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2017 Student Agenda

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2017 Student Agenda

Tuesday, Dec. 5 Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

5:00 p.m.

Registration and Networking

6:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

Glenn Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto; Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives

Jacques Panis, President, Shinola

6:15 p.m.


Wednesday, Dec. 6 Location: College for Creative Studies – A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design and Education

8:00 a.m.

University and College Student Tours

Students will spend the morning in Detroit partaking in a tour of downtown hosted by the Detroit Experience Factory to see, firsthand, the redevelopments and exciting investments happening in the city. The tour will include a stop at one of Detroit’s WeWork locations, where automotive and mobility companies are sharing a co-working space, to hear from Ford Motor Co.’s City Solutions team. Students will also have the opportunity to visit with other tenants of the PlanetM Landing Zone to learn more about how startups and established companies in the automotive industry are working together on next-generation mobility.

8:30 a.m.: Detroit Labs Tour
9:15 a.m.: TechTown Tour
10 a.m.: WeWork Tour

11:15 a.m.

Lunch and Networking in PlanetM Discover Auto Lounge

Sponsor: MEDC/PlanetM

12:15 p.m.


Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

12:25 p.m.


Rick Rogers, President, College for Creative Studies

12:35 p.m.

The Innovation That Moves the World

Chris Thomas, Founder and Partner, Fontinalis

Conversation Host:
Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

1:05 p.m.


1:20 p.m.

Mobility Moment: A Culture for Diversity and Inclusion

Elizabeth Griffith, Director, Engineering – GM Global, Faurecia Interior Systems

Sponsor: Fakhoury Global Immigration

1:30 p.m.

Michigan’s Emerging Tech Leaders

The automotive industry is in the midst of another revolution—driven by an explosion of connectivity, shared mobility and automated technology. This panel will explore how the convergence of automotive, mobility and emerging technology is impacting established leaders in Michigan’s legacy industry and how software and digital developers will play a role in shaping Michigan’s automotive and mobility future.

Danny Ellis, CEO and Co-founder, SkySpecs
Paul Ryznar, Founder, President and CEO, Light Guide Systems LLC
Steve Vozar, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, May Mobility

Conversation Host:
Lisa Seymour, 
Program Manager, Techstars Mobility

2:15 p.m.

Human Capital for the Automotive Industry and Mobility Age

Kristen Tabar, Vice President, Technical Strategy Planning Office, Toyota

2:35 p.m.


2:50 p.m.

Mobility Moment: Pure Michigan. Pure Mobility.

Lars Eggenstein, Project Manager, IAV Automotive Engineering

Sponsor: Phoenix Contact E-Mobility 

3:00 p.m.

A Conversation with Musa Tariq

Musa Tariq, Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, Ford Motor Co.

Conversation Host:
Tim Stevens, Editor-at-Large, CNET; Editor-in-Chief, Roadshow

3:30 p.m.

Perspectives on an Industry That Is Changing the World

Today’s automotive industry is not the same industry of decades past. Fueled by cutting-edge technology and innovation, no other industry offers the opportunity to pursue the exciting, well-paying careers that appeal to younger generations. Featuring a diverse panel of industry insiders, educators and young professionals, this session will explore a wide range of perspectives on the fast-paced culture among automotive and mobility companies and why Michigan is the place to build the cars of tomorrow.

Michael Brosseau, President, Brose North America
Alex Hoolehan, General Manager, Southeast Michigan Field Operations-Maven, General Motors Co.
Andrew Ingall, Superintendent, Grand Haven Area Public Schools
Sam Roberts, Student, Oakland University

Conversation Host:
John McElroy, Host, “Autoline”

4:15 p.m.

Networking Reception in PlanetM Discover Auto Lounge

Sponsor: MEDC/PlanetM

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