Governing Leadership Forum: Michigan 2016

Mar 10, 2016
Lansing, MI



Governing returns to Michigan for the fifth consecutive year! Michigan is not just a turnaround state, but a model in many areas for government performance and innovation. Michigan’s state leaders are streamlining person-based health and human services and creating a pathway to jobs with training and collaborative partnerships. Michigan’s technology sector boasts growth in cutting-edge advanced manufacturing and partnerships with the automotive industry. New ventures in information technology and agribusiness are contributing to Michigan’s Top 10 state job growth this past year. Michigan’s cities are tackling tough issues including transportation financing, community investment, and capital improvements to improve the quality of life and connection to their citizens. The 2016 Michigan Governing Leadership Forum is where the best and brightest from state and local government will convene for one day with participants leaving inspired to take action and advance better government! Register today!

This Year’s Topics Include:

  • River of Opportunity: Impact on Healthy Populations One Year Later
  • Financing Critical Infrastructure to Protect Public Health
  • Michigan’s Mobility: Solutions for Transportation Networks
  • Government Disrupted: A Digital Public Demands Digital Public Services
  • Lessons Learned from Resurgence: Urban, Rural and Regional
  • Hiring and Retaining Great Employees

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Lansing Center

333 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 483-7400

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Sharon Alston Ellis, J.D.
State ADA Compliance Director
Department of Civil Rights
State of Michigan

Susy Avery
Executive Director
Department of Civil Rights
Michigan Women's Commission

Tim Becker
Chief Deputy Director
Department of Health & Human Services
State of Michigan

The Honorable Marlon Brown
Mayor Pro Tem
City of Mason

Melanie Brown
Deputy Director for External Affairs
Talent and Economic Development
State of Michigan

Chris Christensen
Department of Technology Management & Budget
State of Michigan

Jamie Clover Adams
Director, Department of Agriculture & Rural
Office of Governor Snyder
State of Michigan

Bradley Deacon J.D.
Director, Office of Legal Affairs / Emergency
Department of Agriculture & Rural
State of Michigan

Colonel Kriste Etue
Michigan State Police

John Fitzpatrick
Manager, Office of Good Government
Department of Technology, Management & Budget
State of Michigan

Carla Foltyn
Student Scholarships & Grants
Department of Treasury
State of Michigan

Garlin Gilchrist II
Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology
City of Detroit

Shelley Goodman Taub
Oakland County, MI

The Honorable Curtis Hertel
Michigan Legislature
Michigan Senate

Thomas Hickner
County Executive
Office of the Bay County Executive

Amy Hiltunen
Talent Information Technology Systems
Workforce Development Agency
State Of Michigan

Natasha Henderson
City Administrator
City of Flint

Harvey Hollins
Governor's office of Urban Initiatives
State of Michigan

Phillip Jeffery
Chief Financial Officer, Infrastructure
Department of Technology Management & Budget
State of Michigan

Jeffrey Jenks
City Commissioner
City of Huntington Woods

Donald Johnson
City Manager
City of Royal Oak

Captain Chris Kelenske
Deputy State Director
Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Michigan State Police

Claire Khouri
Senior Strategy Advisory
Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder
State of Michigan

Bill Lasher
Village Of Ovid

Tom Lenard
Director of Strategy and Outreach
Office of Senator Ananich
State of Michgan

Nick Lyon
Department of Health & Human Services
State of Michigan

Ann-Marie Mapes
Educational Technology Consultant, Office of Education Improvement & Innovation 
Department of Education
State of Michigan

Lynn Markland
City Manager
City Of Fenton

Sara Wycoff McCauley
Senior Strategic Policy Advisor
Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder
State of Michigan

Patrick McPharlin
Department of Insurance and Financial
State of Michigan

Scott Menzel
Washtenaw Intermediate School District

George Miller
Department of Health and Human Services
Oakland County

Angela Minicuci
Communications Director
Department of Health and Human Services
State of Michigan

Jason Moon
Communications Director
Licensing and Regulatory Agency
State of Michigan

Carol O'Cleireacain, PhD
Deputy Mayor
Economic Policy, Planning & Strategy
City of Detroit

Chris Priest
Medicaid Director
Department of Health & Human Services
State of Michigan

John Quackenbush
Chairman-Designate, Michigan Public Service
Department of Licensing and Regulatory
State Of Michigan

Mike Senyko
Chief of Staff
Department Of State
State of Michigan

Craig Stolsonburg
Board of Commissioners
Barry County

Jim Taylor
Chief Technology Officer
Oakland County

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

Sara Vander Werff
City Of Grand Rapids

Al Vanderberg
County Administrator
Ottawa County

Kurt Weiss
Public Information Officer
State Budget Office
State of Michigan

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

Mike Zimmer
Department of Licensing and Regulatory
State Of Michigan


Industry Representatives

Thomas Hines
Marketing & Sales Market Leader

Jay Rice

Client Account Lead, Michigan
Health & Public Service

Dave Tripp
Account Executive
Information Technology & Services
Unisys Corporation

Scott Welch
Account Executive

Cindy Willhite
Government & Public Affairs
Corvias Solutions

Made Possible by Our Wonderful Exhibitors Sponsors

Registration Information / Contact Us


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

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney
Phone: (916) 932-1435


Lansing Center

333 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 483-7400

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Lansing Center Lot: $6.00/car/day. The Lansing Center lot is located underneath the Lansing Center with the entrance off Cedar Street by the City Market. North and South Grand Avenue Ramps: $1.00/car/half-hour (or $10 maximum). The North and South Grand Avenue lots are located across Grand Avenue with access via covered skywalk to Lansing Center. Hours of enforcement: 8:00am – 11:00pm.

Hotel Options

Governing does not have a room block established for this event; however, the following hotels are located near the Lansing Center and may be considered for overnight accommodations:

Radisson Hotel Lansing (connected to Lansing Center via walkway)
111 North Grand Avenue
(517) 482-0188

Howard Johnson East Lansing
1100 Trowbridge Road
(517) 351-5500

The Gatehouse Suites – East Lansing
1600 East Grand River Avenue
(517) 332-7711

Marriott East Lansing at University Place
300 M.A.C. Avenue
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 337-4440