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Convention Agenda

Wednesday, October 23

10:00 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting

2:00 p.m. Staff & CEO Track with Shari Pash: Communicating Chamber Value to Maximize Member Engagement

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Staff & CEO Roundtable Rapid Fire Discussions

               2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Vendor & attendee reception in the beautiful Terrace Space. A walkable tour on the campus of Michigan State University is optional.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception with East Lansing Mayor Meadows & Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Tim Daman

6:30 p.m. – Dinner in East Lansing: Beggar’s; El Azteco; Buffalo Wild Wings; Peanut Barrel; The Riv; Harper’s, HopCat 

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Wellness Works Reception at HopCat

Thursday, October 24

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast & Opening Remarks

8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Legislative Update & Early Look at 2020 Elections with Wendy Block, Jim Holcomb, Dan Papineau & Rich Studley, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Breakout sessions:

–Employment Law: Issues and Answers & Protecting Intellectual Property: Trademarks and Copyrights
Helen Mills and Michael Cole, Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhode
–Relevant Value Proposition
Shari Pash, Strategic Solutions for Growth
–Work/Life Balance & Technology
Joe Bauman, Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber; Michelle Fare, Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce

10:10 – 11:10 a.m. Breakout sessions:

–Affordable Housing
Carlin Smith, Petoskey Regional Chamber & Joshua Lunger, Grand Rapids Area Chamber
–Building an Inclusive Environment 
Jessica Garcia, PhD, Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Solutions, LLC

–Ambassador Best Practices
Mark Allen, Grand Rapids Area Chamber & Dawn Johnson, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber

11:10 – 11:30 a.m. Break in the Atrium (refreshments and sponsor visits)

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Breakout sessions:

–Virtual Wellbeing
Cathy Brock and Lois Dent, Blue Cross Blue Shield
–Volunteer Management
Nikki Devitt, Petoskey Regional Chamber; Brian Justema, Sharpe Collection; and Jackie Lovejoy, Dearborn Area Chamber
–Cyber Security
Pierre LaVoie, Rehmann

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Buses load for tours

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CEO Session at Accident Fund (advanced registration required; cost included in Convention fees.  CEOs only)

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. CEO’s arrive at Accident Fund
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Special Guest Speaker Mike Maurer, Divisional Director, Business Development will address Michigan economics  
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CEO Roundtable
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Tour of the Accident Fund Building

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Staff & Ambassador Tour to Lansing Community College 

2:00pm – Refreshments & Greeting with Executive Vice President, Dr. Lisa Webb-Sharpe
2:05pm Talent, Workforce Development | Workforce Development Dean, Bo Garcia & Technical Careers Division Dean, Mark Cosgrove
2:20pm – Placemaking | President Brent Knight
2:35pm – Questions & Answers
2:45pm – Break out in tour groups

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Buses depart to Old Town Lansing

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Annual Dinner & Awards Presentation at Old Town Marquee:
–Outstanding Chamber of the Year
–Michigan Chamber Professional
–Ambassador of the Year

The Awards Dinner is Dressy Casual Attire

Friday, October 25

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Annual Meeting

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Patti Poppe, CEO, Consumers Energy

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mid-morning Session: Out of Thin Air 

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 2020 Presentation and Silent Auction Winners

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Citslinc
  • NovoPrint
  • Leadercast
  • Tenurgy
  • Harbor House Publishers
  • National Chamber Program
  • Rehmann
  • Accident Fund Insurance Group
  • Fix MI State
  • Event Bank
  • Town Square Media

    MACP Chamber Convention Objectives:

    • Celebrate chambers of commerce with both our professionals and volunteer leaders
    • Introduce ambassadors and volunteer leaders to a large statewide audience for networking
    • Share best practices, creative ideas and high value programs to build and grow chambers of commerce in Michigan
    • Maximize community exposure for Michigan Communities and provide the opportunity for a large scale event with attendees from across the state

    Register for the Annual Chamber Convention, taking place at the East Lansing Marriott:
    300 M. A. C. Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823 | October 23-25, 2019