‘Measurable results’ sought for Mackinac conference

Reforming education and creating successful and competitive businesses will be the prime topics at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference.

But the first order of business, said Detroit Regional Chamber President Sandy Baruah, is an action-oriented conference that sets achievable goals.

“The common complaint we hear is that nothing ever gets done on Mackinac,” he said. “But we want measurable results.”

The top keynote speakers for the June 1-3 conference are: Harvard business professor Michael Porter, an authority on competitiveness and consultant to business and government; author Jim Collins, an expert on what makes business successful; Geoffrey Canada, an education reformer and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone and UAW President Bob King.

Canada was one of the stars of the documentary “Waiting for Superman,” which looked at the failures and successes of urban schools. “We’ll be looking at how business and government must work together to reinvent our state,” Baruah said.

Chamber officials said they expect more than the 1,498 people who attended the conference last year. The record was set in 2008 when 1,750 attended.

By KATHLEEN GRAY
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
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