Detroit Homecoming V – September 12-14, 2018

This year, Detroit Homecoming V will celebrate the legacy and analyze the future of our city as a hub for design, innovation, and manufacturing. Detroit makes not only world-class products, but it also produces ambitious professionals and entrepreneurs.

In light of the challenges and opportunities which face Detroit and its citizens, Detroit Homecoming V gathers together the most accomplished professionals with personal roots in metro Detroit to connect with other Detroit expats, city and regional policy leaders, and local business and philanthropic opportunities.

Homecoming V will be fun, engaging and informative. Come see Detroit through a new and fresh lens.


All sessions are by invitation only.   For information on attending, reach out to

Confirmed Speakers*

Lawrence Bacow, president, Harvard University (expat)

Kelley Carter, journalist, ESPN (expat)
Mayor Mike Duggan

Jemele Hill, sports journalist, The Undefeated (expat)
Derrick Johnson, President, NAACP (expat)
Ryan Kadro, executive producer, CBS This Morning (expat)

Nikolai Vitti, superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District
Darren Walker, CEO, Ford Foundation

*additional speakers to come



Optional:  Real Estate Forum (begins at noon at Fisher Building)

Optional Tours:  Innovation, Northwest Side

Evening Venues:  Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State and Little Caesars Arena



Theme: Entrepreneurship in Detroit

Venue: Lexus Velodrome

9 -11:30 am Morning Session

12 – 5 pm Motor City MashUp

Evening:  House Parties all over the city followed by a Bettye LaVette concert at The Corner at Michigan & Trumbull


Theme: Education

Venue:  Lexus Velodrome

8-12 pm: Morning Session

1-3 p.m.  Optional tours of Lower Eastside, City of Design


Optional: Tour de Troit, Murals in the Market