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Automation Alley’s conference will feature international business experts who will explore the shifting dynamics of the global economy and how companies can best position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities (and rise to the challenges) of doing business around the world in 2022.
For example, to what extent will the pandemic continue to impact the economic, political, and social outlook worldwide? Will material and labor shortages persist and prolong supply chain bottlenecks? How will the seemingly intractable U.S.-China trade conflict continue to stymie the international economy at large? Will nationalism, populism and the decoupling of trade and investment lead to even frostier relations between the world’s leading economies? How will U.S. mid-term elections weigh on Wall Street and influence public policies related to monetary, fiscal, and tax strategies?
Other things to watch out for include other geopolitical risks (i.e., Iran, North Korea, Russia and, even more worrisome, South China Sea territorial grabs), black swan events, and potential blind spots that may disrupt the future performance of U.S. business and industry. Closer to home, how will these factors affect Michigan’s global competitiveness, especially advanced manufacturing and high-tech sectors?
Speakers will address these questions and focus on industries and countries/regions around the world where growth opportunities are particularly strong. They will also examine projected trends in manufacturing, two-way trade and investment flows and, finally, identify industries and countries that will either benefit or be challenged by globalization in the short and medium terms.
8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Reception
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions – Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley
9:05 a.m. Advancing Michigan’s World Leading Role in Industry 4.0 – Quentin L. Messer, Jr., CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and President and Chair, Michigan Strategic Fund-Lansing
9:25 a.m. Global Headwind and Tailwinds – Noel Nevshehir, Director of International Business Services and Global Strategic Partnerships
9:35 a.m. 2022: A Year of Living Hopefully – James E. Glassman, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Head Economist for Chase Commercial Banking
10:15 a.m. Michigan’s Future Business Index – Chris Holman, Founder and CEO, Michigan Business Network
10:45 a.m. Closing Remarks, Noel Nevshehir
January 19 @ 8:00 amTickets / Registration
The Townsend Hotel
100 Townsend St.
Birmingham, MI 48009 United States