Which Keynote or Workshop is right for your event?


Detroit is a complicated city that has a rich and diverse history. It is also a city full of innovative people that is experiencing numerous changes and unprecedented international attention. Whether you’re looking for someone to give your group an overview of what’s going on in Detroit today, a deep dive historical context on where Detroit has come from, or an analysis of the lessons learned from the challenges Detroit has faced or anything in between, Jeanette Pierce can help. An energetic storyteller who is a big on facts and data, Jeanette’s presentations and workshops are entertaining, informative and engaging.

Possible Titles include:

  • Lessons Learned from Detroit

  • What’s Going On in Detroit?

  • City Experience Workshop

  • What’s Next for Urban Tourism?

  • Bridging Divides in Changing Cities

Email Jeanette Pierce at Jeanette@TheCityInstitute.com to schedule a time to discuss what might work best for your group or event.

Jeanette Pierce Bio

Jeanette Pierce is a social entrepreneur and lifelong city resident who grew up on the east side of Detroit. In 2006 she founded a grassroots nonprofit that used tours and experiences to take people beyond the headlines and educate them about Detroit’s history, culture and community. Today that organization has evolved into the Detroit Experience Factory which creates eye-opening experiences and innovative resources that connect locals and visitors to Detroit’s people, places and projects. Over 100,000 people have taken a tour since 2006 to learn about Detroit’s assets, small businesses, historic neighborhoods, city planning & development policies and innovative solutions to the challenges the city faces. This work led her to launch The City Institute which shares lessons learned to inspire individuals, organizations and cities to innovate for a better future.

She has a bachelor’s of arts degree in communication from Aquinas College and was honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Top Forty under 40, by DBusiness Magazine as a Thirty in their 30’s and was awarded the Shining Light Future Leader Award from the Detroit Free Press as well as many other recognition and awards.

Jeanette has presented at more than 100 events including the Oregon State Conference, the Downtown Las Vegas Annual Meeting, United Kingdom’s Innovation Forum and the International Downtown Association’s Urban Forum.