The Michigan Opportunity

Through dynamic discussion, The Michigan Opportunity markets the state and promotes Michigan as a world-class business location. The podcast serves as a forward-thinking voice for Michigan as a conduit to global trends and applications in the new global economy.

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Season - 3 Episode 31

Rod Wood, President and CEO, Detroit Lions and Alexis Wiley, Founder and CEO, Moment Strategies, Strategic Communications and Public Relations

What has 300,000 people in attendance, over 54 million viewers, and will be in Downtown Detroit in the Spring of 2024? The NFL Draft. The NFL Draft will be held in downtown Detroit April 25-27. Hear what it means in the way of economic development to the City of Detroit and State of Michigan from the President of the Detroit Lions, Rod Wood and CEO of Moment Strategies, Alexis Wiley.

Season - 3 Episode 29

Hiram Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Real Times Media

Real Times Media (RTM) CEO, Hiram Jackson, discusses his 30-year track record of success in business and community activism. Headquartered in Detroit, RTM has evolved from a traditional newspaper publisher (including the Michigan Chronicle) into one of the country’s leading creators of African American content across multiple platforms. Additionally, Hiram shares his involvement as a managing partner of the real estate development firm, Paradise Valley Real Estate Holdings.

Season - 3 Episode 26

Diana Callaghan, Managing Director, Endeavor

Diana Callaghan, Managing Director of Endeavor, leads the organization's Great Lakes efforts. Founded in 1997, Endeavor promotes economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the growth of entrepreneurs leading high-performing companies with the most potential to create economic impact. Additionally, she and Ed discuss the University of Michigan alumni's global path to get to this key leadership position.

Season - 3 Episode 24

Steven Dyokas, Director of the U.S. APEC Host Secretariat within the U.S. Department of State

Steven Dyokas, Director of the U.S. APEC (Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation) Host Secretariat within the U.S. Department of State, discusses the historic visit to Detroit, and all the elements to this unique global organization. Hear how Michigan’s private, public, NGO, and higher education sectors are helping drive that agenda with mobility, manufacturing, international trade border crossings, energy transition, health, digitization, and much more.

Season - 3 Episode 23

Jeff Lambert, Chairman and Founder of Lambert

Jeff Lambert founded Lambert at age 26 and has led the firm through 21 straight years of growth to become Michigan’s largest PR firm, a top-40 PR firm in the U.S., and a top-15 firm nationally in investor relations and financial communications. Hear Jeff discuss his 3 future trends: Artificial Intelligence x factor, globalization, and speed of technology adaption. plus a new venture with Tiicker.

Season - 3 Episode 22

Claude Molinari, President and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau

Claude Molinari, president and CEO of Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, discusses activities going on in Metro Detroit and the Bureau’s Visit Detroit initiative. Visit Detroit promotes the region as a convention, business-meeting and tourism destination. They organization works with the Detroit and Windsor business community, civic organizations, local government offices and more.

Season - 3 Episode 21

Adam Tomasek, Supervisory Division Chief in the Private Sector Engagement Hub of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Adam Tomasek, supervisory division chief in the Private Sector Engagement Hub of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), disscusses how he helps carry on USAID’s long history of working with the private sector on a broad range of development priorities around the world. As a U of M alumni, he holds experience with the World Wildlife Fund, U.N., World Bank, World Economic Forum, Peace Corps, and more.

Season - 3 Episode 20

Roberta Dall’Olio, Director of EURADA

Hear Roberta Dall’Olio, Director of the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) as she discusses how the association facilitates the cooperation among regional economic development practitioners, is tasked with building out and advocating for European Union projects and more. Roberta has established strong ties with the International Economic Development Council alongside Michigan Native Nathan Ohle.

Season - 3 Episode 19

Richard Florida, Renowned Urbanist and Author

After recently speaking at the Mackinac Policy Conference, world leading urbanist, Richard Florida, discuss his 3 Pillars of Focus: Tech, Talent, and Place. He is the international best-selling author of “The Rise of the Creative Class” and the founder of the Creative Class Group. He also advises companies such as BMW, Starwood Hotels, Facebook, Bloomberg, Microsoft and others.

Season - 3 Episode 18

Special Episode: Mackinac Policy Conference 2023 Day 2

Join host Ed Clemente for a special The Michigan Opportunity Podcast live from Mackinac Island for day two of the Mackinac Policy Conference. Hear from Michelle Grinnell, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Maureen Donahue Krauss, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Regional Partnership. Ed also chats with Lisa Lunsford, CEO of GS3 and Glenn Stevens, Executive Director of MICHAuto and VP Automotive & Mobility Initiative, as well as Jennifer Hayes, Senior VP Operations & Policy, at Invest Detroit, Linzie Venegas, President, The Ideal Group and Michele Economou Ureste, Executive Director, Workforce Intelligence Network.

About the Host: Ed Clemente

Ed Clemente joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in 2020 as the Senior Advisor for Trends and Development.

From 2012-2020, Clemente served as a two-term governor appointed Hearing Commissioner for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). Executing over 7,000 judicial Orders/Decisions, over the tenure of service. Prior joining the MLCC, Clemente launched Michigan’s Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) establishing it as 501c3 and 501c6 entity and serving as its first President.

Ed Clemente was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004 representing parts of southern Wayne County. During his three terms in the State House (2004-2010) he led task forces on electric vehicles, biosciences, film industry, Brownfield restoration, economic development, quality of life and advanced energy. Before his tenure as a public official, Clemente held several leadership roles at the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce, including President and Director Economic and Business Development. He also previously chaired the Economic Development Committee of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and was elected as a Trustee for Wayne County Community College District, serving four terms.

Clemente has earned degrees from Ferris State, Michigan State University and Sienna Heights Universities. Clemente was awarded with a prestigious fellowship to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and The National Judicial College for Administrative Law. He graduated from several political leadership development programs, including Leadership Detroit, Michigan Political Leadership Program, and Leadership 21. He is a previous small business owner and has taught at Northwood University. Additionally, he hosts a “Critical Conversations” podcast and is a member of the Workforce Advisors for Wayne County Community College. Ed serves on the Board of Directors for Global Ties Detroit and the Motor Cities National Heritage Area. An avid traveler, Ed has visited more than 80 countries and territories, 150+ UNESCO World Heritage sites, many to play rugby tournaments, others for professional exchange and some for just intellectual curiosity.


The Michigan Opportunity is brought to you by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). In collaboration with more than 100 economic development partners, MEDC markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.