About Us

DEC's History

The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) was formed in 1934 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues. The DEC continues to provide a platform for distinguished international dignitaries and business leaders, who represent the changing global environment. It is known internationally as an important venue for prominent business and government leaders – a forum they can use to explore issues that will help shape the dynamic 21st century economic environment.

The DEC is proud to have hosted every U.S. President since Richard Nixon. Our speakers are CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, U.S. Cabinet members, and other senior state and national government officials. Major announcements are often first delivered at our podium.

Dear Detroit Economic Club Members and Guests:

Beth ChappellFor over 80 years, the Detroit Economic Club has been a platform for the discussion and debate of the day’s important business, government and social issues. We are proud to be recognized today as one of the top speaking forums in the world!

With an exceptional lineup of high profile speakers and tremendous networking opportunities, the Detroit Economic Club remains a vital Detroit institution that is making a positive difference in our region and around the world.

We pride ourselves on inclusion and encourage you to join the club today!

Beth Chappell

President & CEO

DEC Speaker Timeline

Scroll through some notable speakers over the years

Eddie Von Rickenbacker

October 8, 1945

Problems and Opportunities of Today and Tomorrow

Cecil B. DeMille

April 19, 1948

Henry Kissinger

April 14, 1957

Should We Pay More for the Education of Our Children?

George Romney

November 3, 1958

While Rome Burns

William (Billy) F. Graham

September 17, 1968

Which Way America?

U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy

April 8, 1969

New Fiscal Priorities for America:
The Surcharge, Tax Reform and Military Spending

Walter Cronkite

March 2, 1970

Rebel or Die: The Call for Revolution

President Richard M. Nixon

September 23, 1971

Coretta Scott King

September 29, 1980

Major Challenges for the Eighties: Eliminating Poverty, Racism, and Violence

President Jimmy Carter

October 10, 1984

Bill Gates

April 28, 1997

Technology: The Great Enabler - Its Influence on Society, Business and Communities

President Bill Clinton

January 8, 1999

President George W. Bush

February 8, 2005

Senator Barack Obama

May 7, 2007

Michael Dell

November 17, 2015

A Conversation with Michael Dell