In the national and global race for strong professional talent, how can Michigan get a leg up on the competition? How does the Great Lakes state become a top 10 state where families and young professionals want to live, work, grow and play? Some of Michigan’s top business leaders gathered together to answer these questions about making Michigan more competitive and how exactly the state should do it at the Detroit Regional Chambers 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Featuring a laundry list of CEOs and presidents, the panel’s conversation focused on how business and political leaders can make Michigan an attractive place to live and work, as well as the importance of having an educated and trained workforce of the future.  One Detroit revisits a portion of the panel’s conversation on the future of work and jobs in Michigan.

Moderated By: Paul W. Smith, Host, WJR NewsTalk 760 AM. The panelists include:

  • Awenate Cobbina, Chief Executive Officer, Bedrock Group LP; Chairman, Michigan Economic Development Corp. Executive Committee
  • Maureen Krauss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Partnership
  • Sandy Pierce, Senior Executive Vice President, Private Bank and Regional Banking Director and Chair, Huntington Michigan
  • Dug Song, Chief Strategy Officer, Cisco Secure; Co-Founder, Duo Security
  • Sandy K. Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Tina Freese Decker, President and Chief Executive Officer, BHSH System
  • Quentin Messer Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corp.; President and Chair, Michigan Strategic Fund
  • Howard Ungerleider, President and Chief Financial Officer, Dow

Find more on-demand coverage from the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference sessions, including on-site interviews by One Detroit Founding Managing Editor Christy McDonald on One Detroit’s website or YouTube.


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