The 2012 Conference
The 2012 Conference

The 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference, May 29 - May 31, is spurring a comprehensive dialogue this week on innovation, collaboration and the 21st century global market. Speakers and sessions focus on creating a globally competitive, financially attractive business environment in Michigan. The 2012 Conference brings together more than 1,500 attendees including Michigan’s top business professionals, government leaders, corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs and veteran regional champions.

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Download the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference Executive Summary

Click here to download the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference Executive Summary.

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2012 Mackinac Policy Conference Concludes with 2012 To-Do List

At the close of the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference on Thursday, May 31, Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah and CEO of Henry Ford Health System and 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference Chair Nancy Schlichting appeared live on DPTV to share the list of action items to be completed as a result of this year’s Conference discussions.

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2012 Conference Storyboard Recaps

New to the Conference this year, a storyboarder created a graphic representation of each session discussion as it took place. The resulting storyboards were displayed at the Grand Hotel throughout the week, compiling a visual picture of the Conference as a whole.  Special thank you to Julie Stuart, graphic facilitator, who provided the visual representations at the Conference.

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Conference Attendees Vote on Election Issues in Real Time During Debate Session

Conference attendees had the unique opportunity to participate in this afternoon’s debate session on Michigan’s most hot button issues.

During the session moderated by WWJ TV’s Carol Cain, Joseph Lehman, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and John Bayerl, science and technology teacher, Michael Berry Career Center and activist, Protect Our Jobs Campaign, debated whether Michigan should codify in our constitution its status as a union state or welcome the right to work initiative as many competitors have done.

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The ‘Fab Five’ Return to the 2012 Conference

As the theme of regional collaboration continues during the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference, the “Fab Five” were once again welcomed to the Conference stage today for one of the Conference’s most popular sessions.

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Thomas Friedman Headlines Closing Day of Mackinac Policy Conference

Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist, The New York Times and best-selling author delivered a keynote address at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference expanding on the lessons from his best-seller “That Used to be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back.” The three-time Pulitzer Prize winner discussed the impact of the global economy on the U.S. and Michigan’s future.

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Governor Snyder Defines Path to Michigan Success in Keynote Address

Following an introduction by President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Daniel J. Loepp, Governor Rick Snyder returned to the Mackinac Policy stage again today to help define the path Michigan needs to follow in order to become more globally and fiscally competitive, as well as highlight the indicators of a positive turnaround appearing throughout the state.

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BLM Paneled Session Conveys Importance of Entrepreneurship

William C. Ford Jr. returned to the Conference stage following his morning remarks as part of the Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) discussion on a new blueprint for Michigan and the 2012 Michigan Turnaround Plan (MTP).

Joining him on the panel were Mary Sue Coleman, president, University of Michigan; Mike Jandernoa, former chairman and CEO, Perrigo; and Hans-Werner Kaas, director, McKinsey & Company. Daniel Howes, business columnist and associate business editor, The Detroit News, moderated the session.

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Bill Ford Talks Urban Mobility and Global Gridlock

William C. Ford Jr. headlined a discussion at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference this morning focused on his vision for the future regarding urban mobility and global gridlock issues.

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Donna Brazile, Tucker Eskew, Harold Ford Jr. Provide 2012 Election Insight

Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. joined political strategists Donna Brazile and Tucker Eskew on the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference stage tonight for a session focused on the upcoming elections, bringing a national perspective to the 2012 Conference.

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DPTV Live Broadcast

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