8:30 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

Sponsor: Greektown Casino-Hotel

Comcast Business Exhibition Hall
8:35 a.m.

Detroit’s First Word with Leadership Detroit

Leadership Detroit alumni will share their views on timely topics impacting Detroit’s next decade.

Changing the Culture of Workforce Development

Panelists: Veronica Sanchez Peavey, Senior Assistant Vice President, Adult Services; Regional Director, SER Metro Detroit; LD XXXIII
Ron Stallworth, Senior Manager, State Affairs, FCA US LLC; LD XXXIX
Moderator: Stephanie Nixon, Chief Program Officer, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation; LD XXXV

Building Detroit’s workforce is essential for retaining and attracting business. This panel will look at FCA US LLC, a company that sees the talent shortage as a barrier to growth with their latest investments in Detroit, as a case study to consider how to approach workforce development.

8:50 a.m.

Taking a Personal Stake in the Future of Detroit’s Education

Panelists: Jamie Kaye Walters, Creative Services and Programming Director, WDIV-TV 4, NBC; LD XL
Stefen Welch, Diversity Champion; LD XXXVI
Moderator: Jack Elsey, Executive Director, Detroit Children’s Fund; LD XLI

How can Detroit’s education system become the asset that strengthens the economy? Community leaders will discuss their expectations and apprehensions for the future and solutions to better navigate school systems.

Sponsor: The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation Stage
9:15 a.m.

Welcome: Sandy Baruah and Dennis W. Archer Jr.

Speaker: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Dennis W. Archer Jr., CEO, Ignition Media Group; Founding Partner, Archer Corporate Services; Chair, 2020 Detroit Policy Conference; LD XVIII

Special Video Message: Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, State of Michigan

Sound Board
9:35 a.m.

Keynote Address: Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II

Speaker: Garlin Gilchrist II, Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II has dedicated his career to serving the public through utilizing technology to solve everyday problems. In this session, the Lt. Gov. will redefine what it means to be an entrepreneur in Detroit and discuss how Detroit can create an environment prime for innovations and ideas.

Sponsor: DTE Foundation

Sound Board
9:50 a.m.

Keynote Address: Mary Culler

Speaker: Mary Culler, Office of the Executive Chairman, Detroit Development Director, and Ford Fund President, Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is uniquely positioned to help define Detroit’s next decade as it leads the Michigan Central Station redevelopment and creation of a new innovative ecosystem in Corktown.

Detroit Development Director Mary Culler will discuss these opportunities and Ford’s commitment to Corktown becoming a vibrant, innovative community where people come to create, test, and experience new transportation solutions that advance human progress.

Sponsor: Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center

Sound Board
10:05 a.m.

Power Perspective: Unlocking Detroit’s Entrepreneurial Potential

Speaker:Monica Wheat, Executive Director, Venture Catalysts; Managing Director, Backstage Capital

Sponsor: Grand Valley State University 

Sound Board
10:10 a.m.

One-on-One Conversation with Dug Song

Speaker: Dug Song, Co-founder and General Manager, Duo Security at Cisco
Interviewer: Christy McDonald, Anchor, Detroit Public Television

As a successful Detroit entrepreneur, Dug Song is best known for building the notable “unicorn” company, Duo Security. Song will address how crucial creating a strong startup ecosystem is to positioning Detroit as a global destination for entrepreneurship and a place where billion-dollar ideas can be grown from the ground up. He will also share his unique insight into building a more welcoming and inclusive entrepreneurial community.

Sponsor: Delta Air Lines

Sound Board
10:35 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsor: ITC

Sound Board
10:50 a.m.

Power Perspective:  Cannabis Advantages for Wellness and Business

Speaker: Anqunette Sarfoh, Board Member, Michigan Cannabis Industry Association

Sponsor: Grand Valley State University 

Sound Board
10:55 a.m.

One-on-One Conversation with Mayor Mike Duggan

Speaker: Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
Interviewer: Dennis W. Archer Jr., CEO, Ignition Media Group; Founding Partner, Archer Corporate Services; Chair, 2020 Detroit Policy Conference; LD XVIII

Sponsor: MotorCity Casino Hotel

Sound Board
11:25 a.m.

The Next Decade of New Development

Panelists: David Alade, Founding Partner, Century Partners
Clifford Brown, Managing Partner, Woodborn Partners
Kumar Kintala, Director, Development, Bedrock Detroit
Susan T. Mosey, Executive Director, Midtown Detroit Inc.
Moderator: Rhonda Walker, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

Since the recession, Detroit has had a record amount of new development as evident by the countless projects underway and coming to fruition. Looking forward to the next 10 years, leaders in the region are ensuring that opportunities are inclusive and extend beyond Detroit’s thriving downtown to balance the needs of neighborhoods. This session will create a dialogue on how developments underway will define the next decade.

Sound Board
11:55 a.m.

Keynote Address: David Coulter

Speaker: David Coulter, Executive, Oakland County

Regional collaboration is critical to support Detroit’s ongoing path to economic sustainability. David Coulter, the new Oakland County executive, is prepared to take regional collaboration to the next level. Coulter will share his ideas on how Oakland County can better work in partnership with neighboring counties on shared priorities like business attraction and an accessible, expanded transit system to foster increased connectivity and success for the entire region.

Sound Board
12:10 p.m.

Keynote Address: Hill Harper

Speaker: Hill Harper, Actor, Author, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist
Moderator: Huel Perkins, Anchor, WJBK-TV 2, FOX

Hill Harper will bring insight to the stage from his successful career as an actor, author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Harper’s connections to Detroit run deep – whether by helping city residents restore credit to pursue homeownership, his purchase of Roasting Plant Coffee in downtown Detroit, or his youth empowerment program in partnership with Wayne State University and local businesses.

Sound Board
12:40 p.m.


Sponsor: Delta Dental

Comcast Business Exhibition Hall
12:50 p.m.

Detroit’s  Second Word with Leadership Detroit

Leadership Detroit alumni will share their views on timely topics impacting Detroit’s next decade.

12:50 p.m.
Leadership Lessons: Collaborating for Progress

Panelists: Kenyetta Campbell, Executive Director, Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance; LD XXXII
Jessica Hauser, Executive Director, Downtown Boxing Gym; LD XXXVIII
Moderator: Dan Piepszowski, Senior Director, Community Leadership Development, Detroit Regional Chamber; LD XVII

Bridging the gap between business and grassroots leaders helps practice corporate sensibility. This session will consider how to strengthen leadership through collaboration.

1:15 p.m.
Measuring Detroit’s Comeback: The 2019 Detroit Revitalization Index

Speaker: Anika Goss, Executive Director, Detroit Future City; LD XXXVIII
Moderator: Dan Piepszowski, Senior Director, Community Leadership Development, Detroit Regional Chamber; LD XVII

Sponsor: The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation Stage
1:40 p.m.

Power Perspective:  Building Detroit’s 24-Hour Economy

Speaker: Adrian Tonon, 24-Hour Economy Ambassador, City of Detroit

Sponsor: Grand Valley State University

1:45 p.m.

The Next Decade of Neighborhood Revitalization

Panelists: George Adams, Founder and President, 360 Detroit Inc.; LD XIII
Shamyle Dobbs, CEO, Michigan Community Resources; LD XL
Karen Knox, Executive Director, Eden Gardens Community Association
Terry Rhadigan, Executive Director, Corporate Giving, General Motors Co.; LD XIX
Moderator: Tammy Carnrike, Chief Operating Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber

Detroit’s renaissance is dependent on the future sustainability of neighborhoods. Since 2018, the NeighborHUB Grant Program has awarded $30,000 grants to 13 community-based nonprofits in Detroit. The program’s success has helped organizations engage Detroiters to drive change and demonstrate that funding neighborhood projects doesn’t always require large investments. This session will explore the program’s impact on the community and the framework the Chamber and General Motors Co. set with NeighborHUB that can be replicated by businesses of all sizes to make a difference in their communities.

Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Sound Board
2:15 p.m.

Power Perspective:  Restoring Opportunity for Returning Citizens

Speaker: Mario Bueno, McNair Scholar and Graduate Assistant, University of Michigan; Co-founder, LUCK Inc.

Sponsor: Grand Valley State University 

Sound Board
2:20 p.m.

One-on-One Conversation with  Wright L. Lassiter III and Arn Tellem 

Speakers: Wright L. Lassiter III, President and CEO, Henry Ford Health System
Arn Tellem, Vice Chairman, Detroit Pistons

Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Pistons have proven partnerships and investment can power communities with the opening of the long-awaited Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center, a collaborative project yielding positive impacts that extend beyond sports and medicine. During this session, Wright L. Lassiter III and Arn Tellem will engage in a conversation about the importance of working together to invest in Detroit’s future and how this project will foster healthy lifestyles in the surrounding community.

Sponsor: TCF Bank

Sound Board
2:50 p.m.

Power Perspective:  Elevating the City Through Theatre

Speaker: Sam White, Founding Artistic and Executive Director, Shakespeare in Detroit

Sponsor: Grand Valley State University 

Sound Board
2:55 p.m.

One-on-One Conversation with Matt Cullen

Speaker: Matt Cullen, CEO, Bedrock Detroit; Chairman, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
Interviewer: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

Sound Board
3:30 p.m.


Sponsor: Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Wayne County Community College District

Comcast Business Exhibition Hall
3:40 p.m.

Detroit’s Last Word with Leadership Detroit

Leadership Detroit alumni will share their views on timely topics impacting Detroit’s next decade.

3:40 p.m.
Small Business Development: Reaching the Next Plateau

Panelists: Christianne Sims, Deputy Director, Build Institute; LD XXXIX
Jeanette Pierce, Director, The City Institute; Founder, Detroit Experience Factory; LD XXXIII
Moderator: Mark Denson, Senior Director, Strategy and Operations, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.; LD XXVI

Having a robust culture of small businesses will be a key factor of neighborhood growth in the next decade. This panel will discuss the policy, financing, and talent needed to grow local business.

3:55 p.m.
Corporate Support for a Reliable Regional Transit System

Panelists: Zaineb Hussein, Executive Director, Wayne United; Deputy Director, External Affairs, Executive Office, Executive Office, Wayne County; LD XL
Trina R. Shanks, Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan; LD XXXVIII
Moderator: Jeffrey Campbell, Community Development Director, City of Hazel Park; LD XXXVII

Businesses have the potential to have a large impact on improving regional transit. Regional leaders will discuss how to support a connected system, the ROI of incentivizing public transit, and collaboration.

Sponsor: The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation Stage
4:30 p.m.

Event Concludes

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