One of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” Takes Michigan’s Center Stage

Darren WalkerHear from Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, on Thursday, June 1 during the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference.

For more than two decades, Walker has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He led the philanthropy committee that helped bring a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy in 2013. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, he served as vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he managed the Rebuilding Together New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, Time magazine named Walker as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2016.

An expert on a range of social justice issues, Walker will discuss how to shrink the opportunity gap and enhance quality of life for all Michiganders by promoting economic inclusion strategies.

Four National Speakers Added to 2017 Conference Lineup

Hear from four national speakers that will take Michigan’s Center Stage during the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference. This year’s Conference will drive statewide dialogue centered around the key pillars of: restoring civility in American politics, winning the race in connected technology and increasing economic opportunity to move Michigan forward.

Michael Beschloss
Michael Beschloss
Best-selling Author, “Presidential Courage”; Presidential Historian

In an effort to restore civility in American politics, presidential historian Michael Beschloss will give a behind-the-scenes look at leadership styles of past presidents and share insight on President-elect Donald Trump following his first few months in office.

Geoff Colvin
Geoff Colvin
Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine

As Michigan capitalizes on its position as a leader in next-generation mobility, Geoff Colvin will talk about the importance of leading ahead of what’s next to think beyond the “connected car” to the connectivity of all things and big data.

Wes Moore
Wes Moore
Founder and CEO, BridgeEDU;
Best-selling Author, “The Work”

U.S. veteran, acclaimed author and youth advocate, Wes Moore, will share how the transformative power of education along with other economic inclusion strategies can shrink the opportunity gap and enhance the quality of life for all Michiganders. This keynote is sponsored by PNC Bank.

Julie Winokur
Julie Winokur
Executive Director, Talking Eyes Media

Filmmaker Julie Winokur will encourage attendees to stop bickering about politics and pull up a chair to the table to make politics an acceptable topic for dinner conversation again. Winokur’s movement and documentary, “Bring It to the Table,” aims to bridge political divides and break down partisanship.

View the full Conference speaker lineup, including CNN’s Stephanie Cutter, Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson and MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, by visiting mpc.detroitchamber.com.

Former TIME Magazine Editor and Past CEO of CNN, Walter Isaacson, to Take Michigan’s Center Stage

isaacson_walter_promo-picWalter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, will take Michigan’s Center Stage on Thursday, June 1 at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Isaacson will share how the accumulation of small advances and larger imaginative leaps by entrepreneurs and inventors have all played a role in today’s disruptive and innovative society. He will also discuss the importance of collaboration in regards to two of the Conference pillars, winning the race in connected technology and increasing economic opportunity in Michigan.

An accomplished author and journalist, Isaacson has written best-selling biographies on historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger and Steve Jobs. His 2011 biography of Steve Jobs was also the inspiration for the 2015 blockbuster film. In past roles, he was the chairman and CEO of CNN and also the editor of TIME magazine.

Hear from Two Top Political Insiders at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference. Held at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island from Tuesday, May 30 to Friday, June 2, the event will bring nationally recognized speakers and thought leaders to the island.

This year’s Conference will drive statewide dialogue centered around the key pillars of: restoring civility in American politics, winning the race in connected technology and increasing economic opportunity to move Michigan forward.

The Conference pillar, restoring civility in American politics, encourages business and civic leaders to shape public discourse to restore the art of compromise for progress in today’s polarized political environment. Building on this pillar, Stephanie Cutter, CNN political commentator and former senior advisor to President Obama, and Nicolle Wallace, best-selling author and former director of communications for the White House, will take Michigan’s Center Stage on Wednesday, May 31 to engage in a moderated point/counterpoint discussion on the current political outlook in the United States.

As a chief strategist and one of the most prominent voices in the Democratic party, Cutter will join Wallace, a hard-charging conservative political operator, to provide perspectives from the left and right on today’s political landscape. These top female political insiders will dive into hot button political issues that are currently impacting the business community.