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Malcolm Gladwell to keynote 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference

From: Mlive

By: David Muller

January 7, 2014

DETROIT, MI – The Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC) has announced writer Malcolm Gladwell is the keynote speaker for the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, held May 27-30 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Gladwell is the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers,” “What the Dog Saw,” and “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.” He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996.

“Few people challenge the way we think about the world like Malcolm Gladwell, and he’s going to bring that thought-provoking dialogue to the Mackinac Policy Conference,” Plunkett Cooney President and CEO Henry B. Cooney, chair of the 2014 Conference, said in a release. “Encouraging risk-taking and entrepreneurship is critical to growing the culture of innovation in Michigan. Gladwell will certainly help us explore how to challenge conventional thinking as we build our future.”

The annual, three-day Mackinac Policy Conference brings together business leaders, politicians and thought-leaders to discuss and shape business policy. It has been meeting since 1981.

The DRC says the goal of the 2014 conference is to create a more globally competitive and financially attractive business environment in Michigan through three pillars: entrepreneurship, education and impact. It expects about 1,500 attendees.