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Here is our list of organized events planned for Summer Symposium 2017. Note that some events will require a ticket.

But don't stop here! We have a full list of recommended restaurants, cultural tours, sport outings, and activities for you to consider adding to your Detroit itinerary. 

Thursday, July 13
Cocktail Party and Welcome Reception
5:00 - 6:30pm
Cost: Complimentary for attendees, Guest tickets available for $75

Join us at the Detroit Institute of Arts for our Summer Symposium 2017 welcome reception with cocktails and appetizers amid world-class art collections.

Friday, July 14
Ford Innovation and Philanthropy Tour
1:00 - 6:00pm
Cost: $20 (open to attendees and partners)

Visit the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation with its 250 acres of innovation, 300 years of history and 26 million artifacts. Rediscover America through hundreds of hands-on exhibits and a docent-led "Innovation Tour". Jim Vella, President of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services has agreed to join our tour and speak personally about Ford's commitment to philanthropy. Additionally, attendees will also tour examples of Ford's investments in the community.

Dine Arounds
Cost: on own (open to attendees and partners)

From classic Detroit fare to gourmet dining, attendees can sign up during the Symposium for dine arounds to enjoy great conversation, great food and great surroundings at local restaurants.

Night, Saturday, July 15
Progressive Dinner with Rock Ventures
6:00 - 10:30pm
Cost: $125

Saturday evening’s “progressive” event, planned by our friends at Rock Ventures, offers a true taste of Detroit cuisine, architecture, history, and business.

The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres in the dPOP! building basement and a presentation from Laura Grannemann, Vice President of Strategic Investments at Rock Ventures (see bio below). Laura will present on Rock Venture’s mission to increase growth, innovation and prosperity in Detroit and Cleveland, the public and private partnerships that have developed to support this mission, and how company’s strategic philanthropic priorities have evolved. The presentation will include time for Q&A.

We will then walk to the Rosetti rooftop space in the Federal Reserve Building for music, cocktails, and a strolling dinner.

Laura Grannemann
Vice President of Strategic Investments

Laura joined the company in May of 2014 after graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in International Development. While her education was focused internationally on China, Burma, and Thailand, she has been able to apply much of the same economic and social development methodology to the city of Detroit.

As the Vice President of Strategic Investments, Laura focuses mostly on breaking down complex systems related to economic development and neighborhood stabilization, including Detroit’s tax foreclosure crisis, the mortgage market in the city, and building economic opportunity for all. Throughout her time with Rock Ventures, Laura has led projects that bring together the community, as well as public and private partners ¬ Rehabbed & Ready, Motor City Mapping, and the fight against tax foreclosure, to name a few.

Laura is excited to creatively and collaboratively address more of Detroit’s challenges in the future, and she is grateful for the many opportunities Rock Ventures has provided for her to do so.

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