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May 27 2015

John Hope Bryant Shares Solutions to the Conversation about Riots, Race and Opportunity at the Mackinac Policy Conference

DETROIT, MI – May 27, 2015 – Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant attends the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Island Policy Conference, to further financial dignity initiatives started at the HOPE Inside location at Fifth Third Bank.

The four-day gathering of the state’s political and business leaders, features Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Gov. Rick Snyder, author Dan Senor, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb, among others.

At the Mackinac Island Policy Conference more than 1,500 people attend to hear from national experts and engage in formal or impromptu discussions about struggling schools, Detroit, urban revival, skilled trades, the economy and — of course — what to do about deteriorating roads weeks after voters crushed a lawmaker-proposed infrastructure plan.  

The three-day meeting at the historic Grand Hotel starts Wednesday is organized around three "pillars" — attracting and retaining talented workers, revitalizing cities and uniting state leaders around shared values.

Among policy issues on the conference agenda is fixing low-performing schools, especially in Detroit. Some groups opposite the business community on the political spectrum will host their own "women's economic security" summit on Wednesday in Mackinaw City, on the mainland. Engaged residents of Michigan and other liberal organizations plan to raise awareness about stagnant salaries, income inequality and to strategize about family leave and sick time.

The conference is held May 26-29 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.