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Detroit Regional Chamber Releases 2021 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List

September 23, 2021

First Conference in 28 months concludes after focusing on Reimagining a Healthy Michigan.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH. (Sept. 23, 2021) – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber unveiled its 2021 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List following three days of discussions featuring top state, regional, and national thought leaders. In its 41st year, the Conference convened leaders in a dialogue on “reimagining a healthy Michigan” under the pillars: accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery, advance racial justice and equity, and invest in the health of people and communities.

2021 Conference Chairman Wright L. Lassiter III, president and chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System, and Sandy K. Baruah, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber, announced the list at the conclusion of the Conference.

The To-Do-List items include:

  • Bring together business, philanthropy, civic/nonprofit, and government to accelerate data-based collective action to close racial and social equity gaps throughout the Detroit Region.
  • Support measures to help employers deploy strategies to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on community health and the economy.
  • Help businesses understand how COVID-19 has permanently changed work life and the workplace so employers can adapt and prepare for a changed environment.
  • Ensure the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference includes a robust representation of bipartisan elected leaders.
  • Capitalize on the Chamber’s education data assets, such as the State of Education report, to encompass the type of research highlighted by professor Raj Chetty that showed the connection between upward mobility and job growth.

The Detroit Regional Chamber announced Arn Tellem, vice chairman of Pistons Sports and Entertainment (PS&E), as Chairman of the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference and First Vice Chair of the Chamber in June.

Tellem will lead an advisory committee of Michigan-based CEOs and Chamber leadership to develop the theme and the agenda for next year’s event, which will take place Tuesday, May 31, through Friday, June 3, 2022, on Mackinac Island.


About the Mackinac Policy Conference
The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual statewide event – convenes Michigan’s most influential audience to engage in collaborative dialogue on the state’s economic future. Since 1981, the Conference has provided a unique-in-the-nation experience for Michigan’s top business, government, and civic leaders. As Michigan’s premier policy event, the Conference attracts attendees annually to discuss key issues facing the state. The Conference concludes with an actionable To-Do List that transforms dialogue into positive outcomes to create a more business-friendly climate in Michigan. To learn more, visit