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Speakers & Partners

Making positive change is something that requires the passion and knowledge of many different thinkers and take-action personalities. The League’s partners and network constitutes a rich pool of talented speakers, experts, businesses and organizations–with experience working at the ground level all the way to the Capital, and beyond.

General

Carol Coletta – President & CEO, CEOs for Cities
Presents research, statistics, innovations on what drives people to cities.

Collaborative Training with Paragon
Environment & Energy EPPRENTICE Experience is a one day learning forum designed to develop leadership skills of emerging leaders in all sectors of green-related industries while simultaneously contributing to critical environment and energy-related social needs.

Joseph Cortright – Economist, Impresa Consulting
Specializes in metropolitan economies and knowledge-based industries. 

Lou Glazer – President, Michigan Future Inc.
Michigan Future, Inc., a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, is a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world class community in a knowledge-driven economy.

Dave Ivan – Regional Director, Michigan State University Extension
Ivan has conducted research on community success and sustainability, focusing primarily on smaller communities.  He promotes community-based entrepreneurship strategies and youth engagement.

Charles Landry – Director, Comedia
Author of The Art of City Making, Landry advises cities on creative approaches to planning, economy, social inclusion, culture and local identity.

Charles Leadbeater – Said Business, Oxford University
Author of City: The Remix, Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity.

Christopher Leinberger – Metropolitan Land Strategist & Developer, Brookings Institute; University of Michigan Professor
As a land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher and author, he balances business realities with social and environmental issues.

Daniel Pink – Author and Speaker
Author of A Whole New Mind:  Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Pink charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age.

Sam Singh – World Traveler, Consultant
Through his world travels, this former East Lansing mayor offers creative ideas and new perspectives on how to make Michigan succeed in the 21st century.

Sean Stafford – Assistant Professor of Organizations and Stratey, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business; Author
Stafford conducts historical social network analysis on social, economic and technological change – particularly in mature industrial economies.  He is the author of Why the Garden Club Couldn’t Save Youngstown.

Laurie Volk – Principal, Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Inc.
Analyst of demographic, market and lifestyle trends.

Walkability/Physical Design

Dan Burden – Consultant, Walkable & Livable Communities Institute, Inc.
Named by Time magazine as one of the six most important civic innovators in the world, Burden is an internationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, livability, sustainability and Smart Growth.  

Carol Coletta – President & CEO, CEOs for Cities
Presents research, statistics, innovations on what drives people to cities.

Doug Farr – President & CEO, Farr & Associates
Focuses on sustainable urbanism and architecture.

Geoffrey Ferrell – Consultant, Geoffrey Ferrell Associates L.L.C.
Focuses on urban design and form-based codes for cities, neighborhoods and developers.

Fred Kent – Founder & President, Projects for Public Spaces
A leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers of livability, smart growth and the future of the city.

Leslie Kettren – President, Michigan Chapter of Congress of New Urbanism (MiCNU)
MICNU is the leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl.

Charles Landry – Director, Comedia
Author of The Art of City Making, Landry advises cities on creative approaches to planning, economy, social inclusion, culture and local identity.

Charles Leadbeater – Said Business, Oxford University
Author of City: The Remix, Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity.

Christopher Leinberger – Brookings Institute; Professor, University of Michigan
As a land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher and author, Leinberger balances business realities with social and environmental issues.

John Norquist – President & CEO, Congress of New Urbanism
Drawing on his experience as a big-city former mayor and prominent participant in national discussions on urban design and school reform, he promotes New Urbanism as an alternative to sprawl and an antidote to sprawl's social and environmental problems.

Green

Joseph Cortright – Economist, Impresa Consulting
Specializes in metropolitan economies, knowledge-based industries and sustainable policies. 

Doug Farr – President & CEO, Farr & Associates
Focuses on sustainable urbanism and architecture.

William McDonough – William McDonough & Partners
Architect, designer and author, McDonough has been a pioneer in the sustainable movement since its inception.

Corky Overmyer – Consultant
A former Grand Rapids director of sustainability, Overmyer consults on green and sustainability issues.

Michael Shuman – Director of Research & Public Policy, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Author
Passionately promotes the importance of local economies to our future through the BALLE and provides practical, implementable ideas and solutions for transforming your community.

Entrpreneurship

Mark Clevey – Director of Entreprenuership & Commercialization, Saginaw Valley State University
A strong advocate for, and specialist in, cutting-edge entrepreneurial business development.

Barb Fails – Associate Director, Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University
Develops and directs outreach programs for communities to create entrepreneurial support systems.  Fails serves as campus co-chair for the MSU Extension Economic Development Team and leads the Creating Entrepreneurial Communities collaboration to promote "economic gardening" in Michigan.

Dave Ivan – Regional Director, Michigan State University Extension
Has conducted research projects on community success and sustainability, focusing primarily on smaller communities. Also promotes community-based entrpreneurship strategies and youth engagement.

Michael Shuman – Director of Research & Public Policy, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Author
Promotes the importance of local economies to our future through the BALLE and provides practical, implementable ideas and solutions for transforming your community.

Dr. Ernesto Sirolli – Founder, The Sirolli Institute
The Sirolli Institute, a global nonprofit, education and training organization, introduces Enterprise Facilitation to communities seeking to grow their economies from within.

Multiculturalism

Sam Singh – World Traveler, Consultant
Through his world travels, this former East Lansing mayor offers creative ideas and new perspectives on how to make Michigan succeed in the 21st century.

Cultural Economic Development

Robert H. McNulty – Founder, President & CEO, Partners for Livable Communities (PLC)
PLC is a network of more than 1,000 organizations which embody the diversity and consensus-building needed for the recovery of the American city.

Social Messaging/Technology

Peter KageyamaPartner, Creative Class Group; Founder of Creative Cities Summit         
Provides consulting services for the Creative Economy by focusing on entrepreneurs, arts and cultural organizations, cities and technologies that impact quality of life.

Sean Safford – Assistant Professor of Organizations and Stratey, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
Safford conducts historical social network analysis and social, economic and technological change - particularly in mature industrial economies. He is also the author of Why the Garden Club Couldn’t Save Youngstown.

Paul Schutt – Co-Founder, Issue Media Group
Issue Media Group is a Detroit-based media company producing several online magazines, including Model D and Metromode, which focus on growth, investment and the remarkable people leading communities into the new economy.

Sarah Szurpicki – Co-Founder, Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE)
GLUE is an online networking and journalism effort to build regional identity and share information among young urban leaders from cities in the Great Lakes region. 

Education

Michigan After-School Partnership (MASP) – MASP is developing a shared vision and influencing others to believe in the power of after-school programs. The organization links stakeholders interested in improving outcomes for children and youth through school-based/school-linked and enrichment after-school programs.  MASP seeks to build and sustain high quality, after-school programs for children and youth in all Michigan communities. Contact:  Mary Sutton, executive director, ph: 517-371-4360 / e-mail.

U3 VenturesU3 Ventures provides consulting services to universities, developers, public agencies and anchor institutions in areas related to economic development, real estate strategies and development project programming. The firm’s principals leverage their expertise in higher education, real estate, urban design and community development to create mixed-use development spaces around urban universities. Contacts:  Omar Blaik / Lisa Prasad


 

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