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Pundit Summit XV

November 10, 2020 | 1:00 pm EST

Ladies and gentlemen, wonks and wanderers, your regularly scheduled election year was interrupted by a pandemic, protests across the nation, virtual meetings — virtual everything — uncertainty, loss and a whole lot more. Ready to relive it? Just kidding, no one wants to do that (especially us). Instead, let’s come together to sort through the detritus and reflect, find some levity and move forward. Tune in to 2021 with Public Sector Consultants.

Relive the Experience

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.

Meet Your Panelists

Julie Metty Bennett, Chief Executive Officer

Julie Metty Bennett, Public Sector Consultants

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.

Rachel Kuntzsch, president

Rachel Kuntzsch, Public Sector Consultants

Rachel merged her own consultancy with PSC four 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.

Wayman Britt, Kent County Administrator

Wayman Britt, Kent County Administrator

County administrator Wayman Britt has been with Kent County since 2004, previously overseeing the Health Department, the Community Development and Housing Department and Veterans Services. Wayman is the liaison for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for several community initiatives, including the Kent County Family and Children’s Coordinating Council.

Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio

Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio

Zoe Clark oversees all programming on Michigan’s largest public radio station. She also co-hosts, with Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing bureau chief Rick Pluta, It's Just Politics, a weekly look at state politics that airs Monday mornings on Morning Edition.

Emily Lawler, MLive

Emily Lawler, MLive

Emily Lawler is a self-proclaimed “Lansing-based reporter who packs a political punch.” She’s the lead reporter for MLive's Public Interest team focused on policy and politics and covers business and regulatory news around the Capitol. Previously, Emily was a reporter at MIRS News, a subscription-based Lansing political newsletter, where she covered the state Senate and the Gov. Rick Snyder administration.

Olivia Lewis, BridgeDetroit

Olivia Lewis, BridgeDetroit

Olivia Lewis is a BridgeDetroit reporter, formerly a reporter for the Battle Creek Enquirer and the Indianapolis Star. Her history also spans into philanthropy, with her work for the esteemed Kresge Foundation, the Council of Michigan Foundations and Direct Relief International.

Jonathan Oosting, Bridge Michigan

Jonathan Oosting, Bridge Michigan

Jonathan Oosting, recognized as one of the nation’s best statehouse reporters, is a Capitol and state government reporter on Bridge Michigan’s Lansing watchdog team. Previously, he was a political reporter for The Detroit News, where he worked in the paper’s Lansing Bureau covering the Legislature, governor’s office and several state agencies, combining prolific deadline reporting with longer-term enterprise and investigative work.

Joan Gustafson

Joan Gustafson, Michigan Nonprofit Association

Joan Gustafson is the external affairs officer for MNA. She is responsible for developing and executing the association’s comprehensive public affairs and communication strategy. MNA is a statewide membership organization dedicated to serving the diverse nonprofit sector through civic engagement, data and technology, and advocacy.

Peter Ruddell, Honigman

Peter Ruddell, Honigman

Peter Ruddell is an accomplished attorney and government relations advisor with more than two decades of experience around state government, public policy and elections. He is widely recognized for his experience in representing clients with their health, insurance, education and budget issues.

Kat Stafford, The Associated Press

Kat Stafford, The Associated Press

Award-winning journalist Kat Stafford is the national race and ethnicity writer at The Associated Press covering the 2020 election and delivering hot analysis of how race intersects with society, culture, politics, health and more. She is currently serving on the board of directors for Investigative Reporters and Editors, the industry's leading nonprofit organization focused on investigative journalism, and is the chair of IRE’s member services committee.

Meet Your Panelists

Julie Metty Bennett, Chief Executive Officer

Julie Metty Bennett, Public Sector Consultants

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.

Rachel Kuntzsch, president

Rachel Kuntzsch, Public Sector Consultants

Rachel merged her own consultancy with PSC four 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.

Wayman Britt, Kent County Administrator

Wayman Britt, Kent County Administrator

County administrator Wayman Britt has been with Kent County since 2004, previously overseeing the Health Department, the Community Development and Housing Department and Veterans Services. Wayman is the liaison for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for several community initiatives, including the Kent County Family and Children’s Coordinating Council.

Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio

Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio

Zoe Clark oversees all programming on Michigan’s largest public radio station. She also co-hosts, with Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing bureau chief Rick Pluta, It's Just Politics, a weekly look at state politics that airs Monday mornings on Morning Edition.

Emily Lawler, MLive

Emily Lawler, MLive

Emily Lawler is a self-proclaimed “Lansing-based reporter who packs a political punch.” She’s the lead reporter for MLive's Public Interest team focused on policy and politics and covers business and regulatory news around the Capitol. Previously, Emily was a reporter at MIRS News, a subscription-based Lansing political newsletter, where she covered the state Senate and the Gov. Rick Snyder administration.

Olivia Lewis, BridgeDetroit

Olivia Lewis, BridgeDetroit

Olivia Lewis is a BridgeDetroit reporter, formerly a reporter for the Battle Creek Enquirer and the Indianapolis Star. Her history also spans into philanthropy, with her work for the esteemed Kresge Foundation, the Council of Michigan Foundations and Direct Relief International.

Jonathan Oosting, Bridge Michigan

Jonathan Oosting, Bridge Michigan

Jonathan Oosting, recognized as one of the nation’s best statehouse reporters, is a Capitol and state government reporter on Bridge Michigan’s Lansing watchdog team. Previously, he was a political reporter for The Detroit News, where he worked in the paper’s Lansing Bureau covering the Legislature, governor’s office and several state agencies, combining prolific deadline reporting with longer-term enterprise and investigative work.

Joan Gustafson

Joan Gustafson, Michigan Nonprofit Association

Joan Gustafson is the external affairs officer for MNA. She is responsible for developing and executing the association’s comprehensive public affairs and communication strategy. MNA is a statewide membership organization dedicated to serving the diverse nonprofit sector through civic engagement, data and technology, and advocacy.

Peter Ruddell, Honigman

Peter Ruddell, Honigman

Peter Ruddell is an accomplished attorney and government relations advisor with more than two decades of experience around state government, public policy and elections. He is widely recognized for his experience in representing clients with their health, insurance, education and budget issues.

Kat Stafford, The Associated Press

Kat Stafford, The Associated Press

Award-winning journalist Kat Stafford is the national race and ethnicity writer at The Associated Press covering the 2020 election and delivering hot analysis of how race intersects with society, culture, politics, health and more. She is currently serving on the board of directors for Investigative Reporters and Editors, the industry's leading nonprofit organization focused on investigative journalism, and is the chair of IRE’s member services committee.

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