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Top Ten Talk

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

8:30am - 12:00pm

Lansing Center

333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48933

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Top Ten Talk

Where is Michigan? Anyone can find the mitten hand on a map, but do you know where our economy stands, relative to our competitors? Where do we rank in terms of educational attainment, and quality of our infrastructure? We have to know where we stand before we can come together on solutions to improve and accelerate our status.

Join Business Leaders for Michigan to find out where we stand on 50 different indicators, and the direction we’re headed. Should we reverse our course? Can we? Join the Top Ten Talk on February 3 in Lansing to hear the facts, react and analyze with us. We’ll also reveal our new strategic plan, designed to take Michigan to new and better destinations.

Michigan's Road to Top Ten

Where do we stand? We've benchmarked Michigan's performance on almost every indicator possible. Doug will share where we landed on key data points and touch on how the challenges identified by this research could undermine Michigan's prosperity. To spur action addressing these challenges, Doug will walk through priority recommendations of BLM's data-based strategic plan: Michigan's Road to Top Ten.

Doug Rothwell

President & CEO

Business Leaders for Michigan

Winning Strategies from Top Ten States

Ten states currently perform above the rest on key indicators of success: jobs, GDP, personal income and population. Knowing the strategies of your competitors is key to improvement. So for 3 of those states, we've brought together the leaders of business leadership organizations to pick their brains. What strategies have worked, and what can Michigan's leaders do that will have the most meaningful impact for short- and long-term growth? Learn what has catapulted Massachusetts, Washington and Minnesota to the top of the pack.

JD Chesloff

Executive Director

Massachusetts Business Roundtable

Steve Mullin


Washington Roundtable

Charlie Weaver

Executive Director

Minnesota Business Partnership

The Importance of Being Top Ten and Business Climate Rankings

What do large employers look for when they're choosing a new site? Out of 50 states, what indicators do they use to narrow it down? For a decade Ron Starner has been helping global & national companies navigate these decisions, as well as ranking states on their attraction abilities. This is a rare opportunity for insight into Ron's expertise and the advice he gives to companies when making key location decisions.

Ron Starner

Executive Vice President

Conway Inc./Site Selection Magazine

Interview with BLM's new Chair: Gerry Anderson

He's been Newsmaker of the Year for Crain's Detroit Business, WXYZ & the Detroit News, and now he is BLM's Board Chair for the next two years. At DTE, Gerry has been a forward-thinking leader, increasing focus on clean energy as well as increasing the company's philanthropic contribution to the Detroit region. Gerry will talk about his vision for BLM as we start a new decade.

Gerry Anderson

Executive Chairman

DTE Energy

Top Ten Talk is hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) and is open to anyone interested in attending the event. Likely attendees will include business, community, policy and opinion leaders from around the state.

The registration fee is $50 and must be pre-paid by credit card or check. The fee covers your event materials and admittance to the event. It also includes a continental breakfast. 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 Monday, January 6, 2020 to be eligible for a refund. A cancellation fee of $20 will be deducted from your payment. After Monday, January 6, 2020, 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, January 20, 2020 to be eligible for a transfer.

Attendee List

Approximately two weeks before the event, Business Leaders for Michigan will post the list of attendees.

Permission Policy

By registering for Top Ten Talk, participants grant permission to Business Leaders for Michigan to use photos and videos taken at the event 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 Top Ten Talk, please contact Courtney Masiarczyk at 313-259-5400 or courtneym@businessleadersformichigan.com.

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