Revitalization & Business Initiative

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R&B hosts an annual two-day capstone conference featuring prominent industry and city leaders and entrepreneurial change agents. The conference examines how business issues contribute to Detroit’s progress and transformation through vibrant speakers, in-depth panel discussions, and an interactive, fast-faced IdeaLab co-hosted by Model D Media. This year’s event, Detroit SHIFT, will take place on January 19-20 in Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Conference Agenda

19jan 2012

Taubman Center, College for Creative Studies Detroit, MI(460 W Baltimore in Midtown Detroit)(Contact for tickets)


Cocktail Reception

Welcome from Revitalization & Business

  • Club Co-Presidents Stephanie Simon and Grant Hughes

Dinner (buffet)

Introductory Remarks

  • William Jones, Jr., CEO Focus:HOPE
  • Bob Paul, CEO Compuware

Keynote Address

  • Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans Inc.
Conference Agenda

20jan 2012

Ross School of Business,
University of Michigan(Find Location)


Continential Breakfast

Keynote Kickoff (Location: Blau Auditorium)

  • Introduction from Dean Alison Davis-Blake
  • Tony Goldman, Chairman and CEO, Goldman Properties
  • Toby Barlow, Chief Creative Officer, Team Detroit
  • Joint audience Q&A with Goldman and Barlow

Coffee break and transition time


Art + Soul of Detroit: Investing in the Creative Economy(Location: R1210)

  • Jennifer Guerra, Arts & Culture Reporter/Producer Michigan Radio


  • Phillip Cooley, Owner of Pony Ride & Founder of Slow’s BBQ
  • Bethany Beltzer, Associate Director, Detroit Creative Corridor Center
  • Dante Marshall, Founder, Art Direction
  • Cezanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries, ArtServe Michigan

Edible Detroit - How a Culture of Food is Shaping Detroit’s Economy(Location: R1220)

  • Randall Fogelman - Vice President of Business Development, Eastern Market


  • Jess Daniel – Founder & Coordinator, FoodLab Detroit
  • Amanda Muselli – Whole Foods Detroit Community Liaison
  • Jackie Victor – Founder, Avalon International Breads
  • Kenyetta Hairston-Bridges – Business Development Manger, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Incubating Entrepreneurship(Location: R2210)

  • Ganesh "Ananth" Ananthasubramaniam, Vice President, DTE Energy Ventures
  • Bryan Kunka, Co-Founder and CEO, PicketReport
  • Jacob Cohen, Vice President, Detroit Venture Partners
  • Reid Tatoris, Co-Founder, Are You a Human?
  • Ocie Irons, Director of Entrepreneurial Programming, Tech Town

Place-(re)making & the Rebuilding of Corktown, Midtown, and Downtown Detroit(Location: R2220)

  • John Mogk, J.D.: Wayne State University Law School


  • Sue Mosey – President, Midtown Detroit., Inc
  • Ernie Zachary – Founder and President, Zachary Associates
  • David Blaszkiewicz – CEO, Downtown Detroit Partnership, President, Invest Detroit
  • Lou Glazer, President and Co-Founder, Michigan Future, Inc.
  • [Malik Goodwin: VP, DEGC]

Lunch and Lunchtime Remarks(Location: Colloquium on the 6th floor of Ross)

  • Annis Brown – Executive Director, Teach for America - Detroit

IdeaLab (Location: Blau Auditorium)

  • Introduction: Phil Cooley, Owner of Pony Ride & Founder of Slow’s BBQ

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