Detroit Economic Club's Podcast

Detroit Economic Club's Podcast

Formed in 1934 as a platform for the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues. It is known internationally as a top speaking forum for prominent business, academic, and government officials, who address members and their guests at the Club's 35 meeting season. With more than 3,500 members, the DEC is a forum for vital issues. The DEC claims to have hosted every U.S. President since Richard Nixon and is ranked among the top speaking platforms in the world. The DEC is one of the most valued podiums for CEO's in the world and one of the top five executive speaking forums in America.


February 16, 2024 48 mins

The DEC hosted Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, February 14, at the Huntington Place in Detroit. In an exclusive meeting for DEC members and accompanied guests, the Governor shared remarks regarding her administration’s FY ’25 budget priorities. She was later joined on stage by U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen for a fireside chat.

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The DEC hosted Jerry Norcia on Tuesday, February 6, at the MotorCity Casino Hotel. In a conversation moderated by DEC Board Chair Sandy Pierce, Jerry discussed "Advancing the Energy Backbone of Michigan’s Economy – Utilizing all the Tools in the Toolbox" and answered questions from the audience.

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January 18, 2024 54 mins

The DEC hosted the 2024 Michigan Economic Outlook Meeting on Tuesday, January 16, at the MotorCity Casino Hotel. In a conversation moderated by Daniel Howes, Hilary Doe, Chief Growth Officer of the State of Michigan, Quentin L. Messer, Jr., CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Gabriel Ehrlich, Director of Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics at the University of Michigan, shared their insights and more.


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December 19, 2023 54 mins

The DEC hosted The Honorable Pat McCrory, Former North Carolina Governor (R) and No Labels National Co-Chair, and The Honorable Jay Nixon, Former Missouri Governor (D) and No Labels Ballot Integrity Project Director, on Wednesday, December 13, at The MotorCity Casino Hotel. In a fireside chat with The Detroit News' Kaitlyn Buss, the former governors discussed No Labels' plans and why they feel No Labels presents common sense soluti...

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The DEC hosted Santa J. Ono, President of the University of Michigan, on Wednesday, November 29, at The Masonic. In a fireside chat with WDIV-TV Local 4's Devin Scillian, President Ono discussed achievements, challenges, and opportunities he sees for partnership and growth with the region and community and answered questions from the audience.

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The DEC hosted Austan D. Goolsbee, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, on Tuesday, November 14, at The Masonic. In a fireside chat with Detroit Regional Chamber's Sandy K. Baruah, Austan discussed the economy, employment, and inflation and answered questions from the audience.

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November 6, 2023 52 mins

The DEC hosted Sara Armbruster, President & CEO of Steelcase Inc., and Bill Emerson, President & COO of Rocket Companies, on Thursday, November 2, at the Westin Book Cadillac. In a fireside chat with the DEC's Steve Grigorian, Sara and Bill discussed "Navigating the Return to Office" and answered questions from the audience.

This Future of Work Series meeting was presented in partnership with Detroit Public TV.

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Closing Keynote Powered by MotorCity Casino Hotel: A Conversation with Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist


Justin Remington


Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist
State of Michigan

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BREAKOUT SESSION: Leading at Any Level

Rising and elevating leaders of the now and the future have an opportunity to step into their potential by first seeing themselves as leaders as they navigate their careers, their business relationships and their growth. This session is designed to educate and empower leaders of their leadership potential, arming them with tools to combat challenges and exciting them to look forward to, and em...

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BREAKOUT SESSION: Bridging Corporate and Community: How to Leverage Your Skills, Talents, and Passions as Professionals to Create Positive Change

Corporations have large platforms to use when it comes to change. As young leaders, we need to use our voices to speak up on issues and topics that are important to us within our organizations. Millennials and Gen Zs comprise a majority of the workforce and employers are eager to hear fro...

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BREAKOUT SESSION: The Future is Yours... Go Get It!

Much of our professional success is determined by our willingness to put in the effort to achieve it. But what about those times when it seems like success is merely a product of dumb luck? Or when you have done everything it takes to be successful, but still come up short? The truth is, success typically falls somewhere between the two, and is oftentimes, a very personalized form...

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BREAKOUT SESSION: Secure Your Future and Michigan's by Succeeding in Detroit

Have you ever thought to yourself or been asked by someone else, “Why Detroit?” In this engaging presentation, we will answer that question with gusto. From unique small businesses, art galleries, specialty restaurants, and shops to world-renowned architecture and cultural institutions, historic neighborhoods, and unparalleled public spaces, Detroit is ful...

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BREAKOUT SESSION: From Idea to Execution

Goal setting is a fundamental process that empowers individuals to achieve their aspirations with purpose and efficiency. It involves outlining objectives and devising a strategic path to realize them. A systematic approach to goal setting enhances focus, motivation, and overall success. This abstract explores the 9 step-by-step methodology for effective goal achievement.

In conclusion, effe...

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BREAKOUT SESSION: Being Unapologetically Authentic

Conforming, code-switching, and cultural norms often prevent us from showing up as our best and most authentic selves at work. Being authentic, however, means that we have to also accept others' authenticity which can be both challenging and beneficial. Using current examples, we'll consider the positives and negatives of being true to ourselves and others.

Key Takeaways:

  • Eval...
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OPENING KEYNOTE: Scripting Your Future Through the Language of Influence

Everyone has a message. It might be a simple message for the moment, or a message that endures and influences for a lifetime. In fact, according to the Harvard Business Review, "The number one criteria for advancement and promotion of professionals is an ability to communicate effectively."

Your road to professional growth and success begins with the stones of...

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September 22, 2023 51 mins

The DEC hosted Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., on Wednesday, September 20, at MotorCity Casino Hotel. This exclusive meeting for DEC members and accompanying guests was the largest crowd since the pandemic.

In a fireside chat with Dennis Archer, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Sixteen42 Ventures, Jamie discussed JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s decade-long commitment to Detroit, as well as global financial and geopolitical issues...

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June 21, 2023 28 mins

Join us via Zoom as we focus on everyone’s favorite topic…your investments. We will ask John Lynch for three things to get excited about and three things to give you pause.


John Lynch
Chief Investment Officer
Comerica Wealth Management

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June 14, 2023 39 mins

The DEC hosted the 2023 Detroit Tigers at MotorCity Casino Hotel on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.

Tigers broadcasters Matt Shepard and Craig Monroe facilitated two lively roundtable discussions. Members heard from President of Baseball Operations Scott Harris and Manager A.J. Hinch as they shared their thoughts on the season. A players-only roundtable with Spencer Torkelson, Jake Rogers, and Kerry Carpenter followed. The always-fun meeti...

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The DEC hosted Robert Riney, President & CEO of Henry Ford Health, Ray Scott, President & CEO of Lear Corporation, and Dr. Tarek Sobh, President & CEO of Lawrence Technological University, on Thursday, May 11, at Ford Field. In a fireside chat with the DEC's Steve Grigorian, the panel discussed "Technology Impacts on Industry and How to Prepare Future Workers Now" and answered questions from the audience.

This meeting also included...

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May 2, 2023 21 mins

Join us via Zoom as we focus on everyone’s favorite topic…your investments. We will ask Jill Garvey for three things to get excited about and three things to give you pause.


Jill Garvey, CPA, CFP®
SVP & Senior Wealth Strategist
Huntington Private Bank

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