The Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference will be keynoted by a variety of business and labor leaders who will discuss how to rebuild, reinvent and re-energize Michigan.

More than 1,500 Michigan leaders are expected to attend the event June 1-3, with official activities at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“This year’s conference has to address a total state recovery – east and west, business and government,” said ArvinMeritor chairman, CEO and president Chip McClure, chairman of the 2011 Mackinac conference. ”To address that challenge, we have created a CEO advisory committee with representation from around the state to leverage our experiences and deliver a conference focused on results. The 2011 conference will be a blueprint for our state, and for the nation, on how to rebuild.”

This year’s Conference will feature nationally recognized speakers including:

* James C. “Jim” Collins III, author of best-selling business books such as “Good to Great,” “Built to Last” and “How the Mighty Fall,” will discuss how fallen businesses and urban areas have found a path to recovery and how these lessons can be applied to re-build Michigan.
* Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School, a leading authority on competitive strategy, the competitiveness and economic development of nations, states, and regions. He will lead a session on how Michigan can re-invent itself to be more competitive.
* Geoffrey Canada, a social activist, educator and president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone who was prominently featured in “Waiting for Superman.” Canada believes cooperation is the vital component to turning things around and he will discuss how he re-energized the Harlem community with educational, social and medical services.
* Bob King, president of the United Auto Workers, known for his passionate beliefs in social and economic justice and the importance of a strong middle class. King will discuss how the UAW is partnering with the Detroit Three to make them competitive in these challenging economic times.

Each of these speakers will lead sessions with an emphasis on uniting Michigan’s business and government leaders to engage in discussions that will lead to action items to re-build, re-invent and re-energize Michigan.

Registration for the 2011 Conference is up 39 percent over last year at this time. Sponsorship progress is also ahead of previous years.

“The 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference keynote speakers include some of the nation’s brightest minds in government, economic strategy, education, and urban and business development,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “The conference will provide access to their how-to knowledge and ideas that Michigan’s business community will have the opportunity to leverage, as we collectively develop the roadmap to re-invent Michigan.”

This year’s conference has established an Advisory Committee to set the strategic direction for the conference, and provide high-level guidance on the vision and agenda of the conference.

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