Mackinac Conference Theme: Invest in Future—Now

If there is one resounding theme coming from the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2008 Leadership Policy Conference on Mackinac Island this year, it is the recognition—by business leaders and legislators alike—that a return by Michigan to economic vitality tomorrow will happen only if sound decisions are made today.

And that includes engaging, inspiring and educating future generations of leaders, thinkers and professionals in new and emerging industries.

Keynote speaker Carly Fiorina spoke of the need for this country to harness the brainpower and strengths of everyone; celebrating and mentoring what each and every one of us has to offer and contribute. At the same time, we must adapt and change our way of thinking and doing business; something that is hard for many.

Especially significant this year has been the presence of Fusion—the Detroit Chamber’s young professionals organization who formally and publicly shared their desire, during the Big 4, hosted by Paul W. Smith on WJR, to be a part of the process and the solution.

No one has all of the answers. It is going to take every one of us to envision and affect positive change, realizing that despite our geographic home region or political preference, we are all in this together—for better or worse.