Michigan CEO Summit Features Design Thinking Leader

By Amanda Lewan on October 1st, 2015 / Comments

Next month hundreds of Michigan CEO’s and entrepreneurs will gather for the 2015 Michigan CEO Summit, hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan. The event takes place November 12th at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, and is a fast-paced half day of business insights.

This year’s keynote speaker is Tom Kelly, general manager of IDEO a leader in “design thinking.”  IDEO is known for creating the first Apple mouse, Tivo’s remote control and more, and will speak about design and creativity.

“Tom Kelley is one of the world’s most respected experts on harnessing innovation and design and is among the leading voices for bringing creativity into the boardroom,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM president & CEO. “We are elated to share a speaker of his caliber.”

Other highlights of the upcoming event include a panel on maintaining a competitive edge with Rousche Enterprises and Palace Sports, and a specific panel on how entrepreneurs can survive in Michigan.

“We will talk about challenges, resources, and insight for those folks who are thinking about making the plunge into entrepreneurship,” said BLM’s VP of Marketing and Communications, Kelly Chesney.

The Business Leaders of Michigan first started out as “Detroit renaissance” but branched out in 2009 to be a statewide organization aiming to make Michigan a top ten state for jobs. Chesney says members include DTE, Ford Motor Company, Consumers Power, Meijer and more united by this goal to grow opportunity in the state.

“We like to think of ourselves as a think tank. We are looking at issues like making college more affordable and how to strengthen the entrepreneurial environment,” she said.

The annual conference is one of their gatherings that helps CEOs learn what’s next and leverage their business to take advantage of emerging trends. It’s a sell out event, bringing about 500 people together each year. Chesney says it’s not just for CEOs but ideal for any businesses, leaders, entrepreneurs and policy makers.

“We hope you leave inspired to tackle issues we know are necessary to build Michigan’s economy,” said Chesney. “We also hope they leave with something they can immediately put to work to grow their bottom or improve their operations.”



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