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Pundit Summit XVI

November 10, 2022
1:00 to 4:30 PM

The Graduate, East Lansing

Pundit Summit logo icon

Pundit Summit XVI

November 10, 2022
1:00 to 4:30 PM

The Graduate, East Lansing

If you’re here, we know you’ve been paying close attention to the ideological inferno that is Michigan’s political climate. We’re ready to cool things down with some radical civility and a whole lot of election content for you from our state’s top pundits. Get the inside scoop you won’t find anywhere else at Pundit Summit XVI!

Agenda

Welcome

Kick off an afternoon of razor‐​sharp commentary, hot takes, and election insights with PSC shareholders Julie Metty Bennett and Rachel Kuntzsch.

Civility for the Next Generation

At the core of good public policy are people who can talk with one another, have differing viewpoints, but agree to keep the conversation going. A strong democracy demands that we don’t shy away from healthy disagreement and constructive dialogue.

Campaign from the Frontlines

Get a behind‐​the‐​scenes look at some of the hottest campaigns this election cycle. We’ll talk about what was supposed to happen, what actually happened, and why.

Symphony of Pundits

A live symphony like you’ve never seen! Robust election analysis with a broad array of news media reporters and political experts.

Facts of the Future

In an era where misinformation and mistrust runs rampant, how can we ground ourselves in facts as we work towards a better informed, balanced, and inclusive future? We are diving into the day’s discussions about healthy disagreements, the future policy landscape, and the power of credible voices.

Agenda

Welcome

Kick off an afternoon of razor‐​sharp commentary, hot takes, and election insights with PSC shareholders Julie Metty Bennett and Rachel Kuntzsch.

Civility for the Next Generation

At the core of good public policy are people who can talk with one another, have differing viewpoints, but agree to keep the conversation going. A strong democracy demands that we don’t shy away from healthy disagreement and constructive dialogue.

Campaign from the Frontlines

Get a behind‐​the‐​scenes look at some of the hottest campaigns this election cycle. We’ll talk about what was supposed to happen, what actually happened, and why.

Symphony of Pundits

A live symphony like you’ve never seen! Robust election analysis with a broad array of news media reporters and political experts.

Facts of the Future

In an era where misinformation and mistrust runs rampant, how can we ground ourselves in facts as we work towards a better informed, balanced, and inclusive future? We are diving into the day’s discussions about healthy disagreements, the future policy landscape, and the power of credible voices.

Meet Your Panelists

Public Sector Consultants
Chief Executive Officer

A policy pragmatist, Julie Metty Bennett has spent decades looking closely at the intersection between our natural resources and our quality of life. Julie is a leading policy expert with a flair for guiding political stakeholders to where good, people‐​focused solutions are easier to find and adopt.

Public Sector Consultants
President

Rachel merged her own consultancy with PSC six years ago, bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and practical business management experience along with her. Today, Rachel uses her public policy expertise to advance equitable solutions and provide strategic counsel to colleagues and clients.

PunditXVI-Panelists_OrlandoBailey

BridgeDetroit, Engagement Director

Panel: Symphony of Pundits

PunditXVI-Panelists_ZoeClark

Michigan Radio, Political Director

Panel: Symphony of Pundits

PunditXVI-Panelists_MaeveCoyle

Whitmer Campaign, Communications Director

Panel: Campaign from the Frontlines

PunditXVI-Panelists_PrestonElliott

Whitmer Campaign, Campaign Manager

Panel: Campaign from the Frontlines

PunditXVI-Panelists_NolanFinley

Civility Project, Co‐​founder

Panel: Civility for the Next Generation

PunditXVI-Panelists_LaurenGibbons2

Bridge Michigan, Capitol Reporter

Panel: Campaign from the Frontlines

PunditXVI-Panelists_ZachGorchow

Gongwer, Executive Editor and Publisher

Panel: Symphony of Pundits

PunditXVI-Panelists_StephenHenderson

Civility Project, Co‐​founder

Panel: Civility for the Next Generation

PunditXVI-Panelists_JordynHermani

MLive, Michigan Politics Reporter

Panel: Symphony of Pundits

PunditXVI-Panelists_EsmatIshagOsman

Citizens Research Council of Michigan, Research Associate

Panel: Facts of the Future

PunditXVI-Panelists_ColinJackson2

Michigan Radio, Capitol Reporter

Panel: Symphony of Pundits

PunditXVI-Panelists_NisaKhan

Michigan Radio, Data Reporter

Panel: Facts of the Future

PunditXVI-Panelists_EmilyLawler

Detroit Free Press, State Politics and Government Editor

Panel: Symphony of Pundits

PunditXVI-Panelists_ChadLivengood

Detroit News, Politics Editor and Columnist

Panel: Symphony of Pundits

PunditXVI-Panelists_CraigMauger

Detroit News, State Politics Reporter

Panel: Facts of the Future

PunditXVI-Panelists_KyleMelinn

MIRS News, Editor and Co‐owner

Panel: Symphony of Pundits

PunditXVI-Panelists_RickPluta

Michigan Public Radio, Senior Capitol Correspondent

Panel: Symphony of Pundits

PunditXVI-Panelists_AndiePoole

Martin Waymire, Partner

Panel: Facts of the Future

PunditXVI-Panelists_SimonSchuster

MLive, Political Reporter

Panel: Symphony of Pundits

Watch Scenes from 2020 Pundit Summit XV

Opening Monologue
Election in Reflection

Unprecedented? Train wreck? Dumpster fire? Whatever you call it, 2020 has taught us a lot about politics and leadership. It’s time to take stock and reflect on what we learned from an election year like none other.

Pundy Awards

Action sequences, fighting bears, a trojan horse, celebrities and more, these impressive Pundy Awards will have you rolling with laughter or rolling your eyes, maybe both!

Symphony of Pundits

A live symphony for the ages. Michigan’s most established journalists deliver razor sharp commentary on this memorable — and forgettable — election year.

The Policy Behind the Politics

Where do we go from here? It’s time to move beyond divisive party lines and look ahead at what the election outcome means for various sectors in Michigan.

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