Hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber, the iconic “Mackinac Policy Conference” took place September 20 – 23, 2021 and spotlighted three pillars for cultivating a healthy Michigan – with focus to accelerate COVID-19 economic recovery, advance racial equity, and invest in the health of people and communities.

This year marked DPTV’s 11th year of coverage as we provide viewers with access to nearly all of the Conference’s sessions live and make them available for on-demand viewing.

A healthy Michigan also depends on good quality jobs. Kicked off in Mackinac, One Detroit launched its year-long initiative, The Future of Work. As part of the conference, “One Detroit” anchor Christy McDonald interviewed Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO, Rosalind Brewer about women in leadership. Throughout the week, McDonald, continued to interview local and national decision-makers on issues that impact viewers’ lives and community including the future of the auto industry, DEI in the workforce, and the healthcare industry.

Featured presenters included CNN Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley; Rosalind Brewer, CEO of Walgreens; Michael Steele, Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee; Mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan; Governor Gretchen Whitmer; and more.




Monday, September 20

Time Session Watch
2:30 The Pandemic and Parks: Lessons COVID-19 Reinforced About the Value of Public Spaces and Outdoor Recreation WATCH HERE
4:00 What Michiganders Want: Investments in Children WATCH HERE

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Tuesday, September 21

Time Session Watch
9:00 Poverty to Prosperity: Building Equity into Michigan’s Economic Future WATCH HERE
10:30 Investing in Health Equity WATCH HERE
11:45 Conference Open WATCH HERE
12:20 Carl Levin Tribute WATCH HERE
12:40 A Discussion with Mark Reuss and Joe White WATCH HERE
1:20 Economy, Growth, and Sustainable Finance WATCH HERE
2:25 A Discussion with Douglas Brinkley Not available for on-demand viewing
3:00 Keynote Address: Nicholas A. Christakis Not available for on-demand viewing
3:25 How COVID-19 Changed the Business Landscape WATCH HERE
4:00 A Discussion with Mike Duggan WATCH HERE

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Wednesday, September 22

Time Session Watch
7:30 High Expectations, High Returns: Investing in Minority Entrepreneurs WATCH HERE
9:10 Preparing K-12 for Post-Secondary Success WATCH HERE
10:30 A Discussion with Rosalind Brewer and Christy McDonald WATCH HERE
11:00 Racial Equity in the Workplace WATCH HERE
12:00 American Rescue Plan: Opportunities for Transformative Partnerships to Advance Equitable Recovery WATCH HERE
12:00 Reimagining a Connected Michigan WATCH HERE
1:20 Today’s Republican Party Not available for on-demand viewing
2:00 Keynote Address: Richard Florida Not available for on-demand viewing
3:15 Keynote Address: Gretchen Whitmer WATCH HERE
4:10 Evening View: Mackinac Uncensored WATCH HERE

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Thursday, September 23

Time Session Watch  
8:45 2021 To-Do List WATCH HERE  
9:00 Keynote Address: Alec Ross Not available for on-demand viewing