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Talent? Infrastructure? Panelists to Tackle Key Areas for Michigan’s Future Prosperity

In recent years, Michigan has enjoyed a growing economy, increased investment, and job creation. Continuing that upward trajectory, however, involves creative collaboration to solve some of the state’s most pressing issues. On Thursday, May 31, the panel, Is Michigan Prepared? Challenges and Opportunities for Future Growth will feature top leaders from business and philanthropy to discuss the areas hindering Michigan’s competitiveness: an educated workforce, failing infrastructure, and a lack of reliable transit. These issues are critical to address now and in the long-term to position Michigan as a top 10 state.


  • Tonya Allen, President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation
  • Birgit Klohs, President and CEO, The Right Place Inc.
  • Patti Poppe, President and CEO, Consumers Energy
  • Suzanne Shank, Chairwoman and CEO, Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. LLC

Moderator: Rick Albin, Political Reporter, WOOD TV