MPC20 Conversations: Respond and Rebuild

Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit Public TV launch new digital series inspired by the Mackinac Policy Conference


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MPC20 Conversations to feature Eugene Robinson, Andrew Yang, Harold Ford Jr., Gov. Whitmer, Mayor Duggan, and more.

DETROIT, MICH. (August 11, 2020) – Fulfilling the demand for statewide discussion on moving Michigan forward at this critical time, the Detroit Regional Chamber, in partnership with Detroit Public Television, is launching “MPC20 Conversations: Respond and Rebuild.”  This free digital series offers national and local speakers and dialogue, inspired by the tenor of conversation traditionally held at the Mackinac Policy Conference, every Wednesday, and most Fridays at 11 a.m., from Aug. 19 through Nov. 13.

Headliners throughout the 13-week series include Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Mayor Mike Duggan, along with national speakers such as Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, best-selling author Margaret Hoover, and political pundit Harold Ford Jr., who will also provide perspective.

“MPC20 Conversations will bring viewers, across Michigan and beyond, the type of public conversations that drive action around the crucial immediate and longer-term issues that will move our region and state’s prosperity forward,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “There has never been a more important time to hold discussions among the state’s top business, government, and civic leadership.”

Discussions will focus on Michigan’s COVID-19 response and economic recovery, the 2020 election, and racial justice and achieving equity.

“MPC20 Conversations will reflect on the challenges impacting Michiganders during the current economic, public health, and racial justice crises. In the face of ongoing adversity, the Chamber seeks to bring together statewide leaders to discuss these challenges,” said Ryan Maibach, president and CEO of Barton Malow Holdings, and Chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors.

The series will be livestreamed online via the Chamber ( and DPTV ( Additionally, DPTV will air recap segments on Sept. 17 and Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. on One Detroit.

“Detroit Public TV is honored to partner with the Detroit Regional Chamber for the 10th consecutive year to bring these crucial conversations to the widest possible audience,” said Rich Homberg, president and CEO of DPTV. “Even though these discussions are now taking place in virtual space instead of on Mackinac Island, they are just as important in setting the agenda for social policy and social justice for the diverse communities we serve – in fact, even more so considering the challenges posed by the many-sided crisis we currently face.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) is the presenting sponsor of MPC20 Conversations. There are 42 additional sponsors from the corporate and philanthropic community.

“MPC20 Conversations offers opportunities for discussions about the monumental issues facing our society,” said Daniel J. Loepp, president and CEO of BCBSM. “Considering the diverse viewpoints of these speakers and continuing the inclusive conversations will help our region and state emerge stronger with greater empathy and compassion.”

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