2019 Agenda

Tuesday, May 28

12:00 p.m.

Conference Registration Open

Location: Grand Terrace

Refreshments

Sponsor: Enbridge Energy

Location: Parlor

Kroger Conference App Help Desk Open

Location: Garden Terrace

PAC Ticket Sales

Location: Garden Terrace

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room
3:00 p.m.

Attendee Business Center Open

Sponsor: UPS

Location: Rebecca’s Room

Quicken Loans Government Center Open

Government Officials Only

Location: Cottage Restaurant
4:30 p.m.

Mackinac 101 Attendee Orientation: Making the Most of the Conference

RemarksBob Tagatz, Historian, Grand Hotel
PanelistsAndrew Hetzel, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Sarah Hubbard, Principal, Acuitas LLC
Chuck Stokes, Director, Editorial and Public Affairs, WXYZ-TV 7
ModeratorMatt Friedman, Founding Partner, Tanner Friedman

Sponsor: Bank of America

Location: Michigan Health & Hospital Association Audubon Wine Bar
5:00 p.m.

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)
Andy Levin, U.S. Representative (D-MI 9)
Paul Mitchell, U.S. Representative (R-MI 10)
Gary Peters, U.S. Senator (D-MI)
Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator (D-MI)
Haley Stevens, U.S. Representative (D-MI 11)
Elissa Slotkin, U.S. Representative (D-MI 8)
Fred Upton, U.S. Representative (R-MI 6)

Sponsor: Business Leaders for Michigan

Location: Geranium Bar
6:00 p.m.

Opening Night at the Stables

Sponsors: Crain’s Detroit Business, Enbridge Energy, FCA US LLC, PwC

Location: Grand Hotel Stables

Wednesday, May 29

6:00 a.m.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row Open

Location: Main Dining Room
7:00 a.m.

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room
7:30 a.m.

Conference Registration Open

Location: Grand Terrace
8:00 a.m.

Attendee Business Center Open

Sponsor: UPS

Location: Rebecca’s Room

Love Michigan Experience

Tell us what you love most about Michigan.

Sponsor: Deloitte

Location: Gallery

PAC Ticket Sales

Location: Gallery

Coffee Service

Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: Michigan Health & Hospital Association Audubon Wine Bar
8:30 a.m.

Kroger Conference App Help Desk Open

Location: Parlor
9:00 a.m.

Quicken Loans Government Center Open

Government Officials Only

Location: Cottage Restaurant

A Conversation on Housing Stability and Economic Development in Detroit

Host: Quicken Loans

Speakers: Laura Grannemann, Vice President, Quicken Loans Community Fund
Kahlil Rahal, Assistant County Executive, Wayne County
Arthur Jemison, Chief of Services and Infrastructure, City of Detroit

Location: Cottage Restaurant

An Equitable Start: Aligning Early Childhood and K-12 Systems to Maximize Impact

Host: The Kresge Foundation

How can children receive the education they deserve? Using the Hope Starts Here Framework, this session will focus on Detroit’s efforts to better align early childhood and K-12 systems. Early Childhood and K-12 must work together to maximize impact and reduce fade-out and other consequences of misalignment. Panelists will offer insights on how elevating these systems can create streamlined, coherent education experiences for children, parents, and caregivers.

Panelists: Richard L. DeVore, Regional President, Detroit and Southeast Michigan, PNC Financial Services Group
Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation
La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg
Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District
Moderator: Rochelle Riley, Director, Arts and Culture, City of Detroit

Location: Brighton Pavilion

Meet MDOT: A Conversation with Paul Ajegba

Learn how advancements in mobility and infrastructure improvements go hand-in-hand as Michigan continues to lead this next revolution in transportation.

Paul Ajegba, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation

Sponsor: Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Location: Geranium Bar
10:30 a.m.

Activate Change: Investing in Local Communities

Host: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation 

For the last decade, Michigan has had a poor record investing in local government. To help Michigan grow and compete in a global economy, it’s important to invest in communities. But how? This session will explore specific ways to use existing — and potentially new — revenue streams to help communities not just survive but thrive.

Panelists: Amy Liu, Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy, Brookings Institution
Michael McGee, CEO, Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone
Ridgway White, President and CEO, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Moderator: Dan Kildee, U.S. Representative (D-MI 5)

Location: Grand Pavilion

Ready Students, Ready Communities

Host: The Skillman Foundation

Afterschool programs offer a range of benefits to youth, families, and communities including stronger academic performance, physical heath, and employability. Learn about the role afterschool programs play in ensuring youth and their communities are on a path to prosperity.

Introduction: Tonya Allen, President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation
Keynote: Karen J. Pittman, President and CEO, The Forum for Youth Investment
Panelists: Matt Gillard, President and CEO, Michigan’s Children; Former State Representative
Darienne Driver Hudson, President and CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Location: Brighton Pavilion

Civility Project with Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson

Hosts: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News; Host, 910 AM Superstation
Stephen Henderson, Host, Detroit Public Television and WDET 101.9 FM

Sponsor: Delta Dental

Location: Michigan Health & Hospital Association Audubon Wine Bar
11:00 a.m.

Meet the MEDC: A Conversation with Fred Molnar

Learn more about Michigan’s high-tech startup ecosystem, including available MEDC resources, innovative new startups, and university engagement.

Fred Molnar, Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Sponsor: Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Location: Geranium Bar

Refreshments

Sponsor: Enbridge Energy

Lunch

Sponsor: Michigan Realtors

Location: Parlor
11:45 a.m.

Conference Open

RemarksSandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Patti Poppe, President and CEO, Consumers Energy and CMS Energy; Chair, 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference

Location: Theatre
12:15 p.m.

Governor Welcome: Gretchen Whitmer

Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, State of Michigan

Location: Theatre
12:30 p.m.

A Discussion with Bill Emerson and Dennis W. Archer Jr.

Speakers: Dennis W. Archer Jr., CEO, Ignition Media Group; Founding Partner, Archer Corporate Services
Bill Emerson, Vice Chairman, Rock Holdings Inc., CEO, Bedrock Detroit

Location: Theatre
1:10 p.m.

Mackinac Moment: Steven Kiefer

In September 2016, Steven Kiefer’s son, Mitchel Kiefer, was tragically killed in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver. Since then, Kiefer founded The Kiefer Foundation dedicated to ending distracted driving and all associated traffic deaths and injuries through awareness, policy, and technology. Kiefer will share his son’s story and initiatives championed by The Kiefer Foundation, including passing hands-free laws in Michigan and adding more highway cable median barriers.

Steven Kiefer, Senior Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors Co.

Sponsor: PNC Bank

Location: Theatre
1:20 p.m.

A Discussion with Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter

What would be required to change political outcomes in America? At a time of deep dissatisfaction and distrust in the U.S. political system, this session will make a case for using the lens of industry competition to better understand our current political state and reinvigorate democracy. This timely discussion will inspire action to shift competition in politics toward a more productive model and spark dialogue about the future of U.S. democracy.

SpeakersKatherine M. Gehl, Former President and CEO, Gehl Foods
Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School

Sponsor: Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Location: Theatre
2:20 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

Sponsor: Plunkett Cooney

Location: Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor

Break

2:40 p.m.

A Discussion with Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd and Harold Ford Jr.

From discussions on pressing national issues to the functionality of bipartisanship, this session will draw dialogue across the aisle and offer a preview of the country’s current and future political landscape. Seasoned political pundits will preview the 2020 election and leverage their wealth of experience and knowledge to talk civil politics and civic participation.

SpeakersDonna Brazile, Contributor, Fox News; Veteran Democratic Political Strategist; Adjunct Professor; Author; Former Syndicated Columnist
Matthew Dowd, Chief Political Analyst, ABC News; Best-selling Author; Campaign Strategist
Harold Ford Jr., Managing Partner, HFJ Advisors

Sponsor: Delta Air Lines

Location: Theatre
3:25 p.m.

Love Michigan: Corporate Sustainability and Stewardship

How can businesses play a role in protecting the state and build a Michigan fit to pass on to the next generation? Hear from corporate executives on how they, in their businesses, are working toward sustainability and stewardship—transitioning corporate strategy into a comprehensive and lasting cultural transformation. They will share how doing good can be good for business.

Panelists: Alicia Boler Davis, Vice President, Global Customer Fulfillment, Amazon
Jim Fitterling, CEO, Dow
Christina L. Keller, President and CEO, Cascade Engineering Family of Companies
Moderator: Patti Poppe, President and CEO, Consumers Energy and CMS Energy; Chair 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference

Location: Theatre
4:00 p.m.

A Discussion on National Civility with Sandy Baruah, Debbie Dingell, and Fred Upton

The recent passing of former president George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush, Sen. John McCain, and Rep. John Dingell reminded the nation that the political center necessary to craft compromise is in peril. Representatives Debbie Dingell and Fred Upton along with the Chamber’s Sandy Baruah—all with long careers in national politics—will reflect on the political culture the nation is at risk of losing and what can be done to rebuild the center.

Speakers: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Debbie Dingell, U.S. Representative (D-MI 12)
Fred Upton, U.S. Representative (R-MI 6)

Location: Theatre
4:30 p.m.

A Tribute to Judge Damon Keith

Speaker: Dennis W. Archer Sr., Chairman and CEO, Dennis W. Archer PLLC; Chairman Emeritus, Dickinson Wright PLLC

Location: Theatre
4:35 p.m.

Keynote Address: Stacey Abrams

A rising star in the Democratic party, seasoned political leader, author, and serial entrepreneur Stacey Abrams will take Michigan’s Center stage to address the current state of American politics in a keynote address. She recently made headlines when she was selected to deliver the Democratic party’s response to President Trump’s State of the Union address in February and in 2018, she became the first female African-American gubernatorial nominee for a major party in any state, receiving more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia’s history.

Stacey Abrams, 2018 Democratic Nominee for Governor of Georgia; Founder and Chair, Fair Fight Action
Introduction: Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, State of Michigan
Interviewer: Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV-TV4, NBC

Location: Theatre
5:25 p.m.

The Grand Event

Sponsors: Accenture, Detroit Medical Center, EY, Greektown Casino-Hotel, McDonald’s Michigan

Location: Parlor and Porch
5:30 p.m.

Women & Leadership Reception

Host: Quicken Loans

Speakers: Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation 

Janee Ayers, Member. Detroit City Council

Debbie Dingell, U.S. Representative (D-MI 12)

Aliyah Sabree, Judge, 36th District Court

Alexis Wiley, Chief of Staff, City of Detroit

Location: Cottage Restaurant
8:00 p.m.

Love Michigan Celebration

Celebrate everything there is to love about Michigan on Wednesday night. The Love Michigan Celebration is a new attendee event hosted by Consumers Energy and CMS Energy president and CEO and 2019 Conference Chair Patti Poppe under the stars in the Tea Garden Tent.

Attendees will enjoy:

 Michigan-made food from local brands everybody knows and loves
 Select drinks from some of Michigan’s favorite breweries and distilleries
 Music and dancing to the sounds of Detroit’s own Dan Rafferty Band
 Michigan-themed door prizes and photo opportunities in front of a larger-than-life state cutout

Plus, there will be many more opportunities to show your love for the beautiful state of Michigan.

Sponsor: Consumers Energy

Location: Tea Garden Tent

Thursday, May 30

6:00 a.m.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row Open

Location: Main Dining Room
7:00 a.m.

Quicken Loans Government Center Open

Government Officials Only

Location: Cottage Restaurant

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room

Attendee Business Center Open

Sponsor: UPS

Location: Rebecca’s Room

Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace
7:45 a.m.

Closing the Gap: How Businesses Can Use Tuition-Free Community College to Meet Skills Requirements

Host: Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development

The Michigan skills gap is threatening the success of many businesses and the state’s future prosperity. This interactive panel will explore how industries and individual businesses can work with community colleges to take advantage of tuition-free education for both graduating high school seniors and adults already in the workforce to meet their current and future skill needs.

Panelists:
Lynette Dowler, President, DTE Energy Foundation
Russell A. Kavalhuna, President, Henry Ford College
Melanie D’Evelyn, Director, Education and Talent Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber
Moderator: Doug Ross, Senior Advisor for Michigan Prosperity, State of Michigan

Location: Brighton Pavilion

Precision Population Health: Transforming Outcomes with Data and Analytics

Host: Wayne State University 

This session will include the unveiling of a new data mapping project at Wayne State University — a public-private partnership between the City of Detroit, Wayne County, Wayne State University, and other partners. Panelists will offer insights on how new approaches to data dissemination will equip policy leaders, health systems, researchers, providers, corporations, community members, and nonprofits to better target population health initiatives across the State of Michigan, especially in underserved regions, and allow seamless measurement of success from clinical and social interventions.

Welcoming Remarks: Kim Trent, Chair, Board of Governors, Wayne State University; Senior Vice President, Corporate and Civic Engagement, Compass Strategies LLC
Introduction: Phillip D. Levy, Professor and Associate Chair for Emergency Medicine, Assistant Vice President, Wayne State University
Panelists: Laura Appel, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Michigan Health & Hospital Association
Renée Branch Canady, CEO, Michigan Public Health Institute
Tim Lawther, Deputy Director, Detroit Health Department
Phillip D. Levy, Professor and Associate Chair for Emergency Medicine, Assistant Vice President, Wayne State University
Moderator: David T. Brooks, Director of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness, Wayne County

Location: Grand Pavilion
8:00 a.m.

Coffee Service

Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: Michigan Health & Hospital Association Audubon Wine Bar

Love Michigan Experience

Tell us what you love most about Michigan.

Sponsor: Deloitte

Location: Gallery
8:30 a.m.

PAC Ticket Sales

Location: Gallery

Refreshments

Sponsor: Priority Health

Location: Parlor

2018 To-Do List

Ray Telang, U.S. Automotive Leader, Detroit Managing Partner, PwC

Location: Theatre

Mackinac Moment: Alisyn Malek

Mobility entrepreneurship is weaved into the fabric of Michigan industry. Tackling the autonomous vehicle frontier, Alisyn Malek will share her journey as an engineer turned COO and co-founder of May Mobility, an Ann Arbor-based startup transforming transportation through self-driving vehicles and other unique services. Malek will bring her unparalleled understanding of how the convergence of the automotive and technology industries foster next-generation mobility.

Alisyn Malek, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder, May Mobility

Sponsor: PNC Bank

Location: Theatre
9:20 a.m.

Keynote Address: John Kasich

Former governor of Ohio John Kasich will his perspective leading a peer Great Lakes state to Michigan’s Center Stage. Kasich’s resounding message throughout his 2016 run for president was one of unity, which resonated with voters. From his gubernatorial journey to his most recent experience running for president of the United States, Kasich will share his concerns for America and his hopes for the future, calling to action reason, dignity, and righteousness in contemporary political dialogue.

John Kasich, Former Governor, State of Ohio; Senior Political Commentator, CNN
Interviewer: Daniel Howes, Columnist and Associate Business Editor, The Detroit News

Sponsor: Comcast Business

Location: Theatre
10:05 a.m.

Break

Bloody Mary Bar: A Toast to John Boehner

Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association 

Mackinac Moment: Ari Weinzweig

Ari Weinzweig co-founded Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982 with a $20,000 bank loan, two-person staff, and small selection of specialty foods. Today, Zingerman’s is a broad community of businesses employing more than 500 people. It includes a bakery, creamery, restaurant, training company, mail order service, and much more. Entrepreneur and author Weinzweig will share his entrepreneurship journey and love for Michigan-made products.

Ari Weinzweig, Co-Founding Partner, Zingerman’s  Community of  Businesses

Sponsor: PNC Bank

Location: Theatre
10:45 a.m.

Keynote Address: Mike Duggan

Known for his dynamic keynotes on Michigan’s Center Stage, Mayor Mike Duggan will be returning once again deliver an impactful address on Detroit’s progress and trajectory. Mayor Duggan will offer a glimpse into the city’s next steps and major initiatives as Detroit’s revitalization continues to spread into the neighborhoods.

Introduction: Gerry Anderson, Chairman and CEO, DTE Energy
Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit

Sponsor: DTE Energy

Location: Theatre
11:25 a.m.

One Michigan: Working Across the Aisle

In light of divisive bipartisanship on the national stage, how can Michigan work to cultivate civil dialogue and be an example for the rest of the country? Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation will discuss issues critical to Michiganders in Washington D.C. and how breaking the bipartisan divide can help foster a more unified state and country.

Panelists: Jack Bergman, U.S. Representative (R-MI 1)
Paul Mitchell, U.S. Representative (R-MI 10)
Gary Peters, U.S. Senator (D-MI)
Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator (D-MI)
Moderator: Rick Albin, Political Reporter, WOOD TV

Sponsor: Ford Motor Company

Location: Theatre
12:00 p.m.

Filling the Skills Gap: An Open Dialogue on Workforce Realignment

Host: Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

In a rapidly shifting labor market, employers cite a range of hiring barriers. What steps can employers take to change practices and address the skills needs of today and tomorrow? This panel will cover employers’ concerns about the gap in worker supply and employer demand, new training programs and curricula that are responsive to employer needs, and policy suggestions at the state level.

Panelists: Michelle Mueller, Vice President, Economic, Community, and College Development, Washtenaw Community College
Tom Lutz, President, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights
David E. Meador, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy
Andy Van Kleunen, CEO, National Skills Coalition
Moderator: Stephen Henderson, Host, Detroit Public Television and WDET 101.9 FM

Location: Grand Pavilion

Today for Tomorrow: Michigan Opportunities with 2020 Census Partnerships

Host: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

With the 2020 Census fast approaching, Michigan faces an opportunity to boost congressional representation and economic vitality. Census data drives the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding for transportation, education, and workforce development. This session will focus on how visionary business and civic leaders are partnering with philanthropies and nonprofits to count every Michigander and strengthen the state’s future.

Panelists: Jeffrey Connor-Naylor, Deputy Director, ReadyNation
Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
Nancy J. Moody, Vice President, Public Affairs, DTE Energy; Chair, DTE Energy Foundation
Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO, Michigan Nonprofit Association
Arturo Vargas, CEO, NALEO Educational Fund, NALEO
Moderator: La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Location: Brighton Pavilion

Lunch

Sponsor: Comerica Bank

Location: Parlor

Meet the MEDC: A Conversation with Trevor Pawl

Learn how Michigan businesses can expand their customer base – from securing new contracts to increasing exports – through the MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) and International Trade programs.

Trevor Pawl, Group Vice President, PlanetM, PMBC and Michigan International Trade, Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Sponsor: Michigan Economic Development Corp. 

Location: Geranium Bar
12:30 p.m.

Meet the MEDC: A Conversation with Katharine Czarnecki

Learn about Michigan’s Redevelopment Ready Communities and the MEDC tools available to support the development of vibrant downtowns and Main Streets across the state.

Katharine Czarnecki, Senior Vice President, Community Development, Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Sponsor: Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Location: Geranium Bar
1:15 p.m.

Prepare Michigan: Solving the Education Crisis

The Education Crisis: Framing the Issue
Speaker: Sandy Baruah,
 President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

Location: Theatre
1:20 p.m.

The Education Crisis: The Problem

Speaker: Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College

With more than 25 years of experience in education and workforce development, Bill Pink will share statewide data that articulates Michigan’s current state of education.

Sponsor: PNC Bank

Location: Theatre
1:30 p.m.

The Education Crisis: Change is Possible

Speaker: Jeb Bush, Former Governor, State of Florida; Founder, President and Chairman, Foundation for Excellence in Education
Interviewer: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

With his passion to improve the quality of education for students across the nation, former governor of Florida Jeb Bush will take Michigan’s Center Stage to share his experience and best practices overhauling Florida’s education system—establishing bold accountability in public schools and creating ambitious school choice programs—and stir dialogue on Michigan’s own education future. Bush will discuss the realistic possibility of change.

Location: Theatre
2:00 p.m.

The Education Crisis: Michigan’s Response

Panelists: Tonya Allen, President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation
Paula Herbart, President, Michigan Education Association
Doug Rothwell, President and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan
Moderator: Richard L. DeVore, Regional President, Detroit and Southeast Michigan, PNC Financial Services Group

What does it take to boost Michigan’s education impact? In this session, statewide thought leaders will discuss innovative approaches to improving education, including the statewide coalition “Launch Michigan,” a diverse representation—business, education, labor, philanthropy, parents, civic leadership, and more—advocating for improved performance in the state’s education system.

Location: Theatre
2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.

Love Michigan: The Lasting Legacy of Notable Leaders

Honoring three champions of corporate citizenship – Art Van Elslander, John W. Barfield and Richard M. DeVos–this session will feature a special tribute and a panel of members from the Van Elslander, Barfield, and DeVos families. It will highlight the parallel contributions of these three individuals and how the next generation is continuing their legacy of reinvesting in the state they love.

Panelists: David W. Barfield, Group Development Officer, Impellam Group
Daniel G. DeVos, Chairman and CEO, DP Fox Ventures LLC
David Van Elslander, Board Member, A.A. Van Elslander Foundation
Moderator: Paul W. Smith, Host, WJR NewsTalk 760 AM

Sponsor: Consumers Energy

Location: Theatre
3:25 p.m.

Keynote Address: Gretchen Whitmer

Delivering a keynote address for the first time at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Gov. Whitmer will take Michigan’s Center Stage to share her vision of uniting under One Michigan. With her extensive legislative experience, current statewide goals, and overall passion for cultivating Michigan’s prosperous future, Gov. Whitmer will draw on the three pillars—prepare, grow, and love—to champion dialogue and transformation for the state.

Introduction: Dan Loepp, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan 
Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, State of Michigan
Interviewer: Christy McDonald, Anchor, Detroit Public Television

Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Location: Theatre
4:15 p.m.

Civility Project with Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson

Hosts: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News; Host, 910 AM Superstation
Stephen Henderson, Host, Detroit Public Television and WDET 101.9 FM

Sponsor: Delta Dental

Location: Michigan Health & Hospital Association Audubon Wine Bar

Digital Inclusion: #FixTheDamnInternet for Michigan Students

Host: Merit Network

An estimated 27% of students lack access to broadband in their homes. To spur discussion on closing this divide, this session will raise awareness around rural broadband connectivity issues in Michigan that exacerbate the “homework gap” and affect digital inclusion. Panelists will explore a variety of approaches, including community coalitions, changes in regulation, and public/private partnerships, which can be used to connect the underserved and impact Michigan’s collective progress.

Speakers: Johannes M. Bauer, Quello Chair for Media and Information Policy, Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University
Garlin Gilchrist II, Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan
Marc Hudson, Founder and CEO, Rocket Fiber
Moderator: Joe Sawasky, President and CEO, Merit Network

Location: Grand Pavilion

Dynamics of Detroit’s Startup Community

Host: William Davidson Foundation

What are the characteristics of the fastest-growing companies in and around Detroit? Panelists will discuss the dynamic journey of growing a business in Southeast Michigan. They will cover the shifting nature of the startup community, the support currently available to entrepreneurs, and offer insight on future opportunities to boost the growth of the startup ecosystem.

Panelists: Pamela Lewis, Director, New Economy Initiative
Antonio Lück
, Managing Director, Endeavor Detroit
Jason Vazzano, CEO and Co-founder, Vectorform
Moderator: Darin McKeever, President and CEO, William Davidson Foundation

Location: Brighton Pavilion
4:30 p.m.

Design Preview: The Future of the West Riverfront

Host: Quicken Loans

Location: Cottage Restaurant
5:30 p.m.

Quadrant Leaders Collaborating for One Michigan

Michigan’s bipartisan quadrant leadership will participate in a conversation on what it means to grow the state under the mission of One Michigan. The discussion will center around a broad range of legislative priorities such as the annual budget, investment in infrastructure, developing and retaining talent for existing and emerging economies, and how Michigan will continue to compete and thrive in an increasingly competitive landscape. Attendees will hear how bipartisan cooperation will be essential to Michigan’s success.

Speakers: Jim Ananich, Senate Minority Leader (D-27)
Lee Chatfield, Speaker of the House (R-107)
Christine Greig, House Minority Leader (D-37)
Mike Shirkey, Senate Majority Leader (R-16)
Moderators: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News; Host, 910 AM Superstation
Stephen Henderson, Host, Detroit Public Television and WDET 101.9 FM

Separate ticket required. Tickets: $175 per person, onsite tickets are $200 per person.

Sponsor: Consumers Energy 

Location: Theatre
6:00 p.m.

The Grandest Hour

Sponsor: JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Location: Porch
7:00 p.m.

On the Island. Off the Record.

Remarks: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News; Host, 910 AM Superstation
Stephen Henderson, Host, Detroit Public Television and WDET 101.9 FM
Entertainment: Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

Sponsor: Dow

Location: Tea Garden Tent
9:00 p.m.

A Toast to Your Health

Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: Michigan Health & Hospital Association Audubon Wine Bar

Friday, May 31

6:00 a.m.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row

Location: Main Dining Room

Quicken Loans Government Center Open

Government Officials Only

Location: Cottage Restaurant

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room
8:00 a.m.

Coffee Service

Sponsor: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Location: Michigan Health & Hospital Association Audubon Wine Bar

Breakfast

Location: Parlor
8:30 a.m.

Morning View: Mackinac Uncensored

To close the Conference, several of Michigan’s most prominent thought leaders from various backgrounds will engage in spirited banter on the state’s hot-button issues.

Opening Remarks: EmceesDennis Archer Jr., CEO, Ignition Media Group; Founding Partner, Archer Corporate Services
Tammy Carnrike, Chief Operating Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber

Location: Parlor
8:30 a.m.

When and How: Fix the Damn Roads

Segment Host: Lindsay Van Hulle, Capitol Correspondent, Bridge Magazine
Panelists: Paul C. Ajegba, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation
Regine Beauboeuf, Vice President and Senior Program Manager, HNTB Michigan, Inc.

Location: Parlor
8:45 a.m.

Influence and Impact: Michigan’s Women in Congress

Speaker: Elissa Slotkin, U.S. Representative (D-MI 8)

Location: Parlor
9:05 a.m.

Finding Michigan’s Future Political Leaders

Segment Host:  Zoe Clark, Program Director, Michigan Radio
Panelists:  Marshall Bullock II, State Senator (D-MI 4)
Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing & Communications, Public Sector Consultants Inc.

Location: Parlor
9:20 a.m.

Redrawing the Lines: The Gerrymandering Debate

Segment Host:  Chad Livengood, Senior Reporter, Crain’s Detroit Business
Panelists:  Portia Roberson, CEO, Focus: HOPE
John Sellek, CEO, Harbor Strategic Public Affairs

Location: Parlor
9:40 a.m.

Diversity and Economic Inclusion: A Business Imperative

Segment Host: Nancy Kaffer, Columnist, Detroit Free Press
Panelists: Anika Foster-Goss, Executive Director, Detroit Future City
Leslie Murphy, President and CEO, Murphy Consulting, Inc.

Location: Parlor
9:55 a.m.

Growing Michigan’s Cannabis Business

Segment Host: Michael Lee, Managing Editor, Crain’s Detroit Business
Panelists: Michael Elias, CEO, Michigan Pure Med
Kelli Hykes, Director, Government Relations, Weedmaps

Location: Parlor
10:15 a.m.

Impact of New Tariffs on Michigan’s Economy

Segment Host: Daniel Howes, Columnist & Associate Business Editor, The Detroit News
Panelists: Joseph Comartin, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in Detroit
Brad Williams, Vice President, Government Relations, Detroit Regional Chamber

Location: Parlor
10:30 a.m.

Closing Remarks

Location: Parlor

2019 To-Do List with Detroit Public Television

SpeakersSandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Patti Poppe, President and CEO, Consumers Energy and CMS Energy; Chair, 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference
Interviewer: Christy McDonald, Anchor, Detroit Public Television

Location: Parlor
Grand Hotel

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