Pulitzer Prize Winner Peggy Noonan to Explore Restoring Trust in Critical Institutions

Peggy Noonan, columnist for The Wall Street Journal and best-selling author of nine books on American politics, history and culture, will take Michigan’s Center Stage during the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Earlier this year, Noonan received the Pulitzer Prize for political commentary for her coverage of the 2016 presidential election. Her Wall Street Journal column, “Declarations” has run weekly for nearly two decades, garnering millions of readers.

In her most recent best-seller, “The Time of Our Lives,” Noonan chronicles her career in journalism, her time as a speech writer for Ronald Reagan, and the political arena throughout her career.

An expert in politics, Noonan will discuss the Conference pillar of restoring confidence in the critical institutions of government, media and business to build trust in society.

PlanetM Landing Zone Launches in Detroit, Will Draw Mobility and High-Tech Startups to the Region

In an effort to attract and connect more mobility-focused startups and other emerging high-tech, automotive-focused companies to the region, the Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) and WeWork launched the PlanetM Landing Zone in Detroit last week.

This first-of-its-kind space will serve as an environment where startups with autonomous, connected, electric and shared transportation technologies can connect with Detroit’s automotive and economic development network. This initiative will be housed at WeWork’s Merchant’s Row shared workspace location in Detroit. The PlanetM Landing Zone will occupy 40 to 50 workspaces with room for about 20 companies in the first year of operation.

Selected companies will have access to WeWork locations globally and a direct connection to the MEDC through its PlanetM and Pure Michigan Business Connect program, which helps connect local and global purchasers to suppliers of Michigan goods and services. Additionally, the Chamber will house staff members on-site who will provide services to these firms, that can help connect them to and grow more quickly in the market.

The PlanetM Landing Zone is the region’s latest tool to foster innovative technology development and talent growth, key focus areas of Forward Detroit. Creating a welcoming environment and platform for mobility entrepreneurs to establish a presence in the Detroit region is also a 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do item.

“Our region must be overly competitive in next-generation mobility. To complete this ecosystem, we need to attract more tech pioneers and entrepreneurs to our region,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO for the Chamber.

Ford Motor Co. is the first automaker to join the partnership, while :DriveSmart, Spatial, SPLT and Sherpa Capital are currently tenants. Read coverage of the PlanetM Landing Zone opening in Crain’s Detroit Business, DBusiness and The Detroit News.

Blogging #MPC17: A Platform for Millennial Coverage

For the fourth consecutive year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) collaborated with the Detroit Regional Chamber to bring another voice to reporting on the Mackinac Policy Conference. The Blogger Zone in BCBSM Media Row provides bloggers who attend the Conference a chance to have the same access as the traditional media outlets, as well as provides the Conference a platform to reach a younger audience.

Media consumption has shifted in the digital age and people seek and engage with it in several ways, millennial readers look to social media and blogs for information pertinent to them.

“Blogs serve a very important purpose because each blog has a unique community of readers that are very loyal and interested in certain subjects that these people as bloggers can cover,” explained Andrew Hetzel, vice president of corporate communications for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

This year, the following blogs covered the Conference: Autoblog, Daily Detroit, Detroit Unspun, A Healthier Michigan, MI Blues Perspectives and Positive Detroit.

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) put together a video on the Blogger Zone at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, view the video below:

Read some of the bloggers coverage from this year’s Conference below:

Autoblog – Michigan Ponders its Automotive Future in the Connected Age

Daily Detroit Five Secrets to Making Awesome Things Happen With Jason Hall of Slow Roll

Detroit Unspun – Bring It to The Table’s Julie Winokur Confronts Politics, Civility at Mackinac Policy Conference

MI Blues Perspectives Five Positive #MPC17 Takeaways for Detroit Residents

Positive Detroit – Matt Cullen of Rock Ventures Answers: What’s Next for the QLINE, Riverfront and More

Visit mpc.detroitchamber.com to view more coverage and videos from the Conference.

Anya Babbitt, Harold Ford Jr. and Mark Schlissel Deliver Mackinac Moments at 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference

Check out three captivating and engaging Mackinac Moments from the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, featuring Anya Babbitt, Harold Ford Jr. and Mark Schlissel.

Anya Babbitt, founder and CEO of SPLT, discusses her journey to Detroit and the importance SPLT and other transportation solutions in a shared economy driven by innovation and technology.

Harold Ford Jr., former U.S. Representative and political analyst for MSNBC and CNBC, shares his thoughts on President Trump’s presidency and how he sees positives within the latest shakeup in Washington despite several controversies as of late. Ford’s optimism resonates with the Conference pillar regarding restoring civility in American politics.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel discussed several U of M graduates who have impacted the world through entrepreneurship and the importance of making the world a better place through research and academics.

More from the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference:

Stephanie Cutter and Ana Navarro: Closing America’s Political Divide an Uphill Battle

Wes Moore: Inclusive, Broad and Transparent Conversations Matter

Taking Michigan’s Center Stage, renowned social advocate Wes Moore, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation and best-selling author of “The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters,” shared his personal journey from poverty to dedicating his life to improving the lives of underprivileged youth and veterans. Moore explained that inclusion is the first step to shrink the opportunity gap and enhance quality of life in communities that feel left behind.

Key Takeaways:

  • With various instances of public discourse between police and minority youth in the country, it is important to acknowledge and understand the state of the neighborhoods these instances are taking place in. If the context in which this discourse exists in is not understood, then the real changes that are needed will not be made.
  • Innovation and change is happening faster than we can realize, but for an individual that lives in underserved communities in Michigan or the country, he or she cannot tell.
  • It is important to never forget about who it is that we need to fight for and who it is we need to be remembering because there will never be inclusive conversations if only a sliver of the population’s voices are heard.
  • When decisions are made for the future of Michigan’s neighborhoods–inclusive, broad and transparent conversations matter.
  • Communities should feel a sense of inclusion and that they are part of important conversations.
  • Poverty is a function of systemic action and choice. It was not one action that led to it, therefore it will not take one action to solve it. A collection of entities is needed to address these issues and if government and philanthropy come together, solutions can be found.
  • When looking at education in impoverished communities, the quality of kids’ education and access to opportunity must be first and foremost when decisions are made.

“There is not a single issue that the folks in this room could not make something happen on. There’s that level of influence, power and significance here,” Moore told Conference attendees. “The future of Michigan will not be bright unless we are being very deliberate about what it means for areas like Flint, and areas like Saginaw and the Upper Peninsula and Detroit.”

Following Moore’s keynote address, Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press, joined him on stage for a one-on-one conversation. This session was sponsored by PNC Bank and falls under the Conference pillar of increasing economic opportunity.

2016 To-Do List Results

During the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, Dennis Archer Jr., president of Archer Corporate Services, CEO of Ignition Media Group, and Detroit Regional Chamber Board president, took to Michigan’s Center Stage on Thursday, June 1 to highlight the results of last year’s To-Do List.

View the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List final report here.

Since 2010, at the end of each Conference, the Chamber develops a To-Do List, taken from the conversations held on the island during the Conference. The list provides accountability and a focus for the upcoming year. Archer, who was the 2016 Conference Chair, was pleased to announce that all four items were accomplished.

2016 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List included:

  • Support the establishment of the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run.
  • Help the state of Michigan develop and execute a strategy to protect and grow our valuable defense assets.
  • Advocate for robust infrastructure investment in our basic utilities and assets.
  • Continue to support an economically inclusive Detroit by promoting education access, options and attainment, as well as to continue to promote financial literacy.

Watch the results presentation below:

Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Public Television: Details on 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference Access

DETROIT (May 10, 2017) – For the seventh consecutive year, the Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Public Television (DPTV) will collaborate to provide Michigan citizens with the highest level of access to the Mackinac Policy Conference’s content.

Since 2011, the Chamber and DPTV have worked together to significantly broaden access to the event.  Each year, an average of nearly 50,000 unique audience members watch at least some part of DPTV’s Mackinac Policy Conference coverage via computers, phones and tablets during and immediately after the event.

All content, including livestreams, will also be offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial broadcast outlet, as well as all other news organizations in Michigan, to continue to make coverage of the Conference as accessible as possible.

DPTV plans to broadcast and/or webcast:

  • Streaming coverage of virtually every Conference session (with the exception of those not allowed under speaker contracts), featuring keynote addresses and panel discussions.
  • A daily half-hour recap of Conference activity at 7:30 p.m. on TV.
  • Live and recorded interviews with speakers, Conference participants and analysts.

DPTV coverage will be anchored by Christy McDonald, with analysis from Detroit Free Press Pulitzer Prize-winning Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson and Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley.

News organizations may access the embed code required to run the coverage on their own websites via: https://livestream.com/detroitpublictv/mpc17/embed

Coverage Schedule

Wednesday, May 31

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Special Livestream: The Skillman Foundation Hosted Session – Rebuilding Detroit Schools

10:30 – 11:25 a.m.
Special Livestream: Charles Stewart Mott Hosted Foundation – Funding Michigan’s Cities

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Full-Day Livestream Coverage

Thursday, June 1

10:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Full-Day Livestream Coverage

Friday, June 2

8:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Full-Day Livestream Coverage

Announcing the 2017 Mackinac Future Leaders, Powered by Bank of America

The Detroit Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the 2017 Mackinac Future Leaders, powered by Bank of America. The program provides a select group of forward-thinking individuals representing a diverse set of business and community organizations across Southeast Michigan an opportunity to attend the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference. Attendees are able to participate in all Conference programming while also enjoying a fully immersive experience tailored specifically toward cultivating their entrepreneurial growth.

Mackinac Future Leaders are entrepreneurs and future leaders who are making a significant contribution or working to solve problems in their business, industry or community. Participants are nominated by their peers, community leaders and members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

For more information on the Mackinac Future Leaders program, contact Devon O’Reilly, manager of entrepreneurship and Detroit engagement for the Detroit Regional Chamber, at doreilly@detroitchamber.com.

2017 Mackinac Future Leaders

April Anderson
Co-owner and Pastry Chef
Good Cakes and Bakes LLC

Anya Babbitt
Founder and CEO

Lauren Bealore
Corporate Relations and Events Manager
Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Amanda Elias
Special Projects Manager
City of Detroit

Michael Griffie
Associate Attorney
Butzel Long

Chanel Hampton
Founder and President
Hampton Consulting Corp.

Jackie Hanton
Vice President
Community Foundation of St. Clair County

Jessica Hauser
Executive Director
Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

Kelsey Hubbell
Fellow, Things That Matter
Slow Roll

Kate Jackson
Senior Associate, International Tax

Liz Keen
Head of Brand and Communications
Sherpa Capital

Robert Kruse
Vice President, Global Commercial Bank Relationship Manager
Bank of America

Sawyer Lipari
Senior Associate
Lambert, Edwards & Associates

Meaghan McLaughlin
Manager- Women’s Entrepreneurial Initiative
Michigan Women’s Foundation

Ekanem Obong
Regional Community Coordinator
National African Business Association; Let’s Do Something Detroit

Erin Quetell
Sustainability Specialist
OHM Advisors

Kumar Raj
Program Officer
The Skillman Foundation

Alex Riley
Chief Operating Officer
Ringo Services

Eli Savit
Senior Advisor and Counsel to the Mayor
City of Detroit

Candice Simons
Founder and CEO
Brooklyn Outdoor

Jake Serwer
Director of Communications
Ignition Media Group

Maria Willett
Special Assistant to the Mayor
City of Rochester Hills

2017 MLive Conference App Now Available for Download

Keep all the action of the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference at your fingertips with the MLive Conference App. After registering for the Conference, you can download the app from the Apple Store (for iPhone and iPad) or Google Play store (for Android devices) by opening this link in your phone. Follow the steps below to download the app or you can access the mobile site here.

  1. Search “Mackinac 2017” in the app store
  2. Download the free Conference app
  3. Log in with your email address (if you have multiple email addresses, please use the one that receives Chamber emails)

MLiveMediaGroupIf you receive a login error, it is likely because the app has not yet recognized your registration or email address. Within 24 hours of registering for the Conference, your registration will be logged and you will be able to experience the app in its entirety. If you still have login issues after that, please email Nick Mattar at nmattar@detroitchamber.com. You can also fill out the app help form on the sidebar.

Thank you to MLive Media Group for sponsoring the 2017 app!

Frequently Asked Questions

The app does not recognize my email address and I cannot get into the app. What should I do?

Only registered attendees can log in to the app. If you have not registered for the Conference, you will see an error message that says your username or password is incorrect. If you have registered for the Conference and are still not able to log in to the app, email Nick Mattar at nmattar@detroitchamber.com. Please provide your name, title, company and the email address associated with your registration.

Spouses do not have email addresses associated with their registrations and will need to request access via email or at the App Help Desk during the Conference.

What is my password?

The password for all users is Mackinac and should only need to be entered when opening the app for the first time. Login instructions, including the password, are provided on the login screen. Users with new iPhones will be offered the ability to log in via touch notification.

Should I enable Push Notifications?

Yes. Push notifications keep you up-to-date on all Conference news and exclusive offers for app users.

If you are on an Apple device, you will be asked to allow or deny push notifications when you first open your app. Be sure to select ALLOW. If you accidentally select “Do Not Allow,” you can enable push notifications in your device’s Notification Center, which is located in the main settings page. If you are on an Android device, go to your phone’s settings and select application settings. From there, select the Mackinac Policy Conference app and check “show notifications.”

I can’t see any tweets when I access the Twitter page. How do I access the #MPC17 hashtag or @detroitchamber tweets?

To see any tweets in the app, you must have a public Twitter account active on your mobile device. To create a Twitter handle, visit www.twitter.com and download the official app. You can connect your Twitter app to your Mackinac Policy Conference app in your device’s settings.

Private Twitter accounts will not display tweets in the app.

Why are my spouse’s organization and title not listed on the app attendee list?

Individuals attending the Conference at the reduced spouse rate will not have their organization or title listed on the app’s attendee list. Spouses can request a login to the app by emailing Nick Mattar at nmattar@detroitchamber.com.

How do I edit my information?

From the main menu, navigate to My Profile at the bottom of the menu. You will then see a section to edit your name, title, company and even add a headshot. You can also turn your in-app messaging on or off from this screen.

How do I add agenda items to my device’s calendar? How do I remove items from My Agenda?

To add an agenda item to your device’s calendar, select the item from the agenda and select the Favorite button at the bottom. If you accidentally added too many items to My Agenda, you can remove an item by pressing the button again.

One of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” Takes Michigan’s Center Stage

Darren WalkerHear from Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, on Thursday, June 1 during the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference.

For more than two decades, Walker has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He led the philanthropy committee that helped bring a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy in 2013. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, he served as vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he managed the Rebuilding Together New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, Time magazine named Walker as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2016.

An expert on a range of social justice issues, Walker will discuss how to shrink the opportunity gap and enhance quality of life for all Michiganders by promoting economic inclusion strategies.