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Broadcast Schedule - MiVote Mackinac


Wednesday June 1  |  Thursday June 2  |  Friday June 3





Wednesday June 1


Risk Takers: Kids Reap Rewards When Leaders Leave Comfort Zones to Drive Detroit Schools Reform (Web Only)

Tonya Allen, President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation
John Rakolta Jr., Chairman and CEO, Walbridge

In March 2015, the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren released its "Choice is Ours" report, which recommended reforms to improve Detroit's broken education landscape. Since then, the independent coalition of diverse Detroit stakeholders' including business, nonprofit and community leaders, clergy, parents and educators' fought to pass Senate legislation that would address school debt, restore local control, and establish a Detroit Education Commission. The unlikely relationships built throughout the process were critical to the progress made to date. What role can Detroit businesses play in strengthening the city's schools and ensuring a strong workforce for future generations?


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Opening Remarks

Christy McDonald, MiWeek host, kicks off MiVote Mackinac's coverage of the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference

Dennis Archer Jr., President, Archer Corporate Services; Chair, 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference

Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

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Governor's Welcome

Speaker: Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

Gov. Snyder kicks off the 2016 Conference, setting the stage for the important statewide conversation to take place throughout the three days of main stage programming and welcoming attendees to engage in Michigan's continued reinvention.

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Keynote Address: Brian David Johnson

As the futurist in residence at Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination, Brian David Johnson, former futurist for Intel, will provide insights on technology disruption leading to business opportunities and new models for business growth. He will also challenge leaders to imagine what tomorrow will look like in Michigan and think about an actionable vision for the state's future.

Interviewer: Lou Anna Simon, President, Michigan State University


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The Internet of Things: Opportunities and Obstacles in a Connected World

Rick DeVos, Founder and CEO, Start Garden/Seamless
Rob Huber, Vice President, Innovation and Ventures, Faurecia
Bryan Jones, CEO, JR Automation
Brian Steketee, CEO and Founder, Modustri

Moderator: Tom DeVries, Principal, Thoughtfull

The Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing the world around us. As the undisputed leader in designing, creating and manufacturing the things that make the world move, Michigan is uniquely positioned to lead the next phase of development for millions of next-generation, connected products. This panel will feature experts in the manufacturing, automotive and tech startup sectors, who will discuss the current landscape of IoT and the opportunities it presents for Michigan.


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Keynote Address: Dan Ammann

Entering the mobility era, the automotive industry is set to experience more change in the next five years than it saw in the past 50. With General Motors shifting its mobility strategy into high-gear, GM President Dan Ammann will provide insight on the convergence of the automotive industry and technology in pursuit of the connected vehicle, the future of next-generation mobility and the role of ride-sharing startups such as Lyft.

Daniel Howes
, Columnist and Associate Business Editor, The Detroit News


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The Convergence of Auto and Technology: The Impact on Michigan's Economy

Gary Peters, Senator, U.S. Senate
Ted Serbinski, Managing Director, Techstars Mobility
Matthew Simoncini, President and CEO, Lear Corp.
Ken Washington, Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Co.

Moderator: KC Crain Jr., Executive Vice President, Director of Corporate Operations, Crain Communications Inc.

As the pursuit of the driverless vehicle intensifies, the automotive industry is faced with new challenges and disruption and must be more nimble to position itself for long-term success. A panel of automotive, technology and government leaders will explore the rapidly evolving and converging world of the automotive and technology industries and the steps Michigan can take to adapt to this transformation.


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Mackinac Moment

Speaker: Mona Hanna-Attisha, Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Hurley Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University


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A One-on-One Conversation with Dan Gilbert and Dennis Archer Jr.

Dennis Archer Jr., President, Archer Corporate Services; Chair, 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference
Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures


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Keynote Address: Mike Duggan

Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit


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MiWeek Special - MiVote Mackinac Wrap-Up

Christy McDonald hosts the evening wrap-up show with MiWeek contributors Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson


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Thursday June 2, 2016


Welcome / Opening Remarks

Christy McDonald hosts coverage of the Mackinac Policy Conference 2016

Speaker: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber


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2015 To-Do List Results

Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte; Chair, Detroit Regional Chamber


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Pitch Mackinac

The state's entrepreneurial spirit comes alive on Michigan's Center Stage in a pitch competition featuring startups from Detroit and Grand Rapids. The companies will pitch their business plan to a panel of expert judges, including Mackinac keynote speaker Daymond John of ABC's "Shark Tank."

Anthony Hatinger, Co-founder, Detroit Ento
Theodore Kozerski, Co-founder, Detroit Ento
Matt Gira, Co-founder, Fathom
Danny Vessells, Co-founder, Fahtom


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Mackinac Moment

Speaker: Joel Kahn, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University; Author, "Dead Execs Don't Get Bonuses"


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The Value of Defense: Protecting and Growing Michigan's Assets

Brian Calley, Lt. Governor, State of Michigan
Keith Johnson, President, ThermoAnalytics Inc.
Charles Perham, Executive Associate, Matrix Design Group
Debbie Stabenow, Senator, U.S. Senate
Gary Whited, President, General Dynamics Land Systems

Nolan Finley
, Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News

Sometimes overlooked, Michigan's defense assets create jobs and revenue in communities throughout the state. As a leader in defense contract procurement, and innovative technologies shared between the automotive and military industries, the state remains vulnerable if certain assets were to be reassigned or eliminated. Recognizing the economic impact of the industry, panelists will explore opportunities to grow and leverage the state's defense assets to boost economic opportunities for Michigan businesses in the defense and homeland security sectors.


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Keynote Address: Ron Fournier

Best-selling author and senior political columnist Ron Fournier will draw on his work reporting on the White House, Congress, and both political parties to offer insight on national politics and the political landscape heading into the November presidential election.


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Increasing the Bottom Line: Why Michigan Businesses Are Investing in Early Childhood Development

Kenyatta Brame, Executive Vice President, Cascade Engineering
Richard DeVore, Regional President, Detroit and Southeast Michigan, PNC Bank
Ronald Hall Jr., President and CEO, Bridgewater Interiors
Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation
Joe Scantlebury, Vice President, Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Reporter, Bridge Magazine

Companies across Michigan are taking the lead with real success stories in adopting family-friendly strategies and programs and are showcasing the high return on investment in early childhood development, ensuring Michigan has an educated and skilled workforce. This session, co-hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, will discuss the role of business in early childhood education and development and the role of policy in improving conditions for children and families in Detroit and across Michigan.


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Mackinac Moment

Speaker: Soledad O'Brien, Award-Winning Journalist, Documentarian, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist


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Detroit: An Opportunity for Inclusion and Economic Prosperity

Remarks: Richard DeVore, Regional President, Detroit and Southeast Michigan, PNC Bank

Rev. Wendell Anthony, President, NAACP-Detroit
Xavier de Souza Briggs, Vice President, Economic Opportunity and Markets, Ford Foundation
Sheila Cockrel, President, Crossroads Consulting and Communications Group
Sebastian Jackson, Founder, The Social Club Grooming Co.

Moderator: Soledad O'Brien, Award-Winning Journalist, Documentarian, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

As the 50th anniversary of Detroit's historic summer of civil unrest in 1967 approaches and the city's revitalization continues, this panel will explore insights on lessons learned 50 years later and what steps the city can take to move forward inclusively through the lens of the Detroit Historical Society"s "Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward" project.


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Government and Philanthropy Working Together to Help Flint Recover and Rise

Brian Calley, Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan
Karen Weaver, Mayor, City of Flint
Ridgway White, President, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Moderator: Christy McDonald, “MiWeek” Anchor, Detroit Public Television


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Quality Schools: Building a Sustainable Funding Model for Education

Kati Haycock, CEO, The Education Trust
Michael Sentance, Consultant, Education Reform

Moderator: Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor, Detroit Free Press

Schools across the state are often challenged to meet a diversity of student populations and needs while also facing increased state and federal mandates, disproportionate student-to-teacher classroom sizes, and decreased revenue sharing. Drawing on best practices from programs across the country, a panel of national education experts will discuss how financially distressed school districts can adequately meet the needs of students without sacrificing quality of curriculum. Hear insights on how school districts that face increasing financial distress can provide adequate resources so that every child, no matter their background, is positioned for success in the 21st century.


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Keynote Address: Gov. Snyder

Introduction: Daniel Loepp, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Speaker: Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

Interviewer: Rick Albin, Political Reporter, WOOD TV

Michigan is the comeback state, with the tools and resources in place to build a stronger state for today and generations to come. The Governor will share his vision and priorities for pushing Michigan to the forefront as a national leader in effective, pragmatic policy to strengthen economic growth and development that continues the momentum well into the 21st century.


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Moving Toward a More Equitable Region: Creating Opportunity and Connecting People to Better Regional Transit Throughout Southeast Michigan

Michael Ford, CEO, Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan
Tracey Nichols, Director, Economic Development, City of Cleveland
Beth Osborne, President, Transportation for America Consulting; Former Acting Assistant
Secretary for Transportation Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation

Moderator: Laura Trudeau, Senior Advisor to the President, The Kresge Foundation

Thousands of Southeast Michigan residents lack access to jobs, economic opportunity, education, health, and other services because our region lacks a connected system of reliable regional transit that links destinations throughout Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Our region must provide more and better options for its people to get from place to place. Discover how Cleveland and other American cities put regional public transit to work and boosted their economy, and explore exciting aspects of the newly-launched Regional Transit Authority Master Plan and understand its potential to increase future investment, jobs and equity in our region and state.


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MiWeek Special - MiVote Mackinac Wrap-Up

Christy McDonald hosts the evening wrap-up show with MiWeek contributors Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson


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Friday June 3, 2016


Looking Ahead: National Politics and the 2016 Presidential Election Roundtable

This roundtable discussion will focus on several key issues facing Michigan and the nation that are important to the 2016 Presidential election, from aging infrastructure to urban policy. Leaders will take Michigan's Center Stage to provide opinions and analysis during a point-counterpoint session with national political pundits.

National Commentary:
Harold Ford Jr., Former U.S. Representative; Political Analyst, MSNBC and CNBC
Soledad O'Brien, CEO, Starfish Media Group

Business Leaders
Dennis Archer Sr., Chairman and CEO, Dennis Archer PLLC
John Rakolta Jr., Chairman and CEO, Walbridge

Congressional Leaders:
Bill Huizenga, U.S. Representative, State of Michigan
Dan Kildee, U.S. Representative, State of Michigan

Political Insiders:
Katie Packer, WWP Strategies and Burning Glass Consulting
Kelly Rossman-McKinney, CEO and Principal, Truscott Rossman

Moderator: Devin Scillian, Anchor, WDIV-TV 4, NBC


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2016 To-Do List

Dennis Archer Jr., President, Archer Corporate Services, Chair, 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference
Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan


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Conference Wrap Up with Detroit Public TV

Host: Christy McDonald, MiWeek Anchor, Detroit Public Television


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MiWeek Special - MiVote Mackinac Wrap-Up

Christy McDonald hosts the evening wrap-up show with Nolan Finlay and Stephen Henderson


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