American Heart Association to Host Inaugural 'Go Red Talks' with Industry Leaders


Local industry leaders will gather for thought-provoking dialogue during the American Heart Association’s inaugural “Go Red Talks” on  Oct. 20 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit.

“The event is designed to explore ideas that relate back to the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association,” says Mindy Lopus, corporate events director for the southeast Michigan American Heart Association. “Our goal is to offer talks that are idea-focused, cover a wide range of subjects and provoke further conversation.”

The program, emceed by WXYZ’s Erin Nicole, kicks off at 6:30 pm with speaker presentations followed by a networking reception. Participants representing various industries such as automotive, health care and advocacy will explore topics ranging from healthy food access to the expansion of driveless cars.

Featured speakers include:

Courtney Alexander, marathon runner and heart advocate
Bob Frank, chief medical officer for Meridian Health
Jason Hall, Slow Roll
Katherine Knoll, American Heart Association
Steve Lanier, vice president of research for Wayne State University
Michelle Lutz, farm manager for Recovery Parks Farm and Detroit Public Schools
Kirk Mayes, chief executive officer of Forgotten Harvest
Jackson Smoke, filmmaker and volunteer
Dr. Justin Trivax, cardiologist at Beaumont Health
Ed Welburn, vice president, Global Design for General Motors

The cost to attend is $50 and tickets can be purchased at or contact Mindy Lopus at 248-936-5818.