Business Leaders for Michigan to host first Top Ten Talk

Event in Lansing Feb. 3 will touch on key priorities for improving Michigan’s K-12 education system, talent attraction & economic development

The state’s business roundtable will release highlights of its annual benchmarking report and bring together leadership from some of the most successful states in the nation to talk about updated strategies for job attraction, education and continued economic growth.

CEO Doug Rothwell will present BLM’s strategic plan, Michigan’s Road to Top Ten, aimed at guiding policymakers to the action steps that could have the most immediate impact on Michigan’s overall prosperity.

A fireside chat with BLM’s 2020-21 Board Chair, Gerry Anderson of DTE Energy, will culminate the morning event, which will be held Monday, Feb. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lansing Center.

9:00–9:05am              Welcome

                                      Doug Rothwell, President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan


9:05–9:45am              Michigan’s Road to Top Ten

                                      Doug Rothwell, President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan


9:45–10:30am            Winning Strategies from Top Ten States

Ten states currently perform above the rest on key indicators of success: jobs, GDP, personal income and population. Learn what has catapulted Massachusetts, Washington and Minnesota to the top of the pack.

                                      JD Chesloff, Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Roundtable

                                      Steve Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable

                                      Charlie Weaver, Executive Director, Minnesota Business Partnership

                                      Moderator: Zoe Clark, Program Director, Michigan Radio


10:45–11:15am          The Importance of Being Top Ten and Business Climate Rankings

What do large employers look for when they’re choosing a new site? Out of 50 states, what indicators do they use to narrow it down?

Ron Starner, Executive Vice President, Conway Inc./Site Selection Magazine

                                       Moderator: Selma Tucker, Vice President, Public Sector Consultants


11:15–11:45am          Interview with BLM’s new Chair: Gerry Anderson

            Gerry will talk about his vision for BLM as we start a new decade.

           Moderator: Christy McDonald, One Detroit Anchor, Detroit Public Television


Tickets for the event are still available.

Members of the credentialed media can register to attend here or by emailing

About Business Leaders for Michigan: Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, is dedicated to making Michigan a Top Ten state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. The organization is composed exclusively of the executive leaders of Michigan’s largest companies and universities. Our members drive nearly 40 percent of the state’s economy, generate over $1 trillion in annual revenue and educate nearly half of all Michigan public university students. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.