Mobility Summit - September 19, 2023

Mobility Summit Agenda

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Overview

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Paul Krutko, President & CEO | Ann Arbor SPARK
Sarah Cicotte, Director of Mobility Programs | Ann Arbor SPARK


9:10 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

Garlin Gilchrist II, Lt. Governor | State of Michigan

Leading Advanced Aerial Mobility in Michigan

9:25 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Eric Muir, Founder | Volair Technologies
Ben Marchionna, Director of Technology & Business Development | Electra
Danny Ellis, Founder & CEO | SkySpecs
Michael Healander, Co-Founder | Airspace Link
Chris Girdwood, CEO| Detroit Region Aerotropolis

This panel delves into the exciting world of aerial mobility and explores the ways that Michigan is at the forefront of advancing this revolutionary technology. This thought-provoking session brings together key stakeholders and industry leaders to discuss challenges, opportunities and innovations shaping the future of aerial mobility here in the Great Lakes State.

Fireside Chat: Michigan Mobility: The Past, The Present, The Future

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Justine Johnson, Chief Mobility Officer | Michigan Office of Future Mobility & Electrification

Kathryn Snorrason, Interim Chief Mobility Officer| Michigan Office of Future Mobility & Electrification

Join leaders from Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility & Electrification (OFME) as they discuss the past, present, and future of mobility innovation in Michigan. This session will reflect back on why OFME was created, highlight progress made over the last 3+ years, and explore OFME’s vision for the future.

Unlocking Mobility: Exploring Accessibility Opportunities and Challenges

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

MaryAnn Beebe, Accessibility Program Engineering Manager | General Motors
Tim Woods, Founding Partner | POCO Labs
Maureen Marshall, Senior Director Midwest Region | CALSTART
Allison Hegarty, Customer Success Manager | May Mobility

As technology continues to advance, ensuring equal access to mobility remains a critical challenge. This panel discussion brings together industry leaders, accessibility advocates, and mobility experts to explore the opportunities and challenges around accessibility in the realm of transportation and mobility.

Mobility and Equity: How Mayors are Shifting the Local Narratives

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Christopher Taylor, Mayor | City of Ann Arbor, MI
Melanie Piana, Mayor
| City of Ferndale, MI

John Bauters, Mayor | City of Emeryville, CA
Khalfani Stephens, Deputy Mayor | City of Pontiac, MI
Nick Moroz, Mayor | City of Plymouth, MI

This panel features a group of visionary and progressive mayors who are leading the charge in leveraging transportation and mobility to tackle racial and social inequity in their communities. Through their innovative approaches, they are promoting inclusive growth and creating more just and accessible cities for all residents.


12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

D2A2: Building Connections in the Mobility Ecosystems of Ann Arbor and Detroit

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Tony Geara, Deputy Chief of Mobility Innovation | City of Detroit
Kelly Sexton, Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships | University of Michigan
Colleen Hau, Founder | Orthogonal Thinking
Reuben Sarkar, President & CEO | American Center for Mobility
Cal Coplai, Staff Technical Program Manager | Cavnue

A dynamic conversation focusing on fostering connections within the mobility ecosystems of Ann Arbor and Detroit. Southeast Michigan has gained recognition as an epicenter for cutting-edge research and development as well as the place to be for mobility startups. This panel explores the collaborative efforts needed to further drive technological advancements, attract investment, and create new economic opportunities.

Drivers and Barriers to Electrification

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Kwabena “Q” Johnson, President | Plug Zen
Sarah Hipel, Standards & Reliability Program Manager | Joint Office of Energy and Transportation
Tu Le, Managing Director | Sino Auto Insights
Nathan King, Co-Founder & COO | itselectric
Simi Barr, Energy Analyst | City of Ann Arbor

This session brings together industry experts and policy makers to shed light on the factors influencing the adoption and growth of electric vehicles, and to explore the opportunities and challenges in transitioning towards electric mobility.

Sustainability and Tomorrow’s Workforce

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Anne Partington, Managing Director | Tauber Institute for Global Operations
Cheryl Thompson, Founder | Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement
Christopher Rishko, Director, Talent Solutions | Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Julie Sammons, Director of Sustainability | Our Next Energy
Jasmit Kaur, Founder & CEO | Culturbie

This session provides insightful discussion on the intersections of innovation, technology and the workforce of tomorrow. Explore how companies can be employers of choice, how to retain talent, nurture a strong company culture, and how evolving technology and the demands of the up and coming workforce will shape work as we know it.

Closing Remarks

3:45 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

3:50 p.m.

Sustainable Future Forum Sponsors