2019 Keynote

David Pitre

David Pitre leads Davis & Company’s consulting team, which provides clients with support in employee communication and change management. Since joining the firm in 2005, David has helped leading organizations—such as BlackRock, Dun & Bradstreet, New York Public Library, PepsiCo and The Rockefeller Foundation—reach, engage and motivate their employees. As the firm’s measurement practice leader, he […]

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Keenan Covington

Keenan manages marketing efforts for Crain’s Detroit Business, a weekly publication that provides business influencers must-have news and information. In addition to his marketing duties, he’s the co-director of expat outreach for Detroit Homecoming, a role where he identifies and engages successful and influential ex-Detroiters across the country. Before joining Crain’s, Keenan served in the workforce development

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Colleen Robar

Colleen Robar is president of Robar PR, which specializes in projects that combine global thinking with her passion for Detroit, her hometown. She recently completed a full-time assignment for General Motors International Operations in Shanghai and Singapore. Before relocating to Asia, Colleen was director of corporate communications at Detroit-based Crain Communications Inc., publisher of more

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Brad Heureux

Brad Heureux is the founder and CEO of Zing Media Group (ZMG), a leading media strategy company specializing in innovative media, marketing and communications approaches. Prior to founding ZMG in 2017, Brad was the CEO of Marketing Nation, based on the east coast. Before that, he was VP of media development at Adify-Cox Enterprises in Silicon

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Andy Hetzel

Andy Hetzel is responsible for communications strategy and brand positioning for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and serving as corporate spokesperson on major issues. His department directs all internal and external communications capabilities for the company, including public relations, advertising, marketing communications, publications, social media and employee communications. He previously served in executive and

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Alison Davis

Alison Davis is founder and CEO of Davis & Company, the award-winning employee communication firm that for over 30 years has helped leading companies reach, engage and motivate their employees. She sets strategic direction for the firm, consults with clients on their toughest communication challenges and leads development of new products and services. A sought-after speaker

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Paula Silver

Paula Silver is responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of DTE Energy company communications, including advertising, sponsorships, brand management, digital communications, media relations, internal communications, marketing communications and operational communications for the gas, electric, nuclear and unregulated businesses. Previously, she was vice president of Communications and Investor Relations at Federal-Mogul and vice president of

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