Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

U-M president to participate in National Summit

President Mary Sue Coleman and Michigan’s other two University Research Corridor presidents will be among 60 CEOs and public officials leading discussions on transforming the U.S. economy at the National Summit next Monday through Wednesday.

Coleman will join Wayne State University President Jay Noren and Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to help lead a national conversation on a plan for advancing the country’s agenda.

It also will involve CEOs of some of the nation’s largest companies, high-ranking federal officials and at least 1,200 participants.

CNBC and Fox Business plan live national coverage.

Coleman will participate in a session on competitiveness at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and will be joined by Eva Chen, co-founder and CEO of Trend Micro Inc.; Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Zebra Technologies Corp.; and James Turley, chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young LLP. The moderator will be Tony Uphoff, CEO of TechWeb.

Other session topics involving the URC presidents include education innovation, a technology town hall, and managing talent in a knowledge-based economy.

The National Summit begins two weeks after General Motors Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection during an economic crisis of historic proportions. The summit is being convened by the Detroit Economic Club at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, GM’s home base.

A unique national conversation, it will engage a cross-sector gathering of prominent business, labor, government and academic leaders in debate and dialogue in four areas of vital importance to America’s future in a global economy: technology, energy, environment and manufacturing.