Wes Moore: Inclusive, Broad and Transparent Conversations Matter

Taking Michigan’s Center Stage, renowned social advocate Wes Moore, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation and best-selling author of “The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters,” shared his personal journey from poverty to dedicating his life to improving the lives of underprivileged youth and veterans. Moore explained that inclusion is the first step to shrink the opportunity gap and enhance quality of life in communities that feel left behind.

Key Takeaways:

  • With various instances of public discourse between police and minority youth in the country, it is important to acknowledge and understand the state of the neighborhoods these instances are taking place in. If the context in which this discourse exists in is not understood, then the real changes that are needed will not be made.
  • Innovation and change is happening faster than we can realize, but for an individual that lives in underserved communities in Michigan or the country, he or she cannot tell.
  • It is important to never forget about who it is that we need to fight for and who it is we need to be remembering because there will never be inclusive conversations if only a sliver of the population’s voices are heard.
  • When decisions are made for the future of Michigan’s neighborhoods–inclusive, broad and transparent conversations matter.
  • Communities should feel a sense of inclusion and that they are part of important conversations.
  • Poverty is a function of systemic action and choice. It was not one action that led to it, therefore it will not take one action to solve it. A collection of entities is needed to address these issues and if government and philanthropy come together, solutions can be found.
  • When looking at education in impoverished communities, the quality of kids’ education and access to opportunity must be first and foremost when decisions are made.

“There is not a single issue that the folks in this room could not make something happen on. There’s that level of influence, power and significance here,” Moore told Conference attendees. “The future of Michigan will not be bright unless we are being very deliberate about what it means for areas like Flint, and areas like Saginaw and the Upper Peninsula and Detroit.”

Following Moore’s keynote address, Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press, joined him on stage for a one-on-one conversation. This session was sponsored by PNC Bank and falls under the Conference pillar of increasing economic opportunity.

Dickinson Wright to Partner with Canadian Government and PNC Bank on “International Insight: Succeeding in Canada” Seminar

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that it will partner with the Consulate General of Canada for Michigan and PNC Bank for a seminar on “International Insight: Succeeding in Canada” on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The event will feature experts to assist those companies seeking to explore new markets in Canada. Key topics will include the Canada/U.S. trade and investment relationship, government and legal practices, and cross border payment. Speakers at this event include: Sebastien Roy of the Consulate General of Canada for Michigan; Dan Ujczo from Dickinson Wright; Richard Corson from the U.S. Department of Commerce; Gerald Solensky from Zomedica; Sue Tuson from Clayton & McKervey; and Ric DeVore, George Hoffman, Daniel McCarty, Louise McDonnell, and David Olson from PNC Bank. Below are the event details:

“International Insight: Succeeding in Canada” Seminar

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Registration & Lunch Buffet)
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Speaker Presentations)
Location: Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Dickinson Wright’s U.S.-Canada team consists of more than 200 highly-trained, dedicated lawyers who are at the forefront of working with businesses and governments to navigate legal issues surrounding the largest two-way trading relationship in the world. Dickinson Wright’s cross-border expertise in corporate structuring, financing, and taxation – coupled with the firm’s unrivalled regulatory, real estate, immigration, intellectual property, and distribution expertise – makes Dickinson Wright a leading provider of cross-border legal services.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 425 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Dickinson Wright to Partner with Canadian Government and PNC Bank on “International Insight: Succeeding in Canada” Seminar

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that it will partner with the Consulate General of Canada for Michigan, PNC Bank, and Automation Alley for a seminar on “International Insight: Succeeding in Canada” on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Automation Alley in Troy, Mich.

The event will feature experts to assist those companies seeking to explore new markets in Canada. Key topics will include the Canada/U.S. trade and investment relationship, corporate structuring and taxation, business immigration, and cross-border financing. Speakers at this event, include: Sebastien Roy of the Consulate General of Canada for Michigan; John Leslie and Dan Ujczo from Dickinson Wright; and Daniel McCarty, Louise McDonnell, and David Olsen from PNC Bank. Below are the event details:

“International Insight: Succeeding in Canada” Seminar

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Registration & Lunch Buffet); 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Speaker Presentations); 2:00 p.m. (Event Wrap-Up & Networking)
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy, MI 48084

To learn more about this seminar or to register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/international-insight-succeeding-in-canada/event-summary-7723a42a5ada4edd923ba2574fb06746.aspx.

Dickinson Wright’s U.S.-Canada team consists of more than 200 highly-trained, dedicated lawyers who are at the forefront of working with businesses and governments to navigate legal issues surrounding the largest two-way trading relationship in the world. Dickinson Wright’s cross-border expertise in corporate structuring, financing, and taxation – coupled with the firm’s unrivalled regulatory, real estate, immigration, intellectual property, and distribution expertise – makes Dickinson Wright a leading provider of cross-border legal services.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 400 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has fifteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and eight other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn. (2); Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.