Announcing the 2018 Mackinac Future Leaders, Powered by Bank of America

The Detroit Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the 2018 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 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference. Attendees are able to participate in all Conference programming while also enjoying a fully immersive experience tailored specifically toward cultivating their professional growth.

Mackinac Future Leaders are entrepreneurs and rising professionals 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.

2018 Mackinac Future Leaders

Sarah Anthony
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Michigan College Access Network

Katie Balesky
Senior Manager
PwC

Adam Burgess
Vice President
Plante Moran

Elliot Darvick
General Manager
Lyft

Katrina Desmond
Principal
Miller Canfield

Mike Ferlito
Co-founder and President
Ferlito Group

Paula Gonzalez
Program Officer, NEIdeas
New Economy Initiative

Mohamad Hammoud
Vice President, Small Business Banking Manager
Bank of America

Omar Hasan
Project Manager, Workforce Development
City of Detroit

Herman Jenkins
Chairman
Detroit Entertainment Commission

Tarun Kajeepeta
Founder
Condor Detroit

Paul Kaser
Founder and Chairman
Detroit Training Center

Amanda Lewan
Founder
Bamboo Detroit

Michael LoVasco
Executive Vice President
LoVasco Consulting Group

Dexter Mason
Regional Director, Events and Programming
Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE)

Kumar Raj
Program Officer
The Skillman Foundation

Don Rencher
Deputy Director, Housing and Revitalization
City of Detroit

Angela Rogensues
Executive Director
Playworks Michigan

Alison Todak
Managing Director
Cahoots

Jordan Twardy
Director, Community and Economic Development
City of Ferndale

Terrence West
Account Executive
Van Dyke Horn Public Relations

 

Complete Gubernatorial Race Poll Findings Available

The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) will host the first bipartisan debate featuring both the top Democratic and Republican candidates for Michigan governor at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.

The top three candidates for each party’s nomination were identified by a poll commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber PAC and conducted by Glengariff Group Inc. in April. The poll was a research survey of public opinion from 800 Michigan primary election voters, 400 from each party. The results do not necessarily reflect the views of the Chamber or its PAC.

Republican candidates who will participate in the debate and the percentage of voters who say they are supporting each candidate in the primary are:

  • Brian Calley, Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan (23 percent)
  • Patrick Colbeck, Senator, State of Michigan (4.3 percent)
  • Bill Schuette, Attorney General, State of Michigan (36.3 percent)

(34 percent of Republican primary voters surveyed indicated that they are undecided.)

View the in-depth Republican results for the Michigan governor’s race here.

Democratic candidates who will participate in the debate are:

  • Abdul El-Sayed, Former Executive Director, Health Department, City of Detroit (6.5 percent)
  • Shri Thanedar, Author and Entrepreneur (29.6 percent)
  • Gretchen Whitmer, Former Senator, State of Michigan (26.3 percent)

(34.8 percent of Democratic primary voters surveyed indicated that they are undecided.)

View the in-depth Democratic results for the Michigan governor’s race here.

The Gubernatorial Debate: Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2018 PAC Reception will take place on Thursday, May 31 in the Grand Hotel’s Theatre. To attend the Gubernatorial Debate, you must also register for the Mackinac Policy Conference. Register today.

 

Detroit Regional Chamber Announces Gubernatorial Primary Poll Findings, To Host First Bipartisan Debate

DETROIT (April 26, 2018) – The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) will host the first debate featuring both the top Democratic and Republican candidates for Michigan governor at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. The debate will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 in Grand Hotel’s Theatre.

The top three candidates for each party’s nomination were identified by a poll commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber PAC and conducted by Glengariff Group Inc. in April. The poll was a research survey of public opinion from 800 Michigan primary election voters, 400 from each party. The results do not necessarily reflect the views of the Chamber or its PAC.

Republican candidates who will participate in the debate and the percentage of voters who say they are supporting each candidate in the primary are:

  • Brian Calley, Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan (23 percent)
  • Patrick Colbeck, Senator, State of Michigan (4.3 percent)
  • Bill Schuette, Attorney General, State of Michigan (36.3 percent)

(34 percent of Republican primary voters surveyed indicated that they are undecided.)

Democratic candidates who will participate in the debate are:

  • Abdul El-Sayed, Former Executive Director, Health Department, City of Detroit (6.5 percent)
  • Shri Thanedar, Author and Entrepreneur (29.6 percent)
  • Gretchen Whitmer, Former Senator, State of Michigan (26.3 percent)

(34.8 percent of Democratic primary voters surveyed indicated that they are undecided.)

“We appreciate the fact that candidates in both parties are participating in multiple debates to help voters decide. But, with this event, we are trying to do more than just narrow down a field. We want to help Michigan choose its next governor,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Chamber. “The Mackinac Policy Conference has long influenced major statewide races and we expect that this debate will have a similar impact on the 2018 election.”

The candidates will be moderated by the Detroit Public Television (DPTV) “MiWeek” co-hosts Nolan Finley, Stephen Henderson and Christy McDonald. The debate audience will be comprised exclusively of Conference attendees. A separate ticket is required to attend the debate and the proceeds benefit the Chamber’s PAC. DPTV will livestream the debate at mpc.detroitchamber.com.

COMPLETE GUBERNATORIAL RACE POLL FINDINGS AVAILABLE ONLINE

The in-depth results of the poll’s findings on the governor’s race, commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber PAC, can be found at detroitchamber.com/poll-findings. The initial analysis conducted by Glengariff Group Inc. in April includes:

“The Democratic race is a toss up at this point with Thanedar’s television advertising paying dividends in Wayne County where Gretchen Whitmer is simply unknown yet.  We’re in the early stages of this race.  But Thanedar’s early television buy has made him a strong competitor early in the race,” said Richard Czuba, founder of Glengariff Group Inc.

“The Republican primary is very much a two-person race at this point with the difference being viewers of Fox News, who are going disproportionately for Bill Schuette, while Republicans who get their news from sources other than Fox are breaking relatively even between Schuette and Calley,” added Czuba.

For more information on the Mackinac Policy Conference, visit mpc.detroitchamber.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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