The agenda will be updated as speakers are announced.

9:00 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

Location: Exhibit Hall

9:30 a.m.

Detroit’s First Word

Location: The Kresge Foundation Stage, Exhibit Hall
Sponsor: The Kresge Foundation

10:35 a.m.

Welcome

Speaker: Sandy K. Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber
Location: Sound Board Stage

10:50 a.m.

Keynote Address: Richard Florida

Speaker: Richard Florida, Co-founder, Creative Class Group
Interviewer: Christy McDonald, Special Correspondent and Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC
Location: Sound Board Stage
Sponsor: Michigan Economic Development Corporation

11:20 a.m.

Power Perspective: Creating an Inclusive Downtown

Speaker: Antoine Bryant, Director, Planning and Development Department, City of Detroit
Location: Sound Board Stage

11:30 a.m.

Keynote Address: Eric B. Larson on the State of Downtown Detroit

Speaker: Eric B. Larson, Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Detroit Partnership
Location: Sound Board Stage

11:40 a.m.

Return to the Workplace: Employers’ Perspective

Panelists: Cindy Pasky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Staffing Solutions
Gary Torgow, Chairman, Board of Directors, Huntington National Bank
Moderator: Dennis W. Archer Jr., Founder and Chairman, sixteen42 ventures
Location: Sound Board Stage

12:10 p.m.

Developing Downtown for the Future

Panelists: Kofi Bonner, Chief Executive Officer, Bedrock LLC
Larry Brinker Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Brinker
Christopher Jackson, Principal, Queen Lillian
Moderator: Dennis W. Archer Jr., Founder and Chairman, sixteen42 ventures
Location: Sound Board Stage

12:40 p.m.

Keynote Address: Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II

Speaker: Garlin Gilchrist II, Lt. Governor, State of Michigan

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Location: Exhibit Hall

2:00 p.m.

Power Perspective: The Future of Greektown

Speaker: Melanie A. Markowicz, Executive Director, Greektown Neighborhood Partnership
Location: Sound Board Stage

2:10 p.m.

Power Perspective: Creating Community in Downtown

Speaker: Jason Hall, Co-founder, RiDetroit
Location: Sound Board Stage

2:20 p.m.

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix’s Return to the Streets of Downtown

Speaker: Bud Denker, President, Penske Corporation
Location: Sound Board Stage

2:45 p.m.

Spotlight On: Downtown in 2023 (2:45- 3:40 p.m.)

Spotlight On: Major Event Line Up

Speaker: Claude Molinari, President and Chief Executive Officer, Visit Detroit
Interviewer: Rhonda Walker, Morning Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

3:00 p.m.

Spotlight On: Placemaking and Green Design

Panelists: Laura Grannemann, Vice President, Rocket Community Fund; Executive Director, Gilbert Family Foundation
J.J. Tighe, Director, Parks and Trails Initiative, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
Interviewer: Rhonda Walker, Morning Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

3:20 p.m.

Conversation: The Hospitality Scene

Panelists: Ping Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Backbone Hospitality
Dave Kwiatkowski, Partner, Café 78; Partner, Wright and Company; Owner, The Sugar House
Moderator: Rhonda Walker, Morning Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

3:40 p.m.

General Session

4:05 p.m.

Power Perspective: Empowering Black-Owned Businesses

Speaker: Charity Dean, President and Chief Executive Officer, Metro Black Business Alliance
Location: Sound Board Stage

4:15 p.m.

General Session

4:45 p.m.

Reception featuring the Detroit City Council

Location: Exhibit Hall
Sponsors: Chase, Comcast, Kroger, McDonald’s, Verizon

5:00 p.m.

Detroit’s Last Word

Location: The Kresge Foundation Stage, Exhibit Hall
Sponsor: The Kresge Foundation

6:00 p.m.

Event Concludes

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