9th Annual Detroit impact Conference

Schedule of Events

11 AM - 7 PM

*Panelist Continuously Updated*

History of Detroit

Hear from Bill Pringle of the Detroit Historical Society as he sets the stage for the conference and enlightens us all on how Detroit's evolution.


Wendy Lewis Jackson

Managing Director of the Kresge Foundation

Wendy Lewis Jackson is managing director for the Detroit Program. She co-leads The Kresge Foundation’s efforts to revitalize Detroit and to strengthen its social and economic fabric. Her work supports organizations providing economic opportunity for low-income people and addresses the needs of vulnerable children and families.

Prior to joining Kresge in 2008, Wendy was a program director for Children and Family Initiatives and executive director for education initiatives at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in Grand Rapids, Mich. She taught at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., and has co-authored and assisted in the publication of several reports and publications that address community needs and problem solving.

Wendy is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States; the Association of Black Foundation Executives named her an Emerging Leader in 2008. Wendy earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the University of Michigan. She also holds a master’s degree in social work from U-M, with a concentration in community organization and social policy and planning.

Entrepreneur Talks

Listen to Detroit entrepreneurs share how they have developed and continue to run their businesses and how creating ideas in Detroit has helped them on their journey.

Armond Harris

Co-Owner, Jabs Gym

Dr. Paul Thomas

Owner, Plum Health DPC

Michelle Smart

Founder, Bags to Butterflies

Impact Projects Lunch

Enjoy a delicious lunch catered by slows and have the opportunity to hear from our numerous impact teams on how they help contribute to and transform local organizations during this current school year.

Affordable Housing and the Rising Activist Developer

Explore the intersection of inclusion and development--namely affordable housing and developing on behalf of community members who might otherwise be marginalized by the city’s increasing popularity.

Moderated by Michael Alan Williams

Special Assistant to the President of the of the Kresge Foundation


Lauren Hood

Founder, Deep Dive Detroit

James Feagin

Founder, Projects+People

Chase L. Cantrell

Founder, Building Community Value

The Role of Government in inclusive development

A panel discussion on how the government aims to create programs and policies meant to ensure that as many people as possible can participate in Detroit's growth.

Donald Rencher

Director of Housing & Revitalization

City of Detroit

Alexa Bush

Senior City Planner

City of Detroit

Mario Morrow Jr.

2nd Vice Chair and Secretary

District 2 Business Roundtable

Debate: Revitalization or Gentrification

The culminating speakers will debate the pros and cons of Detroit's growth. Is this ultimately good for the city? Why or why not?


Sarida scott

Executive Director

Community Development Advocates of Detroit

Peter Allen


Peter Allen & Associates

Lecturer at the University of Michigan

Laura Grannemann

Vice President

Strategic Investments

Quicken Loans

Lily Hamburger

Director of Small Business Attraction

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Ezekiel Harris

Executive Director

Mack Avenue Community Church

Ja'Net Defell

Lead Developer



Adult beverages provided for those 21 and over.

Detroit Night Life

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