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Upcoming Events, Leadership Summits and Forums

Business Leaders for Michigan annually hosts events to support and foster dialogue and shape ideas surrounding Michigan’s economic future.  Our signature events include our Leadership Summits, which have assembled experts and leaders in the fields of business, community, education and policy.  The topics covered vary from economic growth, public sector efficiency, state competitiveness to proper management of state finances. 


March 2014 Leadership Summit: Building a New Michigan

Thank you to everyone who attended our BLM Leadership Summit: Building a New Michigan on March 10th.


Below you'll find information and materials from the event.  We will be adding additional photos and videos as they become available.


Download a pdf copy of the agenda



Download Southwest Michigan First's Transformation Agenda Booklet
(Booklet William Parfet discussed during presentation)

For more information, contact Jennifer Hayes at or by calling 313-259-5400.

2013 Michigan CEO Summit

Thank you for attending our second annual Michigan CEO Summit at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit.

Materials and videos from the Summit are available below.

Below is a highlights video of the event:

Click here to view additional videos from the Summit 

Click here for photos from the Summit

Click here to view the BLM 2013 Economic Competiveness Report online

Doug Rothwell's Presentation Slides

Download the Daniel Burrus Hard Trend Report

Download the press release

Download the event agenda



March 2013 Leadership Summit: Building a New Michigan

Thank you to everyone who attended our BLM Leadership Summit: Building a New Michigan on March 11th. 

Below you'll find information and materials from the event.  We will be adding additional photos and videos as they become available.  

Download the event agenda

Download the A New Michigan: The 2013 Report on Michigan’s Progress in Six Opportunities

Download the press release from the event


View Videos From The Event Here...

View Photos From The Event Here...




May 2012 Leadership Summit: Growing a Higher Education Marketplace 

Materials from the BLM Leadership Summit: Growing a Higher Education Marketplace on May 7th are available below.

Highlights of the May Higher Education Summit

Photo Gallery

Video Gallery

Download the full agenda


Download BLM Higher Education Proposal


Download Higher Education Articles

Download Patrick Doyle's remarks

 Download slides from Patrick Doyle's remarks

Download the press release 


Regional Leadership Forum Materials

This year, Business Leaders for Michigan Board members hosted 12 Regional Leadership Forums in different regions across the state.  At these Forums, local community and business leaders engaged in a discussion about what’s been accomplished in the Michigan Turnaround Plan to date, what work still needs to be done, and how they can be a part of  our “New Michigan” strategy to grow up to 500,000 new jobs in our state .  We are excited by the feedback and support that we’ve received from each region and look forward to working with our local leaders to turn Michigan around!

We’d like to extend a special thanks to everyone who hosted or attended a Regional Leadership Forum this year.

Please feel free to share these documents and links with friends, family and coworkers to encourage them to be a part of Michigan's turnaround.

Michigan Turnaround Plan website

2012 Michigan Turnaround Plan/New Michigan booklet

Video: Building a New Michigan

My Michigan Turnaround Plan "To Do" list

My New Michigan Community Action Plan


March 2012 Michigan CEO Summit

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Michigan CEO Summit.

View our 2012 Michigan CEO Summit Photo and Video Galleries below:

Photo Gallery

Video Gallery


For more information, contact Jennifer Hayes at 313-259-5400 or


June 2011 Leadership Summit

At the June Leadership Summit: Getting Michigan Competitive, Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) released its annual Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report comparing Michigan against other states. While strides have been made in recent months to right Michigan’s economic ship and state business leaders are seeing a glimmer of hope for a stronger economy, Michigan’s competitiveness position vis-à-vis other states will continue to require work.

Findings of the study were unveiled before a gathering of more than 300 Michigan business, civic and community leaders convened in Lansing for a half-day session specifically focused on Michigan’s position relative to key economic benchmarks. Nationally recognized experts and local business executives provided context on the measurements and insight on the steps Michigan needs to take to propel its economy forward.

The annual report offers a robust assessment of Michigan’s economic position relative to other states and nations, and is used by BLM to prepare and update its Michigan Turnaround Plan. The Michigan Turnaround Plan contains strategies aimed at making Michigan a top ten state for economic growth and job creation.   The full report is available for download by clicking here.


Regional Leadership Forum

Each year BLM board members host Regional Leadership Forums in regions all over the state.  We’ll be convening regional opinion leaders again in the spring 2012. 

If you’re interested in learning more information about these forums or would like to attend one, drop us a line