Detroit Homecoming 2022

September 14-16

Talent and Tech for Detroit’s Equitable Future

Questions/Suggestions for 2022?  Email or call Colleen at 313-207-5960

Detroit Homecoming 2022 will comprise of virtual and COVID-safe in-person programming. Enjoy neighborhood tours, connect with local leaders, and expand your professional network. Strengthen your roots in the city of Detroit.

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Notable Speakers

Mike Cagney

Founder, SoFi (originally Social Finance Inc.)

Tammy Golden

Exec. Director - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion GM

D'Wayne Edwards

Founder, Pensole Lewis College of Business

Samuel Stanley

President, Michigan State University

Ethan Davidson

Musician and Philanthropist BIO

Fernando Gomez-Baquero

Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute

Robin Terry

Chairwoman and CEO Motown Museum

Josh Sirefman

CEO, Michigan Central

Sean Mann

CEO, Detroit City Football Club

Monica Wheat

Managing Director, Techstars Detroit

Lance Collins Sr.

Dean of Engineering Virginia Tech

Grant Gilbert


Willie Newman

CEO, HomePoint Financial

Claude Molinari

President & CEO Visit Detroit

Ebbie Parsons

Managing Partner Yardstick MGMT

Yuval Sharon

Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director Detroit Opera

Salvador Salort-Pons

Director, President and CEO Detroit Institute of Arts

Watch Last Year’s Replay

Coming Home

– Creating pathways for family-owned/privately held companies that want to sell

– Expats who have “come home” to new opportunities here in the Motor City

September 14

Real Estate Forum

Wednesday afternoon

  • Industrial is hot: Tim Conder, VP/Development, Northpoint Development LLC says it will have completed 6 million SF and $800 million in development.
  • A Homecoming Success: How Detroit expats – and Detroit Homecoming investors – built a portfolio of $170 million in refurbished multi-family rental housing units in the city in less than 10 years.
  • Big Bets – Downtown, Midtown and Corktown – are changing the real estate landscape, but will office workers return?

Plus: Tours of a mix of projects (residential, Corktown, etc.)

Wednesday, September 14

Opening Dinner

5:00 – 8:00 PM

Generations: A conversation with members of key and diverse families with a big impact on Detroit. (Motown’s Robin Terry and Ethan Davidson, William Davidson Foundation)

Thursday, September 15

8:00 AM-5:00 PM


When Homecoming began in 2014, Detroit was in the midst of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. It would have been difficult to predict that less than a decade later, two major initiatives were poised to usher Detroit into a new age of innovation:

  • Ford Motor Co’s Michigan Central project in Corktown
  • The Detroit Innovation Center, a partnership between the University of Michigan, Olympia Development and Related Companies.

How can Detroit leverage these “big bets?” What can we learn from cities that have invested in similar projects?
Speaker include:

  • Lance Collins Sr., dean of engineering at Virginia Tech
  • Fernando Gomez-Baquero, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, NYC

Mike Cagney – Downriver native and founder of SoFi (originally Social Finance Inc.), now one of the country’s most valuable fintech companies and among the largest refinancers of student loans.

Can Detroit build a bigger fintech ecosystem? Mike, now founder and CEO of Figure, a fintech blockchain company, will chat about his Detroit roots and his perspectives with Willie Newman, CEO of HomePoint Financial, the region’s third-largest mortgage company.


How does Detroit ensure that this Innovative Future is inclusive and Detroiters are part of it?

Michigan State University President Sam Stanley led a partnership to create the first-ever Apple Academy in Detroit, training residents in coding for a future in tech.

Mother-son duo who graduated this spring in the first cohort of Apple Academy, then conversation broadens.

Tammy Golden, Executive Director Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, General Motors Co.

Moderator: Expat Ebbie Parsons, managing partner, Yardstick Management, Atlanta


Three principals in innovations in Mobility and Construction show 2-3 slides (or video) about their innovation.

Meet the Founders:

Where will Detroit’s own SoFi come from? Meet the newest cohort of TechStars Detroit. Director Monica Wheat tees up TWO of the 12 companies just inducted into TechStars’ Detroit cohort.

Innovation in Equity:

Ebbie Parsons on the advice he gave Netflix that led to millions of dollars deposited in black-owned or led banks.

Closing Sessions:

Detroit Youth Panel – What do young people, home-grown talent, say about the city’s future and what they’re hearing at Detroit Homecoming? Members of Youth panels from Skillman Foundation, the Community Foundation for SE Michigan and the STEAM project at Engineering Society of Detroit weigh in.

YOUTH MEMBERS will be on hand for LUNCH … before breaking to the Tours and Experiences

Members of the Youth Panel, the TechStar founders and other speakers will be set up at various tables for Lunch before Guests leave for Experiences/Field Trips.


  • Arts & Culture
  • Auto Show VIP
  • Detroit Riverfront/Belle Isle
Friday, September 16

Closing Day

The National Spotlight Shines on Detroit:
Even TIME Magazine is noticing! We speak with people from Sports, the Arts and more about how Detroit is suddenly recognized for the cool factor we knew waDesign in Detroit.

  • Sean Mann, Detroit City Football Club
  • Claude Molinari, NFL Draft
  • Yuval Sharon, Detroit Opera
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts “Van Gogh in America”
  • Grant Gilbert – bringing authentic subcultures to life with media startup Auditorium
Hometown Heroes:

5 minute pitches from “Grassroots Doers”

Black Designers in the D:

D’Wayne Edwards, brings his footwear design school  to Detroit to create the new Pensole Lewis College of Business initiative at CCS –

CLOSING SESSION: Future Forward – Homecoming’s 10th anniversary in 2023.

  • Fashion/Design
  • Cool Companies–Factory Zero and StockX
  • Black History

Who are Expats?

Detroit Homecoming is designed to reconnect former residents with their hometown, inspiring them to use their career success and resources to support the city’s development.

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A Director’s Welcome

Whether as a expat, a sponsor or a presenter, understand how you can be part of the Homecoming experience and Detroit’s comeback story.

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Join Us this Year

Register to Attend Detroit Homecoming IX. We would also like to learn about your personal or professional connections to Detroit and your potential reengagement.