Model D Speaker Series: Focus on future of Detroit business

Bringing together Detroit's most creative and innovative entrepreneurs and business minds to showcase projects and ideas fueling the city's revitalization, this Model D Speaker Series event is sure to engage speakers and conference participants in a fast-paced, TED-style dialogue on Detroit business practice and promise.

On Friday, Jan. 21, the series heads to the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, (701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor).

Tom Stephens, vice chairman of General Motors, provides opening remarks and Execute Chairman of the Board for Ford Motor Company, William C. Ford Jr., delivers the keynote address.

The IdeaLab panel session will be held 12:30-2:30 p.m. and includes (pictured left, in order): community engagement specialists Jerry Paffendorf and Mary Lorene Carter of LOVELAND; Austin Black II, founder of City Living Detroit; a full-service real estate brokerage headquartered in Detroit's Midtown; internationally recognized muralist Charles "Chazz" Miller; Torya Blanchard, a creative social entrepreneur also in Midtown and other Detroit locations; and architect Gina Reichert of Design 99 and Power House Productions.

The impressive list goes on. All speakers, panelists and a full agenda and schedule can be found here.

The panel is moderated by Model D editor Walter Wasacz.

Conference admission is $15. Register here. 

Photo on homepage of wall at Russell Industrial Center courtesy of Werwin15
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