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2019 Michigan CEO Summit

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

8:00am - 2:00pm

Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226

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Michigan's Future Is Now

For the past decade, BLM has championed economic and policy objectives that advance Michigan's economic growth. Find out what's worked well, what remains to be done, and how our state can continue its trajectory toward becoming a "Top Ten" state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy.

Doug Rothwell

President & CEO

Business Leaders for Michigan

Is Michigan Recession Ready?

Our state has made tremendous economic gains since the Great Recession. But will the many fiscal and policy changes we've made be sufficient to help us weather future downturns? What more can we do to safeguard Michigan's economy?

Aditya Bhave

Vice President & Global Economist

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research

Gabe Ehrlich

Director, Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics

University of Michigan

Rachael Eubanks

State Treasurer

State of Michigan


Daniel Howes

Columnist & Associate Business Editor

The Detroit News

Keynote: The Pizza (R)evolution

As the largest pizza chain in the world approaches its 60th anniversary in business, the velocity of change has been unstoppable. From robot deliveries to competitors new, old and unknown, hear directly from the man who has been at the helm for just over a year now. Ritch Allison will share how a legacy company stays fresh and competitive – and why he’s decided robots will never make his pizza.

Ritch Allison

Chief Executive Officer


Here Come the Zs: Effective Multigenerational Communications in the Workplace

Rapid technological innovation and cultural change have drawn bright lines between different generations of employees. How do successful companies create a dynamic work environment among team members, and what does the newest, freshest talent want in a workplace?

Whitney Eichinger

Vice President, Communications

Bedrock & Rock Ventures

Julie Lodge-Jarrett

Chief Talent Officer

Ford Motor Company

Amy Klimek

Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources

Wolverine Worldwide


Dustin Walsh

Senior Reporter

Crain's Detroit Business

The Untapped Workforce

Returning citizens offer a strong labor pool, thanks to rehabilitation programs in Michigan's correctional facilities. Hear how you can recruit and work with this underutilized population of workers.

Heidi Washington


Michigan Department of Corrections

The Future is in Your Hands - And Your Voice

Artificial intelligence is changing how we live and how business is done. Learn what's possible and how you can capitalize on the future of this powerful technology.

David Allard, M.D.

Chief Medical Information Officer

Henry Ford Health System

Jeanine Heck

Vice President, AI & Discovery Product


Rich Pople

AI/ML & Platform Server Director, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Center, IT Global Data, AI & Analytics Services

General Motors Company


Christy McDonald

One Detroit Anchor

Detroit Public Television

The Reality of Retail

As customers, we want what we want, and we want it now. With the retail landscape changing rapidly, how does a consumer giant adapt to buyer demands while competing digitally and retaining an authentic corporate culture? Craig Menear comes home to Michigan to reflect on 20+ years at Home Depot and how his roots help guide the company's leadership.

Craig Menear

Chairman, CEO & President

The Home Depot


Christy McDonald

One Detroit Anchor

Detroit Public Television

The Michigan CEO Summit is open to anyone interested in attending the event. The event typically attracts business, community, policy and opinion leaders from around the state.

The registration fee for the Summit is $150 and must be pre-paid by credit card or check. The fee covers your Summit materials and admittance to the event. It also includes breakfast and lunch at the event. The fee does not cover travel, hotel accommodations, or parking.

Credit card payments are processed via PayPal on behalf of Business Leaders for Michigan. You do not need a PayPal account to register or to process credit card payments.

Upon registering, you will receive an email confirming that your registration is complete. If you pay via credit card, you will also receive an email from PayPal confirming your payment.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
Cancellation requests must be received by Business Leaders for Michigan by 5:00pm on Friday, October 4, 2019 to be eligible for a refund. A cancellation fee of $25 will be deducted from your payment. After Friday, October 4, 2019, refunds will not be provided; however, registration may be transferred to another individual. Transfer requests must be received by Business Leaders for Michigan by 5:00pm on Monday, October 21, 2019 to be eligible for a transfer.

Attendee List
Approximately 30 days before the Summit, Business Leaders for Michigan will post the list of attendees.

Permission Policy
By registering for the Michigan CEO Summit, participants grant permission to Business Leaders for Michigan to use photos and videos taken at the Summit on the BLM website, in its social media channels, and in collateral materials used for future events, all without further authorization, consent or compensation.

Media Credential Policy
Business Leaders for Michigan values its relationships with members of the working media. That is why we seek to ensure reporters have adequate space for gathering information at summits, conferences and events.

For those reasons, we grant media credentials only to working journalists from bona fide newsgathering outlets. These include publicly read newspapers and news services (either print or online) and radio and television stations. Bloggers and podcasters are not classified as members of the working media at this time.

We define a “working journalist” as someone employed by an independent media outlet in one or more of the following capacities:

Freelance writers must present proof that they have been retained by a bona fide newsgathering outlet for the express purpose of covering the event. Credentials will not be granted to non-editorial staff (e.g., business managers, sales teams).

Independent media outlets are:
    -Published primarily for the dissemination of news
    -Regularly issued, and
    -Editorially independent of any political, governmental, commercial, or special interest group. Applicants who report for newsletters or other publications for such groups are not considered working media.

Business Leaders for Michigan reserves the right to deny or revoke media credentials for any reason.

Cameras and Video
Video cameras and recording devices by credentialed media are permitted by prior arrangement with BLM staff. Business Leaders for Michigan reserves the right to ask a reporter with a camera to leave the event at any time.

Photographers are welcome to take photographs at BLM events, but must not use a flash.

If you have any questions about the Summit, please contact Courtney Masiarczyk at 313-259-5400 or courtneym@businessleadersformichigan.com.

Media Registration

Business Leaders for Michigan welcomes members of the media to attend the event at no charge. Please pre-register and bring your credentials to the event; you will be asked to present them at check-in and display them during the event.


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