2019 Conference

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  • Gehl and Porter: The American Political System Needs Competition

    Katherine M. Gehl, former CEO of Gehl Foods, and Michael E. Porter, the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School, partnered to present their theory on competition in politics and its impact on the American public. Among their assertions was the fact that candidates’ core customers are primary voters and special interests rather than average Americans.

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  • Pundits Talk 2020 Elections, Trump’s Presidency, and Changing Politics

    Harold Ford Jr., managing partner of HFJ Advisors, moderated a lively conversation between Donna Brazile, a contributor for Fox News, and Matthew Dowd, chief political analyst for ABC News at the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference. In between conversation about the Mueller Report, bipartisanship, and more, they discussed the importance of reinvigorating trust in political leadership.

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  • Watch: Stacey Abrams Talks Civility in Leadership

    Stacey Abrams, founder and chair of Fair Fight Action, took to Michigan’s center stage on Wednesday, May 29 to deliver a powerful keynote address on civility. An experienced politician, Abrams was the first female African American gubernatorial nominee for a major party in any state, receiving more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia’s history. She was also selected to deliver the Democratic party’s response to President Trump’s State of the Union address in February.

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  • Corporate Sustainability and Stewardship: What Are Business Leaders Doing to Protect Michigan’s Future?

    At the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference, a panel of business leaders discussed how Michigan businesses can be a force for good. Amazon’s Alicia Boler Davis, Dow’s Jim Fitterling, and Cascade Engineering Family of Companies’ Christina L. Keller joined the Love Michigan: Corporate Sustainability and Stewardship panel, moderated by Consumers Energy’s Patti Poppe. Specifically, each panelist touched on key issues critical to sustainability and stewardship, including the environment, talent attraction, and diversity and inclusion. Read more.

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  • Mackinac Moment: Steven Kiefer’s Call To Stop Distracted Driving For Good

    Steven Kiefer, senior vice president of global purchasing and supply chain at General Motors Co. and chairman of The Kiefer Foundation, took the stage Wednesday, May 29 with an impactful call to end distracted driving. Following the death of his teenage son, Mitchel, in a traffic accident caused by a distracted driver, Kiefer became an advocate for hands-free vehicle technology, safer driving behaviors, and stricter policies to eliminate distracted driving.

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  • Leaders: Learning Doesn’t Stop After School

    Decades ago, afterschool programs and youth development opportunities were both plentiful and accessible to Michigan’s children.Those programs and opportunities were available because the state’s leaders knew they were important to children’s development, said Tonya Allen, president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation.

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  • Annual Automotive Gathering Addresses The Industry’s Digital Supply Chain Evolution

    Nearly 150 automotive professionals from every facet of the industry gathered on Wednesday, May 29 for MICHauto’s annual Automotive Roundtable discussion. The lineup of speakers included presentations from IHS Markit Automotive’s Michael Robinet, KPMG LLP’s Brian Higgins, and General Motor Co.’s Steven Kiefer, as well as a panel moderated by Autoline’s John McElroy and featuring KPMG LLP’s Brian Higgins, Toyota North America’s Jeff Makarewicz, May Mobility’s Alisyn Malek, and Ford Motor Co.’s Robert Transou.

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