Nation’s Leaders Gather In Detroit To Address Economic Issues

The National Summit Begins Discussion of the Future of the U.S. Economy

DETROIT, June 11, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — With timing and a location that underscore the urgent and historic nature of its mission, The National Summit will bring a broad spectrum of America’s leaders together June 15-17 in Detroit to discuss and advance a national economic agenda.

“The National Summit is a bold new initiative to help re-imagine, rebuild and revitalize our economy in an increasingly difficult global market,” said Beth Chappell, President and CEO of the Detroit Economic Club (DEC). “It will bring together the country’s top business, government, labor and academic leaders to create consensus recommendations for increasing America’s competitiveness in four critical disciplines – Technology, Energy, Environment and Manufacturing.”

The DEC will convene The National Summit at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit. Four professional services firms will serve as Knowledge Partners to coordinate the discussion – Ernst & Young for Technology; PricewaterhouseCoopers for Energy; McKinsey & Company for Environment; and Deloitte for Manufacturing. Specific measurable outcomes for The National Summit will include:

  • A list of the Top 10 issues in each of the four disciplines.
  • A vision of what America’s status in each discipline should be in 10 years.
  • A list of the Top Five “Must Do” actions required to achieve that vision.

William Clay Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company and Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company, are co-chairs for The National Summit. More than 90 leaders, from both the public and private sectors, have agreed to participate as speakers, panelists or moderators.

Key elements of The National Summit agenda include:

General Sessions – Held throughout the three days of The National Summit, General Sessions will include all participants and feature nationally recognized leaders who will discuss the four key disciplines in the context of a global economy. Each day will begin and end with a General Session, and on Wednesday, June 17 additional General Sessions will be held for each of the four disciplines.

Town Halls – Concurrent, interactive panel discussions held between General Sessions. Each Town Hall will focus on one of the four key disciplines in the context of improving American competitiveness. At the end of every Town Hall, participants will vote electronically on recommended actions.

CEO Summit – Daily invitation-only meetings where Town Hall leaders summarize the panel discussions and voting results for presentation in the afternoon’s Summit Up closing session.

Summit Up – Held at the end of each day to report out on the discussions and voting results from the Town Halls.

For more information about the agenda, go to Other important elements of The National Summit are:

Innovation Expo – In addition to interactive discussions with top leaders, The National Summit will feature Innovation Expo, a technology showcase and best practices workshop that will explore and advance American innovation. The Innovation Expo will operate during all three days of The National Summit. Along with space for exhibits, it will include lectures and workshops to promote best practices and accelerate the pace at which innovation is implemented.

eCommunity – Participants also will have access to The National Summit eCommunity, a content-rich private web portal that allows users to gain knowledge of the issues, see different points of view and express their own opinions – before, during and after The National Summit.

Student Involvement – In keeping with the mission of the DEC, The National Summit will also provide in-depth involvement and educational opportunities for more than 400 college and high school students. Participating students will receive a one day ticket to The National Summit courtesy of corporate sponsors, as well as admission to a number of exclusive programs including private speaker receptions and a technology career event produced by Microsoft.

UnSummit – A number of students will also be involved in the UnSummit, a special event for future leaders being held the day prior to The National Summit. The UnSummit will gather young executives and MBA students together to discuss the issues being addressed at The National Summit. Their conclusions will be shared with the professional service organizations coordinating the discussion at The National Summit and become a part of the larger conversation.

Confirmed speakers for The National Summit include:

  • Richard H. Anderson; CEO, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Steven A. Ballmer; CEO, Microsoft Corp.
  • Jim Balsillie; Co-Chief Executive Officer, Research In Motion
  • The Honorable Sandy K. Baruah; Senior Fellow, The Council on Competitiveness
  • The Honourable Perrin Beatty; President & CEO, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • The Honorable David Bing, Mayor, City of Detroit
  • David Blood; Co-founder & Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management
  • Dr. Grace M. Bochenek; Director, TARDEC
  • Ian Bremmer; President, Eurasia Group
  • John Briscoe; Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering, Harvard University
  • Eva Chen; Co-founder & CEO, Trend Micro, Inc.
  • The Honorable Aneesh P. Chopra; Chief Technology Officer, The United States of America
  • Dr. Mary Sue Coleman; President, University of Michigan
  • Thomas P. d’Aquino; President & CEO, Canadian Council of Executives
  • Richard E. Dauch; Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, AAM, Inc.
  • D. Scott Davis; Chairman & CEO, United Parcel Service, Inc.
  • Emily Stover DeRocco; President, The Manufacturing Institute
  • Samuel A. DiPiazza, Jr.; CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.
  • Michael J. Dolan; Senior Vice President, Exxon Mobil Corp.
  • Brian Dumaine; Global Editor & Assistant Managing Editor, Fortune Magazine
  • Esther Dyson; Chairman, EDventure Holdings Inc.
  • Anthony F. Earley, Jr.; Chairman & CEO, DTE Energy Co.
  • The Honorable John M. Engler; President, National Association of Manufacturers
  • David G. Etheridge.; U.S. Utilities Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Matthew W. Ferguson; President & CEO,
  • Marvin S. Fertel; President & CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute
  • J. Erik Fyrwald; Chairman, President & CEO, Nalco Co.
  • Craig Giffi; Vice Chairman, Deloitte LLP
  • Alexis Glick; Vice President & Anchor, Fox Business Network
  • Dr. Ronald E. Goldsberry; Advisor, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • The Honorable Jennifer M. Granholm; Governor, State of Michigan
  • John M. Grillos; Director, Curriki
  • Ashok Gupta; Air & Energy Program Director; Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Anders Gustafsson; CEO, Zebra Technologies Corp.
  • Jonathan D. Harber; Co-founder & CEO, SchoolNet, Inc.
  • Linda Hasenfratz; Chief Executive Officer, Linamar Corp.
  • Frederick (Fritz) A. Henderson; President & CEO, General Motors Corp.
  • Benjamin Heywood; Co-Founder & President, PatientsLikeMe Inc.
  • Robert Johnston; Director, Global Energy & Natural Resources, Eurasia Group
  • Van Jones; Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Dean Kamen; President, DEKA Research & Development Corp.
  • Dr. John Kao; Founder & Chairman, Institute for Large Scale Innovation
  • Christopher J. Kearney; Chairman, President & CEO, SPX Corp.
  • Rik Kirkland; Director of Publishing, McKinsey & Co.
  • Michael Klein; Former Vice-Chairman, Citigroup Inc.
  • Martin M. Koffel; President & CEO, URS Corp.
  • Philip J. LeBeau; CNBC; Auto and Airline Industry Reporter
  • Richard Lechner; Vice President, Energy & Environment, IBM Corp.
  • Timothy D. Leuliette; Chairman, President & CEO, DURA Automotive Systems, Inc.
  • The Honorable Gary F. Locke, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Edward T. Lu; Program Manager in Advanced Projects, Google, Inc.
  • Thomas Lyon, Professor & Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan
  • Timothy M. Manganello; Chairman & CEO, BorgWarner Inc.
  • Peter J. Marks; Chairman, President & CEO, Robert Bosch LLC
  • Michael B. McCallister; President & CEO, Humana Inc.
  • Charles G. McClure; Chairman, CEO & President, ArvinMeritor, Inc.
  • Harold W. McGraw III; Chairman, President & CEO, The McGraw-Hill Cos.
  • Leonard T. Mendonca; Chairman, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey Co.
  • Alan R. Mulally; President & CEO, Ford Motor Co.
  • James J. Mulva; Chairman & CEO, ConocoPhillips Co.
  • Joseph A. Muscat; Partner & Director, Americas Cleantech Network, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Dr. Jayson Myers; President, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
  • Noam Neusner; Principal, 30 Point Strategies
  • James B. Nicholson; President & CEO, PVS Chemicals, Inc.
  • Dr. Jay Noren; President, Wayne State University
  • Keith D. Nosbusch; Chairman & CEO, Rockwell Automation, Inc.
  • Steve Odland; Chairman & CEO, Office Depot, Inc.
  • Vikram S. Pandit; CEO, Citigroup Inc.
  • W. Douglas Parker; Chairman & CEO, US Airways Group, Inc.
  • Richard D. Paterson; Global Energy, Utilities & Mining Leader and U.S. Energy Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • G.P. (Bud) Peterson; President, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Rebecca Quick; Co-Anchor, “Squawk Box”, CNBC
  • James H. Quigley; Global CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Sam Rashkin; National Director, ENERGY STAR for Homes, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Robert G. Reiss; Host, The CEO Show
  • Matthew K. Rose; Chairman, President & CEO, BNSF Railway Co.
  • John W. Rowe; Chairman & CEO, Exelon Corp.
  • Richard O. Schaum; General Manager, 3rd Horizon Associates LLC
  • Tom Schmitt; President of Global Supply Services, Senior Vice President & CEO, FedEx Solutions
  • Eric Schurenberg; Managing Editor, CBS Money Watch
  • Dr. Alan Shaw; President & CEO, Codexis, Inc.
  • The Honorable James H. Shelton, III; Assistant Deputy Secretary, Innovation & Improvement, U.S. Department of Education
  • Walter E. Shill; North America Managing Director, Management Consulting, Accenture
  • Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon; President, Michigan State University
  • David P. Steiner; CEO, Waste Management, Inc.
  • Michael H. Thaman; Chairman, President & CEO, Owens Corning
  • James S. Turley; Chairman & CEO, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Tony L. Uphoff; Chief Executive Officer, TechWeb
  • Timothy Wadhams; President & CEO, Masco Corp.
  • Donald J. Walker; Co-CEO, Magna International Inc.
  • Tom Walsh; Columnist, Detroit Free Press
  • Joseph L. Welch; Chairman, President & CEO, ITC Holdings Corp.
  • Ronald A. Williams; Chairman & CEO, Aetna Inc.
  • Deborah L. Wince-Smith; President, The Council on Competitiveness
  • Dr. William Winkenwerder, Jr.; Chairman, The Winkenwerder Co. LLC
  • Robert Youngjohns; President of North American Sales & Marketing, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corp.

For more information on The National Summit, please visit Limited tickets remain, and can be purchased by going to and clicking on Register. Media credentials may be obtained by going to and clicking on Media Center, then clicking on the media credential application link below the photo.

About the Detroit Economic Club

The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2009. Formed in 1934 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues, the DEC continues to provide a platform for distinguished international dignitaries and business leaders. Consistently recognized as one of the Top Ten speaking venues in the world, the DEC is known internationally as an important forum that leaders use to explore issues that will help shape the dynamic 21st-century economy.

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