Governing Leadership Forum: Michigan 2017

May 2, 2017
East Lansing, MI


Governing invites you to join us in East Lansing for the sixth annual Michigan Leadership Forum. Spend the day with us to network, be inspired, and leave with a renewed sense of purpose to take action. From the fundamentals of good government to forecasting the future, the agenda will have critical information for every participant’s personal and professional development. The Michigan Advisory Board and Governing’s team assembles a speaker lineup second to none with national thought leaders and local subject matter experts who describe the challenges in serving the public while detailing pragmatic solutions. Register today to join Governing and your colleagues at the 2017 Governing Michigan Leadership Forum.

Topics may Include:

  • The Power of Framing to Make Us Better Communicators
  • Women Leaders: A Conversation about Parity, Perspective and Courage
  • 21st Century Infrastructure: Prioritizing and Funding Critical Investments
  • Michigan: A Most Welcoming Place for New Americans
  • “More and Better Jobs”: A Mindset and a Mission
  • The Fiscal Health of Michigan’s State and Local Governments
  • Cybercrime: Security Protocols and a Call to Action for Your Agency
  • Digital Government Services: Rethinking Solutions for Every Agency
  • Michigan’s Fiscal Future: Balancing Public Employee Benefits and Unfunded Liabilities
  • “How to Make Government Cool Again?” – Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging our Government Workforce

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Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

219 S. Harrison Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-4000

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

David B. Behen
Director and Chief Information Officer
Department of Technology, Management and Budget
State of Michigan

Phil Bertolini
Chief Inforamtion Officer/Deputy County Executive
Oakland County Michigan

The Honorable Rosalynn Bliss
City of Grand Rapids

The Honorable Marlon Brown
Mayor Pro Tempore
City of Mason

Melanie Brown
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Environmental Quality
State of Michigan

Steve Currie
Chief Executive Officer
Michigan Association of Counties

Roger Curtis
Talent and Economic Development
State of Michigan

Daryl J. Delabbio
County Administrator/Controller
Kent County

Beth Emmitt
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of the Governor
State of Michigan

John Fitzpatrick
Acting Director, Office of Good Government
Office of Performance and Transformation
State of Michigan

Nathaniel Forstner
Chief of Staff
Office of the Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley
State of Michigan

Amy Gumbrecht
Government Affairs
Wayne County

Jeremy Hendges
Chief Deputy Director
Talent and Economic Development
State of Michigan

Meegan Holland
Senior Policy Advisor
Veterans Affairs
State of Michigan

Kara Hope
Board of Commissioners
Ingham County

Captain Chris Kelenske
Deputy State Director
Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Specialized Services Bureau
State of Michigan

Nick Khouri
State Treasurer
Department of Treasury
State of Michigan

Claire Khouri
Senior Strategy Advisor
Governor's Office
State of Michigan

Howard S. Lazarus
City Administrator
City of Ann Arbor

Nick Lyon
Department of Health and Human Services
State of Michigan

Maggie Pallone
Deputy Director
Department of Environmental Quality
State of Michigan

The Honorable Tonya Schuitmaker
President Pro Tempore
Michigan State Senate

Mike Senyko
Chief of Staff
Secretary of State
State of Michigan

Derek Sova
Chief of Staff
Office of Senate President Pro Tempore Schuitmaker
Michigan State Senate

Kirk T. Steudle, PE
Department of Transportation
State of Michigan

Wanda Stokes
Michigan Talent Investment Agency
State of Michigan

The Honorable Shelley Taub
Oakland County

Elizabeth Thompson
Director of Program
Michigan Women's Commission
State of Michigan

Al Vanderberg
County Administrator
Ottawa County

Jim Willems
State Administrative Manager
Department of Technology Management and Budget
State of Michigan

Mike Zimmer
Cabinet Secretary
Office of the Governor
State of Michigan

Industry Representatives

Thomas Hines

Chris Neff
Vice President of Marketing

Yogesh Saxena
Client Executive

Brian Tenner
Central Division Sales Leader
Willis Towers Watson

Summit Exhibitors Made Possible by Our Corporate Partners

Registration Information / Contact Us

Event Date: May 2, 2017

Open to Public Sector only.

Registration - Free

If you represent a Private Sector organization and are interested in attending the Event, please contact Heather Earney, (916) 932-1435.

Contact Information

For registration and general assistance contact:
Katie Howard
Phone: (916) 932-1421
E-mail: khoward@governing.com

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:
Heather Earney
Phone: (916) 932-1435
E-mail: hearney@governing.com


Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

219 S. Harrison Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-4000

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Host Hotel

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University
219 S Harrison Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-4000
Reservations: 800-875-5090
Rate: $125.00 standard
Cut-off date: April 1, 2017

You must call the hotel to make reservations at our discounted rate. Please reference "Governing or Michigan Leadership Forum" when making reservations. The room block is contracted for May 1-2. If you are requesting dates outside the contracted dates, these are subject to best available rate. The room block rate may sell out before the cut-off date. Once the rooming block is sold out, rate will be based on availability/best available rate.

Maps and Directions


Self Parking in Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center Garage $1/hour - $8/day max


The Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center offers pre-arranged transportation to and from the following locations:

• Lansing Capital Region International Airport
• Michigan Flyer Bus Stop
• East Lansing Greyhound / Amtrak Station

Please contact Kellogg Center Guest Services Representatives by calling (517) 432-4000 or (800) 875-5090 to schedule your airport transportation (24 hours prior notification is required). The Kellogg Hotel transportation service is offered from 7:00 a.m. (departing hotel) until 10:30 p.m. (last available time for scheduled pick-up).

For more information on the shuttle, visit: https://kelloggcenter.com/sites/default/files/u11/Shuttle%20doc.pdf