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.


The Michigan Opportunity Podcast

Season - 3 Episode 34

Lydia Michael, Owner of Blended Collective, Author of Brand Love and Kevin Ketels, Assistant Professor Global Supply Chain Management, Mike Ilitch School of Business, Wayne State University

Lydia Michael and Kevin Ketels explore the growing world of international marketing, branding and supply chain evolution. Blended Collective is a multicultural marketing and brand consultancy focused on the core values of authenticity, culture, and diversity. Kevin Ketels of Wayne State University, walks us through the changing world of supply chains and the growth of electrification and EV’s.

Season - 3 Episode 33

Cynthia Hutchinson, CEO, U.S. Center of Advanced Manufacturing (USCAM)

Listen to Cynthia Hutchinson, CEO, U.S. Center of Advanced Manufacturing (USCAM) as she explains the mission and vision of the USCAM and its international impact. The USCAM drives state, regional and national initiatives that accelerate and strengthen advanced manufacturing in the U.S., while helping to inform the global manufacturing agenda. She and host Ed Clemente also discuss her long stint working and living at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland.

Season - 3 Episode 32

Hilary Doe, Chief Growth Officer, State of Michigan

Hear from Hilary Doe, Michigan’s first Chief Growth Officer—and first in the country, on what the Growing Michigan Together Council is tasked with and the members that make up the Council. Hilary leads the state’s efforts to grow Michigan’s population, boost economy, and reputation as the best place to live, work, raise a family, and start a business. With a population goal for 2050, the council will look at ways to successfully attract and retain talent, improve preK-12 educational outcomes, long-term funding solutions for higher education, and develop strategies for upgrading and modernizing our transportation and water infrastructure, including developing long-term, sustainable funding solutions.

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 30

Paul Bussey, Vice President Operations of Grand Traverse Engineering and Construction, Anton Matye, President at Bay Shore Steel Works, LLC and Tom Durkee, Director Tribal Business Development at MEDC

Listen to our three guests as they discuss their unique relationship between the tribes, the MEDC and the collaboration to ensure economic growth and prosperity through our tribal partners, regions across the state, and the communities in which they support, live, and thrive.

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 28

Special Episode: CAR MBS 2023

Join us from the Grand Traverse Resort for a special podcast about CAR MBS (Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars). Hear from industry leaders as they discuss the future of the global automotive industry.

Our guests include: Mark Garrison of Center for Automotive Research (CAR), Kevin Green and students Terrick Thomas & Candace Jones of Focus: Hope, Tom Manganello of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Christine Roeder from the Detroit Regional Partnership GEM program, Kathleen Hickey of Auto/Steel Partnership and World Auto Steel, Jay Johnson of Behavioral Elements and Patrick Weldon of Polaris.

Season - 3 Episode 27

Trista Van Tine, Co-founder & Executive Director, Michigan Founder Fund

Listen to Trista Van Tine, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Michigan Founders Fund. This nonprofit network of high-growth entrepreneurs in Michigan develops unique programming to help with venture success, community needs, and ensuring portions of success contribute to the prosperity of Michigan. Since 2020, she created the state's first Social Impact Startup Pitch Competition, first Founders Retreat for early-stage companies, and the first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Internship Program to pair underrepresented college students with Michigan-based tech companies and VCs.

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 25

John Walsh, President & CEO Michigan Manufacturers Association

Join John Walsh, President and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association as he discusses the manufacturing industry and the next generation of innovators driving Michigan into a future that will continue to shape our state’s economy, communities, businesses, and more. He also shares his unique career path from the legal world to advisor to the Governor and everything in between.

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.