Agenda details are tentative and subject to change.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Services

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Refreshments

Sponsor: Enbridge Energy
Location: Parlor

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

PAC Reception Ticket Sales

Location: Garden Terrace

12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room
*Credentialed Media Only

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

UPS Business Center Open

Rocket Companies Government Center Open

*Government Officials Only

Programming and Events

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Champagne and Chocolate Arrival

Sponsor: Google
Location: Grand Coffee and Provisions

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Welcome Lunch

Sponsor: Grand Valley State University
Location: Porch

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

How Employers Can Help Solve Michigan’s Housing Affordability Crisis

Businesses of all sizes and geographic areas have made it clear that housing costs and the lack of housing availability in Michigan negatively impact their ability to recruit and retain staff. This session will discuss how businesses can be agents of change in the housing landscape, leading to positive outcomes for their companies, employees, and communities.

Panelists: Jared Fleisher, Vice President, Government Affairs and Economic Development, Rocket Companies
Shannon Morgan, Managing Partner, Renovare Development
Donald Rencher, Group Executive, Housing, Planning and Development, City of Detroit
Bob Sutherland, President, Cherry Republic
Moderator: Amy Hovey, Executive Director, Michigan State Housing
Host: Michigan State Housing Development Authority
Location: Brighton Pavilion

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Back Reception Featuring Michigan’s Congressional Delegation

Sponsor: Meijer
Location: Porch and Parlor

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Opening Night at the Stables

Sponsors: Common Sails Investment, Crain’s Detroit Business, MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, PWC, University of Michigan
Location: Grand Hotel Stables

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Party in the Parlor

Sponsors: Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, MI Realtors
Location: Parlor 

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Services

6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row Open

*Breakfast available 6-9 a.m.

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room
*Credentialed Media Only

7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Coffee

Location: MHA Bar

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PAC Reception Ticket Sales

Location: Parlor

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

UPS Business Center Open

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Rocket Companies Government Center Open

*Government Officials Only

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Refreshments

Sponsor: Enbridge Energy
Location: Parlor

11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Alternative Theatre Session Viewing

Locations: Brighton Pavilion, Parlor

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Bridging Divides with Inclusive Policymaking

At a time of heightened polarization and intense and worsening inequality, social economic and racial differences run the risk of being exploited by divide-and-conquer politics. In this session, experts and practitioners will share practical guidance on how we can shift from transactional to transformational investments and policymaking practices.

Panelists: Garlin Gilchrist II, Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan
Celina Barrios-Millner, Vice President for the Office of Race and Equity Research, Urban Institute
Isabel Medellin, Global Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Talent Acquisition, Steelecase
Moderator: Kat Stafford, National Investigative Writer and Global Investigations Correspondent, The Associated Press
Host: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Location: Brighton Pavilion

Programming and Events

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Bridging Divides with Inclusive Policymaking

Host: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Location: Brighton Pavilion

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Smoothie Station

Sponsor: Trinity Health
Location: Gallery  

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

What Michigan Needs to Do to Attract Residents and Grow Talent

Host: Kresge Foundation
Location: Brighton Pavilion

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

How Gen Z is Changing the Game From Strategy to Policy

Gen Z is the largest generation in the U.S. with expansive ideas and influence on education policy and what’s needed for Michigan’s vibrant future. This session will highlight stories from the past year in which young people have helped shape strategies across Michigan’s government, business, and social sectors.  

Panelists: Imani Harris, Youth Education Activist, Communications Lead, 482Forward
Evamelo Oleita, Co-founder and Youth Organizer, Black Lives Matter in All Capacities; Member, President’s Youth Council, The Skillman Foundation
Moderator: Angelique Power, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Skillman Foundation
Host: The Skillman Foundation 
Location: Grand Pavilion 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Brunch

Sponsor: Comerica
Location: Parlor

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Refreshments

Sponsor: Enbridge
Location: Parlor

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Conference Open

Speakers: Sandy K. Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber
Matt Elliott, President, Bank of America Michigan; Chair, 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference
Location: Theatre  

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Welcome

Speaker: Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, State of Michigan
Location: Theatre 

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

General Session

Location: Theatre

1:15 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

A Conversation with Brian Moynihan

Speaker: Brian Moynihan, Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America
Sponsor: Business Leaders for Michigan
Location: Theatre 

1:50 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

General Sessions

Location: Theatre

2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Break

2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

Sponsor: Plunkett Cooney
Location: Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor 

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

General Sessions

Location: Theatre

4:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: Mike Duggan

Introduction: Cindy Pasky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Staffing Solutions 
Speaker: Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
Sponsor: Strategic Staffing Solutions 
Location: Theatre 

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Grand Event

Sponsors: CGI Technologies, Detroit Medical Center, EY, Hollywood Casino at Greektown, Kroger
Location: Esther Williams Swimming Pool Terrace 

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Women and Leadership Reception

Sponsor: Rocket Companies
Location: The Lilac Room, Esther Williams Pool House 

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Services

6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row Open

*Breakfast available 6-9 a.m.

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Rocket Companies Government Center Open

*Government Officials Only

UPS Business Center Open

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room
*Credentialed Media Only

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Conference Registration Open

Location: Garden Terrace

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Coffee

Location: MHA Bar

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

PAC Reception Ticket Sales

Location: Parlor

8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Alternative Theatre Session Viewing

Location: Brighton Pavilion, Parlor

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Refreshments

Sponsor: Priority Health
Location: Parlor

8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Alternative Theatre Session Viewing

Location: Parlor 

Programming and Events

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Coffee and Tea with Michigan Health and Hospital Association

Location: MHA Bar

Advancing Criminal Justice Reform and Economic Development with Public-Private Partnerships

Host: Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Location: Brighton Pavilion

Increasing Equity and Quality of Living Through Mobile Solutions

Mobile solutions to everyday problems open new markets and create efficiencies. This session will explore how mobile innovation can be used to deliver services like oral health care, enhance animal welfare, and bring education to the homes and neighborhoods of low-income populations and individuals with transportation challenges.

Panelists: Maggie Lancaster, Chief Executive Officer, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Matt Pepper, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Humane
Joe Provenzano, Mobility Director, Ford Fund
Moderator: Margaret Trimer, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Delta Denta
Host: Delta Dental
Location: Grand Pavilion

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Conference Open

Speakers: Sandy K. Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber 
Matt Elliott, President, Bank of America Michigan; Chair, 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference
Location: Theatre 

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 p.m.

A Conversation with Liz Cheney

Speaker: Liz Cheney, Former U.S. Representative
Location: Theatre

10:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

General Sessions

Location: Theatre

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch

Sponsor: Michigan State Housing Development Authority
Location: Parlor 

The Detroit Region’s Fierce Competition for Talent

Host: Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Location: Brighton Pavilion 

How Employers Can Help Alleviate Today’s Child Care Challenges

Employers can play a more active role in eliminating child care challenges to be more competitive and improve employee experience for current and potential workers. This session with Kalsec will explore its innovative approach to overcome this challenge for employers and employees alike. 

Panelists: Timothy Bartik, Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Scott Nykaza, Former Chief Executive Officer, Kalsec
Martha Todd, Owner and Board Chairman, Kalsec
Moderator: Terrah Opferman, Managing Director and Michigan Region Manager, Commercial Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

Host: JPMorgan & Chase Co.
Location: Grand Pavilion 

1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

General Sessions

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Popcorn Break

Sponsor: Incite Analytics
Location: Gallery 

3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: Gretchen Whitmer

Speaker: Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, State of Michigan
Introduction and Interviewer: Daniel J. Loepp, President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Location: Theatre 

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

PAC Reception: A Toast to Michigan

Speakers: Winnie Brinks, Senate Majority Leader, State of Michigan
Matt Hall, House Minority Leader, State of Michigan
Aric Nesbitt, Senate Minority Leader, State of Michigan
Joe Tate, Speaker of the House, State of Michigan
Sponsor: DTE 
Location: Brighton Pavilion 

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Happy Hour

Sponsor: General Motors 
Location: The General Motors House 

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

On the Island. Off the Record.

Speakers: Nolan Finley, Contributor One Detroit and DPTV; Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News
Stephen Henderson, Executive Advisor, BridgeDetroit; Host, Detroit Today and American Black Journal
Sponsor: Dow
Location: Tea Garden Tent 

Friday, June 2, 2023: Departure

6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Media Row Open

*Breakfast available 6-9 a.m.

7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

ITC Media Center Open

Location: Terrace Room
*Credentialed Media Only

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Coffee

Location: MHA Bar

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