The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference takes place next week, from Tuesday, May 28 to Friday, May 31. The annual conference brings business, policy and community leaders together on Mackinac Island to discuss some of the state’s most pressing issues. This year’s theme, “Bridging the Future Together,” aims to spark collaboration across various divides. 

Conference attendees can expect a series of sessions and speakers addressing key themes critical to Michigan’s prosperity, including strategies to attract businesses and jobs, improving education systems to ensure the workforce is prepared for future challenges, and discussing ways to strengthen Michigan’s infrastructure.

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Additionally, there will be a strong emphasis on leading with innovation and equity, highlighting the importance of innovative approaches and equitable practices in leadership to drive sustainable development. Detroit PBS will be livestreaming the conference. You can watch it here. 

One Detroit contributor Zoe Clark, political director for Michigan Public, talks with Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah and this year’s conference chair Suzanne Shank, president and CEO of Siebert, Williams, Shank & Company, about what attendees and viewers can expect from the 2024 conference. Plus, they discuss the importance of unity and mutual respect in tackling some of Michigan’s biggest issues. 

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