During Immerse, participants will explore several neighborhoods with the Detroit Experience Factory to reveal histories and dispel myths about Detroit. The tour will end with lunch and a group dialogue led by Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press and will feature local leaders Maggie DeSantis, Laura Hughes & Dan Kinkead.
The Detroit Orientation Institute engages business, community, media, nonprofit, political and student leaders to challenge their assumptions about Detroit and foster connections between participants. Small cohorts become more familiar with the region’s history, institutions and traditions while exploring contemporary issues and opportunities through dialogue, excursions and meals together.
8:00am – 8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30am – 8:45am Welcome and Overview of Day
Ned Staebler, VP for Economic Development Wayne State University
8:45am – 12:15pm Tour: Discovering Neighborhoods and Dispelling Myths
Jeanette Pierce, Executive Director, Detroit Experience Factory
• Outdoor Adventure Center – Linda Walter, Dept. of Natural Resources
• Agnes Street Retail – Josh Elling, Jefferson East, Inc.
• Livernois Avenue of Fashion – Kim Tandy, Mayor’s Office
12:30am – 1:30 pm Lunch and Dialogue: Your Detroit? My Detroit? It’s OUR Detroit!
Moderated by Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press
Maggie DeSantis – Eastside Community Network
Dan Kinkead – Detroit Future City
Laura Hughes – Strategic Staffing Solutions
The Detroit Orientation Institute at Wayne State University engages business, community, media, nonprofit, political, civic and student leaders in immersive events that illuminate Detroit and foster connections. Participants visit the city’s neighborhoods and key institutions, interacting with change makers as they dig deep into the region’s history and current landscape. Groups are small and participatory, with long-time leaders and newcomers together exploring contemporary issues and opportunities.
The Detroit Experience Factory creates experiences that are enlightening, entertaining and led by Detroiters in order to demonstrate that Detroit is an exceptional place to live, work and play.
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