America Speaks TheVoiceOfJoyce: Dear followers:I’ll be Attending the Fulcrum Conference on the future of Work. 275 attendees. Read & listen to the information learned !

Dear followers:

I’ve listed all the in formation I have about the Labor Conference I’m attending in Detroit, Michigan, this week. Looking forward to an informative, interactive conference on the Future of Work & Labor.@fulcrumconf If you wish to follow our discussions.

Gary A. Bolles, Fulcrum Host

Heidi C. Kleinmaus, Fulcrum Producer

ATTENDEES: We will have more than 275 registrants representing workers, employers, communities, foundations, investors, researchers, educators, libraries, policy, and startups. We hope that you will take the opportunity to learn new perspectives and solutions.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Help us amplify the event! Tell people on social media that you’re going to #fulcrumconf. And please follow us on Twitter @fulcrumconf.

WEATHER: By now you will have heard about the “arctic blast” scheduled throughout much of the country. Whether you’re local or coming from outside the region, please remember to dress warmly. But we will be toasty indoors at the WSU Student Center.

CONFERENCE DRESS CODE: Many will be in business casual dress. Some will be in street clothes. We welcome whatever dress you believe will make both you and the other attendees comfortable.

REGISTRATION: We will have pre-printed badges available at the pre-conference session Tuesday afternoon, the opening reception Tuesday night, and in front of the WSU Student Center main ballroom throughout the conference. 

TICKETS AVAILABLE: We have a few more tickets available. If you know of someone who wants to attend, we recommend they register at to avoid lines onsite.


The full agenda is here.

Speaker pictures and bios are here.

As always, the most up-to-date versions are on our website at


Tuesday, Nov. 12

  • (Optional) Pre-conference Workshops: 1-5pm, WSU Student Center
  • Conference begins: Opening Reception: 6-8pm, Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, Diego Rivera Court

Wednesday, Nov. 13

  • Conference Sessions, 8.30am-5.30pm, WSU Student Center
  • Day 1 Reception, 5.30-7:00pm, WSU Student Center
  • Public Screening, Roadtrip Nation at the Community Arts Auditorium next door to the Student Center. Doors open 6:30pm, screening starts 7:00, Q&A 8-8:30pm.

Thursday, Nov. 14

  • Conference Sessions, 8.30am-5pm, WSU Student Center
  • Closing Reception, 5-7pm, WSU Student Center

Please plan to stay with us through Thursday afternoon. We’ll be closing the event with an inspirational set of sessions focused on collaborating into the future.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN FOR COMMUNITIES: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1-4PM at the WSU Student Center. Learn techniques for creating innovative approaches to public services. Led by Virginia Hamilton of Unscalable By Design, former Regional Administrator for the US Department of Labor. If you are planning to attend, and you have not filled out your Attendee Form, please email so we can get an accurate head count.


Opening Reception, 6-8pm, Tuesday, Nov. 12: Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, in the Diego Rivera Detroit Industry Murals room. Note that the DIA address is 5200 Woodward Ave., but those doors are closed during our reception, so you must come in by the rear entrance on John R. St. DIA is a 6-block walk from WSU; people who are attending either of our pre-conference workshops will walk as a group to the DIA. If you are driving, a lighted, secured parking lot is located at the rear entrance on John R. St., south of Kirby St. and north of Warren Ave. Parking rate is $7.

All Conference Sessions and Pre-conference Workshops: Wayne State University Student Center, Second Floor, 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI 48202. Main stage sessions will be in the Ballroom, and breakouts will be just down the hall in Hilberry A/B, Hillberry C, and Hilberry D.


  • Parking Structure 2, 5150 Lodge Service Drive, bordered by Kirby Street and Anthony Wayne Drive. Also known as the Manoogian Structure.
  • Parking Structure 5, 5501 Anthony Wayne Drive, bordered by the Lodge Service Drive and Kirby across from Structure 2. Also known as the Anthony Wayne Drive Structure.

Cab/Lyft/Uber Dropoff. Ask to be dropped off at 5284 Anthony Wayne Dr., Detroit (Dunkin Donuts). Walk directly into the campus about 100 yards. You will see signage for the Fulcrum Conference and the Student Center on your right.

Questions? Email us at admin@fulcrumconference.comContact the Organizer

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