Tuesday, May 29

12:00 pm

Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace

Refreshments

Sponsor: Enbridge Energy

Location: Parlor

Conference App Help Desk Open

Sponsor: Office Depot

Location: Garden Terrace

Gubernatorial Debate: 2018 PAC Reception Ticket Sales Open

Sponsors:
Consumers Energy
DTE Energy

Location: Garden Terrace

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room
3:00 pm

Attendee Business Center Open

Sponsor: UPS

Location: Rebecca’s Room

Quicken Loans Government Center Open

Location: Cottage Restaurant
4:30 pm

Mackinac 101 Attendee Orientation: Making the Most of the Conference

Remarks: Bob Tagatz, Historian, Grand Hotel

Panelists: Andrew Hetzel, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Roberta Jasina, Anchor, WWJ Newsradio 950
Terence Thomas, Principal, Thomas Group Consulting

Moderator: Matt Friedman, Founding Partner, Tanner Friedman

Location: Audubon Wine Bar
5:00 pm

Michigan Congressional Reception

Jack Bergman, U.S. Representative (R-MI 1)
Debbie Dingell, U.S. Representative (D-MI 12)
Dan Kildee, U.S. Representative (D-MI 5)
Brenda Lawrence, U.S. Representative (D-MI 14)
Gary Peters, U.S. Senator (D-MI)
Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator (D-MI)

Sponsor: Meijer

Location: Geranium Bar
6:00 pm

Opening Night at the Stables

Sponsors:
Crain’s Detroit Business
General Motors
PwC

Location: Grand Hotel Stables

Wednesday, May 30

6:00 am

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row Open

Location: Main Dining Room
7:00 am

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room
7:30 am

Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace
8:00 am

Attendee Business Center Open

Sponsor: UPS

Location: Rebecca’s Room

Gubernatorial Debate: 2018 PAC Reception Ticket Sales Open

Sponsors:
Consumers Energy
DTE Energy

Location: Gallery
8:30 am

Conference App Help Desk Open

Sponsor: Office Depot

Location: Parlor
9:00 am

Coffee Service

Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: Audubon Wine Bar

Quicken Loans Government Center Open

Location: Cottage Restaurant

Training for the Future: Aligning Michigan’s Industry and Workforce Needs

Automation and technology are changing the work of the future with the promise of higher productivity, increased efficiencies, safety and convenience. However, these new technologies raise tough questions about the broader impact on jobs, skills and the nature of work itself. This session will discuss how to match training with workforce needs, the skills necessary to be successful in the mobility industry, and how industry can work collaboratively with training entities to establish viable career paths for low- and middle-income workers.

Panelists: Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research
Mark Muro, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Dan Varner, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit

Moderator: Dave Egner, President and CEO, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation

Host: Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation

Location: Brighton Pavilion
9:45 am

Mackinac Slow Roll

Hosts: Jason Hall, Co-founder, Slow Roll Detroit
Robert Riney, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Henry Ford Health System

Sponsor: Henry Ford Health System

Location: Pool House
10:30 am

Not Open for Business: Why Disinvestment in Michigan Cities Is Hampering Economic Opportunity

As Michigan looks to create greater economic opportunities and attract top talent from around the world, investing in cities must remain a top priority. However, the state continually ranks dead last in the country for funding infrastructure and services that improve citizens’ overall quality of life. This session will explore Michigan’s broken municipal financing system, discuss the value of vibrant communities to the state’s economy, and lay the groundwork for a statewide education campaign calling for a funding model that encourages renewed investment in communities.

Introduction: Ridgway White, President, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Speaker: Dan Kildee, U.S. Representative (D-MI 5)

Panelists: Chris Coleman, Former Mayor, City of St. Paul
Gordon Krater, Partner, Former Managing Partner, Plante Moran
Anthony Minghine, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director, Michigan Municipal League

Moderator: Doug Rothwell, President and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan

Host: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Location: Grand Pavilion
10:30 am

Preparing Michigan Students for the Future of Work

The workplace of today is changing at a dizzying pace, with more shifts escalating into the future — from where and how work gets done, to emerging technologies. Staying employed will require the ability to adapt, re-skill and reinvent. This session will examine how K-12 education in Michigan can be redesigned to prepare students for the future of work, and what is needed to keep Detroit and Michigan at the forefront of talent development.

Speaker: Heather McGowan, Author; Consultant and Co-founder, Work to Learn

Panelists: Terry Rhadigan, Executive Director, Communications Operations and Corporate Giving, General Motors Co.
Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Moderator: Tonya Allen, President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation

Host: The Skillman Foundation

Location: Brighton Pavilion
11:00 am

PlanetM: Disruptor Discussion

Featuring: Jessica Robinson, Director, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility

Location: Geranium Bar

Refreshments

Sponsor: Enbridge Energy

Location: Parlor

Lunch

Pick up your boxed lunch in the parlor before main stage programming begins.

Sponsor: Michigan Realtors

Location: Parlor
11:45 am

Conference Open

Speakers: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan
Ray Telang, U.S. Automotive Leader, Detroit Managing Partner, PwC; Chair, 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

Location: Theatre
12:30 pm

Keynote Address: Don Butler

Speaker: Don Butler, Executive Director, Connected Vehicle Platform and Product – Ford Mobility

Interviewer: KC Crain Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer, Crain Communications Inc.

Sponsor: Ford Motor Company

Location: Theatre
1:05 pm

The Mobility State: Perspectives on Policy and Regulation

In an age of rapid urbanization, sustaining Michigan’s economic prosperity is incumbent on the ability to efficiently move people and goods — whether it is by an autonomous car, ride-hailing, or other means. As the state positions itself to lead the mobility race, government, industry and policy experts will explore what it will take to establish a best-in-class regulatory environment, the barriers that have yet to be addressed, and the ensuing challenges for insurance, infrastructure and other key industries.

Panelists: Pavan Agarwal, Member, Management Committee, Foley & Lardner LLP
Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research
Gary Peters, U.S. Senator (D-MI)
David Sampson, President and CEO, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

Moderator: John McElroy, Host, “Autoline”

Location: Theatre
1:50 pm

Opioids in the Workplace: Impacting Michigan

The misuse of prescription opioids and other synthetic drugs has surged in the last decade. As a result, employers are increasingly concerned about the rampant availability of these drugs and the impact on employee productivity, talent availability, absenteeism and overall health care cost. This panel will explore the opioid crisis in Michigan and the steps businesses can take to mitigate the effect on employees through policies and programs.

Panelists: Bud Denker, President, Penske Corp.
Dan Loepp, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Jenny Love, Health Management Director, Southeast Region, Gallagher Benefit Services
Barbara McQuade, Former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Michigan; Legal Analyst, MSNBC; Professor From Practice, University of Michigan Law School

Moderator: Carol Cain, Senior Producer and Host, CBS 62 “Michigan Matters”; Columnist, Detroit Free Press

Location: Theatre
2:35 pm

Ice Cream Social

Sponsor: Plunket Cooney

Location: Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor
3:00 pm

Mackinac Moment: Warren Evans

Speaker: Warren Evans, Executive, Wayne County

Location: Theatre

A Taste of Mackinac

Sponsor: Comcast Business

Location: Carleton’s Tea Store
3:10 pm

Keynote Address: Paula Kerger

Speaker: Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS

Interviewer: Christy McDonald, Anchor, Detroit Public Television

Sponsor: PNC Bank

Location: Theatre
3:40 pm

A Discussion with Patti Solis Doyle, Harold Ford Jr. and J.C. Watts Jr.

Speakers:
Patti Solis Doyle, Political Commentator, CNN; President, Solis Strategies
Harold Ford Jr., Former U.S. Representative; Political Pundit, MSNBC and CNBC
J.C. Watts Jr., Former U.S. Representative; Founder and Chairman, J.C. Watts Companies

Location: Theatre
4:25 pm

Mackinac Moment: John Rakolta Jr.

Speaker: John Rakolta Jr., Chairman and CEO, Walbridge

Location: Theatre
5:00 pm

Women in Leadership Reception

Sponsor: Quicken Loans Family of Companies

Location: Cottage Restaurant

The Grand Event

Sponsors:
Accenture
Detroit Medical Center
EY
Greektown Casino-Hotel
Ilitch Holdings

Location: Parlor and Porch

Thursday, May 31

6:00 am

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row Open

Location: Main Dining Room
7:00 am

Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room

Attendee Business Center Open

Sponsor: UPS

Location: Rebecca’s Room
7:45 am

Upping Michigan’s Talent Game: Attracting and Retaining STEM Professionals

From agriculture to automotive to everything in between, Michigan has career opportunities for nearly every walk of life. Additionally, the state’s quality of life — culture, outdoor adventure, dining, etc. — rivals national competitors. To attract and retain talent and turn Michigan’s “brain drain” upside down, the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development will discuss work underway to position the Great Lakes State at the forefront of the national consciousness regarding jobs and opportunity.

Speaker: Roger Curtis, Director, Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development

Host: Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development

Location: Brighton Pavilion

Can Detroit Transform America’s Health? The Context Is Decisive

How can Michigan rethink the current public health paradigm to produce substantially different outcomes for Detroit’s vulnerable populations, and at the same time serve as a transformative, transportable, and scalable model for the nation’s vulnerable urban populations? This session will reimagine a health care infrastructure that redeploys existing resources in a coordinated and applied research framework with providers, payers, government leaders, nonprofit and community stakeholders in order to develop a proof of concept in Detroit over the next year for transforming health outcomes in the next decade.

Panelists: Jessica Black, National Vice President, Community Health, American Heart Association
David Hefner, Vice President, Health Affairs, Wayne State University
Joneigh Khaldun, Director and Health Officer, Health Department, City of Detroit
M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University
Kimberlydawn Wisdom, Senior Vice President, Community Health and Equity, Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System

Moderator: Loretta Bush, CEO, Michigan Primary Care Association

Host: Wayne State University

Location: Grand Pavilion
8:30 am

Gubernatorial Debate: 2018 PAC Reception Ticket Sales Open

Location: Garden Terrace
9:00 am

Coffee Service

Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: Audubon Wine Bar

Coffee and Pastries

Sponsor: Comcast Business

Sponsor: Comcast Business

Quicken Loans Government Center Open

Location: Cottage Restaurant

Refreshments

Sponsor: Priority Health

Location: Parlor

Opening Remarks and 2019 Chair Announcement

Speaker: Stephen Polk, President and CEO, Highgate LLC; Chair, Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors

Ray Telang, U.S. Automotive Leader, Detroit Managing Partner, PwC; Chair, 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

Location: Theatre
9:15 am

Keynote Address: John Boehner

Speaker: John Boehner, Former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

Interviewer: Devin Scillian, Anchor WDIV-TV 4, NBC

Sponsor: Delta Air Lines

Location: Theatre
10:05 am

Is Michigan Prepared? Challenges and Opportunities for Future Growth

The presence of high-growth, large-scale companies is often regarded as a positive sign of a city or region’s economic health and overall attractiveness. Featuring a panel of statewide experts, this session will examine some of the critical areas Michigan must address now — an educated workforce, high-skilled talent, infrastructure, reliable transit and urban development — to sustain the state’s upward trajectory and competitive advantage in the future.

Panelists: Tonya Allen, President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation
Birgit Klohs, President and CEO, The Right Place Inc.
Patti Poppe, President and CEO, Consumers Energy and CMS Energy
Suzanne Shank, Chairwoman and CEO, Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. LLC

Moderator: Rick Albin, Political Reporter, WOOD TV

Location: Theatre
10:50 am

Break

11:10 am

Keynote Address: Peggy Noonan

Introduction: Patti Poppe, President and CEO, Consumers Energy and CMS Energy

Speaker: Peggy Noonan, Columnist, The Wall Street Journal; Best-selling Author

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

Sponsor: Consumers Energy

Location: Theatre
11:55 am

The Women’s Wave: Breaking the Silence

Gender parity at the C-suite level is key to business success. Building on the #MeToo movement and national discussion around political, social and economic equality, this panel will explore how businesses across all industries can engage in transformative, sustainable practices that create a culture of inclusion, fosters diversity of thought, encourages everyone to have a voice, and energizes women to strive toward leadership opportunities in the workplace.

Panelists: Carolyn Cassin, President and CEO, Michigan Women Forward; General Partner, BELLE Michigan Impact Fund
Debbie Dingell, U.S. Representative (D-MI 12)
La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Ray Telang, U.S. Automotive Leader, Detroit Managing Partner, PwC; Chair, 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

Moderator: Patti Solis Doyle, Political Commentator, CNN; President, Solis Strategies

Location: Theatre
12:35 pm

Mackinac Moment: Salvador Salort-Pons

Speaker: Salvador Salort-Pons, Director, President and CEO, Detroit Institute of Arts

Location: Theatre
12:45 pm

Lunch

Boxed lunches are available in the parlor. If you plan on attending a hosted program at this time, lunches will be provided in those hosted program rooms.

Sponsor: Comerica Bank

Location: Parlor
12:45 pm

Talk Transit with Warren Evans

Sponsor: Quicken Loans Family of Companies

Location: Cottage Restaurant

The Future of Work in Michigan: Partnerships Pave the Way to Prosperity

The future of Michigan’s economy relies on a workforce with the skills to meet demand today, and a pipeline with capable workers for tomorrow. From the C-suite to the shop floor, discussions about how automation and artificial intelligence will change work are taking place across the state. This session will explore strategies to tackle Michigan’s talent challenges including business and education collaboration to build a pipeline of skilled workers; aligning investments between workforce, economic and community development partners; and addressing employment obstacles.

Panelists: Heidi Kaplan, Senior Community Development Analyst, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board
David Meador, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy
Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College

Moderator: LaJune Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Host: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Location: Brighton Pavilion

Small Business Leading Detroit’s Big Comeback

Small businesses play a significant role in driving Michigan’s economy. Of those businesses, minority and underserved entrepreneurs are amongst the fastest growing sector, yet they continually face barriers to access capital, receive technical assistance, and reach new customers. This session will examine how small businesses and entrepreneurs are driving neighborhood revitalization and wealth in communities of color. It will also highlight JPMorgan Chase’s support for the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund and its impact, and will provide innovative solutions to support minority businesses.

Remarks: Tosha Tabron, Vice President and Program Officer, Global Philanthropy. JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Panelists: Pamela Lewis, Director, New Economy Initiative
Wendy Jackson, Managing Director, Detroit, The Kresge Foundation
Carla Walker-Miller, President and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services

Moderator: September Hargrove, Vice President, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
PlanetM: Disruptor Discussion

Host: JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Location: Grand Pavilion
1:00 pm

PlanetM: Disruptor Discussion

Featuring: Elliot Darvick, General Manager, Michigan and Ohio, Lyft

Location: Geranium Bar
2:00 pm

Detroit’s New Era of Collaboration on Education

Location: Theatre

Introduction: Gerry Anderson, Chairman and CEO, DTE Energy

Panelists: Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
Sonya Mays, President and CEO, Develop Detroit Inc.; Treasurer, Board of Education, Detroit Public Schools Community District
Mark Schlissel, President, University of Michigan
Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Moderator: Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press

Sponsor: DTE Energy

Location: Theatre
2:45 pm

Keynote Address: John B. King Jr.

Speaker: John B. King Jr., Former U.S. Secretary of Education; President and CEO, The Education Trust

Interviewer: Paul W. Smith, Host, WJR NewsTalk 760 AM

Location: Theatre
3:15 pm

Keynote Address: Rick Snyder

Introduction: Dan Loepp, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Speaker: Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

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

Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Location: Theatre
4:00 pm

PlanetM: Disruptor Discussion

Featuring: Tarun Kajeepeta, Founder, Condor Detroit

Location: Geranium Bar

Making the Suburban Case for Regional Transit

For decades, conversations surrounding the development of a transit system in Southeast Michigan have been heavily characterized as Detroit-centric. The lack of a robust transit system is a regional issue. In Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, employers struggle to attract and retain workers who rely on public transportation. As the results of the Amazon HQ2 bid confirmed, nationally competitive development opportunities will continue to pass by the region if this longstanding issue is not solved.

Panelists: LeRoy Burcroff, Mayor, City of Romulus
Andy Meisner, Treasurer, Oakland County
Barbara Rossmann, President and CEO, Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals

Moderator: Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation

Host: The Kresge Foundation

Location: Brighton Pavilion

The Future is Now: Are You Ready?

Remember “The Jetsons” or “Back to the Future”? Well, that future is now. People are living to be 100 years old. This session will explore how well Michigan is prepared for technology, autonomous vehicles and telehealth, and the impact on how we live and age.

Panelists: John Dingell, Former U.S. Representative
Nancy McKeague, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, Michigan Health & Hospital Association
Melissa Seifert, Associate State Director, Government Affairs, AARP Michigan

Moderator: Paula Cunningham, State Director, AARP Michigan

Host: AARP

Location: Grand Pavilion
5:30 pm

Gubernatorial Debate: Detroit Regional Chamber 2018 PAC Reception

Democratic Candidates:
Abdul El-Sayed, Former Executive Director, Health Department, City of Detroit
Shri Thanedar, Author and Entrepreneur
Gretchen Whitmer, Former Senator, State of Michigan

Republican Candidates:
Brian Calley, Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan
Patrick Colbeck, Senator, State of Michigan
Bill Schuette, Attorney General, State of Michigan

Moderated by “MiWeek” Hosts:
Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
Stephen Henderson, Host, Detroit Public Television and WDET 101.9 FM
Christy McDonald, Anchor, Detroit Public Television

Sponsors:
Consumers Energy
DTE Energy
Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

Location: Theatre
6:00 pm

The Grandest Hour

Location: Porch
7:00 pm

On the Island. Off the Record.

Sponsor: Dow

Location: Tea Garden Tent
9:00 pm

A Toast to Your Health

Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: Audubon Wine Bar

Friday, June 1

6:00 am

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row Open

Location: Main Dining Room
7:00 am

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room

Quicken Loans Government Center Open

Location: Cottage Restaurant
8:00 am

Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace
8:30 am

Morning View: Mackinac Uncensored

Emcees: Dennis Archer Jr., President, Archer Corporate Services; CEO, Ignition Media Group
Tammy Carnrike, COO, Detroit Regional Chamber

More than 20 opinionated and disruptive thought leaders with opposing viewpoints will emphatically close the Conference with good-natured banter about Michigan’s hot-button issues. Segments will not occur in the order displayed below. Check back later for additional speaker confirmations.

Topics:

Does Business Have a Political Party?
Host: Lindsay VanHulle, Capitol Correspondent, Bridge Magazine
Panelists: Dennis Cowan, Partner, Plunkett Cooney
Ron Hall, President and CEO, Bridgewater Interiors LLC

Predicting the Gubernatorial Election
Host: Rick Pluta, Managing Editor and State Capitol Bureau Chief, Michigan Public Radio
Panelists: Bill Nowling, Managing Director and Partner, Lambert, Edwards & Associates
Shaun Wilson, Senior Vice President, Truscott Rossman

Forecasting Congressional Races
Host: Rick Albin, Political Reporter, WOOD TV
Panelists: Zoe Clark, Program Director; Co-Host, “It’s Just Politics”
Howard Edelson, President, The Edelson Group

The Urban-Rural Divide
Host: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
Panelists: Nicole Wells Stallworth, Assistant Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Oakland University
Jason Allen, State Director, Michigan, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

What Issues are on the Ballot?
Host: Stephen Henderson, Host, Detroit Public Television and WDET 101.9
Panelists: John Pirich, Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP
Shelli Weisberg, Political Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan

Regional Transit
Host: Craig Fahle, Host, “The Craig Fahle Show,” New Radio Media
Panelists: Khalil Rahal, Assistant Executive, Wayne County
Paul Glantz, Co-founder and Chairman, Emagine Entertainment Inc.

Living in the Trump Era
Host: Sarah Hubbard, Principal, Acuitas
Panelists: Stu Sandler, Co-founder, Grand River Strategies
Bart Stupak, Former U.S. Representative; Partner, Venable LLP

Fix Our Roads
Host: Charlie Langton, Legal Analyst, WWJ Newsradio 950
Panelist: Dennis Muchmore, Government Relations and Regulatory Advisor, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP

Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Location: Parlor
9:00 am

Coffee Service

Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: Audubon Wine Bar
10:30 am

2018 To-Do List with 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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