September 23 - 26, 2021
Real Estate Forum & Development
Mobility & Innovation
Arts, Entertainment & Hospitality
Entrepreneurs & Small Business
Digital Divide & Workforce Training
Addressing The Wealth Gap
“Detroit’s greatest export isn’t cars – it’s people” – Richard Florida
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Join Us in Detroit this September
Enjoy Keynote Presentations and Fireside Chats with Industry Leaders
Be inspired and informed with our annual lineup of Detroit-raised or connected icons. Enjoy an expert analysis of Detroit’s past and future.
Gene was director of the National Economic Council under President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. In Mr. Obama’s administration, where he first served as a counselor in the Treasury Department, he helped to coordinate a bailout of Detroit automakers and other parts of the administration’s response to the 2008 financial crisis.
In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer, Jim worked to strengthen Ford’s automotive operations, overseeing all of Ford’s global markets and automotive operations including Product Development, Purchasing, Enterprise Product Line Management, Manufacturing & Labor Affairs, Marketing, Sales & Service, and Quality & New Model Launch. He also oversaw Mobility Partnerships and Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC.
He also represents Ford on the U.S. China Business Council Board of Directors and has been appointed co-chair of the Future of Mobility Commission.
Previously, Jim served as president of New Businesses, Technology and Strategy. In this role, he led Ford’s strategic transformation into a higher growth, higher margin business by leveraging smart, connected vehicles and breakthrough customer experiences. In this role, Jim oversaw Corporate Strategy, Global Data Insight and Analytics, Global Partnerships, Research & Advanced Engineering as well as Ford Smart Mobility and Ford Autonomous Vehicles.
She is also the TONY nominated book writer on the new Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). Dominique is alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference.
Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages).
He also chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy. Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs. In the 1990s, he was COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization.
Prior to starting PlayVS, Delane worked at IncWell Venture Capital where he became the youngest black venture capitalist in The United States. Delane was then part of the early team at Rocket Fiber that raised$31M and focused on retail strategy directly with the CEO. While at Rocket Fiber, Delane founded Rush Esports, an esports team that was acquired by Team Solomid.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Delane started his first job at 13, working 40 plus hours a week during the school year. At 17, Delane used the money he saved to purchase three cell phone stores and joined the founding team of Executive Car Rental that now has 16 locations across Michigan.
Prior to joining Kresge in 2008, Wendy was a program director for Children and Family Initiatives and executive director for education initiatives at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in Grand Rapids, Mich. She taught at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., and has co-authored and assisted in the publication of several reports and publications that address community needs and problem-solving.
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World Class Networking
Connect with creative minds, company executives and local decision makers.
Amazing Food & Entertainment
Dine outdoors at Detroit's longstanding and new eateries. Enjoy live music performances.
Tap into the change underway in Detroit through our neighborhood tours
Meet with various residents and community leaders. Hear their perspective on the city.
Be Inspired. Get Connected.
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The event reframed the conversation about the city; we now talk about all the city is and can be instead of what it isn't and has not been.Heather Joy ThompsonUS Diplomat
I have met incredible Detroiters and Michiganders both in and outside of the city, and I would highly recommend Detroit Homecoming.Julia FarberSustainability Consultant
The message from Detroit Homecoming is clear: it's time for expats to come home and invest in Detroit.Eric BahnCo-Founder of the Hustle Fund