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Business Leaders for Michigan 2019 Michigan CEO Summit

Michigan Business Network
November 14, 2019 12:00 PM

business leadersBLM And Michigan CEOs were back to Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, November 5th.

After sharing the welcome on that Tuesday, Doug Rothwell, President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan shared a presentation Michigan’s Future Is Now.

dr blmThe remainder of that day was packed full of great information, discussion and insight on issues crucial to business in Michigan now, and looking ahead to the next decade.

The rest of the day included:

Global Economic Overview
Aditya Bhave, Vice President & Global Economist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research for a sesssion "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
Dr. Gabriel Ehrlich, Director, Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, University of Michigan
Rachael Eubanks, State Treasurer, State of Michigan
Moderator: Daniel Howes, Columnist & Associate Business Editor, The Detroit News

This was followed by a 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, attendees heard directly from the man who has been at the helm for just over a year now. Ritch Allison, Chief Executive Officer, Domino’s, who shared how a legacy company stays fresh and competitive – and why he’s decided robots will never make his pizza.

Here Come the Zs: Effective Multigenerational Communications in the Workplace was the set kicking off the later morning session. 
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
Moderator: 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
Heidi Washington, Director, 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, Comcast
Rich Pople, Director, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Center, General Motors Company
Moderator: Christy McDonald, One Detroit Anchor, Detroit Public Television

The Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Craig Menear, Chairman, CEO & President, The Home Depot 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 The Home Depot and how his roots help guide the company’s leadership.
Then Moderator: Christy McDonald, One Detroit Anchor, Detroit Public Television, got some more insight from Craig.

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