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

Faye Nelson

Michigan Director, W,K. Kellogg Foundation

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

Kerry Ebersole Singh

Chief Talent Solutions & Engagement Officer Mich. Econ. Development Corporation

Sean Mann

CEO, Detroit City Football Club

Monica Wheat

Managing Director, Techstars Detroit

Lance Collins Sr.

Dean of Engineering Virginia Tech

Grant Gilbert


Natalie King

Founder & CEO, Dunamis Charge

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

Tosha Tabron

Social Impact Officer Kresge Foundation

Salvador Salort-Pons

Director, President and CEO Detroit Institute of Arts

Ryan Maibach

CEO and President, Barton Malow

Chase Cantrell

Executive Director, Building Community Value

Jared Fleisher

Vice President, Gov. Affairs/Economic Dev - Rocket Companies

Ronald McDonald

Managing Principal, RMC Development

Don Tuski

President, College for Creative Studies

Crystal Windham

Executive Director, Global Industrial Design General Motors Co.

Lily Diego

Design Director, Gensler

Huel Perkins

Retired Anchor/Reporter FOX2 Detroit

Jed Howbert

Partner, Greatwater Opportunity Capital

Don Tuski

President, College for Creative Studies

Crystal Windham

Executive Director, Global Industrial Design General Motors Co.

Lily Diego

Design Director, Gensler

Huel Perkins

Retired Anchor/Reporter FOX2 Detroit

John Sztykiel

VP of Business Development Electron Transport

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

2022 Detroit Homecoming Agenda

September 14

12-4 p.m. Lunch and Real Estate Forum

Wednesday afternoon

Moderator:  Eric Larson, CEO, Downtown Detroit Partnership

Panel One Speakers–Overview of What’s Happening in the City

  • Tim Conder, vice president of development, Northpoint Development
  • Jed Howbert, partner, Greatwater Opportunity Capital
  • Chase Cantrell, founder and executive director, Building Community Value
  • Tosha Tabron, social impact officer, Kresge Foundation
  • Expat Ronald McDonald, Managing Principal, RMC Development, LLC

Panel Two Speakers–Downtown’s Fortunes–Retail/Restaurants–Tied to “Return to Work”

  • Jared Fleisher, vice president of government affairs and economic development, Rocket Companies
  • Lily Diego, design director/regional practice leader, Gensler

Plus:  In-person tours of a mix of projects–Michigan Central, Greatwater (North End), Book Tower 

Wednesday, September 14

5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Opening Dinner

THE ICON – 200 Walker St, Detroit, MI 48207

  • Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
  • KC Crain welcome 
  • Program–Family Albums: A conversation with members of key and diverse families with a big impact on Detroit
    • Robin Terry, CEO and chairwoman, Motown Museum 
    • Ethan Davidson, musician and philanthropist, William Davidson Foundation
    • Moderator: Huel Perkins, recently retired FOX2 anchor
  • Outdoor Dinner on Detroit’s Riverfront
Thursday, September 15

8:00 AM-4:00 PM

THE ICON – 200 Walker St, Detroit, MI 48207

8-9 a.m. Breakfast/Detroit Marketplace Shopping opens

8:30-8:40 Opening Remarks, Mary Kramer, Director, Detroit Homecoming

8:40-9:10 Breakfast with the Mayor

  • Mayor Michael Duggan, City of Detroit

9:10-9:50 Detroit’s Innovation Future

  • Dr. Lance Collins Sr., vice president/executive director, Virginia Tech Innovation Campus
  • Fernando Gomez-Baquero, director of runway and spinouts, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech
  • Josh Sirefman, CEO, Michigan Central
  • Moderator: Alec Gallimore, dean of engineering, University of Michigan

9:50-10:25 Detroit: A future in Fintech?

  • Expat Mike Cagney –  founder, SoFi (originally Social Finance Inc.)
  • Moderator:  Willie Newman, CEO, HomePoint Financial

10:25-11:10 Talent & Innovation

  • Sam Stanley,  president, Michigan State University 
  • Mother-son duo who graduated this spring in the first cohort of Apple Academy
  • Tammy Golden, executive director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, General Motors Co.
  • Kerry Ebersole Singh, chief talent solutions & engagement officer, Mich. Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
  • Expat Ebbie Parsons, managing partner, Yardstick Management
  • Moderator: Faye Nelson, Michigan director, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

11:15-11:45 Innovation in Legacy Industries

Three principals in Mobility and Construction highlight their latest innovations

  • Ryan Maibach, CEO + president, Barton Malow
  • Natalie King, founder and CEO, Dunamis Charge
  • John Sztykiel, VP, Business Development, Electron Transport
  • Moderator: Trevor Lauer, President/COO, DTE Energy

11:45–12:00 Meet the Founders

  • Monica Wheat, managing director, Techstars
  • Founders of two of the companies from the latest Techstars cohort

12-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00-4:00 Thursday Afternoon Experience Options (select one)

    • Fashion & Design–ISAIC, Rebel Nell, Motown Museum
    • Auto Show VIP Tour-Huntington Place with MEDC
  • Riverfront & Belle Isle Walking Tour

6:00-8:00 Dine-Arounds

Guests select the topic of their choice and are assigned to a great Detroit restaurant with a group of like-minded individuals for a fascinating conversation and meal.

  • Mobility/Technology/Workforce
  • Art/Design
  • U of M Grads
  • Real Estate
  • Venture Capital/Entrepreneurs/Angel Investors

8:00-midnight Eastern Market After Dark–hospitality suite celebrating new murals 

Friday, September 16

Closing Day

THE ICON – 200 Walker St, Detroit, MI 48207

8:00-9:00 Breakfast/Detroit Marketplace Shopping opens

9:00-9:30 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.

  • Jackson Glover
  • Willyne Smith
  • Preston Welborne
  • Moderator: Angelique Power, president and CEO, Skillman Foundation

9:30-9:50 Expat Outcomes-expats making a difference in their hometown

9:50-10:30 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 all along.

  • Sean Mann, CEO, Detroit City Football Club
  • Claude Molinari, president & CEO, Visit Detroit/NFL Draft
  • Yuval Sharon, artistic director, Detroit Opera
  • Salvador Salort-Pons, director, president & CEO, Detroit Institute of Arts 
  • Grant Gilbert, Audetorium

10:30-10:45 Hometown Heroes–three five-minute pitches from “grassroots doers”

  • Mohammad A. Muntakim,  program manager, 428 Forward
  • Chanell Scott Contreras, executive director, ProsperUS Detroit
  • Rakisha Odom, community outreach manager, Brilliant Detroit

10:45-11:35 Design in the D

  • D’Wayne Edwards, founder, Pensole Lewis College of Business
  • Crystal Windham, executive director, Global Industrial Design, General Motors. Co. 
  • Allen Largin, creative and innovation director, Rocket Companies
  • Don Tuski, president, College for Creative Studies
  • Moderator:  Nate Wallace, director/Detroit, Knight Foundation

11:35-Noon Future Forward – Homecoming’s 10th anniversary in 2023

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-4:00 Friday Afternoon Experience Options (select one)

  • Collecting Local Art –Gyro Collective, N’Namdi Gallery, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Cool Company Tour–see some of Detroit’s most engaging businesses
  • Black History Tour with Jamon Jordan

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.