Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox talks about immigration, the wall and DACA before speaking at Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society.
The Democrat who represents Michigan's 12th Congressional District believes in talking about the issues across the aisle, with civil dialogue and respect. "We need to stop demonizing other people," she says.
The Republican from Michigan's 6th Congressional District says he has "really good friends" on both sides of the aisle in the Michigan delegation, and that they work together well. "We gotta listen to each other to get things done," he says.
Since 1991, Odis Bellinger has been helping adolescent boys in Detroit learn to value themselves and develop a plan for their future, through his program Building Better Men. As he puts it, he's "a dream builder for young people."
When her son was diagnosed with autism, Shell Jones of Shelby Township couldn’t find a place where he could be himself. So she created one: Play-Place for Autism. She had no trouble finding people who wanted to be a part of it.
Lear Corporation President and CEO Matthew Simoncini leads his company's contributions toward youth education and recreation in Metro Detroit. A strong supporter of the arts, he is also a board member of Michigan Opera Theatre and other groups.
Businessman and philanthropist Stephen Polk of Bloomfield Hills talks about the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo, built thanks to his family's $10 million gift.
Chief Judge Maldonado of Petoskey worked to bring Michigan in compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act, which protects children from being removed from their homes under federal and state Indian removal policies.
ACLU of Michigan began investigating the Flint Water Crisis early in 2014, playing a key role in shining a light on the issues residents were facing. Executive Director Kary L. Moss found the experience "incredibly invigorating and rewarding."
The CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Mark Wallace talks about how turning the city's waterfront into a gathering place for everyone has built civic pride and will last for generations.
- Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox on immigration
- 2017 Michiganian of the Year: U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell
- 2017 Michiganian of the Year: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton
- 2017 Michiganian of the Year: Odis Bellinger
- 2017 Michiganian of the Year: Shell Jones
- 2017 Michiganian of the Year: Matthew Simoncini
- 2017 Michiganian of the Year: Stephen Polk
- 2017 Michiganian of the Year: Judge Allie Greenleaf Maldonado
- 2017 Michiganian of the Year: Kary L. Moss
- 2017 Michiganian of the Year: Mark Wallace