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The Power of Collaboration

The Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference this week (May 27-May 30) is a prime example of the power of collaboration.

The largest event of its kind—hosted by one of the oldest, biggest, and most respected chambers of commerce in the U.S.—this year's conference is the best yet bringing together business, education, and public policy leaders from across Michigan and the nation. Included in that group is a friend of Northwood University, Dale Petroskey who has just been selected as the President of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and who is here benchmarking this event with plans for a similar conference for the Dallas, Texas region.

The key focus of this year's conference is the increasing importance of entrepreneurship and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education initiatives in growing vibrant economies. One way we are achieving this at Northwood is by building on our core strength of entrepreneurship and experiential education, especially in programs such as Computer Information Management, Management Information Systems, and Operations & Supply Chain Management. We are also looking to expand our business applications of mathematics, technology and "Big Data" all of which are core to the economies of the near and distant future.

As we grow Northwood University, it is imperative we continue to work with business, education, and public policy leaders in the pursuit of cutting-edge initiatives like those discussed at this year's Mackinac Policy Conference.

Have a great weekend.


Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

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