7:30 am

Registration, Breakfast and Networking

Sponsor: Greektown Casino-Hotel

Detroit Experience Hall
7:40 am

Detroit’s First Word

Moderator: Ashley Woods, Founder and CEO, Detour Detroit Newsletter

The Power of Placemaking in Neighborhoods
Panelists: Lindsay Robillard, Playing Member, Detroit Theatre Organ Society
Courtney SmithFounder and Executive Director, Detroit Phoenix Center

Creating Community Space for All
Ezekiel Harris, Executive Director, MACC Development
Timothy Jackson, Co-founder and Director, Detroit Hives

Michigan Talent Investment Agency Stage
8:10 am

Sound Board Opens

Sound Board
8:15 am

Refreshments

Refreshments will be available in the Detroit Experience Hall throughout the day.

Sponsors: Delta Air Lines, ITC

Detroit Experience Hall
8:30 am

Welcome

Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

Sound Board
8:45 am

A One-on-One Conversation with Dan Gilbert and Dennis W. Archer Jr.

Speaker: Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures; Chairman, Cleveland Cavaliers

Interviewer: Dennis W. Archer Jr., CEO, Ignition Media Group; Founding Partner, Archer Corporate Services; Chair, 2019 Detroit Policy Conference

Sound Board
9:30 am

Power Perspective: Shamayim “Mama Shu” Harris

Speaker: Shamayim “Mama Shu” Harris, Founder and CEO, Avalon Village

Sponsor: Grand Valley State University 

Sound Board
9:35 am

Keynote Address: Jay Pitter

Jay Pitter, Author and Placemaker

Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Sound Board
10:05 am

Keynote Address: Barry Matherly

Barry Matherly, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership

Sponsor: DTE Energy Foundation 

Sound Board
10:15 am

Power Perspective: Andre Spivey

Speaker: André Spivey, Council Member District 4, Detroit City Council

Sponsor: Grand Valley State University 

Sound Board
10:20 am

Keynote Address: Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II

Garlin Gilchrist IILieutenant Governor, State of Michigan

Sound Board
10:35 am

Break

Enjoy refreshments provided by Delta Air Lines and ITC in the Detroit Experience Hall.

Detroit Experience Hall
10:55 am

Concurrent Sessions

The Future of Mobility: A Service to All DetroitersPanelists: Bryan Barnhill II, Detroit Engagement Manager, City Solutions, Ford Motor Company
Garry D. Bulluck, Deputy Chief, Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit
Megan Owens, Executive Director, Transportation Riders United
Tara Lanigan, Customer Success Manager, May Mobility
Moderator: Glenn Stevens, Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives; and Executive Director, MICHauto, Detroit Regional Chamber

Location: Room 1

The Business of Cannabis: Future Economic Impact

PanelistsMichelle Donovan, Shareholder, Co-chair of Cannabis Law Specialty Team, Butzel Long
Scott Greenlee, President, Healthy and Productive Michigan
Rush Hasan, Operations and Business Development, The Reef Detroit
Megan Moslimani, Chief Legal Counsel, Special Projects, City of Detroit
Moderator: Chad Livengood, Senior Reporter, Crain’s Detroit Business

Location: Room 2

Room1, Room 2
11:40 am

Lunch Pickup

Attendees are encouraged to visit the Exhibit Hall or Sound Board and enjoy lunch until programming resumes.

11:45 am

Detroit’s Second Word

Moderator: Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Reporter, Bridge Magazine

Promise Scholarships: A Path to a Degree
Panelists: Monica Rodriguez, Manager, Detroit Promise Path, Detroit Regional Chamber
Misha Stallworth, Board Member, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Skilled Trades: The Talent Pursuit
Panelists: Rodney Cole, Director, State Government Affairs, DTE Energy
Dannis Mitchell, Client and Community Engagement, Barton Malow

Michigan Talent Investment Agency Stage
12:15 pm

Power Perspective: Armond Rashad

Speaker: Armond Rashad, Owner, Jabs Gym Eastern Market; Creator, Run This Town Detroit

Sponsor: Grand Valley State University 

Sound Board
12:20 pm

A One-on-One Conversation with Josh Luber and Dennis W. Archer Jr.

Speakers: Josh Luber, CEO and Co-founder, StockX

Interviewer: Dennis W. Archer Jr., CEO, Ignition Media Group; Founding Partner, Archer Corporate Services; Chair, 2019 Detroit Policy Conference

Sound Board
12:50 pm

Detroit Civility Project

Introduction: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
Stephen Henderson, Host, Detroit Public Television and WDET 101.9 FM

Keynote Address: Shelby Scarbrough
Speaker: Shelby Scarbrough
, Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur

Panelists: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
Stephen Henderson, 
Host, Detroit Public Television and WDET 101.9 FM
John James,
 President, James Group International
Lorron James
CEO, James Group International; President, Magnolia Automotive Services; President, TLX
Moderator: Shelby Scarbrough
Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur

Sponsor: Delta Dental

Sound Board
1:35 pm

Power Perspective: Courtney Smith

Speaker: Courtney Smith, Founder and Executive Director, Detroit Phoenix Center

Sponsor: Grand Valley State University 

Sound Board
1:40 pm

A One-on-One Conversation with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Dennis W. Archer Jr.

Speaker: Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, State of Michigan

Interviewer: Dennis W. Archer Jr., CEO, Ignition Media Group; Founding Partner, Archer Corporate Services; Chair, 2019 Detroit Policy Conference

Sponsor: MotorCity Casino Hotel

Sound Board
2:10 pm

Power Perspective: Laura Grannemann

Speaker: Laura Grannemann, Vice President, Strategic Investments, Quicken Loans Community Fund

Sponsor: Grand Valley State University 

Sound Board
2:15 pm

2020 Census with Mayor Mike Duggan

Panelists: Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
Jane C. Garcia, Chairman of the Board, Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development
Hassan Jaber, Executive Director and CEO, ACCESS
Victoria Kovari, Executive Director, Detroit 2020 Census Campaign

Moderator: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber; Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce for the 2010 U.S. Census

Sponsor: Comcast Business 

Sound Board
3:00 pm

Reception in Detroit Experience Hall

Sponsors: Delta Air Lines, Waste Management, Wayne County Community College District

Detroit Experience Hall
3:00 pm

Detroit’s Last Word

Moderators: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
Stephen Henderson, Host, Detroit Public Television and WDET 101.9 FM

Detroit’s Cost of Living: Housing
Abir Ali
, Director, Design and Culture, The Platform
Donald Rencher
, Director, Housing and Revitalization, City of Detroit

Detroit’s Cost of Living: Transportation and Auto Insurance
Tarun Kajeepeta, Chief Operating Officer, Mobiliti
Brad Williams, Vice President, Government Relations, Detroit Regional Chamber

Access to Capital: Disparities for Entrepreneurs of Color
Paula Gonzalez
, Program Officer, New Economy Initiative, Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan
Marlowe Stoudamire, Founder, Butterfly Effect Detroit

Michigan Talent Investment Agency Stage
4:00 pm

Event Concludes

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