May 18, 2015

Governing Leadership Forum: Michigan 2015


Governing is pleased to return to Michigan for the fourth consecutive year!  Inspired by the significant progress to Reinvent Michigan, this year’s Leadership Forum will focus on visionary leadership, management techniques, and key current issues. Join the Governing team, thought-provoking speakers and subject matter experts for a must-attend event to learn best practices and innovation solutions with applications for every leader in Michigan’s state and local governments.

Topic Highlights:

  • Financing Infrastructure
  • Healthy Populations
  • Safe & Resilient Communities
  • Engaging the New Citizen:Financing the Future
  • Data Ready: What Every Government Employee Needs to Know
  • Education: Newborn to Lifelong Learner
  • Dynamics of the Human Services Convergence
  • Community and Social Media-Based Approaches


Featured Speakers:

The Honorable Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

When Rick Snyder became Michigan’s 48th Governor in 2011, he pledged a commonsense approach to governing that focused on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems.
With the self-proclaimed moniker “one tough nerd,” Governor Snyder has focused on making government more efficient and effective for Michigan’s citizens.  In his first term, the state has passed four balanced budgets, eliminated a $1.5 billion deficit and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation.
The Governor’s background as a successful job creator has helped him better serve Michigan, producing results that earned him ‘Public Official of the Year’ in 2014 from GOVERNING magazine.
In Governor Snyder’s first term, Michigan created nearly 400,000 new private sector jobs. Today, Michigan’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in 14 years.
He successfully implemented Healthy Michigan, an innovative and bipartisan plan that has provided affordable and quality healthcare for more than 500,000 hard-working Michiganders.
Among his greatest achievements, Governor Snyder built a bipartisan coalition of Michiganders to put Detroit on a path to success.
With the Governor’s unwavering commitment, Detroit has emerged bankruptcy poised to be one of the great comeback stories in American history.
 The Governor’s “Relentless Positive Action” has brought solutions to pressing problems and renewed optimism in Michigan’s future.


Stephen Goldsmith Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Director of the Innovations in Government Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Goldsmith is a nationally recognized expert on government management, reform, and innovation. Goldsmith currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project working to catalyze the use of data at the local government level by serving as a central resource for cities interested in this emerging field.

He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Goldsmith has written The Power of Social Innovation; Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector; Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship and The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America. His newest book is: The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.


Peter Hutchinson, Accenture Consulting Strategy Lead for State, Provincial and Local Government

Peter Hutchinson leads management consulting strategy at Accenture for state, provincial and local governments. He focuses on the toughest issues facing those who lead public organizations of all kinds throughout the country. He specializes in the creation of new solutions to challenging problems as well as providing leadership coaching and advising. Hutchinson is well-known as a courageous leader and innovative problem solver in business, government, education and nonprofit organizations. He has served as a deputy mayor, superintendent of schools, and state commissioner of finance as well as a senior executive at Target and president of a major private foundation. He has successfully led teams working on systemic, transformational change in governments large and small on projects ranging from education, healthcare and human service transformation to incubating public sector innovation and budget reform.


Rebecca Ryan, Owner, Next Generation Consulting & Resident Futurist, Alliance for Innovation.

Rebecca Ryan is a human sparkplug. Part futurist, part economist, and always engaging, Rebecca is one of America’s most influential thought leaders, helping cities and companies think around the corner to what’s next.
Rebecca Ryan is the author of ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders (2013) and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007). As founder and coowner of Next Generation Consulting, Ryan leads the team that best-selling author Richard Florida calls, “One of the most reliable sources for leaders who want to attract and retain the next generation of creative workers.
Ryan is the Resident Futurist at the Alliance for Innovation and a Senior Fellow at CEOs for Cities. She serves on the board of the World Academy for Entrepreneurship & Enterprise (WAE2) and has also been named:
• Top 100 Most Influential People, Accounting Today
• Communicator of the Year, Women in Communication
• Woman of Influence, Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee
• Entrepreneur of the Year, U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship


Scott C. Syphax, President and CEO of Nehemiah Corporation of America

Scott Syphax is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Nehemiah Companies, a Sacramento, CA based social enterprise and real estate development firm. Scott leads the development team of Township 9 - a 2,300 unit master-planned, smart-growth community in downtown Sacramento. As CEO of Nehemiah, he manages the Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund, which has leveraged over $880 million in projects to spur development in low-income and underserved communities, including funding downpayment assistance to help over 320,000 families achieve their dream of homeownership. During his tenure as CEO, the Nehemiah Social Enterprise has been studied by organizations as diverse as the Milken Institute and Bridgespan Group for its achievements in social innovation and asset development in low-income communities throughout the United States.
Mr. Syphax serves as a Director, and former Vice-Chairman, of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; serves as a Director of Norcal Mutual Insurance Company of San Francisco and of Medicus Insurance Company of Austin, Texas; serves as a Director, and former Chairman, of the Northern California regional think-tank Valley Vision; serves as Chairman of the Board for the American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter; and serves on the California Department of Insurance’s Task Force of Supplier Diversity and Board Governance.
Mr. Syphax is the Host and Co-Executive Producer of the International Telly and Emmy award-winning talk show, Studio Sacramento, on PBS affiliate KVIE.
Mr. Syphax earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with an emphasis on Real Estate Development and Land Use Planning from the California State University, Sacramento. Scott received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Drexel University. He was also an Executive Fellow with the Coro Foundation and a Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.


Registration Information


Please note: Registration for this event is now closed, as we have reached capacity. Thank you.


If you represent a Private Sector organization and are interested in attending the Event, please contact Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager (916) 932-1314.


Contact Us


For registration and general assistance contact:

Molly Felix, Registration Coordinator
Phone:  (916) 932-1313

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager
Phone:  (916) 932-1435