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Detroit Economic Club Connects Hundreds of Young Professionals with Prominent Business Leaders at Second Annual Young Leader Conference

The Detroit Economic Club announces its Second Annual Young Leader Conference on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Building on its robust membership of more than 3,600, and a Young Leader membership (professionals younger than 40 years old) approaching 1,000, the half-day conference empowers young talent in Metro Detroit by connecting emerging leaders with top regional CEOs.

The Conference, which aims to educate, inspire and connect will feature:

• Opening Remarks by: The Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
• Joe Mullany, CEO, Detroit Medical Center
• Dennis Archer, Jr., President, Archer Corporate Services; CEO, Ignition Media
• Jeannine Gant, President & CEO, Big Brothers/Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit
• John Fikany, Vice President, Quicken Loans
• Jennifer Sulak Brown, VP, Human Resources, Barton Malow Company
• Beth Bryce, Director of Career Advancement, Northwood University
• Janet Lawson, Director, Ford Volunteer Corps
• Jason Hall, Co-Founder, Slow Roll Detroit
• Marty Maddin, Executive Coach and Founder, PEAK Performance International
• Mark Ostach, Jr., Speaker,; Director of Accounts, Skidmore
• Closing Remarks By: William Clay Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company

“This is a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity designed by Young Leaders for Young Leaders,” said Beth Chappell, President & CEO, Detroit Economic Club. “This Conference is instrumental in providing the future leaders of our state with access and insight into the minds of some of our region’s most successful trailblazers.”

Kicking off with lunch at Noon, the Conference will host plenary and breakout sessions from 1-5 p.m. The day will conclude with a reception attended by speakers, Detroit Economic Club board members and event sponsors.

The exclusive Conference is for Detroit Economic Club Young Leader members only. To become a Young Leader, visit: For more information about the Detroit Economic Club Young Leader Conference, visit

The Detroit Economic Club has an 82-year history of convening leaders to debate and discuss important business, government and social issues. It has hosted every sitting U.S. President since Richard Nixon, and is ranked as one of America’s “Top 10 Executive Speaking Forums” and “Most Valuable Podiums for CEOs.”