Connect: Detroit

A Professional Development Experience Like No Other

May 22 | Detroit, MI


Do what's REAL

Connect: Detroit is a one-day experience for high-achieving executives and business leaders to learn in the real-life learning laboratory that is Detroit’s renaissance and resurgence.  

Here is your opportunity to build real and lasting connections and immerse yourself into the undeniable professional benefits of exploring the connections between people, places, and ideas. The Detroit reinvention story offers real and powerful takeaways on how to disrupt paradigms and create opportunities out of anything.

Featuring The Honorable Steven Rhodes

Retired Chief Judge, US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan recently retired after 30 years of distinguished service to the federal judiciary. He is best known for his role presiding over the City of Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history.  

Since his retirement in 2015, Mr. Rhodes has served as the City of Detroit Public Schools Transition Manager, an office created to lead the City’s public schools out of difficulty in the wake of the larger bankruptcy. He also serves as a mediator with JAMS mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution services.  

Join us to discover your what's next. Judge Rhodes will discuss with us the leadership lessons learned from the Detroit bankruptcy.  

Connect: Detroit Speakers

This is just a hint of the line up we've scheduled for you. These folks will inspire you! Listen to how they inspired us.

Dan Gilmartin

CEO Michigan Municipal League, visionary and connector

Dr. Phil Knight

Executive Director, Food Bank Council of Michigan, master connector of ideas and missions

Lauren Snyder

STARTERS graduate, independent writing professional and practitioner of PureReinvention


Morning - Themed Tours

Take one of 3 themed tours

Connecting People

Connecting Places

Connecting Ideas

Afternoon - TED-Style Talks

Each group gets 5 speakers

Peers sharing reinvention stories

No PowerPoint information dumps

The sharing of grit and experience 

Closing - Group Discussion 

Team PureReinvention leads a discussion of the day's takeaways

Share your thoughts

Make new friends

Claim Your Spot Now

This opportunity is limited to the first 50 who are reinvention ready!