Washington, D.C. and New York, NY (September 20, 2018)—CityLab, the preeminent global cities summit organized by the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies to address the most urgent urban issues of our time, today announced the first roster of speakers for its sixth-annual summit, happening next month in Detroit. Dozens of mayors from the U.S. and cities around the world will attend CityLab, along with the leading city innovators, business leaders, urban experts, artists, and activists. CityLab was founded on the principle that the most important innovation is happening at the local level and that global impact can be achieved when cities share solutions.
Following last year’s event in Paris, CityLab Detroit will take place at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel from October 28-30, with additional site visits and events to be held throughout Detroit. This is the first time the event will take place in a heartland city and will draw inspiration from the people and issues unique to the region. Press registration is now open. To request a credential or for more information on coverage opportunities, please reach out to The Atlantic’s Anna Bross (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CityLab will feature conversations, interviews, and debates with many mayors and dozens of featured speakers, including:
- Mary Barra, General Motors chairman and CEO;
- Hannah Beachler, production designer of films like Black Panther and Moonlight, for a conversation about telling the story of a city in film;
- Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao on reimagining affordable housing;
- Michael R. Bloomberg, three-term mayor of New York City, entrepreneur and philanthropist;
- Keisha Lance Bottoms, mayor of Atlanta, GA;
- Mary Schmidt Campbell of Spelman College, Ana Mari Cauce of the University of Washington, and Mark Schlissel of the University of Michigan;
- Robin Chase, co-founder of Zipcar, Veniam, & PeersInc;
- Mike Duggan, mayor of Detroit, MI;
- Dan Doctoroff, founder and CEO, Sidewalk Labs;
- James and Deborah Fallows, writers at The Atlantic and authors of Our Towns;
- Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures;
- Stephen M. Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins;
- President Kersti Kaljulaid of the Republic of Estonia, which is the most digital government in the world;
- Scott Kubly, chief programs officer, LimeBike;
- Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation;
- Michael Tubbs, the mayor of Stockton, CA;
- and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.