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WATCH: Speakers Explore the Future of Inclusivity, Workplace and Space, and More

Several regional business experts took the 2021 Detroit Policy Conference stage to discuss the future of the city, policy, business, and workplace. These TED Talk-style sessions featured business leaders across industries and their takes on what’s next for Detroit. Watch the sessions below.

Bridget Hurd, vice president of inclusion and diversity at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, provided the blueprint for creating an inclusive workplace by emphasizing equity and diversity.

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Build Institute, Regina Ann Campbell, outlined the opportunities for small businesses in Detroit and the wider region to thrive in a changing economic landscape.

One of Detroit’s most significant assets is its gorgeous riverfront, which has seen transformational investment over the past decade. Matthew Cullen, chair of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, shared his perspective on the continued efforts to beautify and make the river accessible for everyone.

Jared Fleisher, vice president of government affairs and economic development at Rock Central, shared how companies can successfully implement a permanent hybrid work model in the post-COVID-19 era and what it means for metro cities.

Sheila Cockrel, chief executive officer of CitizenDetroit, discussed the Detroit city charter and Proposal P and how city charters are instrumental to what happens in the daily lives of residents.

Anika Goss, chief executive officer of Detroit Future City, shared how her organization is creating a vision for economic equity in Detroit, where 78% of residents are African Americans with two-thirds making less than $50,000 a year.