Lila Lazarus, Owner, Lila Productions LLC

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

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • Refreshments
  • Location: Parlor

    Sponsor: Ilitch Holdings Inc.

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • FIRST Robotics Demonstrations
  • Location: West End Porch, Gallery and Parlor

    Sponsor: Consumers Energy

    Learn more about FIRST Robotics and watch high school state championship teams demonstrate their robots.

    NOTE: Students will not be at their robots during the Dean Kamen Keynote Address.

  • 11:15 a.m.
  • Mackinac 101 Attendee Orientation: Making the Most of the Conference
  • Location: Brighton Pavilion

  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch and Jazz in the Main Dining Room
  • Location: Main Dining Room

    Sponsor: Conway MacKenzie

    Entertainment: Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Orchestra

  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Opening Remarks
  • Location: Theatre

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

    Speaker: Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP.; Chair, 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

  • 1:20 p.m.
  • Conference Welcome
  • Location: Theatre

    Speaker: Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

    Gov. Snyder kicks off the 2015 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.

  • 1:40 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: Mike Rowe
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: Michigan Economic Development Corporation

    Founder of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” Mike Rowe will provide insight on the importance of providing training for skilled trades professions and the need for such programs to close the skills gap. Drawing on his years of experience as host of “Dirty Jobs,” Rowe will amplify the need for diverse career pathways in helping Michigan fully leverage its talent resources to support key industries and accelerate economic growth.

  • 2:25 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: Dean Kamen
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: Consumers Energy

    Dean Kamen, founder of DEKA Research and Development Corp. and inventor of the Segway Human Transporter, will highlight the future of innovation and the desperate need for new technology.

    With more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, Kamen will share his passion for the importance of hands-on curriculum accessible by all students that can inspire young people to develop technology, robotics and engineering solutions.

    A tireless advocate for science and technology, Kamen is the founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Three winning teams from the FIRST Michigan robotics team will put their innovation on display, demonstrating their projects and technology on the Grand Hotel porch, gallery and parlor on Wednesday afternoon.

  • 3:05 p.m.
  • Closing the Skills Gap: Building a World-Class Talent Pipeline
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: AAM

    Panel:
    Stephanie Comai, Director, Talent Investment Agency, State of Michigan
    David Dauch, Chairman, President and CEO, AAM
    Bill Pink, Vice President and Dean, Workforce Development, Grand Rapids Community College
    John Russell, President and CEO, CMS Energy and Consumers Energy

    Moderator: Chris Holman, Founder and CEO, Michigan Business Network

    A panel of industry experts will explore the importance of promoting STEM education, the opportunities and challenges of preparing students for careers science and technology-based industries, and what strategies companies are deploying among their current workforce to prepare them to fill the talent pipeline in order for Michigan to maintain its global leadership position in the 21st century.

  • 3:25 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
  • Break
  • 3:40 p.m.
  • Supply and Demand: Building a Sustainable Food Economy
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: Beaumont Health

    Keynote: Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market

    Panel:
    Craig Edsill, President, Clemens Food Group
    Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
    Debbie Stabenow, Senator, U.S. Senate
    Dave Zilko, Vice Chairman, Garden Fresh Gourmet

    Moderator: Chuck Stokes, Editorial and Public Affairs Director, WXYZ-TV 7

    Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb kicks off a session focused on the need for business to be good corporate citizens by driving social and economic change to increase Michigan’s and the nation’s global competitiveness based on the overarching ethos of “doing well by doing good.” Following Robb’s remarks, a panel of experts will discuss the growing impact of the food economy to Michigan’s overall economy, the increased international demand for agriculture exports and strategies for success.

  • 4:25 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: John Hope Bryant
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: PNC Bank

    Introduction: Richard DeVore, Executive Vice President and Regional President, PNC Bank

    Keynote: John Hope Bryant, Founder and CEO, Operation HOPE Inc.; Founder, Bryant Group Ventures

    As founder of Operation Hope Inc., best-selling author, businessman and philanthropist John Hope Bryant will speak to the importance of regional collaboration, promoting financial empowerment, and inspiring entrepreneurship, which ultimately add to the sustainability of metro areas throughout Michigan.

  • 4:55 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: Mike Duggan
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: Meijer

    Introduction: Mark Murray, Co-CEO, Meijer

    Interviewed by: Carol Cain, Senior Producer and Host, “Michigan Matters”; Columnist, Detroit Free Press

    Mayor Mike Duggan will highlight the steps needed to continue Detroit’s post-bankruptcy momentum and improve city services, as well as short and long-term plans in order to position Detroit for success and the support needed from the rest of the state to make this happen.

  • 5:30 p.m.
  • The Grand Event
  • Location: Parlor, Porch and Main Dining Room

    Sponsors:
    Detroit Medical Center
    EY
    Greektown Casino-Hotel
    Lilly USA
    Miller Canfield

    Entertainment: Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Orchestra

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

    Hosted by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

    Unwind from the day’s events at the Audubon Bar with complimentary beverages or an MHA signature mojito.

Thursday, May 28
  • 6:00 a.m.
  • Media Center Open
  • Location: Terrace Room

    Sponsor: Quicken Loans – Opportunity Detroit

  • 6:00 a.m.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row Breakfast
  • Location: Main Dining Room

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row features prominent media from around Michigan covering the Conference live. Attendees can get a first-hand look at thought-leaders and experts interviewing with top media personalities from across the state in the Grand Hotel Main Dining Room. A breakfast bar featuring hot and cold selections will be available beginning at 6 a.m. Breakfast ends at 9 a.m., however Media Row will remain open for broadcasts throughout the day.

  • 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.
  • MLive Conference App Help Desk Open
  • Location: Parlor

  • 7:15 a.m.
  • Investing in Detroit's Workforce
  • Location: Brighton Pavilion

    Hosted by JPMorgan Chase

    Introduction: Alexis Wiley, Chief of Staff to the Mayor, City of Detroit

    Panel:
    William Jones Jr., CEO, Focus: HOPE
    Pamela Moore, President and CEO, Detroit Employment Solutions Corp.
    Faye Nelson, Vice President, Public Affairs, DTE Energy; President, DTE Energy Foundation

    Moderator: Chauncy Lennon, Managing Director, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase

    A panel of experts will explore strategies for training providers and employers to work collaboratively to cultivate a pipeline of skilled workers, and opportunities for creating a demand-driven workforce system that meets the demands of jobseekers and employers. The panel will also discuss the recently released skills gap report, “Driving Opportunity in Detroit: Building a Middle-Skill Workforce to Strengthen Economic Recovery and Expand the Middle Class.”

  • 8:30 a.m.
  • 2014 To-Do List Results
  • Location: Theatre

    Speaker: Henry Cooney, President and CEO, Plunkett Cooney

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

    Speaker: Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation

  • 8:55 a.m.
  • Detroit: Architects of Prosperity
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: DTE Energy

    Panel:
    Kevyn Orr, Former Emergency Manager, City of Detroit
    Steven Rhodes, Former Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division
    Gerald Rosen, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

    Moderator: Mariam Noland, President, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

    The architects of Detroit’s historic Grand Bargain will share their insight on the challenges facing a post-bankruptcy Detroit, keys for success and how the city is poised for prosperity moving forward.

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

    Hosted by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

    Visit the Audubon Bar and rest up and recharge with a free complimentary cup of coffee.

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Refreshments
  • Location: Parlor

    Sponsor: SME

  • 9:40 a.m.
  • Keynote Address: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: Ford Motor Co.

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

    Best-selling author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will draw on decades of research and her knowledge of executive leadership to provide insight on key traits successful political leaders have in common. She will also discuss what we can learn from past U.S. presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson, about how to effectively handle urban crises.

  • 10:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
  • Break
  • 10:25 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Smoothie Station
  • Location: Manoogian Gallery

    Sponsor: Deloitte LLP.

  • 10:40 a.m.
  • Keynote Address: Mellody Hobson
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: Comcast Business Solutions

    Interviewed by: Harold Ford Jr., Former U.S. Representative; Political Analyst, MSNBC and CNBC

    A nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education, Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments LLC and chair of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., will share her insight on the role of building a new economy through entrepreneurship and the role business plays in talent development.

  • 11:20 a.m.
  • Keynote Address: Dan Senor
  • Location: Theatre

    Introduction: Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP; Chair, 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

    Best-selling author and geopolitical expert Dan Senor will share key lessons on entrepreneurship, drawing on years of research on Israel’s legacy of innovation and success in building a transformative start-up culture that attracts investment from around the world. Senor will discuss the tools needed to leverage the entrepreneurial impact on Detroit’s ongoing transformation and the role startup companies play in bolstering Michigan’s economic advantage over other global regions.

     

  • 12:00 p.m.
  • Transit for a Vibrant Region
  • Location: Grand Pavilion

    Hosted by The Kresge Foundation

    Panel:
    Michael Ford, CEO, Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan
    Carlos Monje, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Transportation
    Peter Varga, CEO, The Rapid

    Moderator: Paul Hillegonds, CEO, Michigan Health Endowment Fund, The Kresge Foundation

    A panel of state and national transportation experts will discuss the Regional Transit Authority’s opportunity to secure a world-class transportation system in Southeast Michigan and how transit drives economic competitiveness and opportunity across the state.

     

  • 12:00 p.m.
  • Race, Health, Education and Culture with Eugene Robinson
  • Location: Brighton Pavilion

    Hosted by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

    Speaker: Eugene Robinson, Columnist, The Washington Post

    Moderator: Jennifer White, Host, “All Things Considered,” Michigan Radio

    Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson will explore the social and economic benefits of advancing racial equity and investing in early childhood education, which are critical to attracting talent and increasing cohesion in Michigan.

  • 1:30 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: Nate Silver
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: Delta Air Lines

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

    Best-selling author, renowned political prognosticator and founder of FiveThirtyEight.com, Nate Silver will shed light on using data to make predictions and analyze the local and national political landscape. As today’s leading statistician, Silver’s data analytics correctly predicted the results of the 2008 presidential primary and the presidential winner in 49 states.

  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Location: Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor

    Sponsor: Plunkett Cooney

  • 2:15 p.m.
  • Mackinac Moment
  • Location: Theatre

    Speaker: Ron Kitchens, CEO, Southwest Michigan First

  • 2:25 p.m.
  • Political Insights: Looking Ahead to the 2016 Election
  • Location: Theatre

    Panel:
    Harold Ford Jr., Former U.S. Representative; Political Analyst, MSNBC and CNBC
    Dan Senor, Best-selling Author, “Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle”

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

    Best-selling author Dan Senor and former U.S. representative and renowned political expert Harold Ford Jr. will share their insights on the 2014 midterm election and offer an outlook for the 2016 national election.

  • 3:00 p.m.
  • One-on-One with Bill Ford
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: PwC

    Interviewed by: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

    Ford Motor Co. executive chairman Bill Ford will highlight the automaker’s transformation story, Ford’s vision for the future and the opportunities and challenges for Michigan as a leader in next generation mobility.

  • 3:30 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: Rick Snyder
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    Introduction: Daniel Loepp, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    Interviewed by: Tom Walsh, Business Columnist, Detroit Free Press

    Announcement: Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP.; Chair, 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

    The Governor will share his vision and priorities for pushing Michigan to the forefront as a national leader in effective, pragmatic policy that drives economic prosperity and development that ensures Michigan can reach its full economic potential.

  • 4:15 p.m.
  • Town Hall: Uniting Two Detroits
  • Location: Brighton Pavilion

    Hosted by Bank of America

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

    The rebirth of Detroit’s downtown and Midtown and the city’s emergence from bankruptcy have raised questions about inclusion, racial equity and economic opportunity for all Detroiters. Since December 2014, Nolan Finley, editorial page editor for The Detroit News, has been heightening awareness of this issue and as a result, formal and informal dialogues among the community are occurring. Finley and Devin Scillian, anchor for WDIV-TV 4, will lead an interactive solutions-based discussion on how the region can coalesce and bridge the two Detroits. This session offers an opportunity for attendees to come together, elevate ideas and share what they believe needs to happen to unite Detroit.

  • 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • PAC Reception: Detroit and Michigan, Partners for a Stronger Comeback
  • Location: Grand Pavilion

    Sponsor: Conway MacKenzie

    Panel:
    Kevin Cotter, Speaker, Michigan House of Representatives
    Lisa Howze, Chief Government Affairs Officer, City of Detroit
    Brenda Jones, President, Detroit City Council
    Arlan Meekhof, Majority Leader, Michigan Senate

    Moderator: Mike McGee, CEO, Miller Canfield

    Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones and Lisa Howze, chief government affairs officer for the city of Detroit, will join Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) and Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) for a moderated conversation regarding the dynamic and evolving relationship between city and state government following Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy. A separate ticket is required for this event. Proceeds will support the Chamber’s Political Action Committee.

    NOTE: This requires a separate ticket. Click here to download the registration form.

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Reception on the Porch
  • Location: Grand Hotel Porch

    Sponsor: Henry Ford Health System

  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Dinner on Own
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • On the Island. Off the Record. Bourbon Night
  • Location: Tea Garden Tent

    Hosted by Michigan.com

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

    Unwind with bourbon and banter that highlights each year’s Conference. Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of the The Detroit News, and Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press, will host the event featuring top-shelf bourbon tasting, no-holds-barred sketching by editorial cartoonists from The News and Free Press, savory small plates and Michigan.com’s Off the Record awards ceremony.

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

    Hosted by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

    Unwind from the day’s events at the Audubon Bar with complimentary beverages or an MHA signature mojito.

     

Friday, May 29
  • 6:00 a.m.
  • Media Center Open
  • Location: Terrace Room

    Sponsor: Quicken Loans – Opportunity Detroit

  • 6:00 a.m.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row Breakfast
  • Location: Main Dining Room

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row features prominent media from around Michigan covering the Conference live. Attendees can get a first-hand look at thought-leaders and experts interviewing with top media personalities from across the state in the Grand Hotel Main Dining Room. A breakfast bar featuring hot and cold selections will be available beginning at 6 a.m. Breakfast ends at 9 a.m., however Media Row will remain open for broadcasts throughout the day.

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

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • Conference Registration Open
  • Location: Garden Terrace

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

    Hosted by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

    Visit the Audubon Bar and rest up and recharge with a free complimentary cup of coffee.

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Refreshments
  • Location: Parlor

    Sponsor: Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Michigan's Road Fix - the $1.5 Billion Question
  • Location: Theatre

    Remarks: Doug Rothwell, President and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan

    Panel:
    Gregory Ioanidis, Vice President, Business Unit Finance and Rates, ITC Holdings Corp.
    Joseph Lehman, President, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
    Eric Lupher, President, Citizens Research Council of Michigan
    S. Evan Weiner, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Edw. C. Levy Co.
    William Wild, Mayor, City of Westland

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

  • 9:45 a.m.
  • Moving Michigan Forward: A Conversation with Michigan's Congressional Delegation
  • Location: Theatre

    Sponsor: ITC Holdings Corp.

    Panel:
    Debbie Dingell, U.S. Representative, (D-Dearborn)
    Brenda Lawrence, U.S. Representative, (D-Southfield)
    Dave Trott, U.S. Representative, (R-Birmingham)

    Moderator: Paul W. Smith, Host, WJR 760 AM

    With the retirement of several of Michigan’s long-time congressional leaders, the 2014 midterm election brought in a wave of new members committed to carrying on Michigan’s legacy of leadership. This bipartisan panel will share their insight into what is needed in the short and long-term to position Michigan for sustainability within the 21st century global economy and discuss the issues critical to the state’s economic growth.

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 2015 To-Do List
  • Location: Theatre

    Speakers:
    Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
    Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP.; Chair, 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference
    Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

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

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

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