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The OneUP Forum

The Northern Center at Northern Michigan University
Monday, April 22, 2024

Get ready for an action-packed day focused on collective impact in your Upper Peninsula communities.

Featuring Keynote Speaker Ben Whiting. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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8:00 AM: Breakfast & Check-In (Check out our new TRANSFR VR Headsets!)  

8:30 AM: Introduction from UPMW CEO Debb Brunell 

8:45 AM Keynote Speaker: Ben Whiting “Create a Limitless Culture”  

Ben combines his background in leadership development and corporate entertainment to help organizations create cultures that can achieve the impossible (while having a LOT of fun). He’s been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, the New York Times, and his clients include Apple, Google, American Express, and Amazon.  

9:45 AM: Break (Check out our new TRANSFR VR Headsets!)  

10:00 AM: Industry Breakout Sessions  

10:45 AM: Break (VR Headsets and networking)  

11:00 AM: Industry Roundtables  

Hospitality & Tourism 
Education & Training 

12:00 PM: Lunch  

12: 30 PM: Bridges out of Poverty high level overview presented by Mike Steber. He will share with us the Bridges out of Poverty model, and the success of the work that he is leading to improve the lives of individuals in the Keweenaw Peninsula.  

1:15 PM: Break  

1:30 PM: Planning Region Breakouts – What can we do to improve the workforce experience in our local communities to ensure a stable pipeline of workers to staff our local businesses?  

2:30 PM: Break  

2:45 PM: Planning Region Report outs  

3:15 PM: Awards presentation and final keynote by Marty Fittante, InvestUP