WATCH LIVE: Video from the Detroit Regional Chamber's 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference; View schedule

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) - What really happens on Mackinac Island when the leaders of metro Detroit come together for the annual Mackinac Policy Conference? Here's your chance to find out! Watch live coverage from the island and view a schedule of events below.

Live video of conference sessions is provided by MiVote.

You can join us on Wednesday and Thursday at 12:30 in the afternoon for additional live coverage during special "Lunch from Mackinac" webcasts from Stephen Clark and Chuck Stokes.



2012 Mackinac Policy Conference Live Streaming Video Schedule

Tuesday, May 29 th

3:00 p.m. Welcome to the Island, Conference Preview
3:30 p.m. Conference Opening with Governor Snyder
3:45 p.m. Session Innovation: Entrepreneurship as the Catalyst for Economic Recovery in Michiganwith Rick DeVos, Angel Gambino, Chris Rizik, Dave Zilko, and Josh Linkner.
4:45 p.m. Interviews and conversation with conference attendees at the anchor desk. (We are unable to broadcast the session Global Marketplace:  Innovation Drives Success with Fareed Zakaria due to contract restrictions)
6:00 p.m. Interviews and conversation with conference attendees at the anchor desk.
6:30 p.m. Live feed of Mackinac Tonightfrom the Parlor of the Grand Hotel
7:00 p.m. The Grand Event:   Live coverage of the party on the Porch and in the Parlor of the Grand Hotel, featuring interviews with conference attendees.
8:00 p.m. Broadcast of Recorded Session: Collaboration:  Washington and Michigan Working Togetherwith Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenaw, Congressman Hansen Clarke, and Craig Fahle of WDET.
9:00 p.m. Sign Off


Wednesday, May 30 th

 8:00 a.m. Welcome, Interviews and Conversation at the Anchor Desk
 8:30 a.m. Session: Innovation:  Leading the Way Through Global Product Design with Rick Hanna, Ralph Giles, Irme Molnar, and John McElroy
 9:30 a.m. Interviews at the Anchor Desk
 9:45 a.m. Session Replay: W. K. Kellogg Foundation Hosted Breakfast Session:  The Michigan Early Childhood Business Planwith Paul Hillegonds, Susan Broman, Chandra Moore, and Sterling Speirn  (We are unable to broadcast the session Innovation:  Improving Health Care Practices in the Private Sector with Michael Leavitt due to contract restrictions)
10:15 a.m. Interviews at the Anchor Desk
10:30 a.m. Session: Detroit:  A Tale of Two Citieswith Anthony Williams, former Mayor, Washington D.C., Red Elk Banks, Sandy Baruah, and Stephen Henderson
11:30 a.m. Interviews and conversation at the Anchor Desk along with live coverage of two luncheon sessions:1)   KPMG hosted Lunch Session:  How Manufacturing Can Drive the Future of Michigan's Automotive Industrywith David Cole, Sridhar Kota, and Gary Silberg2)   Veterans Entering the Workforce:  An Economic Advantage to Michiganwith Justin Pajerna, John Dunn, Major General Gregory Vadnais.
12:45 p.m. Session: Collaboration:  Corporate Investment in Communities with Gerry Anderson, James Dunlap, Nancy Schlichting, and Chip McClure
 2:00 p.m. Session: Collaboration:  Moving Urban Areas Forwardwith Richard DeVore, Joseph Guyaux, Roger Penske, and Tom Walsh
 3:15 p.m. Interviews and Conversation at the Anchor Desk, including coverage of a special appearance in celebration of the return of the Detroit Grand Prix with Penske Izod Indy Car Series drivers Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves, and Will Power.
 3:30 p.m. Session: MEDC Hosted Session:  Global Marketplace-Michigan Origins, Global Destinationswith Alec Amstutz, Fritz Carlson, Marcos Dantus, and Deanna Richardson
 4:00 p.m. Sign Off live broadcast


Thursday, May 31 st

 8:00 a.m. Welcome, Interviews and Conversation at the Anchor Desk
 8:00 a.m. Session Innovation:  The Future of Urban Mobilitywith William C. Ford Jr.
 9:00 a.m. Session Business Leaders for Michigan:  Blueprint for a New Michiganwith Mary Sue Coleman, William C. Ford Jr., Mike Jandernoa, Hans-Werner Kaas, and Daniel Howes
 9:30 a.m. Session Governor Snyder Keynote Address
10:15 a.m. Session Staging a Comeback:  Michigan's Role in the Economic Transformation of America with Thomas Friedman of The New York TimesNOTE:  Session is only available LIVE and will not be posted for on-demand viewing due to contractual restrictions.
11:15 a.m. Interviews and Conversation at the Anchor Desk, including highlights from Wednesday evening's political sessions:1)   Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee Reception  with Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant, and Rick Pluta2)   Politics:  2012 Election Outlook with Donna Brazile, Tucker Eskew and Harold Ford Jr.   (Full broadcast of this session is not permitted due to contract restrictions).
11:45 a.m. Session   Collaboration:  The Fab Five Returnwith Dave Bing, Robert Ficano, Mark Hackel, Brooks Patterson, Conan Smith, and Paul W. Smith
 1:00 p.m. Session Michigan's Big Debate:  The Issues of 2012, an interactive session with Carol Cain
 2:00 p.m. Session at the MiVote Anchor Desk Results:  Holding Ourselves Accountable with Sandy Baruah, Nancy Schlichting, and Christy McDonald
 2:45 p.m. Closing conversation and interviews, review of the conference
 3:00 p.m. Sign Off live broadcast
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