The Detroit Homecoming is a two-day conference inviting "expatriates" back to Detroit to reconnect and reinvest.

Host Committee

Mitch Albom, Author
Tonya Allen, CEO, Skillman Foundation
Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors Co.
Sandy Baruah, CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Manoj Bhargava, CEO, Living Essentials LLC, maker of 5-Hour Energy
Dave Bing, Former Mayor of Detroit
Marge Byington Potter, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Continental Rail Gateway
Mary Sue Coleman, President Emeritus, University of Michigan
Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit
David Foltyn, Chairman and CEO, Honigman
Edsel B. Ford II, Ford Motor Co.
Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder, Quicken Loans/Rock Ventures
Rod Gillum, Partner, Jackson Lewis and Chair, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO, Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
John C. Kennedy, President/CEO, Autocam Corp.
Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC
William Martin, President, FirstMartin Corp.
Jerry Norcia, President and Chief Operating Officer, DTE
Cindy Pasky, President and CEO, Strategic Staffing Solutions
Roger Penske, Founder and Chairman, Penske Corp.
Rip Rapson, CEO, Kresge Foundation
Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods
Nancy Schlichting, CEO, Henry Ford Health System
Lou Anna Simon, President, Michigan State University
Matt Simoncini, President and CEO, Lear Corporation
A. Alfred Taubman, Founder, The Taubman Company
M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University

Expat Hosts

Richard Baron, McCormack Baron Salazar
Mike Jbara, Global Music Executive, Warner Music Group
Brian Owens, Vice President, Global Head of Brand Strategy, eBay
Eric Ryan, Founder, Method


College for Creative Studies
Crain Communications
Cranbrook/Kingswood Schools
Detroit Country Day School
Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
Detroit Public Schools
Downtown Detroit Partnership
Kresge Foundation
Lawrence Tech University
Lear Corp.
Lowe Campbell Ewald
Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Michigan State University
Office of the Governor, State of Michigan
Office of the Mayor, City of Detroit
Skillman Foundation
University of Detroit Jesuit
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan
Walsh College
Wayne State University


Jim Hayes,
Retired Publisher, Fortune magazine
Mary Kramer,
Publisher, Crain's Detroit Business

It's about time to come home

It's about time to come home, to see the real Detroit. The Detroit Homecoming offers new opportunities to reconnect, recharge, reinvest. That's why a coalition of partners invites you to participate in the two-day event Sept. 17-19, 2014.

We want to bring "expatriates" — whether they were born in Detroit or attended school in the region — back to the city to explore the opportunities to invest, engage and reshape the city and its story in its postbankruptcy era. We have invited key local executives, investors, entrepreneurs and grassroots leaders to meet you.

Together, we'll learn about the new Detroit narrative and experience and visit places in Detroit otherwise difficult for out-of-towners to access on a quick trip home.

Are you an expat? Do you KNOW an expat?

Tell us about yourself or the person you know and we will follow up to let you know how you can become involved in The Detroit Homecoming.


Are you an expat? Do you KNOW an expat? Tell us about yourself — or the person you know. We can follow up and let you know how to become involved in Detroit Homecoming.