A Robust Talent Agenda


The Detroit Regional Chamber ensures the region is a world-class destination for talent.

The Detroit region’s best attribute is the people, and for our people and companies to succeed in the 21st century global marketplace, empowering individuals with in-demand skills is crucial. That is why the Chamber operates a suite of programs – from K-12 to working professionals – geared toward ensuring 60 percent of adults in our region hold a postsecondary degree or credential by 2030.


Built in Detroit: Strengthening the Motor City’s Talent Pipeline
Melanie D’Evelyn
Sept. 27, 2018

Let’s Detroit Showcases Southeast Michigan to Young Professionals.

The Chamber understands that talent is the No. 1 priority for business.

Attracting and retaining talent can be a challenge. To combat this challenge, the Chamber recently partnered with businesses in the 11-county region to create a first of its kind multifaceted talent strategy - Let’s Detroit.

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Let’s Detroit’s goal is to showcase the region’s assets to young professionals. It does this through a website, texting application, event programming and social media presence. The strategy showcases things to do, places to live, and opportunities to get involved in everything happening in Southeast Michigan.

Read what prominent business leaders think of Let’s Detroit and how it matters to the region.

Did You Know the Chamber…?

Provides all Detroiters a tuition-free path to college

The Chamber administers the Detroit Promise scholarship, providing a tuition-free path to college for all Detroiters.

Students who qualify for the scholarship can attend any of six participating community colleges or 17 four-year universities and colleges.

To ensure students have the one-on-one support they need, the Chamber employs "campus coaches" to help them adjust, navigate and remain enrolled in college.

Read this article for a personal testimony to the importance of the Detroit Promise scholarship.

Connects college students to industry leaders to fill talent needs

Connecting college students with the automotive industry’s exciting careers is a key focus of the Chamber’s MICHauto Summit and Discover Auto series. Since 2013, more than 1,200 resumes have been exchanged and 250 interviews have been scheduled between prospective talent and industry leaders.

Students network with industry leaders at a recent Discover Auto event.


Provides rising talent access to Michigan's top leaders

Each year, a cohort of rising talent from across the Detroit region attends the Mackinac Policy Conference to engage with Michigan's most influential leaders. These individuals are selected by the Chamber and receive exclusive, intimate networking opportunities with speakers, business and government leaders.

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Mayor Mike Duggan meets with Mackinac Future Leaders at a private reception during the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.

In addition to the Mackinac Future Leaders program, the Chamber also selects and sends rising leaders to Harvard Business School each year to participate in the Young American Leaders Program.


Leads Michigan's oldest and most respected professional leadership development program

Leadership Detroit

Leaders across the Detroit region can take their leadership to the next level by participating in Leadership Detroit. For 40 years, this transformational program has impacted the lives of program participants, representing a cross section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media civic groups, health services and community organizations.

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Leadership Detroit is a 10-month program focusing on topics such as educational preparedness, arts and culture, race relations and health and human services.