Detroit Economic Club Connects Hundreds of Young Professionals with Prominent Business Leaders at Second Annual Young Leader Conference

The Detroit Economic Club announces its Second Annual Young Leader Conference on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Building on its robust membership of more than 3,600, and a Young Leader membership (professionals younger than 40 years old) approaching 1,000, the half-day conference empowers young talent in Metro Detroit by connecting emerging leaders with top regional CEOs.

The Conference, which aims to educate, inspire and connect will feature:

• Opening Remarks by: The Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
• Joe Mullany, CEO, Detroit Medical Center
• Dennis Archer, Jr., President, Archer Corporate Services; CEO, Ignition Media
• Jeannine Gant, President & CEO, Big Brothers/Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit
• John Fikany, Vice President, Quicken Loans
• Jennifer Sulak Brown, VP, Human Resources, Barton Malow Company
• Beth Bryce, Director of Career Advancement, Northwood University
• Janet Lawson, Director, Ford Volunteer Corps
• Jason Hall, Co-Founder, Slow Roll Detroit
• Marty Maddin, Executive Coach and Founder, PEAK Performance International
• Mark Ostach, Jr., Speaker,; Director of Accounts, Skidmore
• Closing Remarks By: William Clay Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company

“This is a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity designed by Young Leaders for Young Leaders,” said Beth Chappell, President & CEO, Detroit Economic Club. “This Conference is instrumental in providing the future leaders of our state with access and insight into the minds of some of our region’s most successful trailblazers.”

Kicking off with lunch at Noon, the Conference will host plenary and breakout sessions from 1-5 p.m. The day will conclude with a reception attended by speakers, Detroit Economic Club board members and event sponsors.

The exclusive Conference is for Detroit Economic Club Young Leader members only. To become a Young Leader, visit: For more information about the Detroit Economic Club Young Leader Conference, visit

The Detroit Economic Club has an 82-year history of convening leaders to debate and discuss important business, government and social issues. It has hosted every sitting U.S. President since Richard Nixon, and is ranked as one of America’s “Top 10 Executive Speaking Forums” and “Most Valuable Podiums for CEOs.”

Dykema Chairman and CEO Peter Kellett Joins the Detroit Economic Club Board of Directors

Detroit—April 10, 2015—Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that its Chairman and CEO, Peter Kellett, has been elected as a member of the Detroit Economic Club (DEC) board of directors.

The Detroit Economic Club was formed in 1934 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues. The DEC continues to provide a platform for distinguished international dignitaries and business leaders, who represent the changing global environment. It is known internationally as an important venue for prominent business and government leaders – a forum they can use to explore issues that will help shape the dynamic 21st century economic environment.

Directors are asked to support the DEC in numerous ways, from recommending speakers to periodically performing duties of the President Officer and attending DEC meetings and luncheons when schedules permit.

Kellett has been Chairman and CEO of Dykema since 2012, and previously served in several management positions at the firm, including as Litigation Practice Group Leader (2003-2007) and Litigation Department Director (2008-2011).

“I am honored to be part of the Detroit Economic Club Board of Directors,” Kellett said. “The DEC is an esteemed organization that provides a premier speaking forum for current, and future, business leaders. I look forward to working with the board in continuing the important role the Economic Club plays in our business community.”

The DEC is chaired by William Clay Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Co. Other board members include Roger Penske, Chairman of Penske Corporation; Dave Bing, Mayor of Detroit; The Honorable Ruth Johnson, Michigan’s Secretary of State; Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company; Keith E. Crain, Chairman of Crain Communications, Inc.; Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon, President of Michigan State University; the Honorable Damon Keith, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Dorothy Deremo, President and CEO of Hospice of Michigan; John Fikany, Vice President of Microsoft; and many other leaders.

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