CEOs on Embracing the Power of & in Business and Civil Discourse

To discuss the 2023 Conference theme, the Power of &, and what it means to their organizations and what it looks like in business, four chief executive officers from the health, technology, and finance industries joined a panel moderated by WOOD-TV 8’s Rick Albin

The panelists were: 

  • Tina Freese Decker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corewell Health   
  • AB Ghosh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hemlock Semiconductor  
  • Kenneth Kelly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, First Independence Bank  
  • Suzanne Shank, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC 

Opportunities Within Business to Embrace the Power of & 

There are many opportunities for businesses to embrace the Power of &, panelists shared, with the top being future-thinking, simplification, innovation, and compromise.  

At Corewell Health, Freese Decker said they’re constantly considering the future when making decisions and take an integrated, uncomplicated approach with the goal of making health care “simple & equitable & affordable & exceptional & accessible.” 

Ghosh shared that at Hemlock Semiconductor, they focus on investing in the future, as well as “win-win” solutions – or what’s in it for everyone – which he stated is the only way to grow your business. This sentiment was echoed by Kelly, who rejects the idea of “either or” and heavily relies on the Power of &. 

Shank focused on the importance of innovation and collaboration, sharing: 

“Our audience is comprised of leaders, innovators, changemakers. We are the essence of change that needs to happen. We’re the group that will make it happen in Michigan,” said Shank. “I know we talk a lot about threats to our society … it’s really us. Until we, as educated, informed citizens, lean in and take action, reach across the aisle to someone you might not normally do so, we’re not going to succeed. We need to be the catalyst for change.”