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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. 

Monday
Sep292014

MICHIGAN CEO SUMMIT - NOVEMBER 13, 2014

Register today for a fast-paced day of great information, great networking!

Thursday, November 13, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Westin Book Cadillac-Detroit
Admission - $125 (includes breakfast and lunch)

Download pdf version of event agenda

Register today by clicking here!

Agenda

Breakfast & Networking

The Accelerated Pace of Change in the Marketplace: Surviving & Thriving
There are many ways to move forward but one sure way to fall behind… complacency.  An experienced, global CEO shares what businesses can do to outperform their competition in today’s fiercely competitive marketplace.
Jeff Fettig, Chairman & CEO, Whirlpool Corporation 

Where does Michigan Rank? A Preview of the 2014 Economic Competitiveness Report 
Learn how Michigan stacks up to its competitors.  Are we thinking big enough to become a Top Ten state? Are we taking advantage of our greatest strengths? 
Doug Rothwell, President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan 

Are You Using Big Data to Fuel Innovation?
Companies that foster innovation tend to keep ahead of their competitors. To be truly innovative, you must be ready to “forecast the future.” Learn how to use “big data” to drive innovation in your company to the next level.  
James Hackett, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Steelcase, Inc. 

Growing Innovation through Collaboration 
Growing new products and services happens faster in environments that encourage creative thinkers to collaborate. This panel showcases how collaboration can occur at any level and how to benefit from it.  
Blake Krueger, Chairman, President & CEO, Wolverine World Wide – GRid70
Matt Clayson, Director, Detroit Creative Corridor Center 
Moderator: Mary Kramer, Publisher, Crain’s Detroit Business

How Successful Entrepreneurs Maintain Their Edge 
Hear how CEOs and entrepreneurs propel their businesses from startup to profit, from one stage of growth to the next, while navigating the changing demands of their customers.
Miles Jones, Co-Chairman, Dawn Food Products, Inc.
Florine Mark, President & CEO, Weight Watchers Group
William Pickard, Chairman & CEO, Global Automotive Alliance, LLC
Moderator: Nancy Kaffer, Columnist and Editorial Writer, Detroit Free Press

Getting Your Business Off the Ground 
Get the inside track on how to tackle the challenges of building your company from the ground up. 
Jaeson Brown, Partner & Founder, Root 4
Amy Proos, CEO, Proos Manufacturing
Brian Royster, Founder & CEO, AskSupportNow
Ryan Vaughn, Founder, Varsity News Network
Moderator: Sam Valenti III, Chairman, TriMas Corporation

Luncheon Speaker:  
What does Being Competitive in Today’s Global Economy Really Mean?
Get a clear understanding of global competition and why what’s going on in China and other countries matters to the U.S. and Michigan.
Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey Global Institute 
Moderator: Laurel Champion, General Manager-Southeast Michigan, MLive Media Group

Keynote Speaker:
Do You Know Who Your Competition is?
As more of your competition will come from non-traditional channels, your future competition may not be who you think it is.
Peter Diamandis, Chairman & CEO, XPRIZE Foundation and Executive Chairman, Singularity
Moderator: Daniel Howes, Business Columnist, Detroit News

Reception & Networking



Download pdf version of event agenda



If you have questions about the Summit, please contact Jennifer Hayes at 313-259-5400 or jenniferh@businessleadersformichigan.com

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Please join us in thanking our generous Michigan CEO Summit sponsors!  


"Made in Michigan" Lounge Sponsor:



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When registering for the event, if you wish to pay using a credit card simply select “Pay with PayPal” as your payment method.  When you enter the PayPal site, the first screen will give you an option to pay using a credit card. 

Monday
May052014

Regional Leadership Forum Materials 2014

This year, Business Leaders for Michigan Board members are hosting Regional Leadership Forums in different regions across the state.  At these Forums, local community and business leaders engage 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 growing more, good paying jobs in our state.  We are excited by the feedback and support that we are receiving 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 our hosts, partners and attendees for making the Regional Leadership Forums a success! Together, we will make Michigan a Top Ten state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy.

Below you will find the information shared at the forums.  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

2014 Michigan Turnaround Plan Booklet


At-a-glance: Michigan Turnaround Plan



The evolution of the Michigan Turnaround Plan



BLM "Who We Are"



PowerPoint Presentation: Compete. Invest. Grow. The 2014 Michigan Turnaround Plan

 

 

Tuesday
Dec102013

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
jenniferh@businessleadersformichigan.com or by calling 313-259-5400.
Tuesday
Dec032013

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

 

Thursday
Mar142013

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...

 

 

Wednesday
Mar212012

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 


Tuesday
Mar062012

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 jenniferh@businessleadersformichigan.com.

Monday
Jun202011

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.

Monday
Apr042011

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