The agenda will be updated as speakers are announced.

9:00 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

Location: Rocket Companies Exhibit Hall

9:30 a.m.

Detroit’s First Word (9:30 -10:25 a.m.)

Location: The Kresge Foundation Stage, Rocket Companies Exhibit Hall
Sponsor: The Kresge Foundation

NeighborHUB

Panelists: Willie Bell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Family Assistance for Renaissance Men
Danielle North, Owner, Kidz Kingdom; Founder, Dream Studio Detroit
Moderator: Terry Rhadigan, Vice President, Corporate Giving, General Motors
Location: Rocket Companies Exhibit Hall
Sponsor: The Kresge Foundation

9:45 a.m.

Equitable Property Tax Reform for Detroiters

Panelists: Nick Allen, PhD Candidate, Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anika Goss, Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Future City
Roderick Hardamon, Chief Executive Officer, URGE Development Group and URGE Imprint
Moderator: Luke Polcyn, Deputy Group Executive for Jobs and Economy, Mayor’s Office, City of Detroit
Location: Rocket Companies Exhibit Hall
Sponsor: The Kresge Foundation

 

10:45 a.m.

Welcome

Speaker: Sandy K. Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber
Location: Sound Board Stage

11:00 a.m.

Keynote Address: Richard Florida

Speaker: Richard Florida, Co-founder, Creative Class Group
Interviewer: Christy McDonald, Special Correspondent and Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC
Location: Sound Board Stage
Sponsor: Michigan Economic Development Corporation

11:30 a.m.

Power Perspective: Creating an Inclusive Downtown

Speaker: Antoine Bryant, Director, Planning and Development Department, City of Detroit
Location: Sound Board Stage

11:40 a.m.

Keynote Address: Eric B. Larson on the State of Downtown Detroit

Speaker: Eric B. Larson, Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Detroit Partnership
Location: Sound Board Stage

11:50 a.m.

Return to the Workplace: Employers’ Perspective

Panelists: Cindy Pasky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Staffing Solutions
Gary Torgow, Chairman, Board of Directors, Huntington National Bank
Moderator: Dennis W. Archer Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, sixteen42 ventures
Location: Sound Board Stage
Sponsor: Huntington

12:20 p.m.

Developing Downtown for the Future

Panelists: Kofi Bonner, Chief Executive Officer, Bedrock LLC
Larry Brinker Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Brinker Group
Christopher Jackson, Principal, Queen Lillian
Moderator: Dennis W. Archer Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, sixteen42 ventures
Location: Sound Board Stage

12:50 p.m.

Keynote Address: Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II

Speaker: Garlin Gilchrist II, Lt. Governor, State of Michigan
Moderator: Stephen Henderson,
 Executive Advisor, BridgeDetroit; Host, Detroit Today and American Black Journal 

1:20 p.m.

Lunch

Location: Rocket Companies Exhibit Hall

2:25 p.m.

Power Perspective: The Future of Greektown

Speaker: Melanie A. Markowicz, Executive Director, Greektown Neighborhood Partnership
Location: Sound Board Stage

2:35 p.m.

Power Perspective: Creating Community in Downtown

Speaker: Jason Hall, Founder, RiDetroit
Location: Sound Board Stage

2:45 p.m.

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix’s Return to the Streets of Downtown

Speaker: Bud Denker, President, Penske Corporation
Location: Sound Board Stage

3:10 p.m.

Spotlight On: Downtown in 2023 (3:10- 4:00 p.m.)

Spotlight On: Major Event Lineup

Speaker: Claude Molinari, President and Chief Executive Officer, Visit Detroit
Interviewer: Rhonda Walker, Morning Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

3:25 p.m.

Spotlight On: Placemaking and Green Design

Panelists: Laura Grannemann, Vice President, Rocket Community Fund; Executive Director, Gilbert Family Foundation
J.J. Tighe, Director, Parks and Trails Initiative, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
Interviewer: Rhonda Walker, Morning Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

3:45 p.m.

Spotlight On: The Hospitality Scene

Panelists: Michael Gray, Partner and Director, Operations, Four Man Ladder
Ping Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Backbone Hospitality
Moderator: Rhonda Walker, Morning Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC

4:05 p.m.

Power Perspective: Empowering Black-Owned Businesses

Speaker: Charity Dean, President and Chief Executive Officer, Metro-Detroit Black Business Alliance
Location: Sound Board Stage

4:15 p.m.

Keynote Address: Mayor Mike Duggan

Speaker: Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit

4:45 p.m.

Reception featuring the Detroit City Council

Location: Rocket Companies Exhibit Hall
Sponsors: Chase, Comcast, Kroger, McDonald’s, Verizon

5:00 p.m.

Detroit’s Last Word

Location: The Kresge Foundation Stage, Rocket Companies Exhibit Hall
Sponsor: The Kresge Foundation

5:15 p.m.

Workspace Design in a Post-COVID Era [part 2 of Detroit’s Last Word]

Panelists: Whitney Marx, Chief Executive Officer, MarxModa
Ashok Sivanand, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Integral
Moderator: Amanda Lewan, Co-founder, Bamboo
Location: The Kresge Foundation Stage, Rocket Companies Exhibit Hall

6:00 p.m.

Event Concludes

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