Livestream the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference

Tuesday, May 28 – Thursday, May 30

The 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference will focus on “Bridging the Future Together” to inspire radical collaboration across divides. When it comes to our greatest issues and opportunities, Michigan will prosper when its leaders engage with mutual respect and build bridges to move forward regardless of political party, industry, or geographic location.

Conference speakers and sessions will focus on key themes critical to Michigan’s future including:

  • Attracting businesses and jobs
  • Improving education outcomes to ensure workforce readiness
  • Strengthening infrastructure
  • Leading with innovation and equity

Conference Schedule

Session videos will be on demand shortly after they conclude

Tuesday, May 28

Jump to Tuesday‘s daily schedule on the Detroit Regional Chamber’s site

TIME SESSION FEATURING
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Navigating the New Reality of Collegiate Athletics

Opening Remarks: Kelly Tebay, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Michigan State University

PanelistsRobyn Fralick, Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, Michigan State University

Alan HallerVice President and Director, Athletics, Michigan State University

Adam Nightingale, Head Coach, Men’s Ice Hockey, Michigan State University

Moderator: Joe Tate, Speaker of the House, State of Michigan 

Host: Michigan State University

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Solving Michigan’s Housing Crisis

PanelistsMike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit

Amy Hovey, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Linh Song, Council Member, City of Ann Arbor

Glenn Wilson, Co-founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Communities First Inc.

Moderator: Sarah Anthony, Michigan Senator (D-Lansing)

Host: Michigan State Housing Development Authority

 

 

Wednesday, May 29

Jump to Wednesday’s daily schedule on the Detroit Regional Chamber’s site

TIME SESSION FEATURING

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The Importance of Racial Equity in Michigan’s Population Growth

PanelistsCharity Dean, President and Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Black Business Alliance

Hilary Doe, Chief Growth and Marketing Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Andre M. Perry, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute

ModeratorYazeed Moore, Director, Michigan Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Host: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Understanding Gen Z’s Political Sway

PanelistsEsther Guerrero, Youth and Community Organizer, Congress of Communities

Jacob Manning, Grassroots Coordinator and Policy Advisor, Small Business Association of Michigan

ModeratorAngelique Power, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Skillman Foundation

Host: The Skillman Foundation

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Conference Open

SpeakersSandy K. Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber

Suzanne Shank, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC; Chair, 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference

Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, State of Michigan

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A Conversation With Alicia Boler Davis

SpeakerAlicia Boler Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Alto Pharmacy

Interviewer: Huel Perkins, Retired TV Anchor

Sponsor: JPMorgan Chase & Co.

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

A Conversation With Suzanne P. Clark

SpeakerSuzanne P. Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Interviewer: Sandy K. Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber 

Sponsor: Ford Motor Company

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Chuck Todd

SpeakerChuck Todd, Chief Political Analyst, NBC News

InterviewerDevin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC 

Sponsor: Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

A Conversation With Paul Ryan and Harold Ford Jr.

Speaker: Paul Ryan, Former U.S. Speaker of the House

Interviewer: Harold Ford Jr.Former Congressional Representative; Regional President, PNC Bank New York

Sponsor: Delta Air Lines

3:40 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

A Conversation With Dan Gilbert

SpeakerDan Gilbert, Co-founder, Gilbert Family Foundation

InterviewerDennis W. Archer Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sixteen42 Ventures

Sponsor: Wayne State University

4:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: Mike Duggan

SpeakerMike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit

InterviewerStephen Henderson, Executive Advisor, BridgeDetroit; Host, Detroit Today and American Black Journal

Sponsor: Strategic Staffing Solutions

Thursday, May 30

Jump to Thursday’s daily schedule on the Detroit Regional Chamber’s site

TIME AND LOCATION SESSION FEATURING

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Developing Talent for Michigan’s Emerging EV Ecosystem

Panelists: Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME

Haley Stevens, U.S. Representative (D-MI 11)

Ann Thompson, Manager, Workforce Development, Ford Motor Company

Moderator: Daniel Howes, Senior Business Editor and Columnist, The Detroit News

Host: SME

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

How Justice Demands Are Changing Philanthropy Dynamics

PanelistsDiallo Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer, Life Remodeled

Andrew Stein, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Children’s Foundation

Deanna L. StewartFounder and Executive Director, Equity Alliance of Michigan

ModeratorRachel Decker, Founder and President, Detroit Philanthropy

Host: Delta Dental of Michigan

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Opening Session

SpeakersSandy K. Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber

Suzanne Shank, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC; Chair, 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference

10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

A Conversation With Gina Raimondo

Speaker: Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Interviewer: Awenate Cobbina, Chairman, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee

Sponsor: Business Leaders for Michigan

10:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Mackinac Moment: Haley Stevens

SpeakerHaley Stevens, U.S. Representative (D-MI 11)

10:55 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Tackling Talent Needs for Michigan Employers

Panelists: Kimberly Andrews Espy, President, Wayne State University

Kevin Guskiewicz, President, Michigan State University

Santa J. Ono, President, University of Michigan

Bill Pink, President, Ferris State University

Moderator: Zoe Clark, Political Director, Michigan Radio

Sponsor: Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

11:35 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

AI and Its Impact on Business

Opening RemarksAlex Rampell, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

PanelistsVarun KrishnaChief Executive Officer, Rocket Companies 

Ann Marie Sastry, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amesite

Greg Williams, Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Acrisure

ModeratorKC Crain, President and Chief Executive Officer, Crain Communications

Sponsor: Consumers Energy

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

After School: Good for Kids. Good for Business.

PanelistsKing Bethel, Student and Youth Voice, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Kimberly Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Developing K.I.D.S.

Michelle Richard, Acting Director, Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP)

Ridgway White, President and Chief Executive Officer, CS Mott Foundation

ModeratorDavid Egner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Host: Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Business-led Approaches to Solving the Talent Crisis

Opening Remarks: Bob Riney, President and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Ford Health 

Panelists: Greg Handel, Vice President, Education and Talent, Detroit Regional Chamber 

Jan Harrington-Davis, Senior Vice President, Talent Attraction, Corewell Health 

Catherine SuskoDirector, Talent Solutions and Strategy, Workforce Diversity and Workforce Development, Henry Ford Health

Moderator: Jayme Powell, Executive Director, Detroit Regional Workforce Partnership 

Host: Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Shaping Michigan’s Future

Introduction: Michael Bickers, Executive Vice President and Regional President, Detroit and Southeast Michigan, PNC Bank

PanelistsChristina Keller, Chief Executive Officer and Chair, Cascade Engineering

Natalie King, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dunamis Clean Energy Partners, LLC

Sandy Pierce, Corporate Board Executive, CEO Advisor, and Community Strategist

Rachel Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Gardner White

ModeratorRhonda Walker, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

Sponsor: PNC Bank

1:45 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

Recognition of Sandy Pierce

Honoree: Sandy Pierce, Corporate Board Executive, CEO Advisor, and Community Strategist

1:55 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Navigating Divisive Times

Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator (D-MI)

Lisa McClain, U.S. Representative (R-MI 9)

Tim Walberg, U.S. Representative (R-MI 5)

Moderator: Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News; Contributor, One Detroit and Detroit PBS

Sponsor: University of Michigan

2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Recognition of Sen. Debbie Stabenow

HonoreeDebbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator (D-MI)
3:10 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Keynote Address: Gretchen Whitmer

Speaker: Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, State of Michigan

Introduction and InterviewerDaniel J. Loepp, President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

 

3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Recognition of Daniel J. Loepp

Honoree: Daniel J. Loepp,President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

 


 

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