Mary Culler

President, Ford Motor Company Fund & Director of Development, Michigan Central Station Revitalization


Introduction: Growth across industries

Sandy K. Baruah

President & CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

An introduction to the day's industry breakout sessions which provides a broad overview of developments which are creating a stronger, more diversified economy for Detroit.

MOBILITY Innovation & Investment

  • Kathryn Snorrason: Director, Planet M (Moderator)
  • Anver Aftab: Director, Future Product Strategy at GM
  • Shavon Edwards: Senior Strategist, Mobility Innovation at City of Detroit
  • Mitchell Rohde: CEO, Quantum Signal AI
  • Jeff Kinnelly: VP of Practices and Delivery at Integral

"big tech" and Community engagement

  • Cortnie Squirewell: Executive Director of Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement, Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Michigan (Moderator)
  • Chris Genteel: Director of Business Inclusion at Google
  • Warren Flood: Corporate Affairs Manager, Microsoft

HEALTHCARE Systems in detroit

CLEAN ENERGY Innovation & Access

Detroit STARTUP "TED Talks"

SMALL BUSINESS & Entrepreneurship

REAL ESTATE,  URBAN PLANNING, & the physical shape of the city


Plus information on additional community service, social, and professional networking opportunities from Let's Detroit!


Please note: all sessions outside of breakout sessions & lunch will take place at The Beacon.

8:30am   | Check-In Opens

9:15am   | Welcome from Conference Organizers

9:30am   | Keynote Address: Connecting Past, Present, and Future in Revitalization Efforts

10:15am | Breakout Session Introduction: Growth Across Industries in Detroit

11:00am | Industry Breakout Sessions: Part I

  • Mobility Innovation & Investment (located at The Beacon)
  • “Big Tech” and Intentional Community Engagement (located at Qzine)

12:00pm | Lunch & Impact Project Showcase (meal and showcase located at Qzine)

1:15pm   | Industry Breakout Sessions: Part II

  • Clean Energy Innovation & Access (located at The Beacon)
  • Healthcare Systems in Detroit (located at Qzine)
  • Startup “Ted Talks” (located at Bedrock HQ)

2:30pm   | Small Business & Entrepreneurship Panel

3:45pm   | Closing Panel: Envisioning Future Detroit - Real Estate, Urban Planning, and the Physical Shape of the City

5:00pm   | Closing Remarks from Conference Organizers


After the conference, please join us at the Detroit Beer Company from 5:30pm – 7:30pm for a reception to celebrate an engaging day of conversation and connections.

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