2014 Agenda

Tuesday, May 27

5:00 pm

2014 Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace

AT&T Communication Center Open

Location: Cottage Restaurant

Media Center Open

Sponsors:
Quicken Loans
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Location: Terrace Room

Conference App Help Desk

Location: Garden Terrace
6:00 pm

Opening Dinner and Entertainment

Special Guest Hosts:
Dan Benishek, M.D., U.S. Representative, (R-Crystal Falls)
Mark Hackel, Executive, Macomb County

Musical Entertainment:
Stephen Clark, News Anchor, Multimedia Journalist, WXYZ-TV
Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

Enjoy a relaxed evening of socializing prior to the beginning of main stage programming.

Sponsors:
Crain’s Detroit Business
General Motors

Location: Grand Hotel Stables

Conference Registration

Location: Grand Hotel Stables

Conference App Help Desk

Location: Grand Hotel Stables

Wednesday, May 28

7:00 am

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row

Location: Main Dining Room
8:00 am

Media Center Open

Sponsors:
Quicken Loans
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Location: Terrace Room
9:00 am

Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace

AT&T Communication Center Open

Location: Cottage Restaurant

MHA: A Toast to Your Health

Hosted by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: MHA Audubon Bar

Conference App Help Desk

Location: Parlor

Health and Wellness Activities

Spend the morning relaxing through activities that fuel your body and clear your mind, including yoga and painting on the porch.

Sponsor: Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Location: Parlor
10:00 am

Restorative Yoga Session

Hosted by Lila Lazarus, Owner, Lila Productions, LLC

Ready for a powerful Conference? Rid yourself of any stress and get re-energized on the Grand Hotel porch. Join Lila Lazarus for a restorative yoga practice that gently stretches the body and relaxes the mind.

Sponsor: Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Location: Porch
10:30 am

Political Action Committee Reception: Michigan’s Senate Race

Note: A separate ticket is required for this event. Click here for more information.

Terri Lynn Land, Former Michigan Secretary of State (R)
Gary Peters, U.S. Representative (D)

With a seat vacated for the first time in 36 years by Senator Carl Levin’s retirement, hear from former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and U.S. Representative Gary Peters as they square off in one of the nation’s most-watched Senate races.

Sponsor: Miller Canfield

Location: Grand Pavilion
11:00 am

Picnic Lunch

Location: Tea Garden Tent
11:45 am

Mackinac 101 Attendee Orientation: Making the Most of the Conference

Sponsor: Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Location: Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor
12:30 pm

Refreshment

Location: Parlor
1:00 pm

Conference Welcome

Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

The Governor kicks off the Conference, setting the stage for the important statewide conversation to take place throughout the three days of main stage programming and welcoming attendees to engage in Michigan’s continued reinvention.

Location: Theatre
1:45 pm

Veteran Talent Showcase

Speakers:
Zaneta Adams
Jerrad Carlisle

Sponsor: Quicken Loans

Location: Theatre
1:50 pm

Keynote Address: Jim Clifton

Keynote Address: Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup, Inc.; Author, “The Coming Jobs War”

Interviewed by:
Stephen Clark, News Anchor, Multimedia Journalist, WXYZ-TV

Gallup chairman and CEO and author Jim Clifton provides insight into the changing demographics across the nation and how those trends will impact society, politics and business. Drawing on research gleaned from around the world, this thought-leader will confront attendees with harsh facts about America’s changing demographics and its position in the global economy.

Sponsor: Delta Air Lines

Location: Theatre
2:35 pm

Today’s Entrepreneur: Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons from Failure

Panel:
Peter Gardner, Founder and CEO, Startgrid, Inc.
Adam Lowry, Co-Founder and Chief Greenskeeper, Method Products, Inc.
Eric Ryan, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Architect, Method Products, Inc.
Jason Sosa, Founder and CEO, IMRSV

Moderator: Nina Easton, Senior Editor and Washington Columnist, Fortune Magazine; Commentator, Fox News

A panel of national experts explores the opportunities and challenges facing today’s entrepreneurs with a subtheme of failure as a learning experience. Discussion will expound on how entrepreneurs can overcome obstacles and capitalize on emerging opportunities in today’s economy, and describe the business environment needed to encourage innovation.

Sponsor: Bank of America

3:15 pm

Mackinac Moment: Reinvention

Josh Linkner, CEO and Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners

Location: Theatre
3:25 pm

Veterans Meet and Greet

Meet the Veteran Talent Showcase participants on the Grand Hotel Porch.

Location: Porch

Break

3:40 pm

Veteran Talent Showcase

Speaker: Mercy Kamau

Sponsor: Quicken Loans

Location: Theatre
3:45 pm

The STEM Economy: Innovations in Educating the Next Generation

Keynote Address:
Joel Klein, Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education; CEO, Education Division, News Corporation

Panel:
Tonya Allen, President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation
Von Washington Jr., Executive Director of Community Relations, The Kalamazoo Promise
Tiffany Williams, Executive Director, Teach for America Detroit

Moderator: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News

Former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and News Corporation executive Joel Klein kicks off a session focused on innovative approaches in STEM education. He will share insight on how new approaches in education, including technology integration, can increase efficiency and enhance student performance. Following a Q & A with Klein, a panel of education experts strategize on how to make Michigan a leader in STEM education and better prepare the next generation workforce.

Sponsor: PNC Bank

Location: Theatre
4:35 pm

Mackinac Moment: Innovation

Mary Sue Coleman, President, University of Michigan

Location: Theatre
4:45 pm

Keynote Address: Mike Duggan

Interviewed by: Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press

Mayor Mike Duggan addresses where Detroit stands and where it is headed nearly six months into his administration, a period that has featured aggressive initiatives to tackle blight and improve core services such as lighting and busing. Focus includes next steps to positioning Detroit for short and long-term success and the support needed from the rest of the state to make this happen.

Sponsor: GalaxE.Solutions

Location: Theatre
5:20 pm

Keynote Address: Larry Weber

Interviewed By: Carol Cain, Senior Producer and Host, CBS Detroit’s “Michigan Matters;” Columnist, Detroit Free Press

A globally known entrepreneur who has launched over 300 businesses, Racepoint Global Chairman and CEO Larry Weber will speak to the importance of risk-taking and challenging perceived marketplace barriers to achieve entrepreneurial success.

Location: Theatre
6:00 pm

The Grand Event

Unwind after Day One of the Conference, featuring innovative arrangements of classic jazz and pop covers, a strolling dinner, and an evening of conversation.

Entertainment: The Urban Collective

Sponsors:
Detroit Medical Center
EY
Greektown Casino Hotel
Lilly

Location: Parlor, Porch and Main Dining Room

Book Signing

Josh Linkner, CEO and Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners
Book: “The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation”
Larry Weber, Chairman and CEO, Racepoint Global
Book: “The Digital Marketer: Ten New Skills You Must Learn to Stay Relevant and Customer-Centric”

Location: Gallery
9:00 pm

A Toast to Your Health Reception

Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: MHA Audubon Bar

Thursday, May 29

6:00 am

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row

Location: Main Dining Room

Media Center Open

Sponsors:
Quicken Loans
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Location: Terrace
7:00 am

Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace

AT&T Communication Center Open

Location: Cottage Restaurant

Conference App Help Desk

Location: Parlor
7:30 am

Microsoft Hosted Breakfast Session

Developing Michigan’s Workforce of the Future

Speaker: Margo Day, Vice President, U.S. Education, Microsoft

Hosted by Microsoft

Location: Brighton Pavilion
8:35 am

Mission Critical: STEM Education and Michigan’s Economic Future

Remarks: Joe Harlan, Executive Vice President, Chemicals, Energy, Performance Materials, The Dow Chemical Company

Panel:
Joe Harlan, Executive Vice President, Chemicals, Energy, Performance Materials, The Dow Chemical Company
Walter Maisel, Ph.D., President and CEO, Kostal North America
Virinder Moudgil, Ph.D., President and CEO, Lawrence Technological University
Marilyn Schlack, Ed.D., President, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Moderator: Mary Kramer, Publisher, Crain’s Detroit Business

A STEM workforce serves as an economic driver critical to filling the jobs of tomorrow and often dictates the ability of Michigan businesses to compete globally. Leading employers weigh in on how the skills gap is impacting their organizations, the new definition of skilled trades, and what is needed to maintain a globally competitive workforce in Michigan.

Sponsor: Pure Michigan

Location: Theatre
9:00 am

MHA: A Toast to Your Health

Hosted by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: MHA Audubon Bar
9:30 am

Keynote Address: Malcolm Gladwell

Interviewed by: Daniel Howes, Business Columnist and Associate Business Editor, The Detroit News

One of the nation’s most widely acclaimed authors and global thinkers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses his latest book, “David and Goliath” and its message about overcoming obstacles with thought-provoking educational and entrepreneurial examples. The five time best-selling author will apply these lessons to Detroit and Michigan in the globalized world.

Sponsors:
Consumers Energy
Michigan Media Solutions

Location: Theatre

Refreshments

Sponsor: THE BIG M

Location: Parlor
10:30 am

Smoothie Station

Sponsor: Deloitte

Location: Gallery

Break

10:45 am

Veteran Talent Showcase

Speaker: Chris Rishko

Sponsor: Quicken Loans

Location: Theatre
10:50 am

Michigan: Leading the Way

Panel:
Hank Cooney, President and CEO, Plunkett Cooney; Chair, 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference
Sam Cummings, Principal and Managing Partner, CWD Real Estate Investment
L. Brooks Patterson, Executive, Oakland County
Kelly Rossman-McKinney, CEO and Principal, Truscott Rossman

Moderator: Rick Albin, Political Reporter, WOOD TV

Recent reforms and a pragmatic approach to public policy have helped Michigan emerge as one of the nation’s most attractive business environments. With Michigan’s business climate improving and employers primed for growth, leading executives from across the state discuss the impact of Michigan’s new way of doing business and what still needs to get done to make the state more competitive.

Sponsor: Ford Motor Company

Location: Theatre
11:35 am

Mackinac Moment: Entrepreneurship

Jake Sigal, Founder and CEO, Tome; Founder and Former CEO, Livio

Location: Theatre
11:45 am

Innovative Entrepreneurial Nexus of the Automotive Industry

Remarks: Angel Gambino, Owner, The Alchemy

Panel:
Sheryl Connelly, Global Consumer Trends and Futuring Manager, Ford Motor Company
Mike Finney, President and CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Angel Gambino, Owner, The Alchemy
Rick Warner, CEO, TruckSmartParkingServices, Inc.

Moderator: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

Technology continues to redefine mobility and the driving experience. Amid fierce global competition, the automotive industry and original equipment manufacturers depend on entrepreneurs for the technology needed to keep pace. This panel speaks to the innovations under way and the entrepreneurs that are reshaping the industry from the bottom up.

Sponsor: PwC

Location: Theatre
12:30 pm

Concurrent Lunch Session: JPMorgan Chase Hosted Lunch Session

Closing the Skills Gap

Jim Jacobs, President, Macomb Community College
Chauncy Lennon, Senior Program Director, JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy

An interactive discussion will focus on using demand-driven workforce partnerships to close the skills gap in Michigan, featuring Chauncy Lennon, senior program director, JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy, and Jim Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College.

Hosted by JPMorgan Chase

Location: Grand Pavilion

Concurrent Lunch Session: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Hosted Lunch Session

Quality Early Childhood Education for a Thriving Michigan Economy

Kati Haycock, Founder and President, The Education Trust

Interviewed by: Jennifer White, Host and Community Outreach Director, Michigan Radio and State of Opportunity

Kati Haycock, founder and president of The Education Trust will hold a discussion with moderator Jennifer White, host and community outreach director, Michigan Radio and State of Opportunity, on what needs to be done to ensure Michigan’s children are adequately prepared for success in school and life.

Hosted by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Location: Brighton Pavilion
1:00 pm

Veterans Meet and Greet

Meet the Veteran Talent Showcase participants on the Grand Hotel Porch between main stage sessions.

Location: Porch

Ice Cream Social

Sponsor: Plunkett Cooney

Location: Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor
1:35 pm

Veteran Talent Showcase

Speaker: Laura Marko

Sponsor: Quicken Loans

Location: Theatre
1:40 pm

Keynote Address: Mitch Daniels

Interviewed by: Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

Drawing from his successful career across the public and private sectors, Purdue University President and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels provides perspective on how to make government work toward common goals and achieve results rather than gridlock. From placing an emphasis on STEM education and investment in critical infrastructure, such as roads, Daniels will touch on critical issues impacting Michigan’s future.

Sponsor: Meijer

Location: Theatre
2:35 pm

Mackinac Moment: Impact

Doug DeVos, President, Amway

Location: Theatre
2:45 pm

Keynote Address: Rick Snyder

Interviewed by: Vickie Thomas, City Beat Reporter, WWJ Newsradio 950

As Michigan’s reinvention continues, Governor Rick Snyder highlights the progress made during his administration in positioning the state for success in the globalized economy. The Governor also will provide his insight into the next steps in continuing Michigan’s emergence as the “Comeback State.”

Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Location: Theatre
3:45 pm

Special Recognition: U.S. Senator Carl Levin

Location: Theatre
4:00 pm

Across the Isle: Michigan and the Midterms

Paul Begala, Democratic Strategist; Political Contributor, CNN
S.E. Cupp, Host, “Crossfire”

Moderator: Paul W. Smith, Host, News/Talk WJR 760 AM

Two of the foremost national voices from both sides of the aisle provide an in-depth look at the national political scene heading into the 2014 midterm elections. Putting the upcoming election into the context of the larger political landscape, two of CNN’s leading pundits debate key issues including: the final two years of the Obama administration, direction of the GOP, and the political landscape in Michigan.

Presenting Sponsor: DTE Energy

Supporting Sponsors:
General Motors
ITC Holdings Corp.
Michigan International Speedway

Location: Theatre
5:00 pm

Across the Isle: Super PAC Reception

Note: This reception requires a separate ticket. Click here for more information.

Meet Paul Begala and S.E. Cupp at a Super PAC reception following Across the Isle: Michigan and the Midterms. A separate ticket is required. Proceeds will support the Chamber’s Super PAC.

Presenting Sponsor: DTE Energy

Supporting Sponsors:
General Motors
ITC Holdings Corp.
Michigan International Speedway

Location: Cupola Bar

Survey Says: The Pulse of Michigan

A town hall discussion will focus on the results of a WDIV/Detroit News survey conducted for the Conference. The findings include statewide attitudes and opinions about this year’s political races, policy issues, and the Michigan view on Detroit.

Speakers:
Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

Location: Brighton Pavilion
6:00 pm

Jazz on the Porch

Enjoy a lively performance featuring a rhythm section, horns and vocals comprised of the Detroit Public Schools’ most talented jazz musicians.

Entertainment:
Detroit Public All City Jazz Band
Soul-Lo

Sponsor: The Skillman Foundation

Location: Porch and Parlor
7:00 pm

Michigan Media Solutions Hosted Event

On the Island, Off the Record Bourbon Night

Hosted by:
Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor, Detroit Free Press

Location: Tea Garden Tent
9:00 pm

A Toast to Your Health Reception

Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: MHA Audubon Bar

Friday, May 30

6:00 am

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row

Location: Main Dining Room

Media Center Open

Sponsors:
Quicken Loans
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Location: Terrace Room
7:00 am

Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace

AT&T Communication Center

Location: Cottage Restaurant
8:30 am

Conference Remarks

Location: Theatre
8:40 am

Veteran Talent Showcase

Speaker: Tim Nellett

Sponsor: Quicken Loans

Location: Theatre
8:45 am

Mackinac Moment: Talent

John James, Vice President, Operations, James Group International

Location: Theatre

Keynote Address: Mitch Landrieu

Interviewed by: Craig Fahle, General Manager, Broadcast and Programming, WDET 101.9 FM; Host, “The Craig Fahle Show”

As cities around the nation watch Detroit’s bankruptcy process, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will discuss urban revitalization and provide unique insight from his involvement in New Orleans’ transformation and highlight key lessons learned for Detroit.

Sponsor: The Kresge Foundation

Location: Theatre
9:00 am

MHA: A Toast to Your Health

Hosted by Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: MHA Audubon Bar
9:40 am

Keynote Address: Kevyn Orr

Interviewed by: Vicki Mabrey, Former “Nightline” Correspondent, ABC News

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr addresses what is needed to position Detroit for success in the post-bankruptcy era and the next steps in putting the city on a path to long-term sustainability. In providing an overview of Detroit’s progress, Orr will also touch on how the process continues to evolve in advance of his expected departure in the fail.

Sponsor: ITC Holdings, Corp.

Location: Theatre
10:15 am

Detroit Next: Positioned for the Future

Remarks: Vishaan Chakrabarti, Partner, SHoP Architects; Marc Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development; Director, Center for Urban Real Estate, Columbia University

Panel:
Gerry Anderson, Chairman and CEO, DTE Energy
Jase Bolger, Speaker, Michigan House of Representatives
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Partner, SHoP Architects; Marc Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development; Director, Center for Urban Real Estate, Columbia University
Brenda Jones, President, Detroit City Council
Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation

Moderator: Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor, Detroit Free Press

Bankruptcy is positioning Detroit to establish financial stability and sustainability and redirect its efforts in city development. With a newly elected mayor and city council in place to guide the city through the post-bankruptcy phase, Detroit offers an environment for unprecedented innovation and collaboration. This panel of leaders will offer insight on the great opportunity that comes after bankruptcy.

Location: Theatre
11:30 am

Conference Wrap Up

Panel:
Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Hank Cooney, President and CEO, Plunkett Cooney; Chair, 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference
Craig Fahle, General Manager, Broadcast and Programming, WDET 101.9 FM; Host, “The Craig Fahle Show”

Moderator: Christy McDonald, “MiWeek” Anchor, Detroit Public Television

Location: Parlor
Grand Hotel

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The 2023 Conference will be held May 30 – June 2, 2023.

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